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What do Bed Bug Bites Look Like?

Bed bug bites can easily be mistaken for bites of other insects, such as mosquitoes. A typical bed bug bite manifests as a red bump with a darker center and a surrounding lighter, swollen area. While that doesn’t sound too different from mosquitoes and other pests, bed bug bites have a few distinctive features:

  • A linear or zigzag shape
  • Appearance after nighttime
Bug bites on exposed legs

Bed Bug Bites vs. Flea Bites

Distinguishing bed bug bites from flea bites primarily centers on the level of pain. Flea bites cause immediate pain, unlike bed bug bites, which remain painless until symptoms manifest hours later. Flea bites commonly cluster on the lower body and around ankles randomly, while bed bug bites form distinctive lines. Although both cause red bumps and itchiness, bed bug bites tend to be notably larger.

Bed Bug Bite or Mosquito Bite?

Similar to bed bug bites, mosquito bites leave red, itchy marks on the skin. However, mosquito bites differ by appearing in isolated, random areas on the body. Mosquito bites form bumps within minutes, and the bites are immediately felt. Importantly, mosquito bites carry a higher risk as they can transmit diseases, unlike bed bug bites. Additionally, mosquito bites typically heal more quickly than bed bug bites.

What to Do If You Have Bed Bug Bites

If you think you have bed bug bites, first assess whether you need medical attention. While most people only experience a little swelling and itchiness, some people may have an allergic reaction that requires a doctor’s treatment. 

Then, contact your local exterminator. Even if you don’t have bed bugs, a professional can help you identify any pests that are invading your space and help you come up with a plan to get rid of them quickly.

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