The body reacts in many different ways when bitten by bed bugs. Below are some of the symptoms you may experience when bitten by bed bugs:
- Reddish bite mark that may become swollen with a dark-red center
- Bite marks arranged in leaner pattern or clustered within an area of the skin
- Hives or blisters at the bite site
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Biting insects target mainly parts of the body that are left exposed during sleep, such as the arms, legs, hands and face.
Listed below are pictures of bed bug bites and helpful tips that will help you identify bed bug.
Adult Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are also known by their scientific name Cimex lectularius. Adult bedbugs grow up to a length of 5mm to 7mm, while the size of the nymph is about 1.5mm. Both adult bedbugs and nymphs suck blood from human or animals. Nymphs have translucent body, while the adult ones have a reddish-brown color.
Bed Bug Nymph
Bed bugs lay eggs, which hatch into nymphs. Bed bug nymphs have a translucent body through which one can see the reddish color of their blood meal. Seeing a bed bug nymph on the bed sheet or any other part of the house is a clear indication of infestation, as a single adult bed bug can produce several bed bug nymphs.
Bed bug nymphs are more difficult to detect, because they are very tiny, with a length of 1.3mm to 4.5mm.
The actual size of bed bugs
Bed bug nymphs have a body size of about 0.18 inches, 4.5mm, which is slightly bigger than the size of a bed bug egg (0.90 inches, 2.5mm), and it is also smaller than an adult bed bug, which is about the size of an apple seed.
Bed bug bites on face
For people who react to bed bug bites, the first-place itchy red bite marks appear is usually on the shoulders or arms. The itching may be severe to the point that it could cause a person to scratch so much that they injure their skin, thereby putting them at the risk of developing a secondary skin infection.
Bed bug bites on children
You can ease the itching by rubbing calamine lotion, cool compresses or any other anti-itch cream. An oral administration of antihistamine also helps to ease the itching. These medications hasten the healing process, causing bite marks to clear up before two weeks of administration. Apply these medications on your kids, and advise them to avoid scratching the bites, to avoid any skin infection.
Bed bug bite marks on face, arms, neck or feet
Bed bugs can bite any area of the skin, especially those left exposed during night sleep, such as feet, face, neck, arms, etc. Unlike flea bites which also affects parts of the body covered with clothes, bed bug bite appear in clusters or in linear pattern, and only affect exposed body parts.
Dead Bed Bugs
The life cycle of a bed bug begins from the egg. An adult female bed bug lays milky-white colored eggs which hatch into bed bug nymphs. A single female bed bug can lay up to 500 eggs all though its lifetime, laying 1 to 5 eggs per day; they lay their eggs in the tight corners of cracks and crevices.
Bed Bug Eggs
Bed Bugs on Mattress
Bed bugs like to live very close to the place humans sleep. This makes it very easy for them to access food. They hide inside the seams of mattress, in box springs, headboard, bed frames and any other place they find comfortable near the bed.
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Bed bug bites vs flea bites
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Bed bug bites vs hives
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