It can be hard to know if you have been bitten by a bed bug but if you think you may have been, you can check for signs of infestation. When a bed bug bites you, they release an anesthetic and an anticoagulant that will prevent you from knowing you are being bitten. Often, you will not know you have been bitten until bite marks appear which may not happen for one or more days after the bite.
Bite marks from a bed bug look like a mosquito or flea bite. It is a slightly swollen area that may be red and cause itching. Bite marks can be random or you may see them in a straight line. Other indicators that you may have bed bugs are insomnia, anxiety, and skin problems caused by scratching the bites.
The bites do not affect everyone the same and some people may not have a reaction at all. Others are allergic to bed bugs and may have an adverse reaction. Symptoms of an allergy may include larger bite marks, painful swelling at the site of the bite, and, in rare instances, anaphylaxis.
No Disease Transmittance
Bed bugs can be an annoyance but they are not known to spread disease. Having them around may cause a loss of sleep and some itching. The itching could lead to secondary problems but that is not due to the bed bugs transmitting disease. Excessive scratching of an irritated spot on the skin can increase the chance of a skin infection.
Bed bugs are not considered a health danger but if you have an allergic reaction to the bites, you may need medical attention.
Of course, even though they do not pose a serious health risk, you do not want bed bugs in your home. If you discover an infestation of bed bugs it is best to get rid of them as soon as possible. Rox Bugs in Regina, Saskatchewan can quickly and effectively exterminate bed bugs in your home.