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What do Bed Bug Bites Look Like?

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There is nothing worse than waking up in the morning with a collection of itchy bites on your body. You might be hoping you just had a random mosquito in your room during the night--because thinking of the alternative is frightening. Could it have been bed bugs? No one wants to consider this possibility. So how do you tell the difference between bites? And do bites give you a definitive answer to what pest is lurking in your room? It’s hard to say. Bed bugs can affect different people in different ways, and their bites can resemble many other bites. If you are even a little suspicious it could be bed bugs, it’s a good idea to call the professionals for a bed bug inspection.

Why Do Bed Bugs Affect Different People in Different Ways?

Just like one person may be allergic to peanut butter and another is not, or one person might develop a huge welt after a mosquito bite and another is barely bothered, bed bugs affect people in different ways. While it’s rare that people have true allergic reactions to bed bug bites, it can happen. More often than not, though, a person's skin sensitivity and the number of bites impacts their reaction. Some people don’t even notice they have bites as they have no mark other than a tiny puncture hole, while others report severe itching. There’s no way to determine how your body might react to a bite.

Where do Bites Occur on the Body and What do they Look Like?

Bed bug bites can occur on any area of exposed skin. The most common places are arms, shoulders, and the back of the neck as these areas are often bare when sleeping. Most often bed bugs bite multiple times rather than one isolated bite. You might notice a zig-zag pattern of bites, a line, or a cluster of bites. Because bed bug bites resemble the bites of other pests, it’s almost impossible to determine that you have a bed bug infestation from the bites alone.

Why Should You Call Aiken for Professional Help?

If you suspect a bed bug infestation, you should call for professional help immediately. One reason is, there are no DIY methods that are effective in getting rid of bed bugs. Secondly, the sooner you attack the problem, the easier it is to get under control. At Aiken Pest Control, we are experts at eliminating bed bugs. Our technicians employ a variety of proven methods from canine detection to heat and chemical treatments, depending on your issue and needs. We also offer traditional mattress encasements to further eliminate your bed bug problem. If you wake up with bites or suspect a bed bug problem, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

 

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