How to Identify Bed Bug Bites and Recognise the Signs

Bed bugs are an ever-growing problem in homes and hotels around the world. As their name suggests, these small, wingless insects feed on the blood of humans and animals while they sleep. These bugs can cause itchy and painful bites and can be difficult to get rid of. To protect yourself and your home, it is important to know how to identify bed bug bites and recognise the signs of an infestation.

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What are Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are small, wingless insects that feed on the blood of humans and animals while they sleep. They are usually found in mattresses, box springs, headboards, furniture, and other soft furnishings. Bed bugs are nocturnal creatures and they hide in the cracks and crevices of furniture during the day. Bed bugs can be difficult to spot with the naked eye, as they are only about the size of an apple seed.

 

What Do Bed Bug Bites Look Like?

 

Bed bug bites are usually red and raised, and can be itchy and painful. They may also appear in clusters or in a line, particularly on the arms or legs. Not everyone reacts to bed bug bites in the same way, so some people may not experience any symptoms at all.

 

How to Identify Bed Bug Bites

If you think you have been bitten by bed bugs, it’s important to look for other signs of an infestation. Bed bugs leave behind black spots on mattresses, bedding, and furniture, which are the remnants of their faeces. You may also find small blood stains on your sheets or pillowcases.

 

How to Identify Bed Bug Infestations

Bed bug infestations can be difficult to spot and can quickly spiral out of control. If you are concerned that you may have bed bugs in your home, it is important to look for the signs of an infestation. 

These include: 

 

  • Small, dark spots on mattresses, bedding, and furniture
  • Blood stains on sheets and pillowcases
  • A sweet musty smell
  • Small holes in furniture
  • Shed skins from the bugs 

 

What to Do if You Have Bed Bugs

If you think you have bed bugs, it is important to act quickly to prevent the infestation from spreading. Begin by vacuuming the affected areas and washing all bedding and clothing in hot water. You should also seal any cracks or crevices in your furniture and mattresses. If the problem persists, you may need to call in a professional pest control company to treat the affected areas.

 

How to Prevent Bed Bug Bites

 

The best way to prevent bed bug bites is to take steps to avoid an infestation in the first place. Be sure to inspect any second-hand furniture or mattresses before bringing them into your home. Vacuum regularly and inspect your bedding and furniture for signs of an infestation. When travelling, inspect hotel beds and furniture for signs of bed bugs before settling in.

 

Conclusion

 

Bed bugs are a growing problem in homes and hotels around the world. These small, wingless insects feed on the blood of humans and animals while they sleep, often leaving red, itchy, and painful bites. To protect yourself and your home, it is important to know how to identify bed bug bites and recognise the signs of an infestation. If you think you may have bed bugs, it’s important to act quickly to prevent the infestation from spreading. Taking steps to prevent an infestation in the first place is the best way to protect yourself from bed bug bites.

 

Bon Accord Pest Control Advice on How to Identify Bed Bug Bites

At Bon Accord Pest Control, we understand how distressing a bed bug infestation can be. Our team of experienced technicians can help to identify and treat bed bug infestations quickly and effectively. If you have any questions about how to identify bed bug bites or recognise the signs of an infestation, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Karin HarndenKarin Harnden
17:14 05 May 24
We thought we had bedbugs but could find no evidence apart from what we thought were bites. I called Bon Accord and Gabriel was there within a couple of hours. He told us we had carpet beetle. Finding the evidence and showing us photos of the skin reaction which was exactly what we had. He advised and returned at a time to suit us to spray which was done thoroughly and efficiently. No sign of the little critters returning. Thank you Gabriel.
Luiza LoboLuiza Lobo
21:02 11 Apr 24
Gabriel went above and beyond. He is extremely knowledgable and very efficient at what he does. The results were outstanding. Nothing is too much for him. Delighted with his professionalism and work.
sam zsam z
19:11 03 Apr 24
Top-notched pest control service!! Went above and beyond to eradicate the rats from our property. Gabriel even offered to further investigate the infestation issues for our neighbours. We found him to be extremely professional and easy to work with. We highly recommend Gabriel to anyone in need of pest control.
LondonLondon
23:29 02 Apr 24
Gabriel provided great service , responded quickly on an emergency for pest infestation, professional and friendly. No more pests at home.
Felicity GrayFelicity Gray
21:53 02 Apr 24
Gabriel was absolutely wonderful, a real life saver when I found a mouse by my bed at 10pm. He came in less than an hour and was able to catch the mouse and put my mind at rest so I could go to sleep! Highly recommend, fab service and lovely people.
Med KashaniMed Kashani
10:54 24 Feb 24
Gabriel turned up with an hours notice one evening and immediately identified the issued. He works efficiently and professionally throughout with timely follow-ups to ensure the problem was resolved. Once completed he was kind enough to continue to check in to see that the issue had gone. Having had Rentokil previously that spent two years doing very little this was a complete breathe of fresh air and solved the problem in less than two weeks. We are grateful and would highly recommend his services.
Nesma TalaatNesma Talaat
20:26 20 Feb 24
We were lucky to have found Bon Accord, they responded very fast to our request and Gabriel was very helpful and informative. He made several visits and did his absolute best until the mice problem we had was gone. Highly recommended.
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