Customers often come to us with questions about their bed bug bites, so we’ve collated some of the most popular answers below.
You can also contact us if you have a specific question that hasn’t been answered, and if you’re looking for a natural bed bug treatment, read more about how our Bed Bug Killer products can help you to get rid of an infestation for good.
What do bed bug bites look like?
Typically presenting as an itchy red rash, bed bug bites can often appear in a row or in a cluster (it’s rare that only one bite would be present).
The Better Health Channel advise that bed bug bites have certain features, which can include:
• Weals that reduce to a red mark before gradually fading, usually over a few days
• Reddening skin
• Swelling that is localised
• A small loss of skin tissue (in some cases)
What other insect bites resemble bed bug bites?
Insect bites that closely resemble bed bug bites include mosquito bites, flea bites and tick bites.
How are bed bug bites diagnosed?
If you have bites and aren’t sure if they’re bed bug-related, you should see your healthcare professional for a medical diagnosis to rule out an allergic reaction or any other serious condition. If you suspect bed bugs, examine your bedding for common signs. You can also contact us for instant notification – send us your photos and we’ll tell you if you’re dealing with bed bugs or another type of bug.
Do bed bugs live on my skin?
If you wake up with a bed bug rash, you’ll probably be feeling pretty miserable – but there is one piece of good news: bed bugs don’t live on the skin like tics and lice do. They tend to stay on your bedding and inside furniture and other items surrounding your bed, often hidden away in corners and crevices.
If you feel as if you’re getting bitten during the day, you may be dealing with another type of rash or even an allergy – so see your healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis.
Can I catch a disease from my bed bug bites?
After noticing bed bug bites on your skin, you may be concerned about disease transmission – particularly if you’ve been sleeping in a hotel or another type of communal area. Luckily, bed bug bites do not transmit diseases.
How can I treat my bed bug bites?
There are home remedies and natural solutions for soothing itching and helping to heal bed bugs, but often the bites will go away on their own. You can read about some simple remedies to assist your healing here.
What complications can develop from bed bug bites?
For the majority of people, bed bug bites are harmless. Some people may experience an allergic reaction after being bitten, resulting in their bed bug rash becoming inflamed and lasting for several weeks.
People who scratch their bites excessively may cause the welts to become infected, and in severe cases a topical antibiotic may be required.
Have another question about bed bug bites? Contact us or post your questions below.