Do you have a lot of bed bugs in your home? If yes, usually you can find them particularly in your bed and sofa, right? Then, if you know that there are a lot of bed bugs in your home, then you are afraid that they can bite you. Then, you are wondering how is the feeling of being bitten by bed bugs? Does it itch or hurt?
Bites of bed bugs are usually found on the parts of the body that are more likely to be exposed to bed bugs during sleep. They can be in the hands, face, neck, shoulders, arms, and legs. Visually, the symptoms of bed bug bites and mosquito bites or flea bites are similar. Bites of mosquito are sporadic and bites of flea are very small and usually located on legs or ankles. Different from mosquito and flea, bed bugs bites appear in small groupings or in a straight line. At times, it may occur in a zigzag pattern. Bites usually look like small, flat or raised areas that may become inflamed, itchy, red, or blistered. You also have to know that the reactions of bed bug bites do not always appear soon after you are bitten. It may take a few days to start causing symptoms. But, not everyone reacts to bed bug bites in the same manner.
The size of bed bug bites varies with several different factors. Bed bugs usually inject an anticoagulant along with their saliva when they pierce the skin to get a blood meal. The anticoagulant is mostly responsible for how a person reacts to the bite and it will determine the size of the bed bug bite. Because people will have various sensitivities to the bed bug’s bite, the size of the bite will also vary. The other factor that influences the size of a bed bug reaction is the number of times a person is bitten. Bite reactions of people bitten many times are also variable and their response may be more or less intense as the number of bites increases. Bed bug bites are not painful and it can go unnoticed for hours or days. It permits bed bugs to withdraw human blood for up to 10 minutes with each feeding. Usually, bed bug bites happen most commonly on exposed skin like neck, upper body, shoulders and arms.
Bed bugs are blood feeders which depend on blood for their food source. It means they have to consume blood for survival. One bed bug will take more than one bite. If a bed bug inserts its mouthparts and finds a suitable blood vessel, it will start feeding. Finding the right blood vessel can take more than one injection into the skin. Bed bugs are very sensitive to movement by the host they are feeding on. It is important to remember that the number of bites a person receives is not indicative of the number of bed bugs that feed on that person.