Bed Bugs Symptoms

Being bitten by something and can't figure out what's biting you? Let's look at some bed bug symptoms.

First, let's learn a bit about bed bugs.

Bed Bugs (Cimex lectularius Linnaeus) are insects and members of the order Heteroptera. They are True Bugs. Bed bugs are ectoparasites and are universal pests of humans, domestic animals, bats, birds, and various other mammals. The bed bug is believed to have received its common name from an affinity for the human bed where it often seeks refuge during daylight hours and to feed at night. At night, bed bugs come out to feed on the bed's occupant. Bed bugs were introduced to the United States by early colonists and they are now found in Canada, the United States and pretty much worldwide. Other names by which the bed bug is known are mahogany flat, chinch, and red coat. Bed bugs have six legs and do not fly. Bed bug symptoms include red itchy bites that can last for weeks on certain people.

Bed bugs are hardy insects and difficult to detect prior to feeding. Due to extremely flat bodies, they are able to hide in the cracks and crevices of mattresses (buttons and beading), box springs, hollow areas of bed frames, furniture coverings, other types of furniture, and in wall crevices and voids in heavier infestations. Simply put, bed bugs will hide anywhere they’re provided darkness, isolation, and protection.

Bed bugs have one obvious sign that they are often unidentified until after they have a sizable presence. Most of us discover them upon awakening and seeing bites on our body, this is the most common symptom of being bitten by bed bugs. Since bed bugs are usually only active in the dark, bites typically occur while the victim sleeps. Not everyone is allergic to their saliva, so another symptom to look for is random blood spots on bed sheets. These smears can be on sheets, dust ruffles, walls, clothing, and even luggage.

Rarely will occupants see live bed bugs crawling about unless they are disturbed and dislodged from a hiding place, especially during the day. Cast skins or shells, dead insects, and signs of smears are the most common signs that bed bugs are lurking about. Some people react horribly to being bitten. Extreme swelling and pain can be also be symptomatic.

Some people simply do not react to bed bug bites. These people are known as asymptomatic in that they show no physical reaction to being bitten. Studies have shown that more than half of those fed on by bed bugs show no symptoms at all. This can make early detection problematic as the usual first sign of a bed bug infestation is a reaction to the bites themselves. In these cases, other symptoms of bed bugs manifest as the primary identification tool - Fecal matter, cast skins and blood spots on bedding being just a few.

Control is difficult at best (except when heat is used properly) and with the explosion of infestations, early detection is so important. A trained professional can look for signs of a bed bug infestation. Professionals often call on the services of a specially trained dog as well to supplement a thorough visual inspection.

Are you showing symptoms of having bed bugs?

Waking up with unexplained itchy bites on your body or seeing red spots on your pillow cases or sheets in the morning are all symptomatic of being bitten by bed bugs. See bed bug bites pictures for comparison. If you suspect that you may have been exposed to bedbugs it is imperative that you seek help sooner than later as bed bugs multiply quickly and ignoring the symptoms of being bitten will only ensure that the bed bugs spread and multiply.

In addition, people often site an unexplained 'rash' or 'hives' as the first thing they notice when, in fact, they are really being fed on by bed bugs.

In this day and age with the proliferation of bed bugs throughout the world, ignoring the signs and symptoms associated with being fed on by bed bugs is simply ill advised. Dealing with bed bugs quickly is reliant on identifying that you have a problem and dealing with it quickly.

If you suspect that you are showing signs and symptoms of bed bugs you must act quickly to avoid having the infestation grow and spread. Heat treatment for bed bugs, when properly done, eliminates the entire bed bug population in just one day and leaves your home bed bug free without the use of pesticides.

Identifying bed bugs can be challenging to the untrained eye. This will help.

Below you will find links to great bed bug resources: