The bite will be redder than the surrounding skin, sometimes crusty, with either one or several bumps. One bump may be from a spider or a fly, whereas several bites could be from fleas, mosquitos or scabies mites. If the bite is not a bump (not raised) it could be a bed bug mite bite, which also causes itching.
Adult bed bugs are reddish-brown in color and about one-fourth of an inch long. Their bodies are oval and flattened, somewhat resembling an apple seed. They have six, slender legs and possess two antennae. Bed bugs have a long, slender mouthpart known as the proboscis that they use to pierce the skin of the host animal and siphon a blood meal.
Pattern of bed bug bites Several bites tend to appear in a line or row along an exposed area, such as an arm or leg. A single bed bug may bite more than once in the same area, if disturbed whilst feeding. Bites found in different parts of the body can indicate being bitten by several different bed bugs.
It can be difficult to identify bed bug bites because the red itchy bumps caused by bed bug bites look like flea bites or mosquito bites. Bed bugs usually come out at night and feed on the blood of humans. The tiny nasty pests can leave a cluster of bite marks on your face, arms, stomach, and legs.
The main difference between flea bites and bed bug bites on humans is that the former mainly appear on the hands, legs, ankles and other exposed parts of the body. On the other hand, bed bug bites on humans are seen several parts of the body including face, neck, back, arms, and legs.
By using pictures, be they from a bug book or online source, you can easily identify a bug bite to ensure that you take proper care of it and don't require medical attention. Check out the actual bite itself, and see if there are one or two holes.
The bite itself is generally painless and, for that reason, several bugs are able to feed on a person throughout a night without that person become aware. Somewhere between several hours and several days later, the bites may become the itchy welts most familiarly associated with bed bug bites. Bed bugs will bite on any exposed area of the skin.
The NHS says that, in some severe cases, bed bug bites can cause an itchy rash that blisters and fills with fluid. 1 According to Dr. Steven Doerr on eMedicineHealth, these kinds of bed bug bites will usually last for up to 2 weeks. 3. Unfortunately, bed bug bites will last longer if they become infected.