If you haven’t heard, bed bugs are back! According to a survey conducted by the National Pest Management Association and the University of Kentucky in 2013 indicated that 99% of responding pest control professionals have encountered or treated a bed bug infestation in that year. This compares to the year 2000 when less than 25% of responding pest pros encountered bed bugs.
One question we frequently get asked is what do bed bug bites look like? To help you identify bed bug bites, here are a couple pictures of bed bug bites.
Many people do not react when bitten by bed bugs so frequently, one will not see the “typical” red marks of a bug bite nor will anything be felt. For those who do react, a bed bug will leave red, itchy bites typically in areas that are not covered by clothing (though clothing doesn’t offer protection against bed bugs crawling under clothing and biting) such as arms, shoulders or legs. And unlike other bugs with more random patterns, bedbug bites tend to be in straight rows of bites
Fortunately, research has shown that bedbugs do not seem to spread disease to people (unlike mosquitoes or fleas). The itching from the bites can be so bad that some people will scratch enough to break the skin and cause an infection, which may need to be treated by a doctor.