What does a bed bug bite look like?
The bite of a bed bug looks like a cluster of red spots. They are painless at the start but later may become reddish welts.
Below are a few common symptoms that distinguish bed bug bite from other insect bites:
- The red spot may be much darker in the middle. Bites will eventually produce itchy red bumps and welts on the surface of the skin.
- The bites spots are itchy, and due to the scratching, you may get a bacterial infection.
- These bites may be often arranged in clusters or in a line which may indicate the path the bed bug took while it kept biting.
- Bed bug bites are normally located on the exposed areas, such as the face, arms, hands, and neck of individuals.
Bed bugs feed on humans and other warm-blooded hosts to survive and reproduce. They find a host by detecting carbon dioxide emitted from warm-blooded people or animals. They respond to warmth/moisture. To feed, they penetrate the skin of the host and inject a salivary fluid that contains a blood thinner to help them obtain blood.