Insect bites are an inevitable part of life. At some point in our lives, we will all be bitten by a bug at some point. So, if you’re prone to being bitten by bugs in the first place, it may be that you’re missing the first signs of an infestation.
Noticing tiny little bites on your skin can be mistaken for a few things, like just a rash or a bit of eczema. Some people even attribute it to spider bites. But house spiders don’t commonly bite us, because they are a predatory insect that eats other bugs. They don’t want blood. So they’re not going to be interested in biting you.
If it was a spider that bit you, it will be one raised, itchy welt. The more common cause of those bites? It’s probably a problem that needs bed bug treatment.
Bed bugs bite multiple times throughout the night. They can also be mistaken for mosquito bites, but in the UK mosquitos aren’t as common as bed bugs. A bite from a bed bug starts off quite small, because they will be feeding as babies. These bites will be tiny, and don’t come across as a rash that normally accompanies bed bug bites. Most of us won’t even have a reaction at all the first time. It takes quite a few bites from a bed bug before the rashes become evident.
The smaller bed bug bites may also be mistaken for gnat or fly bites as well. Just take a closer look at the pattern of the bites you have though. Bed bugs bite in a row, whereas other flying insects will tend to be more random.
If you suspect you have bed bugs in your home, here are a few signs you should look out for.
- Look for faecal residue on your mattress;
- Check for blood stains on your bed clothes;
- Large bed bugs leave skin in your bed;
- Check for visible bed bugs.
The single best option for when you have a bed bug problem is to hire a professional pest control company. Choose a reputable pest controller that has experience in exterminating bed bugs, and uses heat treatment to kill bed bugs at every stage of life.