The bed bug’s bite will often produce a small bump on your skin that is a response to the bug’s saliva. These bites can be a sign of an infestation and are a warning to make sure you get the bug fixed immediately. Bed bugs are small, visible bugs about 1/4 inch in length. They feed by sucking blood and hide in crevices in mattresses and walls. They can live up to two months without food and up to a year without feeding. They can be difficult to kill as they are prone to hiding in cluttered areas. The bugs are also able to hitch rides on shoes and suitcases.
When it comes to identifying bed bug infestations, the first step is to inspect your bed and furniture. Check for signs of bed bug activity like tiny black patches, shed insect skins, and eggs. You can also look for blood stains that are red or brown and can be a sign of bed bug bites.
You can also check for signs of bed bugs by keeping a candle or other light in the room. Keeping your lights on can help prevent the bugs from attacking you, but it won’t prevent them from multiplying. You’ll also want to check for redness that started more than 24 hours after the bite. The redness means bed bug bites. If you have more than one bed bug bite, you may want to consider getting them treated.