If you’ve ever experienced bed bug bites, you know that they seem to be happening in clusters or lines. This may seem unnatural, but it actually happens because these little creatures like warmth and carbon dioxide, which they obtain from your body’s exhalation. Bed bugs will feed for three to twelve minutes, if you are not disturbed. When they’re done feeding, they’ll move on to another spot, which can be close to the first bite mark.
While bed bugs don’t transmit diseases, their bites may cause a painful rash and swollen, itchy welt. They can also cause a skin infection due to the tears they cause in the skin. If the bites are accompanied by symptoms such as wheezing, dizziness, difficulty breathing, and/or confusion, they may be bedbugs.
Some people experience no symptoms at all from bedbug bites, while others have a severe reaction, which can cause hives and blisters. In such cases, you should contact your health care provider to seek further care. The best treatment for bedbug bites is to avoid scratching them, as this will only irritate them further. You can use an antihistamine, which helps alleviate the itching.
It may take a professional to identify a bedbug infestation, but you can find evidence of their presence by removing the dust cover. You can also find the bugs’ eggs and nymphs by inspecting the seams of a mattress. If there is a large population of bed bugs, you may also smell a musty or moldy odor. Moreover, you may see yellow and black specks or even rusty stains. You may also notice a plethora of other evidence.