Bedbug bites are generally not painful, but can be extremely uncomfortable. They appear in clusters or as red bumps on the skin. Most people do not realize they have been bitten until days later. These bumps will be red and may turn into hives or rashes.
Bedbugs are tiny, flat insects about the size of an apple seed. They are brown before feeding and take on a reddish color after feeding. When they are not feeding, they hide in crevices of furniture, including mattresses and box springs. They do not jump on humans, but they can easily get onto you if you leave your bedding and furniture unclean.
While bedbugs do not transmit disease, they do inject a mild anesthetic into the skin when they bite. A bedbug’s bite can be quite difficult to identify, so it is important to avoid the area for a while. Generally, the bites will be visible within 3-5 days of the initial bite, but they may take as long as two weeks to appear. In some rare cases, a person may never notice the bites at all, especially if they travel a lot.
While bedbugs bite any part of the body, they tend to bite the exposed skin when you are sleeping. This includes the face, arms, and legs. They may even bite your pajamas.