Bedbug bites can look very similar to mosquito and flea bites. Some people react to them by developing big, itchy welts that take weeks to heal. The bites typically appear in clusters or singly, and you can usually spot them within 24 hours of coming in contact with them. Bedbugs may cause an infection, so be sure to get rid of them as soon as you see them.
Although there are over 90 different types of bedbugs, only two species commonly bite humans. Most of them are reddish brown in color and have six legs. They don’t have wings, and their bites are usually about a quarter of an inch in diameter. They can appear red on white skin, but can also appear faint pink or purplish on dark skin. Over time, the bites will turn dark brown.
While bedbugs can bite any part of the body, they tend to bite the exposed skin while sleeping. This includes the face, arms, and legs. In addition to exposed skin, they may also bite a person’s pajamas and other clothing. It can be difficult to tell if you’ve been infected because their bites look so similar to other insect bites.
You can spot bedbug bites by noticing tiny, reddish bumps on the skin. They may appear near the seams of your bedding or upholstered furniture. They may also leave behind shell-like remains. If the bite is more than 24 hours old, there’s a good chance the bedbugs are inside your bedding.