Bed bugs typically bite humans on exposed areas of the body. Common bite sites include the arms, legs, face, and hands. The bites may look like raised red bumps or welts and can itch and swell. The bites can range from very mild to extremely severe, and the severity of the itch varies greatly from person to person.
Bedbug bites are not painful at first, but later they turn into itchy welts. Bedbugs typically bite anywhere that is exposed while sleeping. Bedbug bites do not have a red center like those caused by fleas, so they are usually difficult to detect without visual inspection. Symptoms of bedbug bites can cause anxiety and sleep disturbance. Fortunately, bedbugs do not carry pathogens, so their bites do not pose a public health threat.
Bedbugs feed on humans while they sleep, so if you have a bedbug infestation, you’ll need to know where to look for them. Often, the bugs will bite you in clusters and feed on multiple places. You’ll notice them moving in clusters or in straight lines.
While bedbugs may not bite you directly, you may notice blood spots near seams and on upholstered furniture. If the infestation is severe, you may even notice a musty or moldy odor. It’s also a good idea to inspect used furniture and the laundry room. If you’re concerned, you’ll want to get rid of the infected furniture.