With all the new press coverage about the “Top 10 Most BedBug Infested Cities“, it is easy to assume that any and every bug bite or mysterious skin bump is a BedBug bite. That is not the case. There could be many insects, spiders and other “creppy-crawlie thingies” in the mome and workplace that can bite you. How quickly your skin surface reacts could cause you to mis-identify both the “biter” and where you were when the bite occured. Just because you awake and notice a “bug-bite” as you get dressed in the morning does NOT mean the insect bit occurred while you were asleep.

What do bedbug bites look like

What do bedbug bites look like

Many insect and bug bites look similar, but [most] BedBug bites are unique, because of the specific ways a BedBug feeds. They will bite, feed, then release and crawl forward slightly and repeat the process. If undisturbed, a legitimate BedBug bite will have the look of 3 red-swollen bites in a straight line, within 1 or 2 inches distance. Entomologist call this feeding cycle, “Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner”, when in fact the total feeding type can be just minutes. Dr Clifford Bassett and Dr Eric Kusseluk of NYU Medical Center discuss this effect in the video

The reaction to a BedBug bite varies greatly from person to person and even within a family. Most people will experience the sequence of 3 bites, that result in small red-bumps that itch slightly like a mosquito bite. Extremes to either side of “normal” are common. Severe reactions can be much more like an allergic reaction to peanuts and poison ivy plants. Some people experience few sympotoms, and those cases are the one that create a greater hazard to others. The 1st sign of a BedBug infestation in a home, hotel room, movie theater, or city bus are the reports and complaints of BedBug bites. If a person is non-reactive to BedBug bites, the early warning signs of a BedBug infestation are missed and the problem grows and grows, as BedBugs cling to fabrics/clothes and are re-deposited everywhere the infested person travels. We talk more about how BedBugs travel and spread on the information pages of www.FLfresh.com.

Learn more about BedBugs at www.FLfresh.com

Learn more about BedBugs at www.FLfresh.com