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Symptoms and Signs of Bed Bugs

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How Do You Know If You Have Bed Bugs?

It is well-known that bed bug infestations are difficult to identify. Bed bugs are easily confused for several other small insects which can cause problems. Their appearance changes depending on their age and the amount of time they have had to digest their last meal. Bed bugs are primarily active at night which means that identifying them during the day is a difficult task best left to those that have the knowledge and training to effectively seek out hiding spots. There are a few signs and symptoms that you can look for that may help determine if you are dealing with a bed bug problem. Read on to learn about the signs and symptoms of a bed bug outbreak in your home

Itchy, Painful Bites

Often, one of the first signs that you may have a bed bug infestation is waking up with itchy, red bites on your body. Bed bug bites can take between one hour to 14 days to appear on your body after the initial bite takes place.  

Bites aren’t necessarily the best way to detect a bed bug infestation. Everybody responds to bed bug bites differently. 

This is how it’s possible that two people can sleep in the same bed and it will look like one person is getting all the bites while the other is being left alone.  

Many bug bites resemble bed bug bites, making it hard to detect if you are getting bitten by a bed bug or something else. One tell-tale sign that you are being bitten by bed bugs is the pattern of bites they usually leave. While bed bugs can bite anywhere on your body, they tend to feed on areas that are exposed while you are asleep. Areas such as your neck, face, hands, shoulders, arms and legs are often the most bitten areas of the body. 

Bed bugs typically leave a trail of bites in clusters or groups of three, sometimes referred to as “breakfast, lunch and dinner.” 

Other Symptoms of a Bed Bug Infestation

Dealing with a bed bug outbreak can cause other symptoms to manifest in your body and life that aren’t related to the physical bites themselves. Bed bug outbreaks are notoriously difficult to treat and typically take an extended period of time to completely eradicate the problem. 

People living with bed bugs are at risk for other health complications including an increased possibility for skin infection as a result of the skin’s surface being compromised. 

Many people with bed bugs feel sleep-deprived as the idea of being bitten during the night can be extremely stressful. Some might have trouble sleeping, while others may avoid sleep or their bed altogether. Lack of sleep can lead to feelings of depression, anxiety, deep fatigue and a lowered immune function. If you think you have a bed bug issue it is a health imperative to seek out professional pest control help quickly before your health is compromised.

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