What do Bed Bug Bites Look Like?


March 5, 2014 by Doug Moore


Bed bug bites look very different from one person to another. Some bed bug bites are larger, some smaller, some have a red dot in the center, or a scab, others don’t, some look like mosquito bites or pimples. Some bed bug bites are in groups of 2 or 3 (a pattern known as “breakfast, lunch, and dinner”), or in a line, or in a circle. Others are always single bites.

I’ve heard from experts that whether you get multiple bites in a pattern may have to do with whether the bed bug is disturbed while feeding (if you move, they may move and start over) and also whether your capillaries are easily accessed by the bed bugs (if they are, they need pierce only once).

Dermatologists and pest control professionals cannot identify a bed bug bite or distinguish it from something with another cause.

A dermatologist can test a skin reaction and determine it’s an insect bite, but cannot be certain it’s from bed bugs.

Many people don’t even react to bed bug bites.

It is estimated that about 35% of people are not allergic to the allergens in the bed bugs saliva.  You’ll be bitten, but won’t manifest the rash or welt. 

For this reason, you can’t be sure you have bed bugs unless you find visual evidence (bed bugs, a cast skin, bed bug eggs, or fecal stains). 

We suggest hiring a canine bed bug scent detection service to completely inspect your home since visual evidence is not easily determined with a small infestation or an introduction of bed bugs.

We work with about 12 pest control professionals to perform canine bed bug scent detection since their trained technicians cannot easily locate evidence of a small infestation or introduction of bed bugs without disassembling furniture.

For more information about bed bugs, heat treatment, and canine bed bug scent detection, click here.

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One thought on “What do Bed Bug Bites Look Like?

  1. Debee Fasanella says:

    Thank you Doug for coming to our potential home purchase. Scout and Sherlock are excellent dogs. They take their job very seriously. Doug you were very knowledgeable and made us feel very confident we made the right decision in using your company. Our realtor was also very impressed and hopes to use you and the dogs in the future. I feel this should be a must for anyone purchasing a new home or investment property. Bed bugs can ruin your life and assets if not detected and brought under control! You and your dogs surely show a passion for what you do, and we are very grateful!! Thank you again and keep up the good work! You are helping people and that’s priceless!
    Debee Fasanella & Frank Graziano

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