Bedbug bites usually appear as small red bumps on the shoulders and arms. There are often multiple bites that appear in a straight line and are typically accompanied by intense itching.
Luckily, bedbug bites are not considered a serious health hazard; however, they can be quite a nuisance. These small brownish-colored insects have six legs, and they like to feed on the blood of both humans and animals. At one-tenth of an inch in size they are barely visible to the naked eye. They appropriately earned their name because they are most commonly found hiding around bedding and mattresses.
Bedbugs spread fast in buildings such as hotels where people are on the move. They can attach themselves to luggage and other bags and quickly spread from place to place. Bedbugs are nocturnal creatures that can live for weeks without feeding, and they can live up to an age of 10 months. Bedbugs multiply quickly, and if one is spotted there is a high likelihood that many more are hidden and lurking.
The best treatment for bedbug bites are over-the-counter topical creams and ointments that contain an antiseptic. In the event of an allergic reaction, it may be necessary to contact a licensed physician.