How do you identify bed bug bites?


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Bedbug bites are identified by tiny red bumps on the skin. The bites are typically situated in relatively straight rows, and they are usually found on the arms or shoulders.

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Bedbug bites do not typically require treatment unless a secondary infection develops. Secondary infections are usually caused by scratching the bites or an allergic reaction. Treat infections with antiseptic lotion or an antibiotic cream. Those who suffer from an allergic reaction should use a corticosteroid cream or an oral antihistamine.

Bedbugs inject a numbing agent into the skin that prevents their host from feeling their bite when it occurs. The bugs also inject an anticoagulant into the host's body to enable them to feed freely from the continuous blood flow. Once the bugs become engorged with blood, they automatically fall off of their host. A feeding session lasts approximately three minutes, after which the bugs return to their hiding place to digest the blood. During the day, bedbugs hide in mattress seams, between floor boards, in wood and in paper trash, and they come out at night to feed.

Bedbugs are small, flat insects. Most are only 0.2 inches in length. The bugs turn a rusty red hue after feeding, although before feeding they range in color from off-white to brown.

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