Bed bugs are notorious for their sneaky ways and nocturnal nibbling. When some people awake in the morning with red itchy bite marks they panic as they automatically assume that they have bed bugs in their home. Others may awake with the bite marks and not have a clue that the little vampires may be lurking in the cracks and crevices of their home. There are different types of insects that bite and leave marks on humans. If you awake with bites, they may or may not be as a result of bed bugs.
Here are some things to remember about bed bug bites:
• Experts believe that bed bugs do not transmit diseases to humans despite the fact that over 28 different pathogens have been found in bed bugs.
• Not everyone will have the same reaction to bed bug bites.
• Bite marks can appear in rows, in clusters, or sporadically on your body.
• About 50% of people who are bitten by bed bugs suffer the allergic reaction from the bed bug bite wounds.
• Bed bug bites are not considered to be a serious threat; however some victims must take antibiotics, steroids, or antihistamines.
• Bed bug bite marks may occur immediately or up to 10 days after the bites occurred.
You cannot be 100% certain that the bites you have on your body are caused by bed bugs without having a sample of an actual bug examined by an entomologist or by a licensed NJ pest control professional.