Whether you are at home or in a hotel, there is nothing quite so disconcerting as waking up with itchy, red bumps on your body and not knowing where they came from. Are they bed bug bites? Mosquito bites? How can you tell?
What do bed bug bites look like?
According to the CDC, one of the easiest ways to identify a bed bug infestation is by bite marks on the body while sleeping. The only problem is, these bites can take as long as 14 days to develop once they have occurred. Bed bugs inject an anesthetic and anticoagulant under the skin to ensure they can feed freely without being detected. Most people don’t even realize they have been bitten until long after the bite has occurred when the body begins reacting to the anticoagulant. Bite marks may appear red and raised and will likely itch or be irritating. They may be in a straight line or randomly placed on the arms, face, hands, legs, or other areas of the body. However, because everybody reacts differently, some people never experience raised, red bites or the itching associated with being bitten.
Do bed bugs bite you during the day?
Bed bugs tend to hide in dark crevices during the day, but they are not entirely nocturnal. Keep in mind; they are opportunistic bugs. Even though their peak feeding times are between 2 AM and 5 AM, they will feed whenever you are available. If you work nights and sleep during the day, bed bugs will come out to feed when you are there. However, they tend to be more active during pre-dawn hours.
Where are bed bugs found?
From the springs of a mattress to inside the walls of a dwelling, bed bugs can live anywhere, not just in a bed. However, they like to live and reproduce next to their food source (blood). They can be found in a mattress, in the crevices of a sofa, in carpet, or along baseboards. Anywhere you might find cobwebs; you can find bed bugs.
What causes bed bugs and where do they come from?
Since they lack wings, bed bugs do not fly. However, they are adept at traveling from place to place, carefully hidden in luggage, clothing, and furniture. Bed bugs are especially sensitive to heat. Therefore, they usually do not travel on your body or in your hair. Temperatures over 110 degrees Fahrenheit can kill bed bugs and their larvae which is why they tend to hide during daylight hours and reproduce in perpetually dark places. Since a single female can lay up to 500 eggs in her lifetime and those bed bugs can reproduce within a few months, it only takes a few hitchhikers to infest an entirely new place.
If you suspect you have been bitten by bed bugs, you are entitled to compensation for your pain, suffering, medical bills, and extermination costs. Contact the bed bug lawyers at The Elan Law Firm for more information or to discuss your case.