One of the things parasitic pests like bed bugs are known for is the discomfort they cause at night. These are nocturnal creatures that feed on blood and only do so when their host is still (sleeping).
When bitten by these bugs, you’re likely to wake up to severe itches on your skin.
No Sign Of Bed Bugs But I Have Bites
Now, one frustrating reality is that pests responsible for such bites might prove elusive. Your search is likely to prove unfruitful especially when you don’t know where to look.
So, are you getting bitten at night but no sign of bed bugs? Do you wish to find and or identify the causes? This article helps out with that.
Getting to The Root Cause of the Problem
The instinct after waking up to find bite marks is to investigate or get to the root cause of the problem. Bed bugs won’t normally hang around your skin after a meal.
They’ll get back to hiding where they slowly digest their meal and lay eggs. So, inspecting your body for these pests should be ruled out.
Knowing Where to Look
To determine whether you’re bitten by bed bugs or not, you need to know where to look. If these pests aren’t found around their usual hideouts, it’s possible a different pest could be responsible for your bites.
So, where do bed bugs hide? A summarized answer will be in several places.
For a more thorough search, you’ll need to look at the seams of couches and chairs. Of course, a flashlight is needed for adequate illumination of the inspected areas.
You’ll need to also search between cushions and curtail folds. Drawer joints are additional areas to inspect.
Bed bugs will also hide beneath wall hangings and loose wallpaper as well as in electrical appliances and receptacles. Also, consider search screw heads as well as junctions between walls and ceilings.
Your mattress is a hotspot for their activity. As such, you might want to have it inspected.
You’re likely to find reddish or rusty stains on your bedsheets as well as your mattresses. These mostly arise when bed bugs are crushed whenever you turn while sleeping.
If the bite marks you see are caused by bed bugs, they should show up in all or some of these areas.
Are Your Bite Marks Caused By Bed Bugs?
Doubts usually come up after searching for bed bugs in all the areas mentioned without results. Here, you may have to consider other possibilities as well.
Are the bites isolated? Such could be due to spiders. Another possibility is that you may have been bitten by fleas.
If so, such bites will mostly appear around your ankles.
Fleas will be a possible cause of bites if you keep pets around. Such pets may be infested by these parasitic pests.
Bed bug bites typically appear around the face, feet, neck, and arms area. Your arms are also likely to have some bite marks. One clear sign of bed bug bites is the itch that follows.
In the absence of bed bugs, other likely causes of bites at night include those from mites and mosquitoes. So, you’ll have to be open to the possibility of other pests like spiders, fleas, mosquitoes, and mites.
Examining Bite Areas
When you realized you’ve been bitten, you’ll need to look closely to see the type of bites as well as the areas where these bites are.
Here, narrowing down on the culprits will require looking at individual pest bites as follows;
Bed bug bites
Is your skin itchy?
This is a possibility that you’ve been bitten by bed bugs. However, it’s only a possibility and not a confirmation because other pest bites are also itchy.
With bed bugs, you’re likely to notice the bite area being swollen and red. Such bite marks will come with a dark red center.
What more? You might also notice the bite marks appearing in a line or a group within a small area of your skin.
Blisters or hives might appear at bite sites with feverishness being experienced in some cases.
Spider bites cannot be ruled out. Some species are nocturnal. However, even these rarely bite until they feel threatened.
Bites from the not-so-venomous spider types of spiders will also seem like those from bed bugs.
However, close examination will reveal rash, swelling, itchiness, and red welts on the skin. Bites from spiders are mostly isolated.
This is because they only bite for defense purposes and not for feeding.
As mentioned earlier, there’s a strong possibility that fleas are responsible for your bites if you have pets around. This is because pets are considered a more suitable flea host.
While this is true, fleas won’t pass the opportunity of feeding on human blood when the opportunity presents itself.
Bite marks should be around your ankle or feet area, lets, knees, elbows, and armpits. Ordinarily, such bites should remain around the ankle.
However, when you sleep, these pests can easily hop onto any area of your body for a quick meal.
Mosquitoes are considered as being among the most deadly pests due to diseases spread. Your bite marks could be a result of mosquito activity.
Such bites aren’t mostly serious nevertheless; dangerous viral diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, and West Nile virus, etc can be spread.
Mites could be responsible for your bite marks when you sleep. Although these critters mostly live on rodents and birds, they could also end up with human hosts.
They feed on blood and their bites will always show signs like swollen skin, red rash, itchiness, and inflamed bumps.
Call For Professional Help
It’s clear from our discussion that the causes of bite marks on the skin cannot always be attributed to bed bugs.
With bed bugs, their presence can be easily detected by looking at many areas.
When these pests aren’t found in likely spots, then its possible bite marks are due to other pests’ presence or activities. A professional pest control technician should be able to help identify the causes and treat them accordingly.
With the tips provided here, it shouldn’t be difficult figuring out pest bites. Investigation of root causes and subsequent treatment is performed by following the simple guidelines provided.