Making it even more challenging to determine if you have signs of bed bug bites or some other pest, bed bugs feed at night while you’re asleep and then go back into hiding. Since the bite doesn’t hurt, you don’t wake up and catch them in the act. The next morning, you have no idea you’ve been a bed bug meal.
Some people have no reaction at all to bed bug bites, so if you have other reasons to suspect you have bed bugs, don’t conclude that you don’t just because you’re not breaking out with the reddish, itchy welts that are the typical signs of bed bug bites.
However, if you do develop irritated bite marks that you can’t explain, there’s no need to panic, but you have a situation that needs attention.
The Medical Problem
Fortunately, bed bugs are not known to transmit diseases to people or pets. But there are a couple of medical problems you should be aware of:
- It can be hard to resist scratching the itches that bed bug bites can cause. It’s easy to break the skin, which can lead to infection.
- Some people are allergic to bed bug bites.
If you have signs of bed bug bites that are causing you discomfort, it’s a good idea to use antibiotic or antiseptic ointments to prevent infections, along with antihistamines or corticosteroids to counter any possible allergic reactions. You can use over-the-counter medications or visit a doctor to get stronger prescription medications. But a doctor won’t be able to tell you definitively that you’re suffering from bed bug bites. The proof has to come from evidence of bed bugs in your home.
The Residence Problem
The obvious first step if you think you have bed bug bites is to look for indications of bed bugs in your apartment—tiny red blots on your sheets, molted bed bug skins, minuscule eggs, and of course the bed bugs themselves.
But bed bugs are one of the hardest pests to identify, locate, and exterminate, even for professionals. And even if you do find signs of bed bugs, you’re still going to need an exterminator to get rid of them because it’s almost impossible to locate and reach them all with the proper chemicals without professional expertise and tools.
So your best bet is to call an exterminator to check if you have a problem and get rid of it if you do.