Bed Bug Bites – Easy Identification and Treatment

Bed bug bites can leave you with painful inflammation and since they love to hide in beds, you may be bitten a number of times before you wake up in the morning! If you have a severe allergic reaction, its recommended that you seek professional medical assistance as soon as possible. Besides medical creams and pills, things like tea tree oil, baking soda and even lemon juice can also give you relief at minimal cost. I highly recommend that you try these first as they work really well.

Since bed bugs can be found throughout the world, many people have suffered from their bites. Since you are reading this, you have also most likely been a victim but don’t worry, you are not alone. Their primary diet is blood, which makes humans their meal of choice, definitely not good news for us! Based on personal experience, they can leave a rather nasty, red mark which can itch like mad. No wonder people say “Goodnight and don’t let the bed bugs bite!” What do these bites look like, and what are some ways that you can get rid of them?

What Do Bed Bug Bites Look Like?

In comparison to other insect bites, bed bug bite marks are usually in groups of three or more when they appear on the skin. This is sometimes called the “breakfast, lunch and supper bites”. As you can see in the picture below, the bites are rather close to each other. Their bites often look like little red bumps, pimples or even blisters and welts. Some people can also mistake them for flea bites. If one of these insects bite you, you usually won’t even feel it as it uses a form of anesthetic which dulls the pain.

Bed bugs also are known to leave bite marks in a straight line, also in close proximity to each other. A single bed bug can bite you a number of times during the night. However, if you have a bed bug infestation, there are usually a large number of these little pests and this can result in a multitude of bite marks.

Please also remember that some people may not have a negative reaction to these bites. In fact, sometimes they are mistaken for spider bites, even by medical professionals so make sure you let your doctor know if you feel it could be a bite from bedbugs. Lastly, you will be happy to learn that bed bugs do not fly so you won’t be attacked from the air. πŸ˜‰

bed bug bites The biggest problem with these bites is that, depending on the persons skin and their tolerance to bacteria, their appearance is different on different types of people. I have noticed in the past that if I get bitten by a mosquito, I get a rather large red mark (even without scratching), whereas my husbands skin hardly shows any signs of the bite.

Likewise, if I get bitten by a bed bug, I usually get a rather bad rash which is extremely sensitive to touch while they are hardly visible on my husband. If your bites become very itchy, you need to resist the urge to scratch the affected area as this can make the problem worse and cause further inflammation, infection or even bleeding. According to the Center for Disease Control, bed bug bites can even cause insomnia due to the fear of being bitten. This can result in a lack of energy and dramatically increased anxiety levels.

Its important to note that bed bugs can easily be transferred from other locations (such as hotels, friends, etc.) into your bedroom, something your definitely want to avoid! Its important to always check your skin, clothing and bags for any signs of bed bugs (and their bites) before entering your bedroom after sleeping away from the home. If you have been bitten a couple times, there is usually no urgent need for medical care. In fact, there are a number of effective home remedies that you can use to treat these insect bites. However, sometimes medical assistance is required. When is this the case and how can you identify when professional help is needed?

Should I Visit a Doctor if I Have Been Bitten?

Firstly, its important to remember that, despite their daily diet of blood, bed bugs will not transfer blood based diseases (such as AIDS, etc.). However, in very rare cases, these bites have been known to cause Anaphylaxis, which is an adverse allergic reaction that covers the entire body in a rash. After being bitten by a bed bug, be alert for any of these potential complications:

  1. Sharp pains around your stomach region.
  2. Breathing or swallowing becomes more difficult.
  3. Skin starts becoming painful to touch (not just around the bite itself)
  4. Swollen tongue or an increasing temperature.
  5. Very light headed or nauseous.

While I understand that these reactions may have other causes, if you have just had a number of bed bug bites symptoms (listed above), I highly recommend contacting a doctor as you may be having an allergic reaction. However, the good news is that its rather rare so there is usually no need to worry yourself.

How To Get Rid of Bed Bug Bites Effectively

Lets have a look at few products you can use to alleviate the itchiness of these bites and ultimately get rid of them. However, before trying anything, something that you should do immediately is give the affected area a quick wash with water and a mild soap. This will ensure that any bacteria is killed and there wont be any potential infections.

  1. Antihistamine cream (Benadryl is a good one) can give you relief from itchiness. Usually you can get this over the counter (without a medical script).
  2. Cortisone cream is also great for accelerating the healing process and calming the skin down.
  3. Antibiotics can be prescribed by your medical practitioner for inflammation and allergic reactions.
  4. Calamine cream can protect dry skin while you body repairs itself.

There are also a number of natural bite treatments that have proven to be very effective. I personally love these! Here are a few that work well:

  1. Relief can be found by putting the affected skin under warm water (NB: Avoid hot water as this can make it worse!)Antihistamine Cream Lotion
  2. Apply tea tree oil to the bite marks. Peppermint oil is also a great option to stop the itching and accelerate healing.
  3. Baking soda paste (mix with water), applied to the bed bug bite marks and left for 30 minutes can also yield great results
  4. Lemon juice and Aloe Vera gel has calming and regenerative properties can can be used to treat the bites.

However, always remember that these simply treat the problem and do not get down to the root cause. You will still need to take steps to get rid of them! Here are a couple home remedies to get rid of bed bugs that have been extremely helpful to the community. I encourage you to take a look at that article if you are serious about removing them properly.

Where Do Bed Bugs Usually Bite and How Long Do the Red Marks Last For?

Bed bugs are not too picky when it comes to feeding. As long as skin is exposed, it’s a juicy target. However, it seems that bed bugs enjoy feeding on the neck region, making their feeding habits very close to those sparkly vampires you see on Twilight. Since most people wear pajamas when they go to sleep, other common areas for bites include the arms, hands, feet and face since they are also exposed. If you are sleeping in a hotel and are nervous about bed bugs, simply wear extra clothing to completely cover your skin. You can also purchase plastic covers to protect yourself against these pests while sleeping out.

The bites usually last about 7 days, even if they are treated correctly. However, if you have sensitive skin like myself, they can last a couple weeks or in my husbands case, they last only a few days. As mentioned, if you scratch the bites its going to make things worse and besides running the risk of a bacterial infection, they will also take longer to heal so keep your nails away from them!

Pictures of Bed Bug Bites For Easy Identification

Here are a few more picture of bed bug bites for your viewing pleasure. If you have any more and would like to contribute to this post, please feel free to contact me and I will put them up!

Bed Bug Bitten On Back Picture 2

Red Marks From Bed Bugs

Bed Bug Measured Bites Picture 3

Bite Marks Measured

Bed Bugs Hand Bites Marks Picture 4

Bed Bugs And Their Bites




Red Marks Bed Bug Bits Picture 5

Large number of localized bites

Small Bed Bug Bite Marks Close-Up Picture 6

Many Small Bite Marks

Bed Bug Bite On Arm

Inflammation from many bedbug bites

In conclusion, bed bug bites can be a pain to deal with (pun intended) but with a few natural or product based remedies, treatment is rather easy. Most of the time, these bites can be extremely itchy and may cause a slight swelling, depending on how sensitive the victims skin is. However, caution needs to be taken when more adverse symptoms develop and if this happens to you or a family member, it’s a good idea to contact your doctor immediately! I invite you to share this post with your friends and I hope you have a fantastic day! πŸ™‚

Educational Video On Detecting Bed Bugs:


  1. Avatar Tracy says:

    Hi, I am from the United states and have recently travelled to Poland. Decided to stay in an AirBnb in Warsaw. Everything was okay until a couple of days into the stay when I noticed what seemed like a very small cluster of small bites in the crook of my neck. Stranger still, on the opposite side of my neck, in the same location, there was another very small cluster of small bites. Ofcourse, I panicked. Washed everything three times, etc. The next few days, it seemed a couple of more would appear in the same area. In the crook region of my neck. But, NOT on my legs, feet, stomach, hands. Keep in mind, I sleep with very little clothes and thought it was weird that this “skin reaction” was not any where else. I did start wearing a new product in my hair and exactly where my hair falls usually, is pretty much where these little “bumps” appeared. I did try to do little experiments to test out the theory that I may just be having a skin reaction to a hair product. One night, after donning almost little to nothing sleepwear, I rubbed lemon juice all over my neck. The next morning, I did feel slightly better but I believe maybe one or two very small bites after I washed it. Lately, I’ve been securely wrapping my neck and covering it when I go to sleep and have recently stopped using said new product in my hair. The bumps seem to be darkening and going away and as usual, found nowhere else on my body. Occassionally, after running the crook of my neck area, it feels like one or two very small bumps will appear. I dont know. Is this a new level of highly sophisticated bed bugs that I’m dealing with? Or is it just a skin reaction and my mind is playing invisible bug warfare on me? Please note. I do not have lice and these very small bumps I mentioned before are way further down from my scalp. Crook of neck area. Just a little higher than where my collar bone is. Please advise. Have you heard of anything like this?

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Tracy! I personally think it is just a skin reaction, but take some time to examine the bed and carpet for any signs of insects as I don’t want to rule out the possibility of a bug biting you. Let me know what you find and I will help you out πŸ™‚

  2. Avatar Jane says:

    Hello. Do beg bugs hide in the scalp of your hair?

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Jane, highly unlikely, If you are worried, just a simple shower and shampoo should bring you relief.

  3. Avatar Britney says:

    Hi! I was just curious, I am staying at my parents (which Ive never had an issue before) and have 21 bites on my bicep/forearm/in the bend of my arm which I noticed yesterday. They dont itch and are already losing the redness. This morning I woke up and have no new bites. My husband and son do not have bites either (they both are very sensitive to insect bites too). We checked the bed before bed last night and there were no signs of bed bugs. Is it possible that its still bed bugs???

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Britney! Yes it is possible, but it could also be a number of other insects or even other causes. My recommendation is that you do a full investigation of the bed (like 20min worth) and if you don’t find anything, then don’t worry about it being bed bugs. If you find anything, let me know and I will help you further.

  4. Avatar Jo says:

    Hello! Almost overnight I have had a series of small bumps appear on my chest. These bumps look like pimples and they don’t itch at all. I had bed bugs well over a year ago and once they were treated I never saw anything except these bumps recently. My sister thinks I’m just being paranoid because we’ve both checked the bed and saw no signs. And because my chest is always covered, but my arms and legs that are are exposed never have places. I realize that I’m probably being paranoid, but I just wanted an outside opinion.

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Jo, if they were bed bug bites, it is highly unlikely that they wouldn’t be itchy or sore. To be sure, take an hour or so to triple check if there are any signs of these insects. If you find anything, let me know and I will help you.

  5. Avatar Gail says:

    About five weeks ago bed bugs were found out work, then two weeks ago they spread, pest control has seen continuously coming to check and yesterday they gave the place the green light. I work with a largely indigent populace, the office I work at was not sprayed, during the night at some point, I will feel painful stings, hours later I have been finding small lumps or even large and hard ones, Could it be bed bugs? There is a particularly painful lump on the back of my thigh, it’s very hard too.

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Gail! It is possible, I recommend that you spend an hour or so trying to actually find evidence of the insect though before we do anything (or start stressing too much). Let me know what you find.

  6. Avatar Heather says:

    Hi been getting bites since March. I have been to three doctors who all say the bites are not bed bug bites due to the pattern of the bites. This weekend I got bit again I have one on my leg and a two on my waistline. One of really big and the other are two small ones that are really red. I woke up in the middle of the night and saw a small bug on pillow and one on wall by bed and took a picture and from looking online looks like pic could be a bed bug or chigger. We have already checked the mattress a bunch and found no signs of bed bugs. Can I send you a pic so you can confirm what the bug might be?

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Heather! Yes sure, this comment will fire an email notification, simply reply to it with your attachment. Have a good one!

  7. Avatar Samantha says:

    Hi Natasha!
    just got back from two weekends of traveling to two diff locations. noticed a slight rash yesterday on the side of my ribs and a couple smaller itchy spots on one side of my stomach, etc. i don’t think it was from the first weekend of travelling as my bed companion didn’t get anything. the second weekend was at a college campus, but i had wiped the bed down before putting sheets and a sleeping bag over it. got back home sunday and noticed the itch yesterday (tuesday). so now i’m freaking out and assuming the worst scenarios. i’ve washed and dried all my clothes (though i did leave my suitcase out for two days before i even realized the itch), my sheets, and used a handheld steamer on my mattress, clorox / lysol the edge of my bed and the wooden frame, vacuumed all open areas on my wooden floor, etc. not sure if i should go to urgent care or what, but i’ve so far used hydrocortisone (previously already prescribed). can you please help or can i send you photos since you’re more familiar with this? never happened to be at home before all 20 something years so now i’m terrified i brought something back with me!

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Samantha! I highly recommend spending about 15min to investigate your bed (especially on the corners and don’t forget to look under the sheets, etc). If there are no signs of bed bugs, then I suggest that you don’t worry about it. Additionally, I have had itchy bites after a nights sleep and it turned out to be a once off occurrence, so just take action if it keeps happening. Hope that helps, sorry for the delayed response.

      • Avatar Samantha says:

        thank you natasha! i’ve reached out to both locations i’ve traveled to and they confirmed their pest control vendors have found nothing. and i had a visual/dog inspection from a reputable pest control company to check my entire house and they’ve found nothing as well. so hopefully this is just a one off and / or mosquito bites that just like biting in a line…can’t help but still be paranoid and sleep bundled up with socks πŸ™

        • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

          Hi Sam! Glad to hear it, and thanks for keeping me updated. Enjoy the rest of your life πŸ™‚

  8. Avatar Marisa says:

    I have very small red bumps on only one hand. Most of them skin color a few red. They don’t hurt and if I scratch them they itch a little bit mostly I don’t even notice they are there. They aren’t really in a line but I have probably about 6 or so on the top of my hand only. I searched my bed and all around it I find no trace of anything. I did read up and find that some bed bugs affect people differently and don’t show up right away. I have been sleeping on this mattress for over a month now and this just started happening for about 3 weeks. Am I just being paranoid or you think it sounds like bed bugs at all

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Marisa! Honestly, it might not be bed bugs as many things can cause that. I recommend looking for any signs of them before presuming it’s these little pests. Let me know what you find πŸ™‚

  9. Avatar Kera says:

    Hi i been had these bite on my ankle they start to spread on my arm in leg. . I found. Bug on son bed. I start. Spray hot spot for bed bugs all over the 3 bed .Is there anything else i need to do because it my first time every have bed big in my life .they i see small bug on feet awake up this morning. So I freak out because i had children in one my son complained about itch.I live in apartment buildings on third floor

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Kera! I recommend that you do a proper investigation on all your beds and try find any more of these insects. There is a chance that it was the only one, but you need to make sure and you need to find out quickly. Let me know what you find πŸ™‚

  10. Avatar JYOTSNAMANI MOHANTA says:

    Hi Natasha !! I recently saw a bed bug crawling on my bed. So, I immediately cleaned all clothes in my room with hot water and put in high heat in the drier. I also sprayed the whole house with bed bug spray. Now on closer look of the mattress I found some bug remaining like its cover/shell, 2-3 blood stains but I did not find a colony/cluster of the bugs (which I was sort of expecting). So I bought a steamer and steamed my mattress and box spring. I also bought covers for the mattress and the box spring so that in case I missed any, they might get suffocated (at least I hope so). After all this, the next morning I woke up and found some sort of bite marks on my face. Also since I could not find any cluster of bugs, could they still be somewhere in my room ? where should I look for them ?

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi there! If they are bed bugs, your best bet is to check your mattress, and the base it’s lying on. Any brown discoloration, etc. will be a sign, so start there. Hope that helps.

  11. Avatar Allie Lenard says:

    Natasha, can I send you some pics of bites I found on my son? I can’t determine what kind of bites they are.

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Allie! Sure thing, I will drop you an email, just reply to it with the attachment.

  12. Avatar Madison says:

    I have been itching the top of my breast for 2 days now and it hurts like hell. it’s only on the left side and they are huge! some are straight lines and some look like stars .. i don’t know if it’s a bug bite , breast cancer , spider bite or not .. please help

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Madison! I suggest that you go and see a doctor for a diagnosis, I don’t feel comfortable telling you not to worry and then it is something serious. Hope that helps πŸ™‚

  13. Avatar Chris says:

    Hello…curious… do these look like bedbug bites? Wondering if I could send u an email?

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Chris, sure thing, just attach the image to the email that gets sent after I reply to this message πŸ™‚

  14. Avatar Paul Alfaro says:

    Hi, I’m a little late to the talk but this is honestly very strange to me, i had bed bugs about a year ago and fully got rid of them, as of yesterday, 9/10, i woke up to bites on my right hand, palm and fingers not on the top of my hand, and on my right foot, in between my toes and the soles of my foot. i thought it may be bed bugs because of having 3 days so maybe one of them jumped on my bed and brought one along, but i decided to sleep one more night, i now got bit on me left hand and feet the same as my other bites, only on my toes soles palms and fingers, they’re red bumps that itch and whenever they’re pressed along something they hurt, if they are bed bugs why aren’t they like how i had them last time where i got bit everywhere there wasn’t hair, now I’m only getting bit in those spots, hopefully my info helps! Thanks!

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Paul! It could be bed bugs, even if the experience is different. I suggest you look for them first, check the mattress and linen πŸ™‚

  15. Avatar Sean says:

    I know it said the most common areas to get bitten are on the arms and upper body but what about the side of you’re body close to back and stomach I am positive that it is a bed bug bite as I stay in a academy for the mattress and whole bedding changed I found the small
    Buggers in the mattress also have been using tea tree oil on me as well as the bedding but the itching and bites don’t seem to stop or go away.

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Sean, yeah they could bite anywhere, it is just those are common places. Have you managed to sort out the issue?

  16. Avatar Mary Q. says:

    Hi! Ms. Natasha Every morning when I wake up I could see new bites in me at first the bites were located at my legs now Ithere are bites in my arms some. Two bites or some are in straight pattern with 1-2 inches away from each bites. I remember my sister went to mow with my father when she arrived home we noticed red bites in circular and linear pattern then when we woke up her legs are covered with bites. Now she is healing after like five days. I noticed mine started a day after hers or 2days. The. Some of my bites will get hard and will itch at the sides. Ill send a picture to you,
    As precautionary measure I washed all our linens and sheets in hot water and dried them in hot dryer. I also sprayed insecticides and put bed bug killer pwder to the carpet. Thank you Natasha

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Mary, i know this is a little late, but please send that pic as an attachment, would like to see it.

  17. Avatar Adam Lin says:

    Hi please help me out Natasha! A few days ago I woke up at midnight to find 3 bites in a almost straight line and I was afraid that it was a bed bug my mom said that there was a chance of it being a misquito since I was outside all night long but I’m still getting this weird feeling that it could be bed bugs what do you think it is can you take a guess. Help!

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Adam, honestly, three bites in a row is not an absolute guarantee that it was a bed bug, it is just something that is common. I suggest that you investigate your bed properly, look for other signs like red marks, etc. Hope that helps!

  18. Avatar Joyce Moss says:

    We had an exterminator check our mattress and he found old dried remains of a bed bug. Never had any bites. Sometimes I will get a small welt that itches for a few minutes then nothing. I have checked the bed ten thousand times and never saw anything. Please don’t say we have bed bugs. I’m losing my mind. Am a senior so if there’s anything I can use that’s household and low cost please let me know. Thank you.

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Joyce! By the sounds of it, your bed doesn’t have anything and unless you are seeing signs of them (like dark spots, etc.), I honestly wouldn’t worry. If signs start appearing, then you can take action.

  19. Avatar Ana says:

    Hi please help me out I am not sure what kind of btes these are I’m pretty sure I’m getting them at night when Is sleep I really hope it’s not bed bugs help me please!

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Ana! Don’t jump to conclusions, maybe it is another insect. I suggest that you watch the video (or some of my other ones on my YT channel) and find them first, then I can help you get rid of them. Hope that helps!

  20. Avatar Brittny says:

    Hello my son has 6 bumps in a row on arm he is the only one in the house with these bites and they came from out of no where and we have done nothing differently could it be bed bugs? He shares a room with his brother but his brother has nothing.

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Brittny, it is possible but you will only know for certain if you find the little pests. I suggest you investigate and let me know what you find!

  21. Avatar B. Shumpert says:

    My husband for 5 yrs had been getting bites on one knee and on his stomach about every other month or so. They are maybe 3 or 4 on stomach area and maybe 6 or 7 on the knee – always same knee and same area on stomach. We wondered about bed bugs so we put DE out, corked all openings and cracks, and sprayed – we have never seen signs of the bed bugs, we put the mattress and box springs in the bed bug proof cover. If it were bed bugs would they not bite some where else and would you not get more of them after all this time? The only bug we have seen are the ones that look like lady bugs sometimes but I understand they do not bite!
    Please email me with any answer in case I do not stumble on this site again – if you do that!!!
    Thank you for any input!!!

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi there! Honestly, if you have checked properly (like really well) and you don’t see any signs of bed bugs, it might be another insect. Unfortunately, there are so many little insects that could be biting you (such as fleas, etc.) but maybe start with giving all your laundry a good hot wash. Once that is done, see if you continue getting the bites and then we can investigate. Good luck, if you appreciated my help, please share my blog with your friends and family.

  22. Avatar Derpette says:

    We had bed bugs two years ago and I was hyper allergic. I’ve been paranoid every since. This morning I woke up with five marks on my stomach and am now terrified. When I got bit before it was my hands arms or face but it was my stomach… I wear guys shirts so my stomach was definitely fully covered. There have been zero signs for two years and suddenly five marks on my stomach. Is this some sort of rash or did they suddenly come out of nowhere within a night?

    I can’t get imgr or anything to work on my stupid phone could I please send an email? I’m seriously freaking out

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Derpette! Yeah sure, I will drop you an email and you can just reply to it. Don’t stress, these things can be solved.

  23. Avatar K G says:

    Hi i am grying to figure out what these bumps are on the back of my neck by my hair line.. i have one near the back of one of my wars but srillat my hair line…then i also have one a that is a few inches away from it that is as well at my hair line but it is towards the back of my neck and i have one that is about an inch away from that one near my hair line. They do not itch and they just apeared tonight while i was working….i am constantly spraying my bed because of bed bugs in the past. Do these sound like bed bug bights sincr it really isnt in a cluster and they arnt in a straight line???? Please help me…

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi KG, in all honestly, it is impossible for me to diagnose those bumps. As much as it might be bed bugs, it might be another insect or perhaps even an allergic reaction. My advice is to visit your doctor, he will be able to help. πŸ™‚

  24. Avatar Tresea London says:

    Hi have a bunch of bumps all ovet my stomach snd belly looks like a radh .it iches alot had for awhile now but do bedbigs leave tiny lil bumps it almost looks like a rash .

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Tresea! Yes they can, but then again, a number of bugs can leave a rash when they bite. Your best bet is to look for the bed bugs. Let me know if you discover anything and I will help you. Good luck, please share this post on Facebook if you appreciated my response.

  25. Avatar Charna Maupin says:

    I left home for work with nothing, but when I came home I In have 2 bite areas. The first bite is 4 little red blisters in a straight line on the middle part of my arm. The second one is red bite with a swollen outercore. I don’t see any bugs and I’m the only one gtting bit

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Charna! It could be bed bugs but then again, it might be a number of different insects. Put some vinegar on the bites to ease them and then I suggest looking for insects at your place of work, then take action. Good luck, please share this post on Facebook if you appreciated my help.

  26. Avatar R Flores says:

    I have been waking up with red dots on my stomach. When they itch thats when they become red. They dont itch for long. I search my bed sprayed it and put traps under the mattress but haven’t found anything. Please help

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi there! You will have to find the insect before I can suggest a treatment. Let me know what you discover!

  27. Avatar Bonnie says:

    Yes they are in a line but I haven’t seen a bed bug in my home.

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Bonnie. If you have investigated the bed properly and found nothing, don’t worry about it. Unless you keep getting bitten, then maybe call an exterminator out or use some of the DIY methods on this blog to sort it out πŸ™‚

  28. Avatar Bonnie says:

    Hi my daughter has itchy bites and i dont know if they are bed bug bites.How do i know if they are bed bug bites.Can you help me?Thank you

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Bonnie, you will have to get them identified. Are they close together?

  29. Avatar Jennifer Guentert says:

    So I have had bedbugs before and I had tons of bites everywhere from my feet to my neck! This time im not exactly sure if I have bed bugs.. I came home one evening and notices bites on my inner arm and then on my forearm, the ones on my inner arm are out of place and scattered bites, the ones on my fore arm are 3 diagonal dots. I have checked my bed and box spring seeing as I have had them before but there is nothing there? Am I being paranoid or do I really have bed bugs?

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Jen! Well the bites must have come from somewhere but it might not be bed bugs. Sorry for the delayed response on your comment, have you found any signs of bed bugs since you posted it?

  30. Avatar Clau says:

    Help!!! We have put mattress encassements and the little plates on the wheels for detection. The exterminator came on Saturday and today we saw one crawling the wall. Is this normal?

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Clau, not usually. Maybe wait a couple days and if you are still seeing them, let the company know.

  31. Avatar Sarah says:

    Hi mats ha, I had a heat treatment on Saturday but woke up Thursday morning with three new bites all in a row…do you suppose it’s one bug that was missed…or a delayed reaction from before the treatment? I looked high and low and can’t find any of the little f@#kers your input would mean a lot thank you

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Sarah! I would wait a day or two, let me know if the bites keep coming and then we can take action.

  32. Avatar Jessica says:

    Hello! I am not sure if we have bed bugs or not. It seems like I am the only one getting bit. We co-sleep with our children and neither of them have signs of any kind of bites. I wake up with bite marks underneath my breasts and sometimes behind my knees. The bites itch for only a few minutes and disappear a few minutes after. We have looked through our mattress and have found no signs of anything. No blood smears nor any fecal matter. Could my bites be caused by something else.

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Jessica, yes it could be, do you have any pets? I think it might be fleas, provided you have looked properly and don’t find any signs of bed bugs.

      • Avatar Jessica says:

        No we have no pets. The bite marks always happen in the same area every night. We examined our bed once again and everything around it but found no signs of anything.

        • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

          Hi Jessica, it is still possible that its fleas to be honest. Check out my article on making your own DIY trap, leave that overnight and see if it catches anything.

  33. Avatar Paula Edwards says:

    Hi, I’ve been in my apartment for over 8 years. We just had new neighbors move into our building. Now me and my children are getting bit at night by something. So, this morning, I was sitting on the couch in my bedroom and a bug crawled up my pants’ leg. I captured it in a plastic bag. I believe it’s a bed bug but is there a way to submit a picture to you, so you can take a look? Thank you!

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Paula! Sure thing, upload it somewhere and send me the link (use the contact form) and I will definitely help you, thanks for stopping by!

  34. Avatar Richard says:

    My son brought bedbugs from his grandmas house ! Now I’ve Been bit before so I know how they feel and what not but this time the bites give me a reaction . The bites get really swollen I mean huge and they cause my body to get really hot and sweaty ??? What can this reaction be!!?? Please help

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Richard! Some people get different reactions, your doctor can give you some cream for that. Focus immediately on getting rid of those bed bugs before they spread, let me know if you would like a free quote πŸ™‚

  35. Avatar Tiara hudson says:

    Hi there I have dry skin which makes me itch alot but I get these red bumps but it’s only one bite one on my stomach one on my back one on my leg and one on the back of my neck is that bed bugs and how can I send you a picture thanks plz help

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Tiara! Upload it somewhere (imgur, etc.) and send me the link via email πŸ™‚

  36. Avatar Hannah says:

    Hey there! So I recently stayed in a condo through a timeshare. After two nights of staying there I woke up with about 30 bites all over my boxy (head to toe) throughout the day more and more bites appeared. They have began to itch very, very badly and are now beginning to blister. I did go to a nearby lake as well so it could possibly be something from the lake. I went to two separate physicians and neither one of them could diagnose the bites as anything. I am no longer there to inspect the bedding and furniture, unfortunately. Although I didn’t not see any blood spots, egg shells or any of that matter on the bed sheets. Do you think the bites could be from bed bugs?

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Hannah! It is very possible, glad you are not living there anymore hehe.

  37. Avatar rose says:

    Hi I have found one bump on my leg then one on my elbow and now one on my arm all bumps came different days and not when I woke up just random times of the day and they go away within like 2 days I’ve had friends who had bed bugs before the bites were alway 2-3 never just one but I’m still freaking out could it be bed bugs

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Rose, yes it is possible. Your first step will be to try and locate any, let me know if you find anything.

  38. Avatar Cedonne says:

    I am freaking out. I woke up with one bump on my hand yesterday and tonight at about 2am i woke up with my hand itching again…there is a swollen lump about an inch away from yesterdays bump and then there are two swollen itchy lumps right by my wrist…there is also a swollen itchy lump on my chin… I am freaking out because i work in people’s homes so i always have this fear of bringing something home and recently a client hadn’t some bites on her back that looked similar to this. They went down as I rubbed alcohol. Ive had bites at a friends house similar to this n there are lots of spiders where she lives. It doesnt look like bed bigs but maybe some kind of house spider maybe getting to me at night(im in philadelphia). But again swelling and extremely itchy. I dont see bed big signs on my bed or anything can i email u a pic of my hand and face? I am itching so badly amd i cannot turn the lights back out and fall to sleep im paranoid. I cant stand any bugs.

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Cedonne! Sorry to hear that. You can but it will be difficult to tell the insect just from the bite mark. I suggest that you maybe get someone in to do an assessment for you, otherwise launder your bedding, etc. and then look for signs of bed bugs a couple nights later.

  39. Avatar Kate says:

    Just wondering if it is unusual for bed bugs to bite where you are clothed? I have 3 bites, in a diagonal line on one side and in a triangle shape on the other side of my pelvic area both which are covered by underwear at night. Then I have a random spot here and there on my legs. We have a plastic mattress cover on our bed but use dark sheets. As best I can tell there is no evidence of bed bugs. What do you think? Thanks!

  40. Avatar Shannon says:

    Can I send you a picture of bites my boyfriend has?

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Shannon, I think you already did, I replied already πŸ™‚

  41. Avatar Ohgmiiigoshhh says:

    So I just moved into my new place everything brand new I noticed 2 bed bugs I had my house exterminated right away and everything is Double baged I still have to do laundry. But anywho I woke up this morning and got bit on my leg again. My bed isn’t againt the wall the legs to my bed have Lil plastic up with powder. My question is if I use DE will it ruin the 1st treatment I just got done in my home or is it okay…

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi there! It shouldn’t, maybe just wait a day or two and then use the DE to be extra sure.

  42. Avatar Jana says:

    Hi, I am at a loss about what to do. I have been getting bitten day and night, but I don’t know if they are bedbugs. Whatever it is, seems to get under my clothes and bite me along the waist, bra line, posterior, and chest. They only itch when I first discover them, afterwards they don’t bother me…. But I am the only person in the house getting bitten! I washed and steamed everything and everyone! What else can I do?!

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Jana, I suggest that you read my other articles on getting rid of bed bugs. If you are still battling, I will help you.

  43. Avatar Christina says:

    Hello! Recently I have gotten a few bites. There is one on my stomach and one on the other side of my kneecap. They are only sometimes itchy, and the one on my stomach is swelling a bit. Could this be bedbugs? There have also been quite a few ants in my house lately. Thanks!

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Christina, I wouldn’t presume that its definitely bed bugs. Look for signs of them as it could be other bugs.

  44. Avatar Shelly says:

    Hi we had bed bugs at our apartment so we washed clothes and shoes and came to my in laws. A week after sleeping here I have been getting red blood dots on my neck. Could it be bed bugs or something else?

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Shelly, I wouldn’t presume it is bed bugs until you see signs of them on the bed itself. I recommend you look for dark spots on the linen, etc.

  45. Avatar Chrystal says:

    Im trying to find a way to email you directly but not having any luck tried different blogs but still no luck please help lol

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Chrystal, what is the issue? Perhaps leave a comment explaining the bed bug issue so everyone can benefit from our conversation?

  46. Avatar Amanda says:

    Hi my daughter has three bites on her forearm in a line but not super close. One under her arm and one on the top and palm of her hand could it be bed bugs or should there be more marks. They are hard in the middle but not dark almost like a pimple but not white either.

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Amanda, it could be, I suggest that you investigate the bed to find out.

  47. Avatar Meg says:

    I was laying on the couch at my bf’s house wrapped ip in a blanket . I thought I saw something moving on the blanket so I jumped up and turned the light on and sure enough there was a bug ,so I grabbed it with a Kleenex and squeezed it and it popped and was bloody but the bug continued to crawl . Does this sound like a bed bug ?

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Meg, hard to say without seeing it hehe. Are there any other signs of bed bugs on your bed? Perhaps remove the sheet and investigate πŸ™‚

  48. Avatar Jessica says:

    I have been getting a “bites” here and there the last couple weeks. Mostly on legs and a couple on my hip. They don’t itch and sort of look like pimples. I am stressed about bedbugs due to a scare a while back (turned out to be carpet beetles) and think it may be from stress. Anywho there is no evidence (cast,spots, ect) yet but could it be bedbugs if it is new infestation.

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Jessica, it could be but then again, it might be fleas or something like that. Maybe look for further evidence yourself or call an exterminator to help you πŸ™‚

  49. Avatar Chevante says:

    Hey I went to visit friends this Saturday and Sunday. Saturday I slept fine Sunday I slept in a different location, I kept feeling bites but was unsure through the night. I woke up the next morning with red bumbs like two clusters of three and four on one arm, four on my other arm not far apart, four on my leg, three on my lower back. As they day went by they got bigger like lumps and really itchy, I had benedryl and creme I could not sleep last night at all. Some of them hurt a bit I try not to scratch them. Ooh and three on my face, my skin is very sensitive, my friends sat on the same chair I sleep on noone got bit. How long does the itching last, Iaautomatically knew it had to be bed bugs does it sound like them??

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Chevante, it does sound like it. Bites don’t last too long, does vary on a per person basis though. Makes sure that you don’t bring those bugs home!

  50. Avatar Mel says:

    Hi there. We’ve been exterminated twice , once right before we moved out and I have since put mattress covers on all the beds. The exterminator reassured us that our bed bug issue was small . Since we’ve moved I’ve gotten bites but never 3 or in a line. They are isolated and on the upper thigh and once on the back. What do you think?

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Mel! It doesn’t have to be 3 in a line to be honest, its just a tell tale sign that’s all. Have you checked your bed for signs of them?

  51. Avatar Valerie says:

    I am afraid I have brd bugs on my couch.I’m not really for sure or not.I have been sleeping on it and I have been itching lately in different spots of my body.This morning I have a small bump on my left arm that looks like a pimple but its itchy.I just want to really know how to detect bug bugs so I can see if my couch has brd bugs on it.I’m really worried!

  52. Avatar carol says:

    Hi! …I think i got bedbug bites out on my lanai! Can they live outside but not inside? What should I do to keep them out there? Thanks

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Carol, they will go wherever food can be found (hopefully that is not you hehe). I suggest you visit the bed bug category page, got a couple resources that you will find useful πŸ™‚

  53. Avatar Angela says:

    We have already replaced are furniture, threw out our bed that we still haven’t be able to afford to replace I have treated the house daily with sparaies and powders. We have torn up our carpet one three rooms of the house. Did all that before getting new furniture but yet we still can’t seem to rid of these bedbugs. The infestation doesn’t seem to be as bad, yet we are still getting bitten nightly by them we don’t have a lot of money we are struggling the way it…help what can I do

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Angela, will be cheaper to just get an exterminator to sort out the problem for you, you don’t need to repurchase new furniture, etc. Will email you..

  54. Avatar Michelle says:

    We’ve randomly gotten bites here and there but it’s summer so we were unsure. We had a cleaning lady come in recently and use her vaccuum so we suspect that could’ve brought in bed bugs! Last night was worst ever but I was outside yesterday but didn’t notice these bites til I just woke up. No signs of spots left behind on mattress, maybe one dot on bedding but could be anything. What do you think?? I have about 6-8 on my middle back and they are about an inch or so apart in one line across bra line area

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Michelle, I suggest using one of my DIY flea traps, just to make sure that you dont have a flea infestation. Usually there are signs of bed bugs so don’t presume that its them yet.

  55. Avatar Hashir says:

    Hey Natasha,
    The article was helpful. Let me try the remedy and see. Thanks

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Hashir! Pleasure!

  56. Avatar Amanda says:

    I need help on desiding if I have bed bugs I have 6 lil bites in a straight line on my arm can that be a sign?

  57. Avatar Mike says:

    Hey Natasha,

    Your replies to these questions are great! I have a question for you. I’ve recently returned home after spending a week in a hotel and the day after I returned I noticed 4 red dots which could be bites on my waist line. They don’t itch or hurt but I’ve never had anything like this before. I can send you a picture if you tell me how. I’m worried that they may be bed bug bites.

    Thanks so much for your help!

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Mike! Sure thing, you can definitely do that πŸ™‚

  58. Avatar Jocelyn says:

    Hi Natasha, so I have these bumps on the back of my calf and upper thigh and a little bit on the my lower back area. I’m not sure if they are bed bugs, but they are really itchy. The bites are in groups with maybe 5-6 in each. I’m really worried. Does this sound like bed bugs to you?

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Jocelyn! Yes it does but don’t stress. Just check for other signs of bed bugs on your mattress, etc. before jumping to conclusions.

      • Avatar Mary says:

        Hi, I’m quite worried I’m not sure if I have bed bug bites or not. I have little red itchy bites on my legs and around my knees some are spread and small but some are in a line of 4 .

        • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

          Hi Mary, sounds like it could be bed bugs, are there any signs of them in your bed?

  59. Avatar yolanda says:

    Yes they are definitely bites similar to a mosquito bite

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey! That’s very strange, perhaps when you get some time you can send me a picture and I will have a look πŸ™‚

  60. Avatar yolanda says:

    Hi thanks for the response but I don’t have fleas I had that problem a few years ago and was able to get rid of them I have checked my sheets and the mattress for blood stains and bed bug poop I have also checked the baseboards nothing has shown the bites only last for a half hr and then completely disappear

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey! And they are definitely bites, not a skin allergy or something like that?

  61. Avatar YOLANDA says:

    I have been getting bit maybe once a week but the bite marks disappear within a hr and no longer itch I have not found the culprit and I have bed bugs climb up interceptors under my bed for almost 4 months and still don’t see anything do you have an idea what could be biting me the marks appear in a row of three sometimes just one bite on my arms and in my face but no where else im clueless

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Yolanda! Please check for any signs of bed bugs (any marks on the mattress, etc) because it might just be fleas or something else. Additionally, give your linen a good hot wash, that would be a good start.

  62. Avatar Kathleen Kirkendoll says:

    After being treated by a dermatologist for nearly 2 mos for red marks all over my body – he stated that I did not have bed bug bites (he even took a biopsy of my skin) and said I had leichen planus. I took pills for 2 weeks and then began ultra violent light treatments – nothing was helping them go away. Finally, I called an exterminator to inspect my home only to find out we have bed bugs and the marks on my body are bed bug bites. I stopped going to the dermatologist and wasted 2 months precious time in getting rid of the bugs. They are driving me crazy – had my first extermination done (2 more needed) and still seeing the bugs and getting bit – can’t sleep a wink – any suggestions to help with the anxiety I’m going through would be greatly appreciated.

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Kath! Sorry about your horrible experience, I hate misinformation so much! I recommend spending some time at a friend or families house, especially since you are battling to sleep. You can go home after the ordeal is over πŸ™‚

      • Avatar Richard says:

        Be sure that what ever clothing you intend to use at your friend or families home to dry it on high heat to kill any bed bugs in/on the clothes. Even change into some of the dryed clothes on just prior to leaving so that you don’t transport any bed bugs to their homes with you..

        • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

          Hi Richard. Thanks for helping Kathleen, I appreciate it.

  63. Avatar Charlotte says:

    I’m freaking out since I recently started noticing a few red bumps on both arms. They look a bit different than the bites last time, before they were more like welts…there was a center where I’m guessing the bug bit me, and the rest was a bit raised. Now it’s just small and flat then some get a bit bigger…I don’t know how to describe it properly!

    I had bed bugs last June (I live in Chicago and apparently bed bugs are a huge problem here). I’m dreading going through the whole process of exterminating them again. Do you know of any other kind of bugs that bite during the end of winter? Could these bed bugs be from last year? Maybe it’s a new infestation?? I’m going crazy over here! I don’t know what to do

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Its possible that they are the same bed bugs, its hard to tell unless I see them hehe. Have you checked for any flea infestations? They can often have a simular result, especially if your skin is sensitive.

  64. Avatar Amanda says:

    Hi Natasha, so I recently moved from my apartment into a house. The very first night we were here my husband and I both got bite and it’s been getting worse every night. Yesterday the landlord had pest control come out and spray the house but I’m pretty sure I still got bite last night. Is there anything else I can to get rid of these pests?

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Amanda! Sorry you are still struggling with these pests. I recommend that you check out my article that outlines a couple easy steps to get rid of them, it pretty much has every possible way listed. You can find the article by clicking on the bed bugs category at the top of this site. Good luck!

  65. Avatar Al says:

    High there I’ve been looking on the net for a while now about pictures on the marks I have now I know full well bed bug bites come on the arms, neck, face etc but I have marks on my chest, stomach, arms, legs, and a couple on my face but the thing is some of them look like zits but the others don’t and they keep coming I do in fact have sensitive skin too but people think I’m crazy because of my speculation to bed bugs I do feel pricks on my skin so its not just because I have sensitive skin there’s something else that’s making it go so much more crazy but I do know better some of the marks has an blood mark others with swelling others with swelling with the blood mark on the tip top as an example the marks many of them look like the (Many Small Bite Marks) picture but all over my body. please help I’m losing a lot of sleep because of this ordeal.

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Ai! If you are still having an issue, drop me a message with an image and I will help you further πŸ™‚

  66. Avatar Joe says:

    Natasha, what is this DE you talk about,and will it kill other little pest besides BB and fleas?

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Joe! It’s Diatomaceous Earth (food grade) and it’s a natural method to kill all sorts of bugs.

  67. Avatar Tonya says:

    I woke up with 2 red spots on my waist. 3 inch, one from each other. Can it be a bed bite?

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Tonya! Its possible but I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of it being another insect. I recommend that you take some time to investigate and try and find the insect(s) that bit you before taking any steps.

  68. Avatar trissa says:

    Hello there Trish from Reno we found bed bugs oh my gosh, I am am the only one who has been getting bit last yr on my feet this yr on my hands. My husband saturated our mattress with rubbing alcohol baseboards and I am washing everything tomorrow should we spray our entire you’re house too even our cloth furniture? What else should we do. Thanks you for this site. Sleepless in Reno…

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Trissa! I wouldn’t spray your house, just complete your rubbing alcohol treatments (please be careful as its extremely flammable) and then keep an eye out for them. From the sounds of it, you don’t have any sort of major infestation so you should be fine. Glad I could help, keep me updated πŸ™‚

  69. Avatar Lou Sorkin says:

    Don’t forget that in some cases a person does not react to bed bug bites at all. It’s really not that easy to easily identify bed bug bites. Often a diagnosis of spider bite is given when the person really doesn’t know what is causing the lesion(s). Spider bites are often an over diagnosed condition. Also, a hot or warm dryer is much more useful than washing clothes in hot water. Certain studies have shown that some bed bugs will withstand the wash, but not the dryer.

  70. Avatar Ruth says:

    Hello, i was worried that we had bed bugs in our room and i hired an exterminator to come in and have a look. He said there was no evidence of bedbugs. And also because the bites were really only on the torso. Regardless, a few months later we had the opportunity to change the entire bedroom set and cleaned all the sheets on sanitize cycle – the bites all went away. Now, however, about 6 months later they seem to be coming back. Does this sound like a bed bug issue to you? If so, now what should we do? I cant but another bedroom set.

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Ruth! If there are absolutely no signs of bed bugs (upon close inspection), its unlikely that they are the cause for the bite marks. I recommend taking another look for dark brown marks (dried blood) and other signs of their presence. Regardless, if you want to kill any bug on that mattress, just get a handheld steamer and blast it. The heat will kill everything and its completely natural. Hope that helps!

      • Avatar ruth says:

        Hi Natasha, I think I will treat the mattress and other areas in the room for bed bugs just in case. What kind of handheld steamer should I get and where can I find one?

        • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

          Hey Ruth! I am not too sure where you live but you can usually grab them from Amazon (online) or a home improvement store. You don’t need anything too fancy, just something that will blow hot steam to fry those bed bugs πŸ˜‰

  71. Avatar Jessica says:

    I am super freaked out. I’m covered in bites. They start out small but swell up red. Most are in a diagonal line with 5-6 bites and I have them everywhere. Is it spider bites or even worse bed bug bites because I’ve been staying in a hotel for work but also could have got them from home? Please help! What should I do?

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Jessica! Sounds like bed bug bites to me but don’t stress, although bed bugs are known to travel with you from other locations its not a guarantee that they always do. I recommend giving all your clothing a hot wash when you get back home (and your travel bags) and to inspect your bed for signs of their presence. As a precautionary measure, you can put DE under your sheets for a day or two and that will kill any pests that are hiding there. Good luck πŸ™‚

  72. Avatar Kris says:

    For about 3 almost 4 weeks now something has been bitting me around my ankles and feet. My fiancΓ© hasnt been bit by anything and if he has he can’t tell. I took all sheets off the bed, found nothing. i have no idea if its bed bugs or fleas. But the itching is driving me insane. My fianc roommate did bring a stray kitten into the house not to long ago, and I’m thinking its fleas. But I don’t know for a 100%. I have a couple bites on my arms but mainly on ankles and feet.there is no carpet in house, just hardwood and one rug in living rm. I saw 2 tiny tiny bugs last night, but I couldn’t grab them in time. Pplease help its driving me insane and grossing me out


    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Kris! Your best bet would be to dust your bed with DE (under the sheets) as this will kill fleas and bed bugs after only a couple applications. Check out my article on this subject under the “fleas” category at the top of the blog. If you have any questions after reading it, please feel free to message me and I will help you further πŸ™‚

      • Avatar Jennifer says:

        Hi can you respond to me privately? I inspected my bed mattress and linens for any signs of bed beg fecal matter and any grown bed bugs or spots of feces. I have not found any traces blood-type residue or brownish type feces in the mattress. Is it normal to find an occasional bites from something other than bed bugs? Sometimes after shaving, I will have red pimples where I have shaved.

        • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

          Hi Jen, your email address, etc doesn’t show so you don’t need to worry about people seeing your message. Yes, fleas can often leave marks that can be misinterpreted as bed bugs. I suggest just giving your bedding a hot wash and seeing if the problem disappears πŸ™‚

      • Avatar Magma says:

        What is DE?

        • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

          DE = Diatomaceous earth (get the food grade)

  73. Avatar Randy says:

    For about 5 years now, I get bit during the night, but only around the end of June and only for a couple weeks, then the biting stops.
    The main area I am bit is along my waste line. I have a few stray bites other places, but my bites are only under clothing.
    My wife shows no signs of being bit.
    Does this sound like bedbugs?
    I get very swollen at the bite location and the itching is almost unbearable.
    We live in Minnesota.

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Randy! Based on your description of the situation, it does sound like bed bugs. Since you have had the similar experience for 5 years, I highly recommend getting someone to take a look at your bed for bed bugs. Something that you can try in the meantime is a close inspection of your linen. If you find any tiny blood marks on the sheets, that’s a tell tale sign of the presence of bed bugs. If you like you can send me a picture and I can take a closer look πŸ™‚

      • Avatar Kelly says:

        hey My daughter has a line of six bites behind her knee but dont look like bed Bug bites

        • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

          Hi Kelly, I recommend that you look on her bed for signs of these pests, let me know what you find.

      • Avatar Anna Crawford says:

        Could be heat rash

        • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

          Very true, thanks Anna!

    • Avatar Sara says:

      Hi Randy!

      I know this is a few years late, but I just wanted to let you know we had a similar situation, but it was for a few months every summer. Turns out there were bats in our attic, and the bat bugs will still bite you like bed bugs except they don’t really love humans so it will be infrequent and you won’t have to worry about an infestation! When you get rid of the bats, they go away eventually.

      Hope this helps!!! Much better than having bed bugs, although the bites are still itchy πŸ™ Also, we saw them during the day crawling up walls, which is supposedly really rare for a real bed bug. As soon as we got rid of the bats, no more problem!

      • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

        Hi Sara, thanks for helping Randy out, much appreciated!

    • Avatar Gypsyevolution says:

      It sounds like tick bites not bed bugs.

      • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

        Hi! Thanks for helping Randy, I appreciate it!

  74. Avatar Walter Kervingston says:

    This morning, I stood in front of the mirror for my daily grooming routine when the most gruesome red bumps appeared before me and it’s at the side of my neck! Thankfully it’s Saturday coz I will not spend my time with my co-workers! I researched and stumble upon your website. I wish you could help me πŸ™ The bites are getting itchy and what would you recommend? Natural or modern medicine? Thanks i’ll be waiting for your answer…

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Walter! I always recommend natural treatments (a few are outlined in this article) but based on your description, I recommend seeking professional medical assistance. When it comes to bed bugs, if there are a few bites that are not swollen or inflamed, you can usually just treat them with a cream but if you are having an adverse allergic reaction, you may need something much stronger. Keep an eye on it and rather be safe then sorry πŸ˜‰

  75. Avatar TyLeR says:

    Hi! My name is Tyler and I live here in Toronto. What is the best way to fight off bed bugs? Sadly, my sister has bed bug bite marks all over her legs and i’m very worried of what her playmates will think of her socially. I don’t want to call an exterminator. Damn they bill too much! I like your articles btw. Informative πŸ™‚

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Tyler! Besides calling an exterminator (since you cannot afford it), I would recommend washing all your bedding, clothes and other linen that may have come into contact with bed bugs and if you still have a problem, get your things steam cleaned. The heat will kill them and its great for treating the mattress, especially since you can do it yourself. Good luck!

      • Avatar Sara Z. says:

        Just an FYI – We steamed ALL of our leather reclining living rm furniture to get rid of bedbugs. In short only the single glider/recliner was saved. The large sofa and loveseat were “sacrificed” to the firepit “gods”!!! HA Ha ha!!! Really wasn’t funny AT ALL!!! Watching quite a bit of $$$ that was hard earned just goin’ up in flames. Hate them damned bugs!!! What their purpose I wonder???!!!

        • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

          Hi Sara! Thanks for the feedback, I really appreciate your input πŸ™‚

  76. Avatar Moneecaaaa says:

    I woke up this morning trying to figure out what’s this pain on my back and sadly I found out it was munched by a bed bug! It’s so gross and I don’t want my girlfriend to see it!Β  Can an antibiotic cure me from these bites? I only have antibiotics here and the nearest mini convenience store is 5 kilometers away so yeah help me please! Thanks Natasha! πŸ™‚

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Monee! Yes, an oral antihistamine will work (for insect bites) but be aware that it may cause drowsiness. You will be better off using some of the natural suggestions in this article. Good luck!

      • Avatar Jessy says:

        Help!! I have had a long and exhausting experience with these nasty bugs. My mother in law had stayed at my house for a few nights and a few weeks later after returning home she discovered she had a severe infestation of bed bugs.. so of course I took precautions at my home thinking she gave them to me. I threw my mattress away then taped off my entire bed with very sticky tape. No signs or bites at all . Then a few weeks later my son started to sleep in his bed again and sure enough he woke up with 3 bites in the shape of a triangle that were swollen and itchy. I searched his bed and found a casing shell and 3 blood stains under his box spring .I called a exterminator he came out and said we had a mild infestation and there was no signs in my bed but he found one live bug in my son’s bed. He treated the bedrooms and living room. Then my son and i were getting these little bumps on our body that looked nothing like the triangle bites and didn’t itch so the exterminator came again and treated but found no evidence of bed bugs and this cycle happened four times! So he has treated my apartment 4 times and found no signs of bed bugs and even had a dog come out to sniff around .. this was all over the course of about 5 months . The exterminator insists that we do not have bed bugs anymore but my son is still getting these bumps on him, some are reds dots and some are skin colored but no complaining of itching . I’m very overwhelmed and exhausted and havery no idea what to think. I think the tape on my bed prevented them from getting back into my bed after I threw my mattress out but again the exterminator said tape does not work. Are they hiding somewhere else like in the walls to where the exterminator think the problem is gone ?

        • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

          Hi Jessy, if you are still getting bites, then they are not gone. I suggest that you get a different person in to review the situation, will send you some details now, sorry you have to deal with this nightmare πŸ™

  77. Avatar David Etherington says:

    Another great article Natasha πŸ™‚

    • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

      Thanks David! Based on your experience with pest control, that means a lot coming from you πŸ™‚

      • Avatar Stacy says:

        I was away from Aug 12-19 in a rental house and 2 days ago 9/4 I noticed 1itchy bump on my arm.
        This morning 9/6 I noticed more bites on my waistline below my belly button.
        It’s red and blotchy on left side and a few other red bumps. on right side a few more bumps. very itchy, do you think it could be bed bugs?

        • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

          Hi Stacy, it is possible, I suggest you look for signs of them on your bed before taking any drastic action though. Let me know how it goes.

    • Avatar Ms.sanchez says:

      Ong me and my daughter wake up wit these bits on out legss and arms can they be bede bugs it only happens when we sleep?

      • Natasha Anderson Natasha Anderson says:

        Hi Ms, it is possible but I would investigate the bed for them first, don’t jump to conclusions.

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