What do Bed Bug Bites Look Like? Common Symptoms & Rashes

Bed Bugs

Do you have red bumps on your skin? Have a suspicion that those bumps are a result of a bed bug infestation? Here are some quick ways to identify bed bug bites.

What do Bed Bug Bites Look Like?

Bed Bug Bite Patterns

Bite Appearance: bed bug bites result in tiny red lumps on the skin. The bites will have a similar appearance to a mosquito bite or a flea bite.

Bite Pattern: unlike mosquito and flea bite patterns which are more randomized, bed bug bites are likely to appear in row or in a zig zag (potentially three or more lumps).

Bite Location: bed bugs will bite any exposed part of the skin while a person is sleeping. They are most commonly found in the upper body including the face, neck, and arms.

Other Signs of Bed Bug Bites

The bites themselves aren’t going to provide clear-cut evidence that you have bed bugs at home. Here are some other signs to watch out for.

Bed Bug Blood Smear

Reddish Stains or Smears: you may notice reddish stains on your bed sheet or mattress. This could be caused by bed bugs getting crushed as you move around in your sleep.

Tiny Black Spots: you may also notice tiny black spots on your bed sheet. Those spots are likely to be smears of a bed bug’s excrement.

How to Treat Bed Bug Rashes

Some people who get bitten by bed bugs may develop tiny rashes on the skin due to an allergic reaction. As tempting as it may be, it’s very important to not scratch a bed bug bite as doing so may cause secondary skin infections.

If you have a severe reaction to bed bug bites then please go see a doctor. Otherwise, here are some natural remedies you could use to treat the bites temporarily. Most bites will heal within a week or two of appearing.

Ice: apply ice or something cold, such as a frozen packet, to the bitten area for a minute or two to get some relief from the itchiness.

Aloe Vera Gel: this natural gel may provide a soothing effect for itchy skin. While uncommon, some people may have allergic reactions to aloe vera gel. If it’s your first time using it then please only apply it to a small area of the skin and wait for a day for any reaction.

Hot Spoon: this unorthodox method can also provide temporary relief from bed bug bites. Heat up a metal spoon under hot tap water for a minute then press the spoon directly against the bite. This is a very simple remedy that can also be used for mosquito bites.