You think you've been bitten by a bed bug but you're not sure. Now what? Let's go over some common bed bug bite symptoms to help you make a positive identification.
Bed bug bites tend to occur along a straight line, in a pattern known as breakfast, lunch and dinner. The bites themselves are generally nothing more than small red bumps. For most bedbugs, you will bite you on exposed skin areas like arms, feet, hands and face. The bites will disappear normally in a week.
You probably think it would be difficult to distinguish them from many other types of small insect bites. You are right. That's why you have to play a detective and look for other signs of bed bugs to be sure. If you have done that though and you're fairly certain that your bites are bed bug bites, there are a few things you need to know.
The first time you are bitten, it can take up to 9 days for biters to show on your skin. The more you are bitten, the more bitten you are, less time between the bite and the reaction of the skin. This can make it difficult to initially identify punctures as coming from bed bugs, especially if you are traveling.