Often, bed bug bites look like a line made up of red dots, as shown in the image below. These dots appear as the bug moves along your skin, testing areas for the perfect feeding spot until it settles in and begins a full feeding. It takes about 15 minutes for an adult bed bug to feed on your blood and even less time for a nymph.
There are two sections to the mouth-part. One is used to inject a mixture of anticoagulant and anesthetic, while the other mouth-part sucks up your blood. As a result, there could be multiple bugs biting your body, and you may not notice until you wake up and discover yourself covered in red bumps!
Vee was terrified after repeatedly being bitten by bed bugs.
There are two bites here; if just one bug is biting, the pattern of bites will be close together but if you have multiple bed bugs biting, the pattern may be spread out.
She found that her arm was near the location of the bed bug’s nest.
She didn’t feel any of these bites because the bed bug injected its saliva to numb the area bitten.
These bites had been occurring for a long time before she found the nest and eliminated them herself.
The pictures above are great examples of what the bed bug bites look like at various stages of development! You can see the red bite mark pattern on Monica’s side, as well as the seven bite marks on her hand.
Remember that just because you have multiple bites does not mean you have multiple bed bugs; one bug could have caused all that irritation!
If the bites are from nymphs of a new nest, you may have minor bumps, as shown in the picture of Richard’s arm above. However, Richard’s whole body was viciously attacked while sleeping – his arm alone had more than 50 bites! In addition, his thigh, calf, legs, back, and face had multiple bites.
Adam’s bites were from a new infestation only 30 days old and from nymphs eagerly ready for their first feeding. The area circled in black is a grouping of bites.
Heather was kind enough to share her nightmare, explaining how important it is to do an intense search of bed bugs and why you should not take this step lightly!