Mosquitoes and insects usually prey on humans and animals. They feed on blood. Their bites might look pretty similar, making it difficult to tell which insect actually bit you, especially if you didn’t see it.
Here, we are going to look at bed bug bites vs. mosquito bites, signs of bed bug bites, and some bite symptoms that resemble that of a bed bug. This way, you’ll know the differences and what you’re up against before you take action to get rid of either insect.
Mosquito bites and bed bug bites may look similar to the untrained eye. Here are ways to distinguish between mosquito and bed bug bite symptoms, which often cause itching.
Bug bites tend to last for one to two weeks before they disappear. The bites might last for up to three weeks if you have a strong reaction to bed bug bites.
On the other hand, mosquito bites usually lose their swelling and clear up within 3-4 days. Your skin will return to its normal color. It should take at least a week for the small red bump from a mosquito bite to heal.
Mosquito bites are often isolated as these insects seek out hos alone. Their bites may occur at random parts of your body. If your skin is exposed, you can get several bites at one place. Bed bug bites often appear in patterns.
You might notice the bites form a line. That’s because a part of your body is against a mattress at night. Multiple bugs may follow the sanepath to reach you. And they’ll feed on the first patch of skin they come across.
Bed bug bites occur at the back and the sides, parts of your body that are usually close to the mattress. These parts are next to their harborage.
Bites may occur on the shoulder and the left side if the bugs inhibit the top left of your bed. If these bugs live under your dresser, you may experience bites on your feet. Shoulder bites are common in homes where these bugs live behind the bed’s headboard.
Mosquito bites appear anywhere the skin is exposed, like your legs and arms. Both areas are often revealed. They won’t get under the sheets like bed bugs and bite you.
Bed bugs tend to bite all year round, including winter. Bugs feed throughout the year because they need to mate. Falling temperatures might slow down their metabolism but stop them from feeding.
If you live in a cooler climatic zone, you won’t get mosquitoes when the temperatures drop. Mosquitoes tend to hibernate in winter. Other species lay eggs before winter arrives then die in the cold.
These eggs hatch when the weather warms up in spring or summer. The same cycle starts before they die off again in fall and winter.
Another difference is that bugs don’t transmit diseases. On the other hand, mosquitoes are notorious for spreading malaria, yellow fever, and the Zika virus.
To prevent infection, consider using antibiotics. Bed bugs are often free of diseases, even if they bite many people. However, bites from both insects can cause a constant itch that leads to an open wound.
Apart from mosquito bites, bed bug bites can be easily confused with the following.
With a bit of research, you’d be able to tell the difference between bed but bites and the foregoing conditions.
Anytime a bed bug bites a person, they won’t feel the signs right away. These bugs often excrete a small amount of anesthetic before feeding.
It may take a couple of days for the symptoms to appear on the bite location. Over some days, the bites swell and become noticeably red. Bites are often itchy and may cause a burning sensation.
A red bump that typically lasts for several days before healing is another tell-tale sign of a bed bug bite. The bumps or skin eruptions may be flat or raised patches. Some people may experience bleeding. The bite often follows a pattern.
After biting you, bed buts may leave traces of digested blood, usually black or red stains, on your mattress or bed sheets or clothing. Unlike mosquitoes, bed bugs can bite through your clothes.
Bites might appear in a cluster and descend with the edge of your mattress or sheets. If you wake and discover stains and bite marks over your body, it’s a sign that you’re dealing with bed bugs, not mosquitoes.
Yes, bed bugs can bite every night, though they feed once every three days. If you have an infestation or multiple bugs in your mattress, you can expect them to bite when you go to sleep. One bite may heal, but more bumps may appear, though in different locations.
Another thing is that bugs bite continually, something which mosquitoes can. But it’s far common for mosquitoes to pester until you find and kill it.
Mosquitoes and bed bugs aren’t insects you should entertain in your home, leaving alone your bedroom. Bites are usually a source of consternation and can leave itchy spots on your skin.
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