Bed Bug Symptoms


Bed bug symptoms include itchy, irritated skin, raised red bumps, and inflammation of the area. Rashes from bed bugs look a lot like multiple mosquito bites. Rashes from bed bugs can appear on any part of the body.

Bed bugs are small wingless insects that live in dark crevices in places like mattresses and other furniture. They feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals like humans and pets. They can live for a long time without feeding, however. An apartment could be infested before you even move in. They might also travel home with you from a hotel or another home or apartment. They can also stow away on furniture. They especially like used mattresses and bed frames.

Many people don't realize they have bed bugs, because they are so tiny. Adult bugs are about a quarter of an inch long. Larvae are the size of a grain of rice and eggs are no bigger than a poppy seed. Bed bug symptoms like rashes from bed bugs are often the first clue that you have a problem.


To prevent rashes from bed bugs, examine used furniture carefully before bringing it home. Be especially careful of used mattresses and bed frames.

Use a plastic covering on your mattress. This gives bed bugs no place to hide.

Begin treatment at the first sign of bed bugs. This will prevent the situation from getting any worse.


Bed bug symptoms do not normally require any medical treatment. They will go away on their own in a few days.

What is required is treatment of the infected area of your home so that the bugs die and don't come back. If you have bed bug symptoms, examine your bed and other areas of your home carefully for bugs. Check crevices in your mattress, bed frame, and other pieces of furniture. Use a flashlight so you can really see well. Look for larvae as well as adult bugs. Remember that bed bugs are not confined to the bed. They can live on other furniture and carpeting as well.

To treat the infected area of your home, begin by vacuuming the entire area. Vacuum your mattress and any upholstered furniture. Use the crevice tool of the vacuum cleaner to vacuum bed frames, dresser drawers, and any other crevices. Vacuum the floor and use the crevice tool to vacuum the baseboards. Then use a steam cleaner on the carpeting.

This will eliminate most bed bugs. You will need to apply some sort of pesticide or other treatment to kill any remaining bugs and to prevent bed bug symptoms from returning.

Most commercial pesticides contain permethrins and/or pyrethrins, ingredients that are effective but can be harmful to humans and pets. You must apply them carefully because they can cause irritation, redness, and inflammation if they come in contact with your skin. Long-term exposure may cause serious problems, including liver problems and even cancer.

Due to the risks of traditional commercial products, many people are looking to natural products to get rid of bed bugs. Natural products are safe for people and pets and many are just as effective as commercial products.

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When To See Your Doctor

Bed bug symptoms will usually go away on their own after a few days. They do not normally require medical treatment. If you have symptoms that don't go away or seem particularly severe, see a doctor to find out if your symptoms are rashes from bed bugs, and to get proper treatment.

More than bed bug symptoms on our how to get rid of bed bugs page

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