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Bed Bug Bites

In the 1950s bed bugs were nearly eradicated from the United States. The country’s standards for cleanliness had grown and we were able to get rid of bed bugs, almost. In the 1980s international travel started opening up and countries which were not as clean as the United States started bringing back bed bugs covertly. People who were not in the medical profession still wondered “what do bed bug bites look like.”

The bed bugs themselves are oval shaped, wingless and have a red color. They have flat bodies with antennae and small eyes. They are visible to the naked eye, but are hard to find since they hide when light is on them. Bed bugs feed primarily on humans. Bed bug bites are painless and they do not awaken the sleeping person. However, to answer the question “what do bed bug bites look like,” they cause itchy welts on the skin that grow larger than one might think for such a small insect. These bites do not have a red spot in the center like bites from a flea.

While bed bug bites cause itchiness and redness they are not typically dangerous. Bed bugs do not cultivate any blood borne diseases in their bodies. They have been known to cause allergic reactions through their saliva to some people. Bed bugs can live around 10 months and can survive for weeks or months without feeding. They are good at hiding from detection so the most effective way to get rid of them is through chemical gassing though there are other nonchemical means that can be effective.

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