How to Tell if Your Bug Bites Are Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are every traveler’s worst nightmare. Not only do they create some very itchy bites – they also do so in the secrecy of the night, breed quickly, and are extremely difficult to eliminate. It is why we at Green Home Pest Control are frequently called for bed bug inspections in areas like Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa, ChandlerGilbertGlendale, Scottsdale, and more to help property owners in Arizona eliminate bed bugs.

bed bugs crawling on side of bed

For those that have woken up with itchy bumps, it’s not uncommon to fear the worst. But although it is a good idea to consider a bed bug inspection, bites do not necessarily indicate bed bugs. There is also a way to tell from the bites whether or not a bed bug infestation is more likely.
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The difference in Bed Bug Bites: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Contrary to popular belief, it’s not easy for doctors to tell which bug bit you from the bite itself. Although there may be some signs (some spider bites have two fang holes, for example), most bug bites look and act exactly the same. That’s because they are caused by the same general allergic reaction: the bug bites you, your skin develops an allergic bump, and histamine makes you itch.

So it is very difficult to tell a bed bug bite from, say, a mosquito bite or spider bite. Indeed, even some types of heat rashes can create similar bites. But there is a technique for identifying bed bug bites, and that is by looking for one common sign: the “breakfast, lunch, and dinner” line.

Bed bugs have a strange habit of biting more than once, and in a straight line, like so:

Bite —–> Walk Forward —-> Bite —-> Walk forward —-> Bite

This means that the bites occur in a straight line. Bed bug specialists refer to this as “breakfast, lunch, and dinner.” It is the number one sign that your bites may be from bed bugs.

Do All Bed Bugs Bite in Sets?

This bite pattern does not guarantee that you have bed bugs, and if you don’t have this bite pattern, bed bugs are still possible:

  • Multiple bed bugs can swarm in clusters.
  • Some bed bug bites do not create an allergic reaction.
  • Fleas may also bite in sets, and multiple bug bites can give the impression of sets.
  • Not all bed bugs bite in this manner.

Thus, the “breakfast, lunch, and dinner” bed bug biting pattern may not exist and you still may have bed bugs, or it may exist and you do not. But it is one of the few ways to see a difference between a bed bug bite, and the bite of other pests, like mosquitos.

The best way to see if you have bed bugs is with an inspection. If you are in Arizona, please call us today at (480) 525-7378.


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