Do Bed Bug Bites Itch?

Similar to a mosquito bite, the bed bug bite will usually itch.

Bed bug bites are a great inconvenience. The pests sneak in during the night unless they are absolutely starved for a blood meal, feed without waking the victim, and retreat leaving only the allergic reaction they cause (in approximately 80% of humans). Bed bugs are cryptic, agile creatures that are very good at concealing their presence. Even when they feed, the symptoms from bed bug bites are often mistaken for other pests.

Once a bed bug infestation is identified, it usually means they have an established presence. Likely, someone suffered a night of bites and now shows the symptoms spread across their body. Bed bugs feed anywhere there is exposed skin. The saliva transferred during feeding is what causes the allergic reaction seen is most of us. Reactions vary from mild to more severe rashes and hives. Similar to a mosquito bite, the bed bug bite will usually itch. It is important to not scratch the inflamed areas. If scratched extensively, the healing time of the symptomatic areas could be extended or the area could become infected.

Standard healing time for the symptoms of bed bug bites is a few days to a few weeks. During this time is when itching will occur. Be sure to medicate the affected areas and contact a pest control professional to treat the infested locations within your residence.

What Bed Bug Bites Look Like: