What’s Biting Me?

We get phone calls all the time where a person will say, “I have bites all over my body! Please tell me what bug it is! I’m in over my head!” Unfortunately, identification of a pest can’t be done solely by looking at bug bites and you will have to look for other signs to identify the pest. The best thing to do is to get an inspection done by a professional that will be looking in all the right places to identify the correct pest. Once you can identify the pest, then you will have a much, and I mean MUCH, more effective treatment plan for the pest infestation that you’re dealing with.

Different Bugs: Different Bites

There are just a handful of pests that will cause itchy bites on the skin. These pests like bedbugs, mosquitoes, fleas, and more can most likely be exterminated or treated by professional pest control companies. However, in order to adequately treat an area, it is necessary to identify the pest. Although different bugs may cause different kinds of irritation, it is extremely difficult to identify a pest by the bite. If you believe you are being bit by a pest, we recommend that you thoroughly inspect your home or receive an inspection by a pest control professional.

Bedbug Bites

Bedbug bites on the body is most easily differentiated by placement. They will appear on the body in what people call the “breakfast, lunch, and dinner” cluster, which means usually bites can be found in clusters or lines of three. Also, a good “identifier” of bedbug bites will be where the bites are located on the body. Of course, because bedbugs bite during the times that we are asleep, they can only bite areas that they can reach. These places may be on the neck, arms, legs, back or the sides of the back and maybe even on the stomach. Unfortunately though, there are about 30% of people who actually do not react to bed bug bites at all whereas a small percentage of people will have extreme bite reactions. Again, this is why bites are a poor indicator of a bed bug infestation, although it can be a symptom of one.

Mosquito Bites

Infamous for being a vector of dangerous diseases like the West Nile Virus and malaria, mosquito bites are one of Mother Nature’s gifts to us that quite frankly, noone wants. Depending on if you catch them or not, they can bite several times and bites can be found on all reachable parts of the body, even the head and feet. Personally, one of the most irritating mosquito bites I’ve had was one right in between my big toe and middle toe. Most bites are isolated on the body and will swell up. The swelling may reside over a short period of time, but can leave a mark that stays itchy for several days.

Flea Bites

One distinguishable trait for flea bites is that normally, flea bites are found on the legs, below the knee or on exposed skin. However, when an area has high levels of infestation, it is possible for flea bites to occur anywhere on the body. Flea bites are small, raised and very itchy welts.

All these pests, including bed bugs, mosquitoes, and fleas, can be controlled by pest control technicians or can be treated with the proper materials and knowledge. For questions on how to get rid of these pests, you can email us at info@pestmall.com or call us at 1-800-788-4142.

We understand that itching is real and we definitely know that itchiness will cause real stress. However, we would like to ask you to keep in mind that not all itchiness is bug-related. We would like to assure you that after you are able to receive an inspection or after you are able to identify the pest, we will try our best to recommend products to help you control and eradicate the pest. However, when you are experiencing itchiness without a known cause of the itchiness and you are not able to find a source, please consider non-insect causes of itchiness like allergic reactions or environment.

Date: Monday, 14. October 2013 11:48
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    A friend of mine went to South Sudan, Africa, and he came home with some kind of bites all over him. I gave him a hug at the airport and didn’t think a thing about it. Two weeks later, wearing the same sweat shirt jacket, I visited my friend at his house. When I put my jacket on, I got hit with bug bites. I have washed all the clothes in the closet where I hung my contaminated jacket. I am still getting some bites, but my husband has no bites at all. The only thing I have found is small dead bugs in my jacket that I washed and dried in the dryer. I can’t find anything alive, but it does not look like bed bugs and no traces of anything in our bed.

    Are these bedbugs or some kind of flea from South Sudan? What would you suggest I do?

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    It would be hard to tell what it is exactly that you may be infested with considering the many possibilities. Since you found a few of the dead bugs from your jacket, I would wait it out and see if you are continuing to get bit. If you still have the dead bugs and you can send us a picture, we can try to identify it for you. The most important part of pest control is being able to correctly identify the targeted pest. This way you can make sure you are using the right chemicals to fight against them.

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