Bed bug bites or Rash. Have you woken up with itchy welts and wondered if they are bed bug bites, mosquito bites, flea bits, other insect bites, an allergic reaction or a rash? Others wonder if they may have. We believed our daughter simply had mosquito bites for over a month before we realized the truth! READ OUR STORY
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What Could It Be? Is it Bed Bug Bites, a Rash or Something Else?
If you sleep overnight in a new location, such as a hotel or someone else’s home, and wake up with unknown bites or a skin condition or unexplained rash, it is highly likely that the bed in which you are sleeping may contain bed bugs. However, in our experience, if you have been sleeping at home with no issues and one day wake up to welts everywhere, it may not actually be caused by bed bugs.
Is it a bed bug bite or a rash? We got this question several months ago, we received a call from a woman who woke up with over 70 bites on her body. She was convinced that she had bed bugs because of all the itchy spots! We were somewhat skeptical as it seemed rather unlikely that she would go from nothing to that many bites in one night. After consulting with a doctor, he diagnosed her with shingles.
Recently, we went to the home of a gentleman who had suffered from a rash that began at night and lasted several weeks. He was confident that he must have a bed bug infestation. When we came to his home to perform a heat treatment, we did a thorough inspection of his family room and bedroom. We found no evidence of bed bugs. He then mentioned that the rash had been subsiding over the past few days. We encouraged him to seek medical attention if he continued to have issues. As expected, he was greatly relieved that he did not have bed bugs!
Bed Bug Life Cycle
Bed bugs take time to reproduce. Female adult bed bugs can lay up to 5 eggs per day. It will take 7 to 10 days for the bed bug egg to hatch. These reddish brown bugs need to feed at least 5 times in the next 5 weeks to become an adult. Both female bed bugs and male bed bugs molt as they go into each life cycle stage, shedding their exoskeleton. While their reproduction can exponentially increase over time, you will not get a large infestation in one or two nights. The normal life cycle can be a few months if the bugs are feeding regularly. However, if food is not available, the bugs can live up to a year without feeding! So after a few weeks of noticing suspicious signs, you could have a real problem.
Bed bug bite or rash, allergic reaction or other health conditions? If you have a few red bumps here and there every night for several weeks, it is likely that you have bed bugs. If you wake up one morning covered in welts, and find no evidence of bed bugs (fecal matter, exoskeletons, live bugs), you should seek medical advice. READ MORE ABOUT DETECTION If you have severe symptoms related to the skin condition, develop hives or feel extremely itchy, you may want seek wellness professionals or medical treatment.
We are always happy to help determine in you have a infestation if you awake with what appears to be bed bug bites or rash. We offer K9 detection services (in New England and Indiana) to pinpoint the exact location and scope of the infestation. It is often hard to pinpoint signs of bed bugs if you have never had them in your home before. The dogs are highly trained and can even detect even one bed bug or the presence of bed bug eggs, which can be very small and difficult to notice with the eye. Our dog handler will then help pinpoint the exact cause of the dog’s alert, whether it is a bed bug, their nesting area or even just the eggs. We want to give you the best information to ensure the best treatment possible to eradicate your bed bug problem.
Heat Treatments To Kill Bed Bugs
We offer heat treatments to combat bed bugs. Only heat kills all stages of the bed bug life cycle, including the eggs. And the treatment will have you free of bugs in only 24 hours. If the infestation is small, we have electric heaters to do the job. In larger treatment areas, we utilize a propane heater to quickly and efficiently heat up your entire home or apartment.
We also offer heater rentals so you can exterminate the bed bugs at your own convenience and an affordable price. We will give you all the instructions you need to have a successful treatment for bed bugs. READ MORE We have lived through the experience of having bed bugs in our home, so we know the stress it can cause and the toll it can take on your mental health. We want to help you be bed bug free.
Please give us a call if you wake with what could be bed bug bites or rash. We offer a free phone consultation. We want to help you eliminate the bed bugs in your home for good.