When do bed bug bites show up? How to get rid of them?
This post is part 5 of the Ultimate guide on how to get rid of bed bug bites. Bed bugs need to feed on blood in order to survive and to mature into adults. The female bed bugs have to drink blood in order to produce eggs. In short, bed bugs need blood – human or animal – in order to make it in this life! They normally feed on human blood. But bed bugs can also feed on blood from animals such as dogs, cats, and bats. So, when do bed bug bites show up?
Once the bed bugs find their target, they insert their mouthparts to find a vessel from which to draw blood. Firstly however, the bed bug will drop saliva onto the skin. Its saliva will be lined with an anesthesia so that it can feed on the blood without alerting the human or other host. Unfortunately, it’s the anesthesia in the saliva that may determine how severe the bite becomes to the host. Some people have very sensitive reactions to the saliva while others don’t.
Once the bed bug is done feeding, it will go back into its hiding place . In most cases the hiding place is cracks and crevices around your home. When you wake up, depending on how sensitive your skin is, you may or may not notice that you have been bitten.
When do bed bug bites show up? How do bugs feed?
When do bed bug bites show up? They may show up a few hours or days after the bite. This generally depends on the bitten person.
Bed bugs generally feed at night, although they are more than happy to feed during any time of the day as long as there is blood to be sucked. During feeding time, the bed bug will piece the skin with two hollow tubes. One tube is specifically designed to inject saliva that contains anesthetics and anticoagulants into the body while the other tube is designed to draw blood from the host.
It is the saliva and its contents that may cause itching in some individuals.
When do bed bug bites show up? The effect
Bed bug bites will show up anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Following the bites, depending on one’s skin and its sensitivity, you may be looking at no or severe reactions. Some people may not even know they have been bitten unless they actually see the bites in a mirror or when someone points out the bites to them; others may experience serious reactions following the bites.
There are individuals that may develop itching after the bites; there are those that may develop red welts or swelling. Some people may not even end up with a bite mark; while others may need medical assistance to overcome the irritation caused by the bite mark. You may feel a burning sensation after the bite. It may later lead to red bums or, in more extreme case, blisters.
Regardless of the reaction however, it is important to avoid scratching the bite marks as this may lead to an infection.
What to do when you get bed bug bites?
It is important not to scratch bed bug bites when they start to itch. This is because scratching may lead to serious infections. When you have bed bug bites, it is better to wash the given area with soap and water then proceed to make use of any one of the natural remedies listed below:
- Place a piece of cotton pad in pure witch hazel. Place it on the affected area for about 10 minutes. This should reduce the irritation.
- Dilute equal parts of apple cider vinegar with water and apply the diluted solution to the affected skin for a few minutes. Leave the solution to dry then rinse off with warm water.
- Make use of Aloe Vera to help heal the irritated skin. The juice from the Aloe Vera will help stop the itching.
- Make a thick baking soda paste with the help of a little water and apply the same on the affected area.
- Make use of oatmeal paste to sooth large bed bug bite areas. The oatmeal paste will not only help relieve itching but will also help fight against inflammation.
- In case you fear an infection caused by the bite then you should consider applying honey on the affected area.
- Freeze cucumber slices and apply the same on the bite marks. This will help reduce itching thanks to the cooling effect cucumber has on the skin.
- Mix 2-3 drops of tea tree oil to a tablespoon of coconut oil and apply the same on the affected area.
If the natural remedies mentioned above don’t help to relieve the itching or treat the bed bug bites then you should consider visiting a doctor for the right prescription to help with the problem. There are a number of creams and pills that can be given to help relieve the itching or irritation.
When do bed bug bites appear?
Bed bug bites can appear anywhere from a few hours to a few days depending on ones’ skin reaction to the bite.
Not to be confused with other bites such as those from fleas, bed bug bites normally leave a red mark or a few red marks that are in a line or cluster. In order to ensure that you have bed bug bites and not other bugs such as fleas, it is important to check for bed bugs around your home. These bugs normally hide in cracks, crevices, box springs, bed frame or mattress seams among other places.
Bed bugs may show up a few hours after the bed bugs have finished feeding; or they may show up 14 days later. Generally speaking, your skin type will determine how long bed bug bites last.
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