Bed Bug Bites vs. Mosquito Bites: How to Handle Unwanted Pests in Your Home

That itchy little red spot, is it a bed bug or a mosquito? It’s not always so easy to tell. Though most people can spot a mosquito bite on their neck, arm, or leg, they might not be familiar with what a bed bite looks like. They usually ask the first question: What does a bed bug look like? So, here’s what you need to know to tell the difference between bed bug bites and mosquito bites:

Bed bugs bites look like mosquito bites at first glance

Since most people don’t know what bed bug bites look like, they look similar to mosquito bites it’s essential to understand the nuances to determine what kind of bite it is. Equipped with this knowledge, you can adequately treat your itchy and irritated skin and prevent future bites. 

How to know if you have bed bugs

An accurate method for identifying a potential bed bug infestation is to look for physical signs of them. These signs include:

  • Rusty or reddish stains on bed sheets or mattresses are caused by crushed bed bugs.
  • Small dark spots, which are bed bug excrement and could bleed on the fabric like a marker.
  • Tiny (about 1mm) eggs and eggshells, have pale yellow skins that nymphs shed as they grow larger.
  • Live bed bugs.

How to know if you have bed bug bites

Woman scratching shoulder with insect bite outdoors, closeup

Bed bugs are nocturnal insects,  bed bugs are more active at night when people are asleep in bed. People often ask: Do bed bug bites look like pimples? And the answer is yes, bed bug bites on skin are typically puffy, red, and pimple-like. There is often a red dot in the center of the irritated site, and if you’re sensitive to bedbug bites, they could be fluid-filled.

Are bed bug bites itchy? You bet they are! And the itching is usually worse in the morning, subsiding as the day goes on. Bed bug bites typically appear on areas of exposed skin coming in contact with the bedding, including the neck, face, and arms. However, these tiny pests can also burrow under your clothing.

Identifying bed bug bites is possible from a straight line bed bug bite pattern with groups of three or more. These bites can become infected, causing redness, tenderness, and even fever.

Is it a mosquito or bed bug bite?

Mosquitoes are flying insects, and only the females bite. Although they can fly inside and become an indoor nuisance, they are more likely to bite you outdoors, especially near a pool, lake, pond, or marshes—generally speaking, bodies of standing water are mosquito breeding grounds and the most likely place to be bitten. 

Like the bite of a bed bug, mosquito bites are red and raised and very itchy! The bites can vary in size depending on your natural sensitivity to the mosquito’s saliva. Most people have moderate itching, but those with greater sensitivity may experience blistering.

To make them even more annoying, mosquitoes can bite through clothing, while bed bugs generally require exposed skin. And unlike the straight-line bed bug pattern, the mosquito bite pattern shows up as random bites on legs, arms, neck, and face.

How long before bed bug bites show up?

Bedbug bites won’t always cause a skin reaction, and when they do, they might be delayed by hours or even days. This slow reaction time makes bed bugs harder to treat since you might not realize you’ve been around them until several days later.

How long do bed bug bites last?

Bed bug bites typically go away within 1 to 2 weeks. You can relieve the symptoms with an over-the-counter steroid cream, an oral antihistamine (Benadryl), or an over-the-counter pain reliever to relieve swelling and pain. 

How quickly do mosquito bites appear?

Mosquitoes must be on your skin for at least six seconds before they bite you. The bites are usually visible and itchy immediately, but they often get better after two days.

Treating mosquito or bed bug bites includes controlling them

One of the most effective treatments for bed bugs, mosquitoes, and other biting insects begins with the Bask Mistmaster. When using the misting system with one of our recommended bio-based treatments, you’ll no longer have to identify between bed bug and mosquito bites since they will all be dead and gone.

Mosquitos. Flies. Ticks. Ants. Fleas. Biting insects are more than just annoying home and garden invaders—they’re increasingly a source of dangerous diseases. But with Bask’s Mistmaster® 3-in-1 Compact Misting System, you’ll have a powerful, efficient, and highly-effective pest control solution.

Let the Pros at Bask help you control bed bug bites or mosquito bites

At Bask, we want to help you enjoy your outdoor and indoor spaces without worrying about bites. Our misting system allows individuals to control insects, sanitize surfaces, nurture plants, and eliminate odors with one compact tool and a range of safe treatments for humans, pets, and the environment.

Please let us know how we can help you by filling out our convenient contact form or calling us at 1-888-814-2275. 

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