Have you noticed some mysterious red bumps suddenly appearing on your arms and legs? If you’re suffering from insect bites, determining the exact cause might not seem like an important distinction. However, knowing what you’re dealing with is the first step to solving the problem.
It can be difficult to tell the difference between flea bites and bed bug bites. Both result in red, inflamed areas. When you take a closer look, there are some features that can help provide a specific identification.
Characteristics of Flea Bites
- The bite itself is a small red dot or puncture wound surrounded by a ring.
- They appear in random clusters, usually on the legs and feet. Those are the easiest areas for fleas to reach.
- Bites will occur continually, appearing at any time of day or night.
- It may turn into a blister or open wound within a day or two.
Characteristics of Bed Bug Bites
- The bite appears as a hard red bump, similar to a mosquito bite.
- Bites are often found in linear rows. They can be on the face, hands, arms, legs and any area that’s exposed while sleeping.
- Bed bugs don’t need to feed continually, so there’s generally a lull between attacks.
Regardless of the origin of the bites, you should resist the urge to scratch. It can result in a worsening of the irritation and could eventually cause infection.
Whether it’s fleas, bed bugs or any other household pest, don’t take chances. Our Monmouth County, NJ experts at Allison Pest Control can safely and efficiently remove these threats. Contact us today for an appointment.