The widely circulated myths and horror stories aren’t completely unwarranted. With regard to structure infesting insects, bed bugs stand in a league of their own.
The bed bug (Cimex Lectularius) is a human-specific species of insect, whose behaviours are completely adapted to our behaviour patterns. Because bed bugs are so well adapted to the way we live, move and sleep, detecting them can be difficult for untrained professionals, even if the bites are apparent. Because they feed on our blood, they tend to thrive better in places with dense human populations, which is why you’re more likely to hear stories about bed bugs in downtown Toronto instead of in a sparsely settled, rural area.
Any of the knowledgeable team members at our Toronto bed bug company will tell you that bed bugs can be difficult to detect, even when they’re fully mature. Adult bed bugs generally measure just 4-5 mm in length. They appear reddish-brown in colour and become darker after feeding. Given their size and colour, people often mistake bed bugs for dark grains like flax seeds, which makes seeking the help of Toronto bed bug specialists necessary.
What Do Bed Bug Bites Look Like?
Though bed bug bites can occur singularly, they often follow a distinctive patten of a linear group of three bites, sometimes referred to as ‘breakfast, lunch and dinner’. These patterns are cause by human movements that disrupt the bed bug’s feeding attempts. The lines created by these biting patterns often occur in parallel with blood vessels running close to the surface of the skin.
Welts, swelling, redness and itchiness vary from person to person with one in three individuals having little to no reaction to the bites. Delayed reactions and prolonged irritation may also occur in certain cases. As Toronto’s bed bug experts, we can assure you that there’s no scientific evidence to suggest that bed bugs are responsible for the spread of any diseases. Visiting your doctor or dermatologist is always beneficial but there is know way to know or identify the specificity or cause of bites without an inspection by a trained professional.