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What do bites look like?

When bed bugs bite, they inject saliva, causing the skin to become irritated and inflamed. Individual responses to bed bug bites will vary. The bite may go unnoticed, or be mistaken for flea or mosquito bites or other skin conditions. Four types of skin rashes or reactions have been described:

  • The most common rash is made up of localized red and itchy flat sores. The classic bed bug bites could be presented in a linear fashion in a group of three, which is called "breakfast, lunch, and dinner."

  • Small, raised red swollen bumps are also common.

  • In rare cases, people may develop large raised, often itchy, red welts.

  • People with a high sensitivity to bed bug saliva may develop a lump filled with blood or fluid.