Typically, skin bitten by bed bugs is reddish with small spots that look like mosquito bites or flea bites. Bed bugs don’t inject any kind of venom and aren’t believed to carry infectious microbes, however, they can induce their own saliva into the bites. While bed bugs feed, their saliva dulls pain, but can cause mild allergic reactions later on. The result can be mild to severe itching and vigorous scratching that can, in turn, cause infections. It’s easy to mistake bed bug bites for flea bites especially since, like fleas, a bed bug infestation will leave dark fecal spots on bed sheets or in their hiding places.

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