How to Tell If You Have Been Bitten by Bed Bugs

In recent years within the United States, travel has gone up. Families are taking more vacations, seeing other members of their family and exploring more of the world. Unfortunately, with that increase in travel, so too has the bed bug infestations. You can end up getting bitten by bed bugs, if the proper care is not taken.

So if you are staying a hotel, renting a new apartment or townhouse or even renting some furniture, Bed Bug Law will go through how to identify if you have been bitten by bed bugs.

What are Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are small brown-ish insects that hide in dark, un-lit areas within hotels and homes. If there is a bed bug infestation, bed bugs can be usually found by stripping your bed of any sheets, mattress covers and other linens. Get a flashlight, turn off the lights in the room and shine a light through a mattress. If you see dark brown spots, these are blood stains from bed bugs as they live off of the blood they capture from their victim.

The appearance of bed bugs can vary significantly depending on the life cycle of the bed bug. Here’s a chart that breaks down the appearances and associated age for your reference –

How to Tell If You Have Been Bitten by Bed Bugs

Signs of Bed Bug Bites

If you have been bitten by bed bugs, you will see large sets of raised bumps on various areas on your body and are usually painless. Bed bugs usually come out during the night while you are sleeping. The bed bug bites themselves won’t hurt, but overtime the affected area will become extremely ichty. Here’s a picture that shows what bed bug bites look like –

How to Tell If You Have Been Bitten by Bed Bugs

It’s easy to confuse or mistake these welts as shown above for other bites like from fleas or mosquitoes. In order to confirm that you have been bitten by bed bugs, it’s important to gather additional evidence.

Using the information provided in the “What are Bed Bugs?” sub heading, attempt to capture (using a plastic baggie or similar device) and/or take photos and video of the bed bugs in your room or other areas within your home. If the insect matches the description and size listed in the life cycle diagram above, you may have found bed bugs and are a victim of a bed bug infestation.

What to Do Next

If you have bed bug bites or have suffered as a result of your bed bug injuries, contact Bed Bug Law. Bed Bug Law is a law firm focused on holding landlords and hotels accountable for bed bug infestations and their resulting injuries due to the lack of proper care in addressing the bed bug crisis within the United States.

If you think you have bed bug injuries, contact our team by calling us at 855-533-5552 or by filling out our “Do I Have a Case?” form to speak to attorney. We do not charge any fees or have any costs unless we win your case.


2 thoughts on “How to Tell If You Have Been Bitten by Bed Bugs”

  1. I recently stayed in a hotel in Vegas and woke up with bites. I’m sure they were bed bugs from comparable bite photos. I’ve already left the hotel, so can’t take pictures or check that bed but the bite marks are definitely still there. Should I still contact the hotel? Can’t really find any info about what to do if you’ve already left.

  2. Thank you for contacting our office. If you have already checked out of the hotel, you still have options of how to proceed with a bed bug injury claim. If you saw bed bugs in the room, or have bites that are characteristic of bed bug injuries, you should contact the local health department. The health department will likely send out an investigator to confirm the presence of bed bugs in the room. You can also speak with hotel management to let them know of your injuries and suspicious that bed bugs are the cause. They will likely have the room inspected and can let you know what they find. Most hotels have contracts with pest control professionals who can often arrive to inspect a room on very short notice. We are sometimes able to get copies of the inspection reports which could help your claim. Let us know what you find, or visit to provide photos of your injuries and any additional information which could be helpful for us to evaluate your claim.

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