Bed bug bites are red, puffy areas on your skin that can lead to irritation and, in rare cases, cause infection. At that point, a visit to your doctor is necessary. Unfortunately, bed bug bites can often be mistaken for other insect bites.
It is important to gain as much knowledge as possible to differentiate bed bug bites from other common insect bites. One such bite that is often confused with a bed bug bite is a mosquito bite. Needless to say, you don’t want to question a guest, but you need to know whether pest removal services are needed.
Although they are similar-looking, how do you recognize bed bug bites vs mosquito bites?
The Key Differences Between Bed Bug Bites vs Mosquito Bite
Although there are many similarities between a bed bug bite and a mosquito bite, there are also some key differences to help you distinguish between the two.
Bed Bug Bites can take hours or even days to show up.
Mosquito bites show up quickly and the irritation is almost instant.
Bed bug bites are red and puffy with a dot in the middle.
Mosquito bites are small, red, and raised.
Bed bugs only bite exposed skin.
A mosquito bite can be anywhere on your body as mosquitos can bite through clothes.
Bed bug bites often occur in a straight line, in groups of 2 to 3.
Mosquito bites are completely random and have no pattern.
Both bed bug bites and mosquito bites are a nuisance to humans and cause discomfort. The differences are important to recognize because it directly correlates with the severity of the insect outbreak and the expense it will cost both in financial hardship and negative publicity.
The Importance of Recognizing Bed Bug Bites vs Mosquito Bites
Why is it important to know and recognize the difference between bed bug bites vs mosquito bites? The answer is simple, if you have an issue with mosquito bites and guests are complaining about constantly getting bitten, there are many commonly used solutions to combat a mosquito problem. If you have complaints about bed bug bites, you have to act quickly and efficiently to eradicate the pests. A bed bug outbreak is an extremely severe problem that can cause property closures and business disruption to eradicate the infestation. This is particularly problematic in the accommodation industry where bed bug outbreaks, unfortunately, cause a significant, long-term drop in business.
Bed bugs can multiply in the thousands in a matter of days. Bed bugs are capable of traveling through tiny cracks and crevices, most of which are invisible to the naked eye, and spread quickly from room to room. They are nocturnal insects and only tend to bite during the night. For decades bed bugs have been causing landlords, hospitality businesses, and homeowners serious problems due to the knock-on effect of disrupting business or moving out of your property for a few days. For hotels, bed bugs will have a significantly negative impact on your reputation and future revenue.
The Cost of Eradicating a Bed Bug Infestation
If a bed bug infestation does happen to a property, the cost of eradicating them is quite substantial.
Heat treatment is one of the ways that you can treat bed bugs in hotels. This is a chemical-free treatment that involves heating an isolated room to a certain temperature in order to break down the DNA within the bugs and kill them. The temperature at which cells begin to break down is 113℉, which means that you would have to have the heat of the room set at 122℉ to ensure that this process is successful.
There are challenges that come with this method of treatment. If the room has a cold spot that isn’t identified before the treatment, it is possible that some of the pests will evade the heat. This method needs to be carried out by expertly trained teams which can rack up costs easily. As each section needs to be entirely isolated, rooms or sections of the hotel will need to be closed. In the worst cases, the entire hotel will need to be vacant while the service is completed.
The cost of heat treatment can be thousands of dollars and can take days to fully eradicate all the bed bugs. With that being said, not only is it important to detect bed bugs early, it is vitally important that you can distinguish the difference between common insect bites such as mosquito bites vs bed bug bites. The length of the process and the cost it causes those in the accommodation sector is another reason why it is so important to identify the bed bugs prior to a full infestation. Incorrect identification will be costly.
Preventative Solutions to Avoid a Bed Bug Infestation
Spotta’s revolutionary technology is a way to prevent the harm bed bugs can cause to occupants, reputation and earnings. Our smart monitors are the world’s most advanced solution to detect bed bugs at the earliest possible point. This technology can break the cycle before it even begins and prevent negative publicity whilst reducing the cost of treatment.
Our smart devices are small, discreet, and extremely effective. The BedPods link up to one main network and will send a signal to your device upon detection of a bed bug and you can act early and accordingly to prevent an outbreak. To learn more about our BedPods and why we are the leader in bed bug prevention, please visit the Spotta website, and please get in touch with us today.