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Mosquito & Bed Bug Bites: What's the Difference?

BED BUGS, MOSQUITOES | 2-MINUTES READ

 

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Bed bugs and mosquitoes are types of pest that needs human blood to survive. Both of them are also interested in heat and carbon dioxide produced by human body.

However, most people are hard to differentiate between mosquito and bed bug bites – due to its similar symptoms on human skins, such as the appearance red spots and cause an itchy skin rash. Thus, how to distinguish between bed bug and mosquito bites?

Mosquito bites

  • Where do bites occur: mosquitoes are attracted to the smell of human sweat and biting the human body in areas such as the neck, hands and feet
  • What are the symptoms: the appearance of small bumps on the skin that slowly become a red hard lump

Bed bug bites

  • Where do bites occur: clusters on exposed skin areas such as the legs, arms and neck
  • What are the symptoms: the appearance of red spots and rash on the skin in a line

How dangerous are bed bug and mosquito bites?

Never underestimate every mosquito and bed bug bites found on skin. There are several types of mosquitoes that carry life-threatening diseases from it bites such as Aedes Aegypti that cause dengue fever and Anopheles which causes malaria.

On other hand, the most common bed bug species found in Indonesia is Cimex lectularius may not cause serious illness and symptoms. 

Yet, allergic reactions such as itching from time to time, rash on the skin as well as the appearance of red spots on the skin would give you a sense of discomfort.