Mosquito vs. Bed Bug Bites

How to Tell the Difference

Mosquito or bed bug bite?

This time of year, it’s not uncommon for us to discover little bug bites. Mosquitoes and bed bugs share a reason for biting you: they need your blood! How can you tell the difference between mosquito and bed bug bites? It’s important to identify the culprit so you can take care of the problem.

Mosquito vs. Bed Bug Bites


Female mosquitoes bite you because they need your blood to support their larvae. Yes, that means the males don’t bite you!

When you have multiple mosquito bites, they are probably sporadic around your body in areas that have been exposed while outside. You will have a dime-sized red bump on your skin. Mosquito bites are itchy and should not be painful. These bites are mostly just an annoyance, but they can spread disease, like the West Nile Virus or the Zika virus in certain parts of the world.

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs grow by molting five times, and they need a blood meal each time before they can molt. (That’s also why you’ll find exoskeletons on your bed.)

When you have bed bug bites, you will likely find tiny bumps in a line down your skin. That’s because the bugs are munching as they walk along your skin! Bed bug bites can be itchy or burn a few days after exposure. You will likely find these marks on extremities that are bare when sleeping, like arms and legs. Bites are generally harmless, but people who are allergic to bed bug saliva can develop welts, hives, and inflamed skin bumps that require medical attention.

Mosquito or Bed Bug Problem? Green Pest Solutions Is Here.

The pest professionals at Green Pest Solutions are here to assist you in your fight against biting pests like mosquitoes and bed bugs. Call us today at 877-636-9469 for a free estimate to help get rid of these unwelcomed bugs.

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