Waking up with an itch? The following pests may be the culprit
Waking up with an itch can be annoying, but when you wake up with numerous bites or very itchy rashes, it can be downright distressing. This is especially true for children and the elderly, who may also be more vulnerable to infections or allergic reactions caused by insect bites. While there are several pests who bite people, only some of them are likely to do it in the night while you are asleep in bed. Knowing what you are dealing with will help you take the appropriate actions to eradicate the pests once and for all, so that you can go back to getting a good night’s rest when you go to bed each night.
Kinds of pests that might bite you while you’re asleep in bed:
The most common insect known for biting people while they are sleeping is the bed bug. If you wake up with multiple bites that are painless at first but become itchy welts over time, especially around your armpits, neck, behind your knee, or on your inner thighs, then you might be dealing with a bed bug infestation. These pests can be identified by the dark stains that they leave on sheets. However, they can be tough to spot during the day, as they are typically only active before dawn and then creep back inside their hiding places inside your mattress or bed frame during the day.
Fleas aren’t just pests who feed on pets. They also are happy to bite you too, especially if you sleep with your pet and provide them with easy access all night long. Flea bites are usually found in different places on the human body than bed bug bites. Fleas tend to prefer the thin skin around your ankles. These bites will typically be very itchy, red, or even sore. It’s best not to scratch them, as excessing scratching can cause an infection which will prevent the bites from healing as quickly as they would otherwise.
Because spiders are nocturnal and are known to bite when threatened, you might get bitten by a spider if it gets trapped in your pajamas while you are sleeping. It can be easy to tell a spider bite from a different nighttime pest’s bite because you’ll usually just have one bit as opposed to several. Like many nighttime insect bites, a spider bite might swell, turn red, itch, or turn into a rash.
Mosquitos are another pest that are more active at night and are drawn to humans while they are asleep. Unfortunately, one mosquito can bite several times, so it is important to be sure to close all windows that aren’t tightly screened before you fall asleep each night.
If you find yourself waking up with insect bites frequently, please don’t hesitate to contact West Termite, Pest & Lawn. Our trained exterminators are ready to help you deal with whatever pests might be bothering you, and we want to help you get rid of them before you experience any serious consequences such as disease or infection. Call us today to learn more!
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