Bed Bug Bites vs. Mosquito Bites: How to Tell Them Apart

May 3rd, 2022
by Greg Verjan

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Itchy, swollen, and irritated, bed bugs and mosquito bites can appear the same at first glance. However, some small differences can help you tell one from the other.  

Read on for details on what each bug bite looks like and the unique attributes for each one.

What Mosquito Bites Look Like 

When a mosquito bites you, it releases saliva into your body, which is typically considered an allergen. As a result, your body releases the chemical histamine to rid itself of the allergen, resulting in the bump and irritation that you see. Mosquito bites typically look like raised bumps with a dark spot in the middle, where the initial bite occurred. It’s also worth noting that these bumps can change color at times. 

What Bed Bug Bites Look Like

When bed bugs bite, they release substances that numb the area and prevent bleeding, so you may not immediately know that you’ve been bitten. The marks are slightly swollen, can come in clusters, and may have a reddish tint. Much like mosquito bites, these bumps are known to itch. In some cases, they could also be filled with fluid. 

The Difference Between a Mosquito Bite and a Bed Bug Bite

Again, mosquito and bed bug bites can look very similar, but some differences can help you determine whether you’re dealing with one or the other. Bed bug bites are typically small, red, and pimple-like. Also, if there are multiple bites, they may likely follow a line pattern. Alternatively, mosquito bites are raised and can vary in size depending on the reaction. Another critical way to tell if a bite is from a mosquito or bed bug is the formation of multiple bumps. If the bumps or markings are in a random pattern, the bites were likely from a mosquito. 

How to Avoid Bug Bites 

One of the best ways to protect yourself from the threat of bug bites is to be proactive. It’s important to protect your home and property, especially if you have any allergic reactions to bed bugs or mosquitos. 

Removing conditions on your property that are conducive to the growth of mosquitos, such as areas with persistent standing water, is the best place to start getting those pests out of your life. Chemical treatment of your property (and surrounding properties) offers the additional level of protection that many homeowners are searching for.

If you have noticed any bug bites on yourself or your family, be sure to check your mattress, sheets, and any bedding for bugs or markings. Oftentimes the bed bugs have taken harbor in walls, and are driven into the interior of the home seeking warmth and food. However, the bed bugs can be brought into your home from luggage or packages as well.

We want to protect your home from pests like mosquitos and bed bugs. If you’re concerned about any infestations, the team at Turin Pest Control is here to help. 


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