Every once in a while, someone might get bitten by something either while they’ve been asleep or while they’ve been out in the great outdoors. It is a very unsettling feeling when you do not know how you have been bitten or what you have been bitten by. The question that most people have in mind is whether a chigger or a bed bug has bitten them.
Differences Of Chigger & Bed Bug Bites
When it comes to chigger bites vs bed bug bites, bed bug bites are usually in a linear pattern in certain areas of your body. On the other hand, chigger bites are more random in their bites, and you can find them in different parts of your body. In addition, chigger bites do not really have a pattern. Sometimes since chigger bugs are a little smaller to notice than bed bugs, it might take days to know you have them on you. While both of these bugs are feeding off you, only the bed bug is parasitic.
Similarities Of Chigger & Bed Bug Bites
As we all know, chiggers and bed bugs are both fairly small critters. Some will not even notice them because they are so small. Both chigger and bed bugs produce a bite that is red and itchy and can leave a raised bump.
Moreover, it is important to note that no matter how itchy the bite might be, it is critical that you never scratch the bite since it could lead to even more problems. On a lighter note, none of the bites from these two bugs are infectious, so don’t worry about that. However, if you are allergic to any of these, you will have a problem. This is mostly a problem of trying to get rid of the itch.
Usually, when either of the two bite you, you do not notice them right away. Sometimes it might take a couple of hours to days to know that you were bitten.
Where These Pests Seem to Bite You
Both of these critters tend to bite in areas that are tender and have crevasses. They are usually areas of the skin that are exposed. Bed bugs usually bite in areas of the skin that are exposed while you are asleep in your bed. That is why is it beneficial always to cover exposed parts of your body when you sleep. Chiggers usually bite in areas of your skin that are exposed while you are outside in long, grassy areas.
How To Take Care Of These Bites
When you get bit by either of these two bugs, you should wash the bites with soap and water, then apply an antiseptic. Remember never to scratch them, no matter how itchy the bites might be. Do not worry that you might have caught a contamination because you have not. Take the needed precautions not to be bitten again. With bed bugs, you should check every piece of article of clothing, bedding, furniture, etc. in your bedroom, because once you get them, it is very difficult to get rid of them.