Insects like mosquitoes and bed bugs bite to feed on the blood. In order to be able to feed on the blood, they inject the body with anticoagulants. Usually, it is these anticoagulants that cause the bite to swell and to itch. When it comes to mosquitoes and bed bugs there is a difference in the way that these bites show up on the body. Both these insects bite in order to feed on the blood in your body. Usually, the visible effects of the bites are a raised red lump which may itch for a few hours to a few days. The bites of both bed bugs, as well as mosquitoes, are almost the same in appearance and at times are difficult to tell apart. One of the ways to tell the bites apart is to watch the bites closely and looking for patterns or waiting for further symptoms to appear or the bites to vanish.
Mosquito bites usually are isolated and are singularly located while bed bug bites are usually found in clusters on the body typically in a line of three. The raised welts of mosquito bites almost always itch, though the itching might stop in an hour or two while on the other hand bed bug bites may or may not itch, but if they do itch that itch can be terrible and may last for some days and the itching could get worse.
Another difference between mosquito bites and bed bug bites is that mosquito bites look like small flat pimples and can be felt immediately after a mosquito bites you and these bites vanish in a short time while bed bug bite symptoms do not show up immediately and may take a few days before you notice them, the more bites you have the quicker you will be able to see them.
One other way to distinguish mosquito bites from bed bug bites is the climatic conditions. Mosquitoes usually are not around to bite in extremely cold and extremely hot conditions while bed bugs are usually in the house and are not affected by these conditions. Also when it comes to mosquitoes you can find many different kinds of repellants that help to repel the mosquitoes and thus avoid being bitten, on the other hand when it comes to bedbugs there aren’t any repellants available to avoid being bitten by them if there is an infestation.
Mosquitoes are usually prevalent in the woods or around stagnant water and in the shade while bed bugs infest the house and are usually found in the mattresses or in cracks and crevices in the house. You can prevent yourself from getting mosquito bites by using a mosquito repellant when out in the open but when it comes to bed bug bites the only way to prevent them is to get rid of the infestation. You may have to get the help of a pest control company to get rid of bed bug infestation.