Identifying Biting Bugs on Bed

I've been getting bitten these past few days on my feet and lower legs. I found a few of these bugs on my bed crawling. I have about 6 bites on my feet and ankles. They are small itchy and red. I washed my sheets and found some more on the top and sides of the mattress. I also found them on the bed frame. Are these bed bugs? What do I do?

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August 16, 20181 found this helpful

Yes, these look like bedbugs. If you have a landlord tell him or her. If you own your home you need an exterminator. Here is what you need to do.

Step 1
They need to be heated to die. Wash all washable items in hot water and dry for at least 20 minutes.

Step 2
You can steam upholstery with a hot steamer.

Step 3
You will have to get rid of other items.

Step 4
Vacuum everything, remove the bag, double bag it and seal it and dispose of it outside.

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August 16, 20181 found this helpful

I am sorry that the picture blurs out for me...

If I get bit, I use this website to check the bite against the photo:

Web MD has a link for what some typical bites look like--that may help you ID what is getting you:\

Slide 21 shows bed bug bites...if that isn't it...check out all the others.


If it is bed bugs, Judy gave you the remedy. If it is something else, then you can go from there.

Sending up healing prayers for you! No matter what the bite, be very careful and if you feel warmth or have excessive redness, talk to your doc ASAP...please do not risk infection!!

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August 16, 20180 found this helpful

I found another one on my bed last night. Here is a closer picture.

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August 16, 20181 found this helpful

You have bed bugs and this is difficult to get rid of without spraying. There are many things that you can do to kill them and get them out of your bed. You might need to get rid of your bed if they are too bad.


They get on the carpet, your furniture, clothes, books, and other things. The best bet is to have your landlord spray your place of residence and start cleaning as fast as possible.

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August 17, 20181 found this helpful

These critters in your photo do resemble bed bugs. You will definitely need an exterminator to rid them. If you are just noticing these bugs, you may have them just in your bed, but they can be carried from bedroom to other rooms and get in sofa/chair.

Immediately, wrap the mattress and box spring in plastic and securely tape closed everywhere before removing it from the home to prevent bugs and their eggs from escaping.

Remove yourself from that bedroom and set up sleeping in another room. Do not visit other people's homes while you have this problem as these bugs can be carried into other places. It is best to keep the problem isolated as much as possible.


When the exterminator determines you have no more problem and can move back into the bedroom. Do yourself a favor by protecting your new mattress set from a future invasion. Start out by getting a bed bug protective zipper covering for both. This set up covers top, bottom and all sides.

Fully vacuum the carpet several times a day and deposit the debris into a plastic sealed bag and remove from home or if you can burn it even the better. Bed bugs can be in the bed frame and any dark places in the room, so a thorough cleaning is necessary; however, it's not guarantee you have rid ALL bugs and eggs from the room. That's why an exterminator is most helpful.

Benadryl Cream or any knock off brand will relieve the itching from bites received.

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August 19, 20180 found this helpful

It looks like you do have bed bugs and they are just as difficult (or more) to get rid of as lice!!


  • As for talking with your landlord this will only be their responsibility if they provided the mattress you are using. If that is the case then you need to see them immediately so they can give you another place to live while your place is dealt with and that could take days/week.
  • Bedbugs will always be your responsibility if the mattress belongs to you. If that is the case then you should call an exterminator to get an estimate on what they will charge to remove the bugs.
  • If you find that you cannot afford an exterminator then you should go to a Walmart type store or a good hardware store like Ace or True Value and buy the best spray available for killing bedbugs.
  • There are some good products available now that were not available even last year so do your research or ask a knowledgeable person what you should use (Ace or True Value usually have the best for this).
  • There is a product sold on Amazon (and maybe elsewhere) called Pest Peeve Bye/Bye Bed Bugs that has received top ratings but that would take several days to be delivered and you should not wait that long before starting to work on these bugs.
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  • There is a lot of information on Google how to exterminate these bugs but this site is good to start with:
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