Feel It?(5 posts)
Can you feel bed bugs biting you as it happens if you are awake? I am trying to figure out what bit me, as I cannot find any bed bug signs.
i don't think i ever felt a bb bite (stick it's sucking part) in me. Don't forget that the bb has a way to anesthetise you so you don't feel it feeding...but i suppose it's conceivable that someone might feel the bb walking on you and then might feel the first "prick" of the sucking part. But when i had bbs i did use to get a pin prick feeling sometimes...but i did not develop any welts in those places..it was very strange.
Also, it may not be bbs you have...perhaps you have some other kind of skin reaction?
You haven't see a bb yet, right?
You may or may not feel bed bugs feeding, even the initial penetration. But sometimes it depends on what part of your body the bug feeds on. Just because it's a bite, doesn't mean it necessarily hurts when you become that bug's food source. You may notice an annoying sensation at the site where the bed bug feeds. Larger nymphs or adults, if crawling on a some hairs of your skin may alert you to what they are doing. You probably will never feel young nymphs crawling on you, even if they crawl on your skin and hairs. When feeding bugs, I often experience the sensation of feeding on the skin between fingers, but not on the top surface of the hand or arm, but sometimes I feel a sharp pain on particular places on the areas where I normally don't feel any sensation (such as on hand and arm). Maybe it depends if the bug feeds near or on a pain receptor? Don't know how these are spaced on the skin. If you happen to be sleeping, you may not feel (or react to) any sensations that you would otherwise feel if you are alert and awake. Even thought I don't feel a sensation during feeding, a small bump occurs at the site, but within an hour it disappears and by 6-12 hours a red dot appears. In a few days, it, too, disappears.
When I am cleaning or pactiting I sometimes feel something like a pin prick sharp enough to make me jump but I can never find any nymphs or bugs at the time.....when the infestation was worse I would feel these "pin pricks" often and in "clusters" during the day but sometimes no bites or marks or bugs......is that common to bed bugs? I am clearing them up from several areas of my house. Sometimes the area around the where the pin prick was felt becomes irritated & itchy. Is it because the nymphs are so small? Eyes are not that great
Most people don't seem to feel it exactly when it happens.
Some of us seem to feel it later at some point (and we know this because we look, when the "feeling" happens, and see nothing there).
One or two people have reported instantly feeling bites (and seeing the bug as it bites), but I think it's rare.
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