How many times will the same bb bite in one feeding?(9 posts)
How many times will the same bb bite in one feeding? I just felt like I was getting bit and sure enough I looked down and the bb was right on my shirt right next to where I got bit. I flicked it off and looked at it up close with a flashlight. It was fat and full of blood. There are about 6 brand new welts right in the same place on me. Would one bug bite that many times?
Yes. Lots of people get the 3 x's in a row. I did. I've seen photos of bite trails that clearly look like one bug on a trek with lots more than 3 bites. I got one bite that was incredibly itchy and when the swelling went down I could see it was five bites grouped together in a very close area.
I'd like to know this myself. Those who feed colonies, how many bites - or attempts at feeding - have you witnessed per bug?
One problem with this question is that a bed bug may bite one person once and be satisfied, yet want/need many more from another depending on one's skin, veins/capillaries, maybe the blood itself. (I know of someone with sickle cell trait that does not seem to get bit at all.)
My understanding is that given its preference, a bed bug will only bite once per feeding. If it bites more than once, it's because it was disturbed while feeding. (I'm basing this on the footage I've seen of entomologists feeding their colonies or doing bite tests on people who volunteered for that. In other words, those are controlled, clinical conditions unlike a bed bug feeding in the wild of our bedrooms.)
Those famous trails, I thought, were the result of say, you moving your leg and the bug going "Uh oh, the giant food source might squish me" and reattaching itself when you settled back down.
Am I wrong about that? Now you've made me curious.
[center]I was hoping to ask you a question about your "full" bug. When you say "fat", was it sort of 'elongated fat' or was it 'round fat', perhaps like a tick?
I believe up to 3 times is an accurate number although having fed thousands in my lab I am yet to see one hang about to take a second attempt at feeding unless it was mercilessly teased into breaking off before getting a full meal.
Interestingly enough I see more people with single bite patterns than I do with the trio of breakfast, dinner then lunch.
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I got bit by one bug 10 times 4 inches accross top of trousers.
I then transported a bedbug from that house and got bitten 10 times all over the top of my arm 2 weeks later. There might be 2 because I have 2 small bits on top of my chest from the same night. I haven't been bitten again several days later. I am sure there can't be more than this.
I am terrified because my room is a total mess full of papers all over the floor and impossible to clean. It might be messy but was free from nasty creatures.
In my observation the bugs I feed overwhelmingly stay at one place and feed to engorgement unless disturbed.
And by "disturbed", I mean pushing & proding with a probe or the edge of a business card. Actually, Im surprised at how strngly they tend to "hold on" when feeding and I'm trying to make them move.
Hope this helps ! paul b.
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