Hello, I woke up this morning to two little bites near my jaw line. One does not itch, however the other has a slight itch. No pain. We moved into a new place a little over a month ago, however I dont have any other bites and neither do my kids. I have checked religiously all the mattress seams, box spring, bed frame, and I have not found any bed bugs. The window screen does have a fairly largr space in it (doesnt fully close) so its a high possibility of a gnat coming through. However the 2 bites have me paranoid that its bed bugs (even though i know gnats can bite multiple times). What does this look like?
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replied May 15th, 2018

The most common sources of insect bites in the home are bed bugs, human fleas, pet fleas, bird fleas, ticks, Spiders, and other bugs. Most of these insects have the following features.

1. Usually bite after dusk or at night
2. Tend to be near slow-moving water
3. Often seen resting on ceilings and upper walls
4. Associated with cats and dogs as pets
5. Often found when moving into a home that used to have pets
6. Will switch to biting humans when pets not present
7. Bites often clustered around ankles and lower legs

Some steps to help prevent such insect bites include -

Wearing Long sleeves, long trousers, socks, shoes and gloves ; Tucking in shirts, ‎tucking pants into socks - to help protect you from stings.‎
Closing the windows in the house and the car to keep the insects out.‎
Looking out for insects' nests in your home or garden and have them removed immediately.‎

Fleas often bite four or five times in the same area so you may find a couple of these clusters on your ‎body.‎ ‎

When accommodations are not adequately screened or air conditioned, bed nets are essential to ‎provide protection and to reduce discomfort caused by biting insects. If bed nets do not reach the ‎floor, they should be tucked under mattresses. Bed nets are most effective when they are treated ‎with a pyrethroid.‎

In case, you keep getting such bites, inspite of the above measures you can seek help from a ‎professional insect and pest management company, for proper help. This ‎might help to solve your ‎problem.

Other possible causes which can be mistaken as insect bites include - allergic reactions to food or dust, Viral or bacterial infections, scabies and others, which can be ruled out by proper physical examination by your doctor.

I hope this helps.

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