How to tell the difference between Bed Bug Bites and Scabies

If you are worried you might have bed bugs, or even scabies, let this article help educate you on some differences, so you are able to figure out what the problem is!

One major similarity between the two are both bed bugs bites and scabies can cause people to itch. They can cause very intense itching. Both bed bugs and scabies can leave marks on the skin that are red, but these marks are distinctly different. Ridding yourself and your home of these pests require different treatment. Let’s take a look at some differences between bed bugs and scabies-


  • Bed bugs feed on human blood.
  • They are small, but can be seen with the naked eye.
  • They are shaped similarly to an apple seed.
  • You may go to bed with no bites, but wake up with them.
  • You will typically find bed bug bites around the face, neck, and arm area.
  • Bed bug bites are small, red, flat (or slightly) raised bumps on the skin.
  • The bites are usually linear or can sometimes be in a triangle shape.
  • Bed bugs usually only bite at night.


  • Scabies are contagious.
  • Scabies are microscopic, and usually cannot be seen by the naked eye.
  • Scabies is a skin infestation caused by a particular type of mite.
  • Scabies burrow under the skin, and lay their eggs.
  • The skin eruptions that are caused from a scabies infestation look more like a rash, than individual bite marks.
  • Scabies is usually found in the folds of skin.
  • You may spot white or gray colored lines on your skin where the scabies have burrowed under your skin.
  • Irritations from scabies can be found on feet, between your toes and your fingers, and even around your waist.
  • New rashes can present themselves anytime during the day or night.

There are some important facts to remember. Both bed bug bites and scabies rash/irritation can cause intense itching. While you can pick up bed bugs from hotels and bring them back to your home, bed bugs aren’t typically considered contagious from person to person. Scabies, however, are very contagious. You can wake up with new bed bug bites on your body. If you have a scabies infestation, it may take anywhere from 2 weeks all the way up to 6 weeks if you have never had scabies before. However, if you have experienced scabies before, the onset of the rash can be quicker. You may notice the rash from scabies after just a couple days.

No one wants to experience bed bug bites, or a rash from scabies. While a pest control expert can help rid your home of bed bugs, a Dr. or dermatologist is the specialist you need to help eliminate scabies. Scabies is considered a medical issue, and you will need to seek the help of a medical Dr. in order to help rid yourself of them. They can help by providing creams to control the itching, and medicine to help make you well. Scabies cannot live off of a host for more than 72 hours, so making sure you wash your clothes, linens and towels will be important. There are various suggestions to help ensure your home is clean of scabies so you don’t experience an infestation again! Your Dr. can help suggest ways to keep you from getting scabies again, once you are healed.

Having a well-known, professional pest control company in your home is the best way to ensure your home is bed bug free. If you are experiencing any type of pest control issue, call one of our experts today. We are a locally owned company that can help get you back to being comfortable in your own home!

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