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What’s Biting Me While I Sleep: Spiders, Fleas, or Bed Bugs?

Sleep tight, and don't let the bed bugs bite... or any other type of bug for that matter. It's not just bed bugs that can sneak up on you while you're sleeping and deliver a painful bite. There are a wide variety of insects that are known to bite humans while they slumber. And while most bug bites are nothing more than a nuisance, some can transmit diseases or trigger allergic reactions. So what's the best way to avoid becoming a midnight snack? Here's a look at some of the most common types of bug bites and how to protect yourself from them.


If you've woken up to find mysterious bites on your body, it's natural to assume the worst. However, there are a few simple ways to determine if the culprit is a spider. To determine if the bites are from a spider, look for the following signs:

-Bites that are clustered together in a small area

-Bites that are red and swollen

-Bites that are painful or itch intensely

-Bites that have a "target" appearance, with a red ring around a white center

If you see one or more of these signs, there's a good chance the bites are from a spider. If you're not sure, it's always best to consult with a doctor or other medical professional. They'll be able to give you a definitive answer and provide any necessary treatment.


If you think you might have fleas, there are a few things you can look for:

-Check for small, dark dots on your skin. These are flea droppings and can signify that you have an infestation.

-Look for bites that are clustered together in a line. Fleas typically bite several times in the same spot, so this can be a tell-tale sign that you have fleas.

-Check for signs of scratching. If you're constantly itching, it could signify that you have fleas. You should also check your pets for signs of excessive scratching. If you suspect you have fleas, it's essential to take action immediately. Fleas can be difficult to get rid of once they've taken up residence in your home, so it's best to nip the problem in the bud as soon as possible.

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are small, brownish insects that feed on the blood of animals, including humans. They are most active at night when they emerge from their hiding places to feed. Bed bugs are a nuisance and can be difficult to get rid of, but they are not known to transmit disease. Bed bugs typically hide in cracks and crevices, making them difficult to spot. If you think you may have bed bugs, there are a few things you can look for:

- One of the most telltale signs of bed bug infestation is bite marks on the skin. These bites are often red and raised, and they can appear in groups or lines.

-Another common sign of bed bugs is spotting the insects themselves. Bed bugs are typically brown or reddish, and they are about the size of an apple seed.

How We Can Help

Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can be hard to sleep well when you have insects or other unwanted pests in your home! Our expert pest control specialists have the knowledge and skill to tackle any pest problem you have, from spiders, fleas, bed bugs, and more!

For all of your pest control needs and questions contact Hoffman's Exterminating Co., Inc. at (800) 615-3920! Quality service with personalized care! Proudly serving areas in PA, NJ, MD, and DE.