My wife and I are travelling for a few months. Several times my wife waked up explaining that she has been bitten by bed bugs, but I don't feel that I have been bitten. Why is my wife their only target? Or I have been beaten but I am not "allergic" to them?

  • Explaining? If it's bed bugs, there's usually evidence such as a string of small bites with coagulated blood. Unlike mosquitoes, they tend to bite multiple times in close proximity, or so I was told when I woke up like that in Slovenia. See Google Image Search
    – Itai
    Feb 14, 2016 at 4:33
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    Maybe your wife wants to stay in a better class of accommodation and those places creep her out Source: personal experience. Feb 14, 2016 at 5:22
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because its about the mechanics of bed bugs.
    – JonathanReez
    Feb 14, 2016 at 9:24
  • As bedbugs are found in hotels of all classes, going to more expensive hotels might not be the solution.
    – Willeke
    Feb 14, 2016 at 10:44
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    Almost certainly you are being bitten but don't react. Not everyone reacts to the bites. I have a massive allergy to them, but there's no visible mark except the swelling. Some people can have bed bugs for months and not even notice (until someone like me visits and swells up...) Feb 14, 2016 at 22:17

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Bed bugs are not usually target specific, if they are in a bed they bite anyone in that bed. The same applies for other non flying blood suckers like fleas, chiggers, ticks.

Flying blood suckers like mosquitoes, horse flies can be target specific zeroing in on certain people while ignoring folks sleeping right next to them.

Bed bug bites are rather easy to identify visually, follow the link in the comments above. Bed bug bites also tend not to be felt until you wake in the morning and start scratching them. If your wife is waking up during the night from being bit, mosquitoes are a more likely culprit.

  • Some people react very quickly to bed bug bites. For example, for me, they swell up, become painful and itch within about 15 seconds - quickly enough that I can sometimes catch the buggers red-handed. But plenty of people I know never react at all Feb 14, 2016 at 22:20
  • @user568458 - One has to ask where you sleep to have that many experiences with bed bugs ;-)
    – user13044
    Feb 15, 2016 at 13:17
  • Shared flats in London (Elephant and Castle area in particular is where I discovered my allergy - there are streets where pest companies won't even bother coming because you'll just get re-infested from neighbours! I moved out ASAP...), and hotels in Sierra Leone Feb 15, 2016 at 13:32

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