Possible Signs of Bed Bugs

The following are common signs of bed bugs and can be symptoms of a possible infestation:

  • Small red to reddish brown fecal spots on mattresses, upholstery or walls
  • Molt bed bug skins, their white, sticky eggs or empty eggshells
  • Very heavily infested areas may have a characteristically sweet odor
  • Red, itchy bite marks, especially on the legs, arms and other body parts exposed while sleeping

 

Signs of Bed Bugs: Nymph Spots

Nymph spots

Signs of Bed Bugs: Bed Bug Skins

Molted bed bug skins

Signs of Bed Bugs: Bed Bug Skins

Reaction to bed bug bites

Although the bite of bed bugs is painless, most people develop an allergic reaction to the saliva (which also acts as a numbing agent) injected by the bug as it feeds. Swelling and itchy, red welts can be signs of a bed bug infestation. However, some people do not have reactions to bed bug bites at all. In addition, bites from other insects, such as mosquitoes, are often mistaken as bed bug bites. Unlike many other pests, bed bugs are not known to spread any diseases.

If you suspect you have a bed bug infestation, it is important to contact a licensed pest control professional to confirm the infestation and recommend a course of treatment.