Bed Bug Signs: 4 Ways To Identify

November 14, 2022

Many people believed bed bugs to be a myth, but these bugs have been around for a very long time. The reason people think that bed bugs aren’t real is that they disappeared for years and only resurfaced about a decade ago. These bugs are somewhat of an epidemic, especially in New Jersey.


Bed bugs are infamous for being difficult to get rid of. This is because they multiply at an alarming rate while being difficult to locate. The bugs can also live for a very long time, even without a human to feed on.


If you are concerned that you may have bed bugs, there is no need to panic. There are specific signs and symptoms you can look for to identify a bed bug infestation. Once identified, it’s time to call the experts.


Below, we take a look at 4 signs that may point to a bed bug infestation in your home.




Bed bugs bite and signs of bites are a big warning sign. It’s important to remember that not everyone reacts to bed bug bites and with this in mind, you may not see welts on your body if you are experiencing an infestation. 


Bed bug bites look different from person to person, so if people in your home have bites that look different to yours, you are probably dealing with a bed bug issue. However, the bites may look different but some symptoms will be similar. Typically, bed bug bites itch and are usually found on the hands, neck, feet, chest and back.


It can be difficult to tell whether bites come from bed bugs or other insects therefore, the presence of bites alone isn’t enough to indicate a bed bug infestation. This is why it’s important to look out for other signs. 


Blood Stains


If you are concerned that you may be having a bed bug infestation, place a light colored sheet over your bed and when you wake up in the morning, examine the sheets carefully. If you have been bitten overnight, you will see small, rust-colored stains on your bedding. You may not see any blood stains in the beginning of an infestation but make sure to keep looking if you are experiencing other signs and symptoms of an infestation. 


Fecal Matter 


Bed bugs may be small and hard to find, but if you look closely you may be able to spot their fecal matter on your sheets. The appearance is reddish-brown, and it will smear if you wipe over it with a wet cloth. In order to locate any poop, examine the edges of your mattress, the seams and the box springs. 


A Foul Smell

Bed bugs release putrid pheromones if there are alot of them in a small space. The pungent smell is a mix of dirty laundry and swear, so if you begin to notice an unusual odor, take a close look at your mattress. 


In Summary


If you are concerned that you may be facing a bed bug infestation, it’s time to call in the pest control professionals. Twin-Boro licensed pest control specialists will examine your property and provide you with advice on how to proceed. Contact the Twin-Boro team today.