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How Do I Know If I Have Bed Bugs?

How to Find Bed Bugs

Bed bugs love hiding in dark, warm crevices in your bedroom. Rollover to see where some of these places are.

Evidence of Bed Bugs

Identifying Bed Bug Bites

Bed bug bites are usually flat welts or raised, red bumps that are rather itchy. However, some people may have no reaction or visible signs of being bitten. So if you don’t notice any reactions to a bite, that doesn’t necessarily eliminate the possibility of bed bugs.

Tiny Black Spots

Keep an eye out for tiny black spots that are smaller than a poppy seed. If it sticks to the surface and smears when wiped with a wet towel, it could be bed bug droppings. This signals that you may have bed bugs around.

Blood Stains

And if you notice small blood stains on your sheets when you wake up, you may have rolled over a bed bug that was paying a visit from its hiding spot. Ugh.


Bed bugs have an offensive, sweet, musty odor when infestations are severe.


Bed bugs can lay 200-500 eggs in their lifetime. These eggs are pearly white, 1mm in length, and are very difficult to spot with the human eye.

What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?

You know you've spotted a bed bug if what you see is:

  • Reddish brown
  • Ranges from 1mm to 7mm in size
  • Relatively flat
  • Wingless

Nymphs are about the size of a pinhead and are white or gold until they feed.

Bed bug size