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Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation

Bed bugs are notoriously hard to spot, but if you have an established infestation, you will typically be able to see the signs that bed bugs are present. Commonly, if you have a bed bug infestation that is pretty entrenched, you will be able to see shed skins and dark red to rust-colored spots on your mattress and bedding. But there are other signs that you have a bed bug issue, which is that they can give off a specific smell.

The Smell Of Bed Bugs

Bed bugs do not smell when killed or crushed. However, like several other insects, bed bugs are known to emit alarm pheromones when they are disturbed. The emanation of this scent warns other bed bugs to move away from the disturbance and is quite effective as a collective communication tool. It is also possible for bed bug fecal matter to emit a smell if enough of it has collected. 

Bed bug smells reportedly smell different to different people. Some say that bed bugs smell like coriander, while others have reported smelling rotten raspberries. Other descriptions of the way that bed bugs smell include a strong acidic scent, a musty scent, or even a sickly sweet smell like marzipan. If you can smell bed bugs, it is highly possible that you have a well-established bed bug infestation involving many bed bugs. Now is a good time to call an experienced pest care professional.

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Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to detect and eradicate. If you think there is a possibility that you may have a bed bug infestation and are noticing a peculiar smell, it’s time to call an exterminator. Pest Control Experts are experts at finding you the best pest care specialist for your individual needs. Call Pest Control Experts today for help finding a great bed bug exterminator in your area.

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