Are you nervous about having bed bugs in your home? Here we talk about the 5 early signs of bed bugs that you should watch out for.

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Early Signs of Bed Bugs


Fecal Marks


Bed bug droppings contain digested human blood, which causes fecal marks. Because digested blood contains iron, it gives off a faint, rusty scent that contributes to the overall unpleasant smell of a bed bug infestation.

Bed Bug Eggs


A pregnant female bed bug typically lays 1 to 7 eggs per day, which hatch in just over a week. A bed bug egg measures about 1 millimeter in length, is pearly white in color, and has an ovular shape. They resemble tiny grains of rice, where they can be white or translucent in color.

Shells or Exoskeleton


If you find bed bug shells, also known as husks or shed skins, you probably have bed bugs. Infestations of bed bugs are often detected early by abandoned shell casings.

Bed Bug Bites


Bed bugs are often first detected when people wake up to find mysterious insect bites. The bed bug is a nocturnal insect that feeds on blood during the night. It is most common to be bitten on areas of the torso, although bites can come on your neck, back, arms, legs, and hands.

Musty Smell


Sometimes, our sense of smell is the first to alert us that something is unusual. A strange, musty odor in your bedroom that doesn't seem to be caused by an obvious source (like dirty laundry) could indicate a looming infestation.