Can You Smell A Bed Bug Infestation

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The smell of a bed bug infestation is also described as the smell associated with dirty laundry or wet, moldy clothes. Just like for shoes, if you didn't have smelling piles of dirty clothes in your house, the smell is probably produced by the bed bugs hiding inside your house.

Fecal spots are usually clustered, and may have a small "smear" at one side, indicating the direction of the bed bug's travel. In heavy infestations there may even be a discernable, almost sweet odor, due to large amounts of feces and aggregation secretions.

Not everyone smells a particular scent in exactly the same way, and not every bed bug colony will smell exactly the same, either. To top it off, you're likely to smell a combination of different aromas related to a bed bug infestation. The most common words used to describe bed bug smell are "musty" and "sweet".

While a handful of bed bugs most likely won't create a distinctive odor, a large infestation most certainly will. If you step on a bed bug, that also creates a strong smell. To eliminate odors, have your home inspected by a NJ pest control professional.

When a bed bug infestation is present, the most obvious signs are visual—seeing physical bugs on your bed or another surface. However, there may be another sign that is not considered as often: the smell of bed bugs.

Since a healthy, blood-fed female bed bug can produce from 200-500 healthy eggs during her lifetime and may lay from 2-5 eggs each day, the likelihood of an infestation of bed bugs is extremely high unless bed bug control efforts by your pest management professional are employed to eliminate the infestation.

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