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The nightmare begins when a bed bug finds its way into your clothing. It can happen anywhere. Finding bed bugs in your house is not a sign of poor hygiene. It takes only one bed bug to hitch a ride in your clothing, suitcase or furniture to infect your house.
Bed Bug Bites: The most telling way to determine if you have bed bugs is if you experience bites while sleeping. Bites can vary from just puncture marks on the skin to large red bumps. Bites can vary from just puncture marks on the skin to large red bumps.
In order to know how to identify bed bugs, you should be aware of what they look like. Bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed and are mahogany or brownish in color. They change color throughout the course of their life. Eggs are very small elongated shapes that are whitish or almost translucent.
To identify bed bug bites, look at your skin first thing in the morning. Check places that are exposed when you sleep or covered by loose clothing. If you see fresh bites in a line or grouped together, they're likely from bed bugs, which bite several times a night. Additionally, check the color and size of your bites.
If you are being bitten by bed bugs, you will also see fecal stains. Fecal stains on sheets look like the marks of a felt tip pen and tend to bleed into the fabric. The picture below is a great example of what bed bug fecal stains look like. Note the live bed bugs in the photo and how flat they are.