5 Early Signs Of Bed Bugs: How Do I Really Know If I Have Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs aren’t known to directly spread disease, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t a public risk. Here are the five early signs of a bed bug infestation you should keep an eye out for.


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Bite Patterns

If you’re waking up with pink marks all over your body, that’s clearly a sign of something wrong. But it isn’t necessarily a sign of bed bugs in your home. These bugs venture out from their homes to seek out the blood at night, but it can be difficult to distinguish a bed bug bite from the bites of other insects.

New Furniture

If you’ve begun to experience itching after bringing used furniture into your home — and especially if you experience that itching after napping on that furniture — it could be a sign that bed bugs stowed away on the trip. Practically any wood or upholstered piece of furniture can be a reasonable hiding spot for bed bugs.


Bed bugs give off a pheromone when disturbed. If the smell becomes musty, unpleasant, or overpowering, it’s a sign that the population of bed bugs in your home may be starting to get out of control.


Since they survive by gorging themselves on the blood of sleeping humans, they’re prone to bursting in a splash of blood when they’re crushed. And while they minimize feeding duration to roughly five to ten seconds at a time, crushing is a serious risk.

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