Bed bugs don’t just cause you to itch constantly or to toss and turn while you’re sleeping. They can actually cause your room to smell. You may not notice the smell at first, since you are likely to become slowly acclimated to it. In some cases, you may never notice a smell at all. But if you do start noticing an unusual smell, you need to pay attention. It could be bed bugs, and you need to call a pest control company in Phoenix as soon as possible.


In some cases, what you are smelling when you smell bed bugs is fecal matter. In other cases, you are smelling alarm pheromones that the bugs release when they are … well, alarmed. Bed bugs might emit this pheromone when you plop down on the bed after a long day or if you start beating the mattress to kick up the dust.

What Do Bed Bugs Smell Like?

Many people have reported what bed bugs smell like to them, and there is no universal description. In fact, some of the things that people say bed bugs smell like are not alike at all, which may have something to do with the bed bugs’ composition or the specific environment they are in.

Some people say that bed bugs have a strong acidic scent. Others are more specific and say they smell like coriander or even spoiled raspberries. In contrast, some say that bed bugs smell like almonds or marzipan, which is a much more mild, even a sweet, smell. Any of these smells would certainly seem out of place in your bedroom.

You may not know what any of these things smell like. Or you may smell something entirely different. If you smell something strong in your bedroom and you aren’t able to get to the source of it, talk to a pest control technician. You may have bed bugs.

Other Signs of Bed Bug Infestation

As noted above, you may never notice any unusual smells, even if your bed is crawling with bed bugs. Or the smell may be there, but you’ve just gotten used to it so you don’t notice it. You need to be alert to other signs of bed bugs so that you can deal with the problem early. The sooner you call in a pest control technician, the easier the bed bugs will be to eradicate.

Some common signs that you have bed bugs include:

• Small black or brown marks on your bedding or mattress
• Blood stains on your bedding or mattress
• Bits of dried skin from molting bugs
• Itchy skin
• Waking up feeling tired
• Rash or welts on skin

You shouldn’t take any of these signs as proof that you have bed bugs, but you should investigate them further. The black or brown marks could be fecal matter from the bed bugs, and the blood stains could be from their bites. You may have itchy skin or a rash because of bed bug bites, or something else may be irritating you. The only way to know for sure what is causing the problem is to call in a pest control technician to inspect your space.

Treating Bed Bugs

If you spy a bed bug or suspect that you have an infestation because of the other signs, you may decide to go to a store to buy some over-the-counter treatments for the bugs. However, these treatments are ineffective, and they will only waste your money and extend the amount of time that bed bugs remain in your home.

Bed bugs can burrow deep into your mattress, easily evading whatever treatments you spray. They can live a long time without eating, and they can survive in all kinds of temperature extremes. You need a professional who knows the right tools and strategies to reach the bed bugs quickly and to completely remove them.

Varsity Termite and Pest Control can help. We offer pest control services in Phoenix and the surrounding area. We can treat your home for bed bugs and for other pests common to Phoenix, such as roaches, scorpions, ants, roof rats, and more. We offer affordable pest services that get long-lasting results. Call us in Phoenix today to schedule an inspection and to learn more about our services.

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Gary is the co-owner of Varsity Termite and Pest Control, a family owned and operated company in Arizona with over 21 years of experience. They specialize in termite and scorpion control services.

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