Bed bugs: The odours emanating from the bug warning of an infestation

Bed bugs are parasites easily picked up on trains, planes and in hotels, spreading into one’s home. Generally, it takes at least seven weeks for a bed bug to grow from an egg to an adult. If many adult bugs are present one can reasonably assume that the infestation has been there for more than seven weeks. Smelling a certain odour emanating from the bedroom could mean you’re at risk. 

The odour of bed bugs is described as musty or sweet.

It’s often compared to the smell of coriander.

Other people think they smell sweet like berries and many may disagree with what exactly the smell is similar to because the scent is subjective.

Bed bugs are one of many bugs that give off odour, said Bedbug Insider.

The site added: “However, you might disagree with others as to what they smell like.

“People compare the smell to all sorts of different things, like mothballs, rotten wood and damp, and even raspberries.

“The more severe the infestation, the stronger the smell will be and if you live with an infestation, you might get used to the smell.”

How to get rid of bed bugs

Experts recommended to regularly clean linens, beddings, curtains, clothing, and similar materials in hot water.

You will need to set your dryer setting to maximum when drying the clothes and other materials. 

For mattresses, a stiff brush is recommended to remove bed eggs and bugs off the seams before vacuuming them.

You also need to vacuum the bed and its surrounding area frequently.

If there are cracks in plaster around the bed, try to immediately repair them so they will not serve as hiding places for the parasites.

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