Infested Early Mattress Bed Bugs

Here are some key signs to look for if you suspect your mattress may be infested

or you can have bed bugs on sheets.

  1. Small reddish-brown bugs: Adult bed bugs are oval-shaped, flat, and about 4-5mm long. Look closely at seams, folds, and crevices of the mattress for live bugs.
  2. Tiny pale yellow eggs: Bed bug eggs are about 1mm in size and often found in clusters in mattress seams or crevices.
  3. Dark spots on the mattress: These small black or brown spots are bed bug fecal matter and may appear individually or in clusters.
  4. Rusty or reddish stains: These stains on sheets or the mattress can occur when bed bugs are crushed.
  5. Shed skins: As bed bugs grow, they shed their exoskeletons, leaving behind pale yellow molted skins.
  6. Sweet, musty odor: A heavily infested area may have a noticeable musty smell.
  7. Unexplained bites: While not definitive proof, waking up with small, itchy bites in a line or cluster can be a sign.


To check for these signs:

  • Use a flashlight and magnifying glass to carefully inspect mattress seams, folds, and crevices
  • Check the box spring, bed frame, and headboard as well
  • Look behind nearby baseboards and in electrical outlets
  • Examine bedding for any spots or stains

If you spot any of these signs, it’s important to take action quickly. Early detection and treatment are key to preventing a larger infestation. Consider contacting a pest control professional for a thorough inspection and treatment plan if you suspect bed bugs.