If you suspect your home is infested with bed bugs, the first question you will want to ask yourself is, “How much do bed bugs poop?” While bed bugs poop looks like a dark ink stain, it is similar to the feces of other insects. Most likely, you will mistake it for those of cockroaches, rodents, bats, and squirrels. While the color may be similar, the texture and odor is quite different.
While bed bugs don’t typically leave their feces on a surface, their droppings can be very odorous. Bed bug poop odors are not pleasant, and they tend to smell more like dried blood than the typical fecal matter. That’s because the odor is produced by the digested blood of the bugs.
When bed bugs are active, they will leave droppings around their hiding place. Their droppings are dark red when wet, and they dry to a dark rust or black color. These droppings can be difficult to spot, as they tend to soak into the mattress. However, they will leave trails throughout the mattress and their feeding and sleeping areas.
As bed bugs don’t like to come out during the day, their poop is a warning sign. It will look like a cluster of small, circular spots on the surface of a bed. The poop of bed bugs can also resemble a blotch of ink or dirt.