Bed Bugs in Pillows

Mattresses and pillows make potential habitats for bed bugs. Pillows may also be host to bed bug eggs, making them a potential point of bed bug infestations.

Bed Bug on a Bed
Bed Bug Crawling on a Bed

A possible sign that bed bugs have infested pillows may be the appearance of bites. Although some individuals do not experience any reaction to bed bug bites, some bites develop into red bumps within a few days. These bites, also known as papules or wheals, can appear in a row.

If you experience what you believe to be a bed bug bite, check your pillow closely. Small, dark spots of bed bug feces can be indicators of the insects’ presence. A sweet, musty scent may emanate from infested pillows, mattresses or sheets, as well.

Laundering your pillow and pillowcase may temporarily rid those items of bed bugs. However, bed bugs commonly infest many other locations in living spaces and are not easily exterminated by homeowners. If you suspect a bed bug infestation, contact your local pest control professional to arrange for an inspection and consultation.