I answer this question: what happens when you squish a bed bug? A dead bed bug is the only guarantee that you’ve won war against the bugs. Options include home remedies, traps, steamers, or mechanical squashing.
Well, you can squash or burst bed bugs with your fingers or shoe leaving behind a red stain from the host’s blood.
What Happens When You Squish a Bed Bug??
When you squash a bed bug that has freshly fed from their host, it’ll leave blood and blood stains on your finger. Any bed bug that hasn’t sucked blood for some time will have a hard shell – this means that it won’t squash easily.
Definitely, you can squash bed bugs unconsciously, For example, when you’re sleeping you can quickly squash some bed bugs that will bite you. Therefore, you’ll see some large blood smears on your body – besides bed bug bites, clothes, and bed sheets when you wake up.
Are Bed Bug Shells Soft or Hard?
The bed bug’s exoskeleton (outer part of their body) is a hard casing that’s rigid to give the insect its body structure. Bed bugs will also shed or molt their exoskeleton as they grow.
However, the bug’s exoskeleton can’t prevent you from squashing the bug at will. Further, the back part of the bed bug is highly flexible – this allows an easy busting when you squash the bug.
Bed bugs feed and their back side tend to expand allowing the insect to take in more. Therefore, the rear side of the bed bug will expand to hold more blood, food, and water.
The bugs will pop easily when they’ve sucked blood – particularly when their back side has expanded. Notably, before sucking blood, bed bugs’ exoskeleton will be hard to crash just like a raw pea or bean.
Is it Easy to Squash Bed Bug Eggs?
Well, just like the nymphs, bed bug eggs are soft and thus you’ll find them equally easy to squash – they’ve a soft exoskeleton. But crashing eggs will only leave a clear fluid as opposed to red stains.
However, you’ll find that bed bug eggs will be challenging to lift or scrape off the ground or mattress encasements – they’ll definitely be hidden off in dark places or s,mall cracks.
But when in hidden areas, bed bug eggs are covered in the glue-type liquid that allow them to hide in wood or fabric. Thus, it’ll be hard to pick up eggs and squash them. But bed bug spray will be the only sure weapon against bed bug eggs.
However, it’ll be challenging to scrape off or pick bed bugs eggs from most surfaces. The eggs will mainly be hidden in crevices and cracks to avoid unnecessary disturbance.
What about Stains from Squashed Bed Bug?
Squashing bed bug will leave blood-stained drops on your fabric, fingers, and clothes. The blood will be from the blood-meal from human beings.
Further, the blood stains left behind will also come from any digested blood that’s already in the bed bug’s body – bust such blood will be thicker and darker.
Therefore, don’t squash bed bugs particularly if they’re on fabrics as this will leave hard stains. If not, you can clean the fabric to remove the blood stain as shown below:
- For a fresh blood stain, simply pour cold water on the stain as this will allow easier scrubbing and removal.
- Next, now use some soap on the blood stain to create some lather, plus some little salt, and wash thoroughly.
- However, for a dry blood stain, use a stain remover to pre-treatment the area plus sprinkle some ammonia and finally launder thoroughly.
Do Bed Bugs Smell When Squashed?
Bed bugs will smell around to realize what’s in the surrounding. For example, bed bugs will sense the human skin’s smell and hide under the mattress – you’ll sense the strong pungent smell.
The bugs have ‘alarm pheromones’ – particularly when the bug are exposed or when they sense some danger. This particularly happens when the mattress is flipped – to avoid being eaten or caught.
Other smells like moldy and coriander in clothes will also attract the bed bugs. Further, bugs that have fed on blood will have some metallic and sweet smell – due to having iron and sugars.
Bugs Causing Blood Stains when Smashed?
Can you pop a bed bug bite? Simple answer is No. You can’t pop a bed bug bite. The bite doesn’t build pressure since their pores are not blocked – and hence can’t pop.
The bites are simply allergic reaction sites that leads to some swelling – mainly due to the bed bug saliva and histamine causing concentration of white blood cells.
So, which bugs will cause blood stains like bed bugs if squashed? So, here’s the bugs; flies, mites, lice, ticks, midges, mosquito, and fleas – check flea fogger.
Bed bug eggs will be cemented into the crevices and cracks using glue-like substance – including inside wood and fabric. Therefore, it’ll be difficult to simply pick or squash the bed bugs.
Squashing the bed bugs will work great when you do it on the location where they’re laid. Pinch the eggs using some tissue paper. So, spray the bugs as it’ll be more effective than squashing.