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  1. kirads09

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue May 18 2010 12:55:27
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    Another post mentioned an odor associated with bed bugs. I have heard it described as "sickening sweet" before, but can anyone elaborate? What exactly does it smell like? Is this odor always present if there are bed bugs?

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Wed May 19 2010 0:28:40
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    kirads09 - 11 hours ago  » 
    Another post mentioned an odor associated with bed bugs. I have heard it described as "sickening sweet" before, but can anyone elaborate? What exactly does it smell like? Is this odor always present if there are bed bugs?
    Thanks.

    It Have only 2 ways I can describe it:

    It smells like rotten rasberries
    it smells like stanky sheets that havent been washed in months

    Mike S
    Green Apple Pest Management Solutions Inc.

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Wed May 19 2010 5:46:04
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    It depends on which odors you are smelling. There are many produced by bed bugs; there are also odors produced by an active population. The alarm pheromone is actually pleasing (to me) and smells like coriander or cilantro, maybe with some citronella. A refugia or harborage area also provides odors of dead insects, digested & undigested blood and fecal droppings. Maybe a mixture of all these odors are picked up by people and that accounts for the many scents that people perceive when talking about bed bug odor. The regular bed bug smell is perceived by dogs in K9 detection, but we really don't smell this.

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Mon May 24 2010 11:11:11
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    Thanks for the information.

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    Posted 4 years ago
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    In my opinion bedbugs smell similar to wax crayons mixed with something else i can't really figure out, but i have never encountered more than 5 or 6 adult bugs with some eggs in one place so i don't really know what a huge infestation would smell like.

    .....I am NOT an expert.....

    Any advice i give here is based solely on my own personal experiences in dealing with bedbugs & other household vermin.

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