Bed Bug Stains

Bed Bug Stains And How To Get Rid Dropping (A Ultimate Guide)

The main purpose of this guide is how to identify bed bug stains and how to get rid of these stains or dropping from your sheets and mattress. As a result of bed bugs infesting your bedding, you may wake up with itchy, red marks all over your body. Bed bugs have the ability to hide. They are difficult to spot in your home.

A bed bug infestation leaves dark smears on your mattress, pillow, or blanket. The insects feed on human blood and leave brown and yellow stains on your mattress, bedsheets, furniture, and other surfaces. Bedbugs produce large blobs of feces and blood in their feces. It is not only gross to look at the sains but to clean them as well.

Don’t Ignore Bed Bug Droppings And Blood Stains – Do This Instead

Bed Bug Droppings And Blood Stains

There are a number of insects that can heavily infest your sweet home, but bed bugs are the most troublesome. Most of us are familiar with the nursery rhyme, “Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite“. 

The most difficult part of having a bed bug infestation is cleaning the bed bug stains, as I mentioned earlier. My experience of getting rid of bed bug stains on bed sheets and maintaining a clean space prompted me to share my experience.

Bed bugs emerge from their hiding places at night and bite people without being noticed. Any exposed skin becomes itchy and red. A bed bug infestation can be detected by stains on your sheets.

If this happens, you should check your bed area for bed bugs and eliminate them immediately. Once you control the infestation of bed bugs, clean your sheets stained with bed bug excrements.

How to Identify Bed Bug Stains

Identify Bed Bug Stains

Since these bugs are so small and are most active in dark places, the first sign of an infestation is often mysterious bites or a rash on your skin. In addition, there are other bed bug signs to look for in bedding and furniture that will alert you to take action:

  • An adult bed bug’s body is oval, flat, and reddish-brown, but it will appear round if it has recently fed on blood.
  • Nymphal bed bugs: They are tiny, transparent, and very difficult to see when newly hatched.
  • Eggs laid by bed bugs are milky white and the size of a grain of rice, and are usually found in dark crevices, such as seams in mattresses and under cushions in furniture.
  • In the course of their life cycle, bed bugs shed their exoskeletons at least five times. The skins look like live insects, but they are translucent and do not move.
  • The excrement of bed bugs appears as tiny black specks or thin black streaks on bedding.
  • Blood: Mysterious dried or fresh specks of blood on bedding or furniture can indicate that there are active and feeding bed bugs.

Once you realize you have bed bugs, you should take eradication measures as soon as possible. It is impossible for bed bugs to disappear on their own as long as there is a source of food (humans). In most cases, pest control measures must be carried out by a professional. It is relatively easy to clean the bed bug stains once the infestation has been controlled, but will require some patience and time.

Bed Bug Dropping

An average bedbug can measure between 1 millimeter and 4.5 millimeters in size. Their feces are therefore quite small. You may have bed bugs if you see tiny black droppings on a wall, stuck to your crown molding, scattered around an alarm clock, or scattered around a hidden area of your bed frame. There are two qualities you should look for in these droppings: they are sticky and they leave behind a dark stain.

Bed Bug Blood Stains

A bed bug infestation will leave blood stains on sheets, pillowcases, blankets, mattresses, box springs, furniture, carpets, molding, and more. In some cases, the stains are red, but in most cases, they are tan or brown in color. Significant staining is associated with areas of infestation. 

The brown stains on your couch pillows should also be accompanied by black feces, skins, and eggs. Be on the lookout for black streaks when stains are present on sheets and pillowcases.

How Can I Spot Bed Bug Droppings?

A bed bug can only be identified by looking out for the droppings and stains they leave behind. Only once you discover the infested area can you begin to clean and disinfect the house. Ink and dirt stains can be mistaken easily for droppings.

Here is how you can spot bed bug droppings:

  • Color: Black or reddish-brown stains. The color is darker than the fresh blood.
  • Size: Small spots that look like a ballpoint mark.
  • Shape: Looks like a blob; more like smeared ink absorbed in the fabric

List of spaces where bed bugs usually hide:

  •   Creases of bed and mattress
  • Underneath the bedframe and bedboard
  •   Between couch cushion
  •   In furniture joints
  •   Under loose wallpaper
  •   Underneath wall frames and posters

List of How To Get Rid Bed Bug Stains

How To Get Rid Bed Bug Stains

How to Clean Bed Bug Stains on Washable Laundry

  1. Separate Laundry by Color and Fabric Type


Identify every piece of laundry that has come in contact with the infestation and sort by color and fabric type. Put the items in plastic bags and seal them tightly until you have time to wash each bag of laundry. Be sure to keep the bags sealed to prevent the spread of bugs.
A few notes as you begin:

  • Using isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol will kill live bed bugs on contact if you see them on colorfast clothing. It will not eliminate eggs or eliminate the infestation.
  • Additionally, rubbing alcohol will help break apart any bloodstains you might see on your bedding. Spray the stain before washing as instructed on the care label.
  1. Treat Stains on Washable Clothes


Bedbug excrement and human blood can cause stains, which look like tiny, dark rusty dots. Most will disappear during a regular wash. In case of heavy staining, pretreat it with an enzyme-based stain remover before washing.
Wash the fabrics as recommended after applying the stain remover and allowing it to work for about 10 minutes.

  1. Choose Washer Settings


Use the automatic dispenser or drum of your washer to add your regular detergent. Use the cycle recommended for each type of fabric (normal, gentle, bulky) and the hottest water temperature.

  1. Load and Start the Washer


Make sure to keep one plastic bag of laundry inside the drum as much as possible when emptying it into the washer. Be careful not to spread the bugs. After emptying the washer, put the trash bag in an outside trash bin.

  1. Use the Correct Dryer Cycle


Even though washing removes most of the stains and flushes away the bugs, there may be some eggs and bugs left. Once the clothes have been washed, immediately transfer them to the dryer. For each type of fabric, select the highest heat cycle and let the dryer run for at least 30 minutes. In order to kill both bugs and eggs, the temperature should exceed 120°F.
The dryer lint filter should be emptied at the end of each cycle, and the contents should be placed in an outside trash can in a sealed plastic bag.

  1. Protect Clean Laundry


Place freshly washed, folded laundry in sealable plastic bags to prevent re-infestation until a pest management company or you are certain that the infestation has been eradicated.

How to Clean Bed Bug Stains on Dry Clean Only Clothes

  1. Use a Professional Dry Cleaner


You should take clothing and bedding that cannot be machine-washed to a professional cleaner in a large plastic bag. Explain the situation to the cleaner as a courtesy.

  1. Pretreat Stains


Pretreat fabrics that cannot be washed with a dry cleaning solvent or stain remover before cleaning non-washable fabrics at home.

  1. Use a Steam Cleaner and Vacuum


A clothes steamer that reaches a temperature between 160°F and 180°F can be used to kill bugs and eggs. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions, and steam every surface of the item. After steaming, use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to collect any dead bugs. Dispose of the vacuum bag or dust container in an outside bin after emptying it into a plastic bag.

Steps to remove bed bug stains from sheets and mattress:

Bloodstains and dropping spots should be treated as soon as they appear. Follow these steps to remove bed bug stains on sheets:

1.   Apply an enzyme-based laundry cleaner to the dirty area and let it sit for at least 30 minutes.

2.   Use a regular detergent and wash it in your washing machine like you normally would.

3.   Use ammonia and hydrogen peroxide solution to clean the stain if the spots are still visible.

4.   Rinse the bedding and dry as usual.

To clean bed bug stains on the mattress, here are the steps to follow:

1.   Then spray the ammonia and hydrogen butoxide solution on the stain and let it soak for at least 10 minutes.

2.   Blot the treated area with a cloth.

3.   Put some borax on it and let it absorb the solution. Then rub it using a cloth.

4.   Repeat the steps for all the stains.

Steps to remove bed bug stains from carpets and upholstery:

It is not difficult for bed bugs to hide in cracks and crevices. Don’t assume that bed bugs can only be found in and under the bed and mattress. If your home is infested with bed bugs, you’ll need to spend most of your time cleaning and stain-removing your upholstery. Here is how I remove stains from carpets and upholstery when my home gets infested with bed bugs:

1.   Take some cold water and dab it onto the dirty area using a clean sponge

2.   Do not brush the stain as that can penetrate the bed bug blood or poop

3.   Use a liquid laundry detergent apply it on the wet spot and let it sit for sometime

4.   Clean again using a clean sponge

5.   If the stains do not go away, use hydrogen peroxide

Steps to remove bed bug stains from fabrics:

Even though bed bugs do not bite through the fabric, they do hide in the smallest crevices and leave stains of feces and blood. Bed bug rust can be difficult to remove from fabrics. Here are a few steps to help you:

1.   Soak the dirty fabric in a mixture of water (1 quart), liquid detergent (1 ml), and ammonia (1 tbsp).

2.  If you cannot wash the fabric in the machine then spray the solution on the stained area.

3.  Rinse or clean with cold water.

4.  Use a dryer to dry the stain or air dry the fabric.

Steps to remove bed bug stains from walls and wood:

Wall cracks, wooden surfaces, and bed bug nests can all be used to create bed bug nests. Keeping them away from the tiny crevices and holes is important. On the other hand, if the area has been infested with bed bugs, you do not want to see fecal stains on your walls or wooden surfaces.

Here is what you can do to clean the stained walls and wood:

1.   Spray some cold water on the wall and dab with a clean sponge

2.   To remove the stain, make a paste of baking soda and water. Let it rest for some time and then wipe it off with a clean tissue.

3.   A stain remover can be used to remove poop stains from wood. Most stain removers contain hydrogen peroxide. Hence, do a patch test before applying it to the entire area.

4.   Stains on wood can also be removed with oxalic acid and water. However, it can discolor the area it is applied to. Sand the area with sandpaper until it matches the surrounding wood.

10 Points To Keep In Mind When Removing Bed Bug Stains

As bed bugs reproduce rapidly, it is important to identify the infected area and act fast. The smaller the infested areas, the more difficult it is to find bed bugs, so it is important to identify them all before you begin treatment.

1.   It is important to contain the infestation because it makes it easier to get rid of them.

2.  When using hydrogen peroxide on fabric or upholstery, remember to do a patch test.

3.  Never use a brush to scrub the stains as this will help the blood seep in the fabric.

4.  Clean the clutter. This will reduce the number of hiding areas for the bugs.

5.  For those linens or fabrics that cannot be washed, simply put them in a dryer at the highest setting for around 20 minutes. Bed bugs are intolerant to high heat.

6.  When sorting the clothes for laundry keep them in separate trash bags so that the remaining area of your home does not get infested.

7.  Use soft laundry detergent to clean the stains.

8.  Use bed bug repellent spray to keep bed bug stains out of clothes.

9.  It will take several washes to remove the bed bugs completely.

10. Hence, keep the washed laundry separately in a plastic bag or box till the next wash cycle.

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