Do you keep hearing about bed bugs and wonder how you can get them? Or do you just hear about them on TV and instantly start having a deep desire to just start scratching? Bed bugs were something you were told to 'not let bite' before you went off to bed as a kid, never thinking that these things were real, but they are.

What are the signs you could have bed bugs in your home? What to look for when you travel? And why buying a second-hand item might not be such a great idea right now? Keep reading, plus scroll for the cities that have the most bed bugs in the nation (so you can avoid visiting those places).

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One of the biggest signs is that you will be constantly waking up with little bug bites. That really is a common first sign that you even might have a problem.

Other signs include seeing what looks like large pieces of dried skin, which is really the bed bugs shedding their own skins as they start to get bigger (yuck).

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What to Look for with Bed Bugs and How Your Nose Can Help Too

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When you peel back the bedding and look at the mattress, in addition to things like the bed skins/shells, you will also see dots of red which are the bugs being crushed and killed, but you will also see little white seed-like items which is the eggs that have been laid for the new bugs.

Wait, can you smell a bed bug infestation?

How can your nose help you discover if you have bed bugs? There will be a sweet moldy smell too, almost fungal.

Think that bed bugs are only in beds? No, they can pretty much be on soft and hard surfaces anywhere in your home. Think you have them? Call an exterminator, these bugs are not ones that can be easily kicked out of your home.

These Cities Have The Most Bed Bugs! WOW

Every year the pest control gurus at Orkin put together a list of the Top 50 Bed Bug Destinations in the United States. Which areas do you travel to that you should take extra care to watch out for these blood-sucking insects? Let's countdown to the most bed-bug-riddled city in the United States.

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