BBC reports that folks in the US are about to declare bedbugs a pandemic, noting one pest control expert says that

people should look out for an “almond smell” and red spots on bedclothes as signs of infestation.

That’s ironic: cyanide also is  said to smell like almonds. Further, bedbugs are

rusty brown in colour and about 5mm long.


“If you look at the headboard you can usually see them there, because they hone in on your CO2,”

Ouch. Here’s another tidbit:

The bite marks are small red blotches and they are in groups, generally a line (they bite, walk a bit, bite some more) so you can see the path they have made.

Double ouch!