What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?

Bed bugs are tiny but visible insects. Depending on their life stage, bed bugs could look clear or appear darker as they continue to feed and grow into adults.

They have three main life stages:

  • Egg (whitish egg about 1 mm in length, similar to a piece of dandruff)
  • Nymph (five pale juvenile stages that range from 1mm to 4.5mm or 1/4 inch)
  • Adult (can be as long as 8 mm (3/8 inch) oval shaped, wingless, and relatively flat)

The nymphs are extremely difficult to see without proper magnification. After feeding it looks like a tiny droplet of blood. Each nymph stage will feed and become filled with more red blood. They usually have a spot on their lower back with lines going across it. They are also very fast runners and can travel far in a short period of time. The adult is approximately the size and shape of an apple seed. Its color is dark red to brown and its body is as flat as a credit card before feeding.

Common signs of bed bugs

While these aren't the only signs of a bed bug infestation in your home, these are the most common ways to detect yourself whether you have a bed bug problem. Inspect every crack and crevice in your bed for any of these signs for bed bugs. 

  • Appearance of bites on your body
  • Fecal droppings resembling black pepper stains and blood smears on your bed or furniture
  • Live bugs and eggs where droppings are found
  • Skin, which is amber in color and can resemble the shape of a bed bug, left behind as bed bugs molt and grow
  • Live or dead bugs on your bed

See any of these signs in your home? Contact us now to schedule your appointment. Let us help you rid your home of bed bugs immediately!

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