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What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?

Unless you’re into entomology, you’re probably visiting this page to find out whether bed bugs have invaded your space.

Terminix® wants to help you figure out what’s bugging you because correctly identifying pests is the first step toward successfully controlling them.

With bed bugs especially, time is of the essence. Left untreated, bed bugs can spread from infested mattresses, bedding and suitcases to all over your home, and then hitch a ride to the homes of your friends and loved ones. The faster you can identify them and effectively deal with them, the better.

Looks Can Be Deceiving

Bed bugs can easily be confused with other small brown bugs. So exactly what do bed bugs look like? In general, an adult bed bug is reddish-brown with a long, oval-shaped body that’s about the size and shape of an apple seed. Bed bugs may be flat or they may look like tiny brown balloons, depending on whether they’ve fed recently. They, like fleas and ticks, need blood to survive.

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To compare bed bugs with bed bug lookalikes, check out this detailed visual guide from the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. It may help you determine whether you’re experiencing a bed bug infestation or something different altogether.

You Can’t Tell A Bug From Its Bite

Some people have no reaction to bed bug bites. Others may experience itching or rashes. Unfortunately, you can’t identify the bug by the appearance of the bite. Bed bug bites can resemble bites from chiggers, fleas and other insects. They can also be confused with skin conditions, such as hives, eczema or even fungal infections.

How To Check For Bed Bugs

They’re tiny. They’re reclusive. They’re nocturnal.
In other words, don’t count on finding the bugs themselves. It’s not likely that you’ll see a bed bug. Instead, focus on looking for the physical signs that bed bugs leave behind, such as rusty or reddish stains on bed sheets or mattresses and bed bug feces — dark stains about the size of a pencil point.

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Bed bugs prefer to stay hidden. Carefully inspect all seams, piping, zippers and tags on mattresses, pillows and upholstered cushions. Carefully go through hiding places in suitcases. Check cracks and seams on bed frames and headboards/footboards. Examine drawer joints, especially in bedside tables. Bed bugs have even been known to hang out in electrical outlets, behind loose wallpaper and in the head of screws.

If you think you have a bed bug problem, contact a bed bug professional at Terminix to help you identify and control infestations in your home.

It’s easy to mistake a bed bug for a tick or carpet beetle—it’s not like you want to get that close to a bug you want to squash and kill.

What do bed bugs look like?

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Bed bugs—or as entomologists call them, Cimex lectularius—are small, brownish-red, with a flattened oval-shape body and visible body segments. Younger ones appear as a pale yellow. By the way, if you spot what you think is a bed bug, don’t kill it. Capture it and seal it in a container so it can be identified. Here are 16 secrets about bed bugs that help you keep them out of your house.

How big are bed bugs?

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The common bed bug (Cimex lectularius) has five developmental life stages. Bed bugs, like other insects, have an exoskeleton, meaning their skeleton is on the outside of the body. In order to progress to the next life stage, bed bugs have to shed their exoskeleton to grow larger. Eggs are about the size of a poppy seed; younger bed bugs are the size of a sesame seed. An adult bed bug that isn’t full from a blood meal is about the size of a flaxseed, while an engorged bed bug expands to the size of an apple seed.

What do bed bugs look like after feeding?

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Bed bugs sport a flat and oval shape by day, but once they get a blood meal, their body expands and looks like a mini red torpedo. This bed bug is so full, it’s leaking the extra in a trail of blood behind it. But they don’t need to feed every day—usually, it is every three to seven days, says Dini M. Miller, Ph.D., department of entomology, at Virginia Tech. There’s the digestion state too, in which the bed bug returns to the oval shape of the unfed stage but has a black spot on its body, which is the digested blood that it will excrete later.

When are bed bugs active?

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Bed bugs are cryptic and pretty much hide out during the day in cracks and crevices with other bed bugs in harborages (bed bug community) hoping to remain undiscovered, explains Dr. Miller. However, once midnight rolls around, the party starts for the hungry bed bugs which remain active until about 5:00 a.m. The timing couldn’t be more perfect for them because those five hours are when most people are in a deep sleep.

How do bed bugs find us at night?

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Bed bugs don’t need a neon vacancy sign flashing from our toes to let them know where we are, but the cues scientists think they use are pretty fascinating. “They can become alerted to the presence of a food source in a room because we emit carbon dioxide, which stimulates them,” says Eric Braun, a board-certified entomologist for Rentokil Steritech, a pest control company. “They also look for the heat signature from our bodies to find us.” Still, bed bugs have to be within close proximity to sense us—usually five to 20 feet from their harborage.

How do bed bugs bite us?

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Look closely at this bed bug picture and you’ll see the mouthparts bed bugs use to probe our skin. They’re pretty choosy and may poke our skin several times before they find a capillary space that allows the blood to flow quickly into their bodies. That means we could wake up with several bites from one bug, Dr. Miller says. Once the bed bug settles on a location, it will feed for about five to ten minutes. When its belly is full, it will return to the crack or crevice where other bed bugs are hanging out. Here’s how to treat the most common bug bites, including bed bugs.

Will I see a bunch of bed bugs together?

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“Unlike bees or ants, bed bugs don’t exhibit social or task-related behaviors. They will harbor in clusters and groups, finding one another through the use of an aggregate pheromone, but they are not a true colony,” says Braun. Basically, bed bugs go about their day, driven by their own needs and they don’t come out all at once as a group to feed on a host.

Why do some bed bugs have a black spot on them?

Courtesy Dini M. Miller, Ph.D

Dr. Miller says the black part is the digested blood the bed bugs ate a couple of days ago. Given bed bugs don’t feed every day, most of the bed bugs are in the digesting state and not feeding. They’ll excrete the digested blood later which will be evident to us as dark spots (feces) in cracks and crevices or seams of furniture.

How do bed bugs multiply?

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At first glance, this bed bug picture looks kind of cute—two bed bugs in a warm embrace. But in reality, the male is actually mating with the female by stabbing her in the side rather than mating with her in her genital area. “He pushes his paramere through her body wall. She does kind of have a receptacle for his parameter called the spermalege. But he still wounds her in the process of ‘traumatic insemination,’” says Dr. Miller. The female must heal from the wound but it does leave a scar. And if she’s been mated one too many times, she’ll leave the aggregate to avoid further abuse, Dr. Miller says.

What do bed bug eggs look like?

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Once a female has sucked down a full blood meal, she’s ready to lay some eggs. In fact, she can lay one to seven eggs per day in a ten day period. But she can’t lay eggs on an empty stomach, which means she’ll need to feed again to produce more eggs. The eggs are clear and tubular, similar to the shape of a jelly bean but in reality the size of a speck of dust. As fragile as they appear, they have a pretty good shot at hatching; Dr. Miller says 97 percent will hatch under optimal conditions.

Where do bed bugs lay eggs?

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The female bed bug lays her eggs singly or in groups and just about anywhere in a room she wants, but it won’t be on your body. Bed bugs prefer quiet places since they are shy. The eggs are sticky when they pop out and as this bed bug picture shows, one got stuck on the back of bed bug. It’s worth mentioning that a single mated female brought into your home (via a mode of transit like a purse, duffel bag, blanket, etc.) can cause an infestation from the eggs she will lay in your house. Follow these steps to avoid an infestation.

How long does it take for bed bug eggs to hatch?

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In Dr. Miller’s lab, 60 percent of the eggs hatch at six days old when temperatures were greater than 70° Fahrenheit and 90 percent will have hatched by the eighth or ninth day. Hatching time takes longer when the temperatures drop. When the conditions are ideal, a bed bug population can double every 16 days.

What do bed bugs look like when they are born?

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You would probably need a magnifying glass to see a newborn bed bug as they are super tiny, about the size of a pinhead. They are translucent with red eyes as seen under the microscope in the bed bug picture. It won’t take too much time for them to go through all five nymphal stages and become a reproductive adult. As long as they get their first blood meal within about 20 days (and don’t get crushed or die from something else), they’ll become a full-fledged adult in about 37 days.

What happens after bed bugs drink blood?

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These two nymphs just finished feeding and have a full blood meal in their body. Seems like they’re comparing notes on their dinner but once they’ve gone through all five growth stages and become adults, they’ll trade blood meal reviews for mating time. It’s not uncommon for bed bugs to get frisky after a full blood meal, especially the males.

How many baby bed bugs survive after hatching?

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Fresh out of the egg, bed bugs are pretty fragile but they do come from a hardy species so they have genetics going for them. But still, Dr. Miller says newly hatched nymphs are exceptionally tiny and can’t travel great distances to find a host for a blood meal. And if the momma laid her egg too far from the host, the nymph could die of dehydration before sucking down its first blood meal.

Do bed bugs eat other things besides blood?

Courtesy Dini M. Miller, Ph.D

Blood is the only food source bed bugs need to survive. And a human host is their first choice. We’re just easier for bed bugs to crawl on than an animal or bird. Getting enough blood is essential for a bed bug to survive though. This nymph is so young it still has some of its egg cap on and didn’t get a full blood meal yet. You can tell because she has more storage available. If a bed bug doesn’t get enough, it will likely die of dehydration Dr. Miller says.

Where do bed bugs live?

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They gravitate toward places humans don’t notice on a daily basis—the edge of wall-to-wall carpeting, in seams of furniture, behind wall-mounted fixtures, in piles of clutter and clothing in closets and light switch plates. Staying out of sight isn’t the only reason though. “Bed bugs pack themselves so tightly into small cracks and crevices so they can maintain a microhabitat of favorable temperature and humidity, thus increasing their ability to survive periods of starvation,” says Dr. Miller.

Why do some bed bugs have different shapes?

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Depending on the growth stage, one bed bug may be bigger than another and what a bed bug look likes after a blood meal coincides with that stage. This bed bug picture shows bed bugs at different growth stages. Regardless of age, their shape transforms by becoming more narrow and longer than their usual flat, oval-shaped body. Then, in a couple of days, when the digestion process is complete, the pre-fed dark and flat body return.

Can bed bugs get inside a mattress cover?

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Unfortunately, if the mattress cover has even a tiny opening, the answer is yes. “This zipper photo shows that not all mattress encasements can keep bed bugs contained. You notice the zipper does not reach the very top of the enclosure. So bed bugs were able to come out and feed when we laid my technician’s arm across it,” says Dr. Miller. Bed bugs are all about being subtle. If you notice one of these warning signs you could have a bed bug problem.

Can I see a bed bug on my purse or backpack?

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It’s difficult but not impossible to see a bed bug on a personal belonging. Adult bed bugs are easier to spot because they are larger at about three to five milliliters and reddish brown. Younger stage bed bugs are pale yellow and smaller. If you’ve been traveling, visiting several homes or buildings where people come and go, inspect your purse, backpack, or laptop bag before you bring it in the house. And whatever you do, don’t place these items near your bed without a thorough inspection.

Do bed bugs hide in our hair at night?

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Some insects like lice have grasping legs that make it easier to navigate human hair and animal fur but bed bugs don’t have the same legs. “They prefer to feed on exposed areas of skin and don’t live on the body, so haven’t adapted any spines or specialized legs,” says Jody Green, PhD, an urban entomologist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “I believe this is the reason they would prefer to feed on humans than other animals, but of course, in the absence of a host, they will feed on a different host.”

Do bed bugs fly?

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Bed bugs can’t fly or jump like fleas nor can they sprint as fast as cockroaches but they’re not slowpokes either. They can travel across sofas or down a hall in no time. And even if it doesn’t find a human host right away, it can survive months without a blood meal before it dies of starvation—which by the way, Dr. Miller says is largely due to dehydration because bed bugs are mainly hydrated through blood when they live in an indoor environment. Now, find out the bed bug “facts” that should be exterminated for good.


Bed Bug Illustration

Bed bugs have small, flat, oval-shaped bodies. They are wingless. Adults do have the vestiges of wings called wing pads, but they do not fully develop into functional wings.

Adults are brown in color, although their bodies redden after feeding. Full-grown bed bugs move relatively slowly and measure between 4 to 5 mm. Homeowners sometimes have the misconception that bed bugs are too small to see with the naked eye. The nymphs may be small and difficult to see, but the adults are detectable with the naked eye and may be found in the cracks and crevices they use to hide.


Bed Bug on Hand

Newly hatched nymphs are approximately the size of the head of a pin and are white or tan until they feed. They often are described as being about the size and shape of an apple seed.

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  • Bed bugs are ectoparasites that feed on the blood from a host animal. Unfortunately, these disturbing pests’ animal of choice is a human. In order to produce bed bug eggs, the female must first have a blood meal. After this blood meal, a female bed bug is capable of laying large numbers of eggs. With continued access to blood, she can lay as many as 500 to 600 eggs in her lifetime. If you are concerned about bed bugs in your home, there are two questions you might be asking yourself: “What do bed bug eggs look like?” and “Where do bed bugs lay eggs?” Let’s examine the answers to each.

    Physical appearance of bed bug eggs

    What do bed bug eggs look like? They are very small and white to pearl-white in color. They appear to be shaped like a barrel and are about the size of a pinhead or a grain of salt. They are covered with a sticky substance, which adheres to almost any surface the female places them on. If the eggs are more than five days old, they will have a conspicuous dark mark on them that resembles an eye.

    Common areas where bed bug eggs are found

    Where do bed bugs lay eggs? Once inside a structure, bed bugs do not travel far to feed or lay their eggs. Most eggs are laid in protected sites, as close to a food source as possible. These pests can fit into a crack no thicker than a business card and lay eggs.

    Bed bugs feed most often at night while the host animal is at rest. Since they primarily feed on the blood of humans, the most likely place to find bed bug eggs is on or near the bed. Look closely for bed bug eggs on mattress seams and joints. It’s also common to find them on the box spring and behind the headboard, if it abuts or is attached to the wall. Near these sites you will most likely find markings of red or black “specks.” These markings are feces from the bed bugs that consist of partially digested blood. Large concentrations of bed bugs may be accompanied by a pungent, sweetish odor caused by secretions from their scent glands.

    Although it has not been proven that these disgusting creatures transmit diseases to humans, just the thought of having a bed bug infestation in your home sucking your blood is enough to make your skin crawl. Take the worry out of trying to identify bed bug eggs and trying to find where they might be located in your home. Call the pest management professionals at Terminix® for a free bed bug inspection today. They know how to locate bed bugs and eliminate them.

    Signs Bed Bugs Leave Behind

    Bed bugs are tormenting pests. When they get into a home, they are a nightmare to get rid of and horrible to deal with. Bites from bed bugs can be quite irritating and itchy, and these bites usually happen in bunches, which makes it even worse.

    When a bed bug infestation begins, bites are usually inflicted by tiny, immature nymphs. These bites are smaller, and aren’t associated with the large welts that bed bugs are known to cause. That is why it is important to catch a bed bug infestation before you have adult bugs feeding on you or your family.

    Top 7 Signs That You Have Bed Bugs

    1. You see these bugs crawling around – It may seem silly, but the best sign that you have bed bugs is actually seeing a bed bug. The problem is that many people miss this sign because they don’t know what bed bugs look like. They don’t always look like the pictures that news reporters put up on the screen. Those flat, oval, rust-colored bugs with the horizontal creases on their abdomens are adult bed bugs. There is a good chance that, if you see a bed bug, it is going to be an immature nymph. While nymphs have six legs, two antennae, and three body parts like the adults, their coloring is quite different. When a bed bug first hatches it is nearly colorless, and mostly transparent. As it develops it goes from pale, to tan, to light brown, to eventually rust-colored. A newly hatched bed bug is only about the size of the tip of a pen.
    2. You see black feces – Bed bugs leave their feces everywhere. They leave streaks on pillowcases, sheets, and bedding. They leave streaks on baseboards, outlets, electronics, and upholstered furniture. They leave patches of black in the seams of mattresses and box springs, and in the stitching of couches and chairs. If you’re finding tiny black droppings or black staining, you may have bed bugs.
    3. You see blood stains – Bed bugs cause blood staining in areas of infestation, and also in areas where they are feeding. If you find these stains immediately, they will be red, or a mixture of red and black. Most often these stains are found after they have turned brown. Look for blood staining on sheets, pillowcases, bedding, mattresses, box springs, and upholstered furniture.
    4. You find shed insect skins – Bed bugs are like snakes; they shed their skin. This skin, called a cuticle, is shed as they pass from one instar to the next. These shed casings will usually be stuck to areas of infestation, but they may also be found littered in your bed, or stuck to fabrics.
    5. You smell something funny – There is nothing funny about the smell of bed bugs. If you go into the spare bedroom and smell an aroma that might be described as a wet, dirty, locker room towel, you may have a bed bug infestation. What’s worse, you may have a large infestation. Bed bugs produce a pheromone scent to communicate with other bed bugs. This scent is not detectable if you only have a few bed bugs. But, when a population grows large enough, this smell will become quite noticeable.
    6. You find tiny white eggs – If you have bed bugs, there is a good chance you have bed bugs eggs somewhere in your home. These tiny white eggs may be in the seams of your luggage if you picked bed bugs up on your travels. They may be in the seams of furniture or your bed. They could be stuck to clothing or bedding. Most often, eggs will be stuck to or littered around a site of infestation. When you search for eggs, you’ll have to look closely. A batch of a hundred bed bug eggs could probably fit on your pinky.
    7. If you’re finding bites – We mentioned it at the beginning of this post, but it bears mentioning again. Usually, the first signs people get that bed bugs are present in their home is the sign of bites on their skin. These bites start out small and less irritating, but eventually grow into something few can ignore. If you don’t see any of the other signs, you will eventually take note of this one.

    When bed bug signs appear, it is time to call a professional. At Big Blue Bug Solutions, we protect Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut homes and businesses from the traumatizing effects of a bed bug infestation. For fast, effective bed bug control services, reach out to us today.

    How To Check for Bed Bugs: Common Hiding Spots and Signs

    How to check for bed bugs: Bedbugs are the little oval-shaped insects with a coffee-brown color that thrive on the blood of humans and animals. An adult bedbug can grow as much as the size of an apple seed, and it has a flat body. However, after they feed, their bodies will experience swelling and will have a reddish hue. Though these insects don’t fly, they can move extremely fast in walls, floors, and ceilings. Female bed bugs can produce hundreds of eggs over their lifetime. These eggs are so tiny; they are almost the same size as a speck of dust.

    Young bedbugs are referred to as nymphs. They shed their skin at least five times before they reach maturity. However, they need to consume blood before they can start shedding. If they are exposed to the ideal environment, bed bugs can mature in just a month and lay three or more generations each year. Though troublesome, they don’t transmit any form of the disease.

    Common Bed Bug Hideout

    If you’re wondering how to check for bed bugs, you should know that being incredibly tiny, bedbugs can enter your home unnoticed. They can attach themselves to clothing, luggage, couches, throw pillows, bedding, and other household materials. Their flattened bodies allow them to enter narrow areas, even those with a width of a credit card.

    However, bedbugs don’t have a breeding ground, though they usually come in groups in hiding areas. Typically, their hideout includes box springs, mattresses, headboards, and bed frames. These are convenient places for them to feed on their victims at night. Later on, they might spread through different parts of the bedroom, huddling into any covered spaces. They also have a tendency to scatter to neighboring apartments or rooms.

    Since bed bugs feed on blood, having them in your living area doesn’t mean that you are unhygienic or dirty. As a matter of fact, you can even find them in homes and hotels that are spick and span, as well as those that have clutter.

    The More You Know: To find out if you have a bed bug problem, you may want to begin by seeing a bed bug up, close and personal. Here’s what a bed bug looks like.

    When Do Bed Bugs Bite?

    Before we talk about how to check for bed bugs, it’s important to know when they bite. Generally, bedbugs are active during the night and they usually feed on sleeping people, biting, and sucking blood while their human host sleeps. Using their long beak, they pierce through the skin and sip the blood for consumption. Their feeding process takes at least 3-10 minutes before they become satisfied and move away undetected.

    At first, bedbug bites won’t sting, but over time will become itchy and irritated. Compared to flea bites that are usually found in ankles, bedbug bites are found in parts of the skin that are exposed while sleeping. Furthermore, the affected area doesn’t display a red spot in the middle, unlike flea bites.

    People find it difficult to detect a bed bug infestation because they are minute insects. In fact, the itchiness from bed bug bites is usually associated with other causes, including mosquito bites. In order for you to know how to find bed bugs, you must learn how to check for bug bites. By being able to distinguish a bed bug bite, you can protect against these nuisance insects and free your home from such infestation.

    Checking for Bed Bugs: Bites

    Bed bugs bite into a human by inserting two tubes into its skin. One tube secretes saliva that makes the bite area numb. This also thins the blood, so it’s easier for the bug to consume it. The second tube is known as the feeding tube and is utilized for one purpose only; sipping the blood from the human.

    It’s not surprising that bedbug bites are difficult to detect. Not only are their bodies tiny, but their bites are also impossible to see using the naked eye. Normally, when people are bitten by bedbugs, they usually complain about a subtle pinch while they sleep at night. But despite this, typically, the bites won’t immediately cause redness or inflammation on the skin.

    However, later on, itchiness and redness will appear once your skin reacts to the saliva of the bedbug. In the case that you experience this, it means that you have already been bitten a couple of times and your room has now become a den for bed bugs, which can potentially result in an outbreak. Bed bugs are fond of biting in rows. They usually feed for 3-4 times along the part of the skin they travel to. The pattern of the bite is somehow related to flea bites, and this is the main reason why misdiagnoses always happen.

    Checking Bed Bugs: Bedding

    If there’s one thing that bedbugs despise, it’s light. That’s why they always strike during the night when their victim is fast asleep in an infested bed. It is impossible to catch living bed bugs in your bedding. However, when figuring out how to check for bed bugs, there are signs that will tell you if they are feeding on your skin. These signs include the following:

    • Bloodstains – Bed bugs are known for being efficient consumers. If you happen to roll over them while you sleep, there’s a tendency that you might smash their tiny body; thus causing bloodstains to appear in your sheets.
    • Husks – Since bed bugs grow in size when they feed, they usually shed an old exoskeleton so they can consume more blood. Husks look dry, hollow, and white. Once you find it in your bedding, it only means that it is already infested.
    • Feces – When bedbugs digest their blood meal, they secrete tiny black stains which are identified as feces. Feces come in clusters on your bedding if it is infested with bedbugs.

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    Examining Bed Bugs on Mattresses

    Once bedbugs are satisfied with their meal, they go back to their protected space until they are ready to feed again. The major feeding areas for bedbugs are mattresses straps, buttons, creases, and tags. When looking for how to find bed bugs, take note that these areas are convenient since as it is where they can easily locate and attach to their victims.

    As mentioned before, you should look out for bloodstains, husks, and feces to determine if your bed is bedbug infested. Moreover, you can also look for nymphs, mature bedbugs, and eggs. The fastest way to examine your mattress is by using a flashlight and an old credit card.

    Perform these simple steps:

    • Eliminate the bedding in your mattress.
    • Using your flashlight, point it towards the mattress and search for bed bugs.
    • Run your old credit card in the seams of the mattress to remove eggs, husks, or feces.
    • Turn the mattress over the other side and repeat the steps in number 2 and 3.

    If you think you’ve learned all there is about how to tell if you have bed bugs, keep in mind that there are eggs to consider. Bedbug eggs are tiny and round, which are almost similar to a poppy seed. However, these eggs are loosely placed on the mattress or bedding, where they are typically laid by an adult bedbug and are easy to scrape and remove from the fabric.

    On the other hand, mature and nymph bed bugs have a transparent color. With this, their blood consumption is visible in their stomach in the form of a red dot. Generally, a mature bed bug is similar in size to a grain of rice.

    How to Properly Remove Bed Bugs from Fabrics?

    You can instantly remove any bedbugs from fabric using the same method that you use to inspect your mattress and bedding. When considering how to tell if you have bed bugs, keep in mind that although bed bugs don’t have the ability to jump or fly, they are fast travelers. Usually, they crawl onto people’s clothes and attach until they find potential bedding to infest.

    To help you determine further bedbug infestation in your fabrics at home, follow these simple steps:

    • Get a garbage bag or tarp and use it to catch fall out husks, eggs, or feces when you wave loose fabrics such as curtains, clothing, and linens.
    • Before you throw away vacuum bag or canister, look for signs of eggs, nymphs, bedbugs, and husks.
    • Carefully examine the creases and seams of your household furniture. You can use an old credit card, just like what you did with your mattress, to scrape unwanted feces, husks, and eggs.

    Catching Bed Bugs in their Hiding Spots

    Earlier, we discussed how to tell if you have bed bugs based on their hiding spots. So how do you catch them? Since bed bugs are afraid of the light, they are difficult to eliminate since they dwell in dark areas. You need to carefully search every darkened corner of your home to catch them.

    Below is a list of some of their common hiding spots:

    • Closets
    • Luggage
    • Drawers
    • Under and behind furniture
    • Clothing

    Final Words

    Bed bugs are notorious for infesting many homes. Being minute; they can fit in any small and dark area in your home, infesting your beds, mattresses, and other fabric items every time they have the chance. They go unnoticed most of the time, which makes them a troublesome pest.

    However, since bed bugs reside in colonies, an infestation will produce a smell that is somehow akin to cilantro or coriander. If you happen to detect this weird odor, call a reputable pest exterminator right away. They are knowledgeable in taking down these pests, and they can prevent a harmful outbreak.

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