Bed Bug Identification

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How to Identify Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs are parasite insects that feed on blood which is what attracts them to people. Bed Bugs do bite and cause rashes to breakout. They will tend to hide in warm spaces, like cracks and crevices of mattresses, bedding, and furniture.

It is important to identify Bed Bugs before you start treating for them. There are some insects that can be mistaken for Bed Bugs that will a different treatment. Bed Bugs are easy to see by people.

Bed Bug Size, Shape, and Color

Bed Bug on Bedding

Bed Bugs are small and their size depends on what stage of their life cycle they are in. Nymph bed bugs range to about 2 to 5 mm in size, fully grown mature bed bugs are about 1/4 inches or larger and have a flat looking, oval body, six legs, two antennae, and they do not have any wings.

Nymph bed bugs are almost clear in color. After they eat, a nymph will have a bright red semi-transparent abdomen that will eventually fade to a brown color and then black as it digests its food. As the nymphs mature into adults, they will become a darker brown. Adult/mature Bed Bugs are a reddish/brown color. Bed Bug eggs look like a light pale ivory color.

Bed Bug Identification

Bed Bug Range Geographically

Bed Bugs can be found in almost every region of the world and in all 50 U.S. states. Infestations of Bed Bugs are a common occurrence, following an increase in activity in the 1990s.

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