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What do Bed Bugs Look Like?

What do Bed Bugs Look Like?

With bed bug infestation problems across the United States on the rise, many victims ask the question, what do bed bugs look like. Bed bugs seek blood meals from humans and are capable of hiding in mattresses and furniture. Adult bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed. Their bodies are flat and round, much like a tick. Coloration before a blood meal tends to be a translucent brown. Once bed bugs have fed, they turn a purple-red color and elongate in size. Their bodies are covered in a waxy substance that makes them almost shiny. Bed bugs do not have wings, but are recognized by their fat rear body segment, a short squat middle segment, and a head containing two visible eyes and long antennae.

Bed bug eggs are white and in the shape of a small grain of rice. Their color allows them to blend in with a mattress. These eggs are capable of sticking to almost anything they are laid on. As the eggs grow, they begin to turn a light brown. Often these bed bug eggs are confused with dust particles. Newly born bed bugs, or nymphs, are the size of a pinhead and are almost see through.

Other signs of bed bugs include fecal deposits, which consist of digested blood. These can be seen in small spots on mattresses and furniture. Bed bugs also shed their skins between growing stages. These skins resemble the shape of the insect and are a sure sign of an infestation.

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