What Do Bed Bugs Look Like? Am I Infested?

What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?  Even the mere idea of bed bugs is enough to strike fear into the hearts of most parents, and often googling pics of bed bugs isn’t going to help you learn more about these problem creatures. Instead, it’s only going to increase your fear level. Bed bugs are certainly a serious problem, but learning more about what to look for and what to do should you find them, is your single best line of defense.

Oval, Small and Flat

Bed bugs tend to be oval shaped. They’re pretty flat, and they don’t have any wings. They’re very small, though, typically coming in at just four millimeters each. Fortunately, they’re not too small to see with the naked eye, but if you’ve been looking at images of bed bugs online, you may find they’re a bit smaller than those pics, because those tend to be enlarged so you can get a better look at them.

Bed bugs are usually a light brown in color, but they get redder after they eat. Fully grown bed bugs move quite slowly, and you should be able to spot them if you have a problem. You may even be able to see the nymphs, which are a bit smaller, often like a walking apple seed.

Am I Infested?

The biggest problem with bed bugs is that it takes next to nothing to become infested. Maybe you send your college freshman off to school, and he comes home with an innocent backpack. If the dorm where he lives is infested, they’re going to hitch a ride on that backpack. Maybe you send your elementary school child off for a sleepover, and she comes back with a suitcase that’s picked up a stray bedbug. Before you know it, you’re dealing with an infestation.

Luckily, you can usually spot the signs of an infestation relatively quickly. They can be found on bedding and mattresses, and they leave clusters of dark brown or black spots. They also give off a musty odor. They like to hide in small cracks and crevices like your mattress or headboard, and if you’re infested, you will certainly notice the bites. People tend to get bitten in a zigzag like pattern, and the bites usually pop up on the hands, neck, face, or shoulders.

Worried you have bed bugs? Stop searching for bed bug pictures online, and give us a call instead.

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