What Do Bedbugs Look Like

What do bedbugs look like? If you're asking this, chances are your home and/or belongings have been infiltrated by small, annoying insects. Bedbugs have a way of working themselves into the most inconvenient places, and they can do some serious damage. If you suspect that you have bedbugs, you'll want to know what they look like to be certain. Here are some tips to help you identify whether those bugs in your home are bedbugs.

Bedbugs are very flat, making it easy for them to hide in things like mattresses and clothing without detection. Their bodies are split into several sections. Once they have eaten, their small, flat bodies puff up. Still, they remain small enough that detection is very difficult. Bedbugs have six legs and two antennae. Their eyes, like the eyes of many insects, are bulging and are located on the sides of their head.

Bedbugs are often confused with ticks or even small roaches. They are very small, brown or reddish-brown bugs. They start out brown but after they have consumed a meal (which is comprised of mammal blood), they turn reddish-brown. They do not have standard wings, although some adult bedbugs have small fore wings. Even with those, bedbugs do not fly.

Bedbug eggs are so small that it is pretty much impossible to see them. Baby bedbugs look slightly different. They are even smaller than the standard bedbug and their coloring is quite different. Baby bedbugs are an opaque whitish color, making it easy for them to blend into many different materials. They grow each time they molt (and they molt a total of five times). Each time a bedbug molts, it grows roughly .5mm, until it reaches its adult size.

Although bedbugs are very difficult to see, you should still keep your eyes out for them, especially if you're moving, have received new furniture, or are checking into a hotel. The last thing you want is bedbugs sucking at your blood.

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