What do Bed Bugs Look Like?

Bed bugs, often spelled as "bedbugs," are reddish brown, ovoid and wingless. Because they are dorsoventrally flattened, they have the advantage of hiding in crevices.

The shape of a bed bug's body is comparable to a lentil or apple seed. Hatchlings are as small as poppy seeds, while adults may grow up to 5 mm in length. A common misconception is that they are invisible to the naked eye. While the newly hatched nymphs can be difficult to see, the older nymphs and adults are large enough to see clearly. Bed bugs range in color from translucent white when first hatched to dark brown or burnt orange as adults. Bed bugs redden immediately after consuming a host's blood. Like most insects, bed bugs have six legs, a head, a thorax and an abdomen.

If you believe you have identified a bedbug within your home, contact your local pest management company to arrange for an inspection.

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How to identify Bed Bugs?

Learn what Bed Bugs look like, and how to detect if you have a Bed Bug Infestation.

How do you get Bed Bugs?

Find out how Bed Bugs infiltrate your home and where they are attracted to.

How serious are Bed Bugs?

Learn about Bed Bug bites. their feces and how they can impact your health.

What Orkin does

Learn how Orkin handles Bed Bugs, homeopathic cures and the cost of Bed Bug extermination services.

Resources

Protect Your Home from Bed Bugs

Can bed bugs live in the cold?

Can You Bring Bed Bugs Home from Office Building

How to Find Dead Bed Bugs | Signs of Bed Bugs

How to Prevent Bed Bug Infestations | Bed Bug Facts

Anatomy of a Bed Bug | Identify Bed Bugs

Can Bed Bugs Jump or Fly? | How do Bed Bugs Travel?

When Do Bed Bugs Come Out? | Are Bed Bugs Nocturnal?

Life Stages & Cycles of Bed Bugs

Do Natural Bed Bug Remedies Work? | DIY Bed Bug Treatments

Does Bed Bug Spray Work? | Get Rid of Bed Bugs

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