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What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?

Despite their small size, bed bugs are a very big deal.

If you have them in your home or place of business, then urgent action is required. Without professional help, bed bugs are very likely to spread and form a seriously problematic infestation.

In this article, we will share with you what bed bugs look like so that you can learn to recognize them.

If you think you might have bed bug trouble, we strongly recommend that you contact an exterminator and ask for a professional inspection, as opposed to attempting to handle the problem with a DIY solution. Unfortunately, despite certain advantages, such solutions can very easily make an infestation much worse in the long run.

If you think you might have bed bugs in your home or place of business (even if you’re not certain), please click here to reach out and request a free inspection. We’d be happy to help you!

What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?

In order to answer the question of what bed bugs look like, we need to consider the fact that these insects look different at different phases of their physical development.

Bed bugs begin their lives as tiny, pearl-white eggs. These eggs are about one millimeter in diameter (0.039 inches). In other words, they’re about the size of a couple of grains of salt.

Bed Bugs
Most bed bug eggs hatch within less than 10 days. Bed bug babies and younglings are called nymphs. Nymphs are small, oval shaped and have yellowish white (almost colorless) bodies.

(Warning: A single, previously mated female bed bug is enough to lay the foundation of a full-blown infestation in a relatively short period of time. So, please don’t wait to reach out for a free inspection. Click here to do so now.)

Bed bugs are nocturnal creatures, so they sleep during the day and come out to feed at night. If you find that you are waking up with bites on the exposed areas of your skin, there’s a decent chance you may have bed bugs in your home.

This may be true, even if you don’t see them laying around and sleeping during the day. Bed bugs live in tight, cramped areas. You might find them hiding in areas like:

-Cracks or crevices in headboards
-Underneath mattress tags
-Hidden areas along the stitching of pillowcases, bedsheets and mattresses
-Open areas of box springs
-Inside open electrical outlets near the bed

Click here to check out this article to learn more about bed bug warning signs.

Bed Bug Look-Alikes
Another reason for seeking out professional help is that even if you think you have seen bed bugs in your home, it’s possible that you’re actually seeing a different type of insect. There are multiple insect species that look quite similar to bed bugs. We’ve included a few in this article.

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