Identifying Bed Bugs: a Helpful Guide

How to know for sure that you’ve got an infestation


Bed bugs are a notorious pest that everyone fears having in their home or business. If you suspect you have a bed bug infestation, one of the most important things to keep in mind is that you have to act fast to stop it before it spirals out of control. This means properly identifying the bugs you’ve spotted. Here’s a guide for identifying bed bugs.

Identifying Bed Bugs

  • Shape: before feeding, bed bugs have flat-looking, oval-shaped bodies. When engorged with blood after a feeding, their bodies take on a rounder shape.
  • Body: bed bugs have three body parts. These segments include a head, thorax, and abdomen.
  • Size: about the size of an apple seed, approximately 4 to 6 mm in length.
  • Legs: six. Bed bugs can travel up to 4 ft per minute.
  • Antennae: two, each with four segments. Bed bug antennae are about half the length of the body.
  • Color: a rust-colored brown that gets to a darker red after they feed on blood. They also have short, gold-hued hair-like substances on their bodies. This “hair” is a sensory tool.
  • Wings: no, although they have undeveloped wings known as wing pads. Luckily, wing pads only resemble wings and bed bugs are unable to fly.
  • Scent: bed bugs are known to give off a slight odor that is described as sweet and musty.
  • Nymphs (young bed bugs): light yellow/white in color, nymphs are much smaller than adult bed bugs. They’re usually about the size of a pinhead.

Help is Here

A bed bug infestation is a tough one to treat on your own, so it’s best left to the pros. Multiple treatments are usually necessary to completely eradicate a bed bug population. [Company] has a three-pronged approach that has proven effective. We identify the source, resolve the problem, and work to prevent future infestations. Remember, it’s vital that you act immediately at the first sign of a bed bug problem. Take action today by contacting Resolution Pest at 610-337-7378.

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