Pest spotlight: Identifying Bed Bugs

When it comes to bed bugs, early detection is best


The appearance of a bed bug changes as they grow from eggs to nymphs to adults. One thing that never changes is that they are tiny in size and almost invisible to the naked eye. Bed bugs begin their lives as white eggs and, by the time they become adults, are brown in color. Here are a few more tips for identifying bed bugs.

Each Stage of Life

  • Eggs: about the size of a pinhead (1mm), bed bug eggs are white in color. The most recognizable feature of an egg is an eye spot (a small red dot) that appears about five days after it’s laid.
  • Nymph: as they grow, nymphs (the term for a young bed bug) go through five nymph stages. They grow from 1.5mm to  4.5mm in size and begin looking translucent and light in color. They get darker as they age into adulthood. Like adults, nymphs have flat, seed-shaped bodies.
  •  Adult: recognizable by their brown, flat bodies, they have wide heads, three-segmented bodies, and are approximately 1/4″ long (about the shape and size of an apple seed). After feeding, bed bugs can grow up to 30% in size and change from brown to a reddish-brown color.

Don’t Be Fooled

Bed bugs are masters at hiding. So, if you suspect an infestation but don’t see any actual bugs, it doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Bed bugs use their flat-shaped bodies to fit in tiny spaces (like mattress seams or crevices in furniture) to lie in wait after eating as they prepare for their next meal. After a feeding, parasites can hide for up to 5 to 10 days. This is when they digest and mate, creating the next generation of bed bugs.

We Can Help When You’re Identifying Bed Bugs

To treat a bed bug infestation, the bugs must be properly identified. The pest professionals at Resolution Pest know exactly what to look for when treating for bed bugs. Contact us today by calling 610-337-7378 to schedule a free estimate so we can get to work getting your bed bug issue under control.

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