What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?

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Bed Bugs Appearance

What do bed bugs look like in the different stages?

Bed bugs obtain five different stages. The first stage is a milky white egg about the size of a point of a needle.  The egg hatches into a nymph which is translucent. The bed bug becomes darker and more brown as the stages proceed to the next. As the nymph feeds on a host, it will continue to get darker until a fully matured bed bug will be brown or brunt orange.

What do bed bugs look like size wise in the different stages?

The eggs of bed bugs are approximately 1mm in size which can be compared to a poppy seed. A fully matured adult bed bug is about 1/4 inch in length which is comparable to apple seeds or a grain of rice. Bed bugs have very flattened bodies from top to bottom and are oval shaped. When bed bugs consume blood, the back of the bedbug is no longer flatten and can cause their bodies to full up more than twice their average size within a five to fifteen minute span.

What do bed bugs’ bodies look like?

Bed Bugs have a large, round abdomen, long antennae segmented into three parts, and a small prothorax that flares to the sides. Their mouth is a short, proboscis segmented into three parts that is located below the body. Bed bugs have an elongated beak that is used to pierce the host while feeding.

A fully developed bed bug is brown or brunt orange. Bed bugs are distinguished by their stripe like appearance. They have small hairs on their back in a pattern of what appears to be horizontal stripes.

Bed bugs are very tiny, but distinguished insects. They are mostly distinguished by their size, agility, their beak, and their stripe like appearance.

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Date: Monday, 4. January 2010 9:30
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  1. 1

    Can bed bugs hide in wicker? I have a wicker bed and I wonder can this bed be treated or shall I just throw it out?

  2. 2

    Hello Tamika!
    Yes, bed bugs can hide in wicker. As a matter of fact, if there are a lot of cracks and crevices in your wicker bed like I imagine there to be, it might even provide for a better safe haven for beg bugs than standard beds do. It is not necessary to throw out the bed and you can treat it. As for the frame of the bed, use Cyzmic and gentrol IGR on the frame. You must be able to spray the bottom of the frame as well. These two products are concentrates that are diluted with water and sprayed on. For the mattress, use Bedlam to target the mattress lining and all the cracks and crevices of the mattress. Bedlam is an aerosol spray that does not require mixing. Cyzmic and Gentrol IGR can be mixed in the same gallon of water and sprayed on every three to four months. Bedlam is sprayed on every two weeks to one month. Make sure that you let the products dry before you come in contact with the treated area again. It will take about 3-4 hours for the treated areas to dry before you can come in contact with it. If you have any questions on how to apply the products or more questions on the behavior of bed bugs, give us a call at 1-800-788-4142.

  3. 3

    Will bed bugs die in temps under 32 degree far.?
    thank you

  4. 4

    Hello Jim! Yes, bed bugs will begin to weaken at temperatures that are 32°F and lower, but they have to be exposed to these temperatures for several days and maybe even up to a couple of weeks. So it is not very effective and consequently, heat treatments like steam treatments, will be much more effective. Heat treatments in conjunction with a chemical treatment will provide the most optimal control of bed bugs!

  5. 5

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  6. 6

    How do I get rid of bed bugs I saw one and killed it I got a sorry on HSN STOP bugging me! Is it a good product? Help tell me what to do

  7. 7

    There are many different bed bug products out on the market. However since bed bugs are nocturnal critters, it would be best to use an insecticide that has a residual effect.

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