What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?

Being equipped with information on issues like what are bed bugs, what do bed bugs look like and how big are they etc can prove to be extremely helpful in determining bed bug infestations.

Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are tiny, brownish, oval-shaped parasitic insects that can be easily mistaken for ticks. On an average, these pests are about 6 mm in size.

The pear-shaped eggs are approximately 1-2 mm in size. They hatch in 7 to 12 days and the pale, colorless bugs enter the nymph stage of their life cycle.

During the course of its entire life span, a female bed bug lays nearly 200-400 eggs.

What do bed bugs look like


If you are wondering what do bed bugs look like in nymph stage then here’s picture of a bed bug nymph that is translucent in color.

Bed bug nymph feeding on blood

It is interesting to observe the nymph’s color changing to glowing red as it sucks blood from its host. You can even see the creature’s microscopic hair.

The nymphs mature in almost 32 to 48 days after five stages of molting to reach the final adult stage. These adult, quarter-inch long bed bugs have a flat body structure, six legs and no wings. To naked human eye, a bed bug appears similar to small cockroach, about the size of an apple seed.

Have a look at the following bed bug pictures to gain an understanding on identifying bedbugs.

What do bed bugs look like

What do bed bugs look like

What do bed bugs look like

These pesky creatures usually hide under seams of mattresses, holes and cracks in walls and other such places and come out of their hideouts during night time for blood meal excursions on your body.

As they feed, they become engorged with blood and their size increases. These bugs can live for 10 to 18 months. They can survive for more than one year even without food.

Being so small in size, they remain unnoticed in houses, apartments, hotels, and other such buildings until they start showing signs of their presence through bed bug bites and other symptoms of infestation.

Still wondering as to what do bed bugs look like? Watch this video not just showing adult bed bugs but also their eggs and nymphs.

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