What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?
Bed bugs are reddish brown, oval-shaped pests that are about the size of an apple seed. Their bodies are divided into three segments, with six legs and two antennae on the top of their heads.
What are the main traits of bed bugs? You can look out for:
- A brownish body that reddens after a blood meal
- Flat bodies that swell after feeding
- Adults that grow to be around 5 mm long
- White, oblong eggs about 1 mm long
How Big are Bed Bugs?
An adult bed bug is roughly the size and shape of an apple seed, so up to 5 mm long, or ¼th to 3/16th of an inch. The exact size differs depending on how often they feed, and how well. If you find them right after a blood meal, their body will appear redder, longer, and more cylindrical in shape. Overall, bed bugs are small, but they’re still very much visible to the human eye, and because of that they make a point to hide out of sight.
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The Life Cycle of Bed Bugs
Bed bug eggs are white, oblong, and around 1 mm long, and are usually laid in mattresses, furniture, and cracks along your walls or floors. Once they hatch, their larvae will resemble a small worm. This worm then goes through four nymph stages, growing into a miniature version of the adult bed bug before shedding its exoskeleton one more time to reach its full maturity.
Identifying Bed Bugs in Oklahoma
To put it simply, there are many bugs that look like bed bugs. That’s why our bed bug control experts stress the importance of recognizing a bed bug by sight. We even go as far as to recommend a magnifying glass to make out certain details you can pick out with the naked eye. Don’t want to get that up close and personal with a pest you just discovered? If that’s the case, you can trust the team at Arrow Exterminators, Inc. to ID the bug for you.