Identifying Bed Bugs:
Adult bed bugs are oval shaped, mahogany colored (reddish-brown after feeding) and have a flattened body, measuring about 3/16-inch long – about the size of a wood tick. (see picture to the right)
Newborn bed bugs are nearly colorless when hatched, becoming brownish as they mature.
Bat bugs are often confused with bed bugs. It is important to have a licensed Pest Control expert confirm the identification of any pests you find.
A pest expert should not charge you for an identification of an insect. This may be the best way to make sure you correctly identify the pest. You can mail the specimen to us, if you would like us to identify it for you.
Bed Bug Eggs Hatching
Biology of Bed Bugs:
Life Stages of Bed Bugs
Habits of Bed Bugs:
Bed Bug Bites
Bed Bug Bites
Adult Bed Bug
What to look for with Bed Bugs?
In addition to seeing the bed bugs, you may also find small reddish-brown to black fecal deposits on the walls or other areas where bed bugs might congregate or hide.
You should also look for the bed bug eggs, which are very small, white and sticky.
Sometimes you can see the bed bugs cast skins, as they molt like a snake does.
Bed Bugs and Feces on the Ceiling
Bed bugs can be located by the presence of small reddish-brown to black fecal deposits on the walls or other areas where they might congregate or hide. Bed bugs love dark places to hide while digesting their meal.
Once in the home, bed bugs become established in:
In heavy infestations, they may be found in wall voids, attics or other enclosed places.
Bed Bug Feces
We recommend you hire a licensed pest management professional. Tips for Selecting a Professional
Canines (dogs) have been used to detect the presence of insects for years, most notably termites. More recently, canines have been trained to detect live bed bugs and viable eggs. They can be highly accurate, although they do have their limitations too. Handlers and dogs should be trained together as a team.
Canine teams are great in larger spaces, like apartments, retail stores and movie theaters where there is so much area it would be very time consuming to search by humans. Bed bug detection dogs are also great for small bed bug infestations, which may be difficult for a PMP to find.
Bed Bug Monitors
You may want to purchase bed bug monitors to assist in your visual inspection. There are several types available.
Climb Up - Pitfall Traps
Used under the bed posts to see if they are climbing up your bed. They climb up the sides and fall into the trap.
Night Watch - Heat/Carbon Dioxide/Ketone Trap
Uses three types of attractants to lure the bed bugs to the Night Watch. They climb up the sides and fall into the trap.
BB Alerts - Heat/Harborage Trap
This trap uses a heat pack that attracts the bed bugs to it. There is a glue strip inside to trap the bed bugs.