Bed Bug Pictures (actual size and enlarged)

pictures to identify bed bugs

What do bed bugs look like?
Bed bugs are small insects with oval shaped bodies, six legs and two antennae. They appear brown in color if the have fed recently and are semi-transparent if they have not fed. Bed bugs that have fed recently are the most dangerous because they may be prepared to lay eggs.

large adult bed bugs
typical bed bug egg

What do bed bug eggs look like?
Bed bug eggs are small (around 0.1 inches, 2.5mm) long and appear white or semi-transparent. They can be laid on almost any surface and hatch within about a week. Over her lifetime, a female bed bug can lay up to 500 eggs. This and the fact that bed bugs are good at hiding allows bed bug populations to spread and grow quickly.

Identify Bed Bugs
Bed bugs come in many shapes and sizes but they are easy to identify, if you can find them. Take a look at the adult bed bug pictures shown below. The bed bug’s body size varies through their lifetime. A typical bed bug egg is about 0.1 inches (2.5mm) long. For reference, 0.1 inches is slightly over the thickness of a quarter. Nymphs or juvenile bed bugs range from the size of a bed bug egg (0.1 inches, 2.5mm) to the size of full adult bed bugs at 3/16 of an inch (4.5mm). This is approximately the size of an apple seed.

Bed Bugs are insects and therefore have six legs, three on each size. There are two keys to identifying bed bugs.

First, their front legs bend forward. Some of the pictures on this page do not show this characteristic because the bed bugs are dead and their legs are curled (typical after heat treatment).

Second, bed bug bodies have a very distinctive body shape. Notice the oval, almost egg-shaped body shown in the illustration. If you find bugs with both of these traits, there is a good chance that they are bed bugs. We highly recommend that you take a proactive approach to the situation and follow the 8-Step Approach to Get Rid of Bed Bugs. It is completely free and packed full of information. Also, feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

adult bed bug body shape

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Posted by Cameron Wheeler