"Bed bug pictures are use when trying to identify bedbugs since their appearance changes based on their lifestage (egg, nymph, adult) and whether or not they are enlarged after feeding on a hosts blood. The bed bug photos on this site can help you make an identification. To be sure you can send a sample bug to Harvard University (address below) for confirmation."
To ensure that you actually have bed bugs you can send a sample bug to Identify LLC by filling out this form. They charge $20 for the service. You can also check with your local department of health or cooperative extension to see if they have a free bed bug identification service.
If you are fighting bed bugs we suggest hiring a professional. A good place to start is the Service Magic (1.877.233.1145) network since they provide up to 3 free quotes and pre-screen exterminators to make sure that they are licensed and insured. You can search our exterminator database. It is important to get multiple quotes since each company uses different methods. If you do decided to go about bedbug treatment yourself, be sure to purchase the correct combination of products through either an organic bed bug kit or insecticide based kit.
For more detail on how to remove bedbugs from your home and
furniture see our guide to eliminating
Bed bug eggs are the size of a pin head or small seed. A female will lay approximately 200 eggs in her lifetime in groups of 10 to 20.
Picture of Bed Bug Eggs (Source: Rose Hiskes)
Picture of Bed Bug Eggs
Bed bugs hide all day and feed at night. Studies show that 80% - 85% live within 10 feet of the host which is usually the mattress or bed area including the frame and nearby objects such as books or magazines on night stands, inside clock radios and in the cracks of the bed frame.
Bed bugs are chestnut brown in color. The female has a rounded abdomen while the male as a pointed abdomen.
Bed Bug Size
Approximately 20% of bed bugs will defecate after feeding on a host. The remains make a brown mark on mattresses, sheets or other places where the bugs are.
Bed Bug Remains on Mattress
Bed bugs tend to bite in neat rows, usually along the seam of a bed, while sleeping. Technically they don't bite, but puncture the skin and withdraw blood. Reactions to bed bug bites tend to get worse during each subsequent biting incident. Even if a person doesn't react the first time, they may react the next time they are bitten. Bites should resolve themselves in a few days with no treatment. It itchy, a natural itch cream such as Itch Dr. can be used until they heal.
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