Pictures of bed bugs and bedbug video can be found throughout
It is important to be able to recognize the insects through
all growth stages; from egg
to nymph to adult. All are represented below.
Bed Bug Nymphs
Bed bugs move through 5 nymph phases before adulthood. They
drink a blood meal to move from phase to phase. A nymph can
live for 3 to 4 months while they wait for a human or animal to feed on.
Nymph and Adult Pictures
of Bed Bugs
Pictures of Bed Bugs: Adults
An adult bed bug is brown until it feeds on a
human or animal host. After feeding the adult changes color into a dull
red/dark brown. Bedbugs are 3/16 of an inch in length (longer
after a blood meal as depicted below).
They have what are called Vestigial wings (not fully
developed), but can't fly. The bugs are covered by thin golden hair.
Male bed bugs
have a pointed abdomen while females have a rounded abdomen. An adult
female bed bug can live as long as 277 days without feeding. If you are
sure the insect you are viewing is a bed bug you can send a sample bug
to the Harvard School of Public Health
Pictures of Bed Bugs
Before and After Feeding
Up Close Dorsal View of Bed Bug
Bed Bug Video
National Geographic has created the bedbug video below which shows the
insects in action:
Geographic Bedbug Video
Bed Bugs Mattress
Bed bugs are attracted to the carbon dioxide we give off when
sleeping. A typical bug will feed for 10 minutes
every 3 to 4 days. After feeding they will crawl back into a crack or
crevice that is nearby. Most bugs will live in are near a mattress.
When infestations get large they will spread to the headboard, cracks
in the bed frame and then in places around the bed. There small body
and thin profile make it easy to hide. Favorite hiding
places include the headboard, box spring, bed frame, and under any
Picture of Bed Bugs
Bed bugs leave behind stains on a mattress or nearby linen.
This is one of the best ways to determine if you may have a
bed bug problem.
Bed Bugs Mattress Problem
- Look for Stains
Bed Bug Bites on a Human Arm
Bed bugs are not known to spread disease. Reactions on the arm
from a bed bug bite are due to an allergic reaction. Not
everyone reacts to the bed bug bites. Cutaneous or skin
reactions range from a small raised red area to blistering of the skin.
Typical Bed Bug
Photo of Bed Bug Eggs
Eggs are white in color and slightly round and are 1mm long.
Over their 10 month life span a female will lay 200 - 500 eggs in
groups of 1 to 5 eggs per day. Eggs cannot be picked up with a vacuum
cleaner. The best way to kill them is either by heating a room to over
120 degrees or by using a steamer that can get hot steam into contact
with the egg's surface.
Hiding in used furniture is a common way for bed bugs to enter
the home. Often, when bed bugs furniture problems occur, a
home owner will leave it on the street unmarked. Unsuspecting
individuals will bring the furniture home along with the bed bugs.
Furniture rental companies are also aware of the problem and
are supposed to inspect furniture before renting it out to a new
There is even a problem with new furniture if the same truck
is being used to cart away old furniture or a mattress. Bed bugs can
jump from the old to the new.
Bedbugs are flat and can cling to surfaces on any angle. A
homeowner needs to check behind every crack and crevice
and in seams to make sure all the bugs are disposed of.
Be sure to inspect all furniture. Be sure to empty and bag
the contents of drawers so that you can turn them over during the
inspection process. Only move contents into sealed bags.
Every item should be inspected for bugs.
Pictures of Bed Bugs on
Bed Bugs Furniture Picture
How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs
See our guide on bed
bugs getting rid of them. Our best advice is that if you want
to try it yourself, purchase a kit that contains an instruction book,
spray, powder, steamer and zippered mattress covers. A kit that contains
everything you need is available from Dermisil
for Bed Bugs. Every inch of a room being treated
needs to be inspected and treated
To ensure that you actually have bed bugs you can send a sample bug to Identify with this form
(PDF download) They charge $20 for the service. You can also
check with a local university, board of health or cooperative extension.
It can take 2 to 3 treatments to get rid of an infestation.
If you decide to hire an exterminator, ask
specifically about their bedbug experience and what equipment will be
used. Ask if the company will provide a written guarantee and
what chemical, organic and mechanical methods (vacuuming, steam) are
Since treatment can cost $1,000 or more,, it pays to get more than one quote. Start with Service Magic
(1.877.233.1145), since they pre-screen local contracts before they can
join the network and will provide up to 4 free quotes. Follow
this with a call to Terminix, (1.877.291.4849) since they provide a free quote and free on-site inspection. Another option is to search our bed bug exterminator database.
If you would like to see reviews and referrals from other consumers in your area, you can try Angies
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