What Do Bed Bugs Look Like? | Arrow Exterminating

What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?

Ed Robinson | Posted on August 30, 2018

Life Cycle of a Bed Bug

Bed bugs are a nightmare and its not just because they feed on you while you’re sleeping. They are a big problem that’s difficult to combat and they can create a mess that’s hard to clean up. Bed bugs are also dangerous because their bites can cause allergic reactions. They also leave ugly bite marks. If you think you have bed bugs, you need to call Arrow Exterminating immediately and we’ll tell you about treatment options. Even if you don’t think you have bed bugs you should have Arrow check out your home to ensure you don’t have an infestation.

Arrow Exterminating Can Help Combat Bed Bugs and Other Pests

Arrow Exterminating helps homes and businesses on Long Island and in the five boroughs of New York City. We can help identify any infestations you may have and treat them. We can also help you take preventative measures to keep these unwanted guests outside of your home or office. We’ve been in business for more than 70 years and we know how to identify a problem, so we want to give you some information on identifying bed bugs.

Signs You Have Bed Bugs and How to Identify Them

According to the Centers For Disease Control, one very obvious way to tell that you have a bed bug infestation is if you are bitten by one. Bed bugs will leave a mark on your face, neck, arms, hands or other body parts. Note that it takes 14 days for these bites to show up. So you should look for other signs including:

  • Evidence of bed bug exoskeletons after molting
  • Bed bugs found in folds of mattresses and sheets
  • Rusty colored blood spots coming from fecal matter bed bugs excrete on mattresses and nearby furniture.
  • A sweet musty odor

Bed bugs are experts at hiding, and they’re often picked up by people traveling, so you should always examine your luggage and clothing when you return home. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, adult bed bugs are about 5 to 7 millimeters or between 3/16 to a quarter of an inch long. They’re long and brown and they have flat oval shaped bodies. If the bugs have fed recently, they’re reddish brown and they are more elongated. They have a beak with three segments; an antenna that has four parts; wings that are not used for flying; and short, golden-colored hairs.

Young bed bugs, which are also called nymphs, are smaller, more translucent and have a whitish-yellow color. If they haven’t fed, they can be practically invisible because of their coloring and extremely small size. Bed bug eggs are also difficult to spot because they are very tiny, the size of a pinhead. The eggs are pearl-white in color and they’re marked with an eye spot if they’re more than five days old.

Let Arrow Exterminating Rid You of Bed Bugs

If you feel you have bed bugs, call Arrow immediately. We’ll give you instructions on what to do before our technician arrives because it’s important you clean and declutter to make certain our treatment works. Then we’ll inspect your property and treat the entire home to get rid of your problem. To learn more, contact Arrow today.

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