People often wonder if the bed bugs are actually seen with the naked eye. This is due to the time lag when bed bug reaction sets in after a span of eight to nine days once the bed bug bites. Bed bugs are clearly visible and are seen in almost all the residential, commercial and public places. Identification of bed bugs is essential to prevent a bed bug infestation. Being aware of how a bedbug looks can help to be careful while traveling to public accommodation places such as hotel, movie theaters, public transport, etc. Learning to identify other telltale signs of the presence of a bug aids in curbing the bed bug menace in the early stage of infestation.
How can you see bed bugs?
Adult bed bugs are easier to spot than the juvenile nymphs or the eggs of the bedbugs. Baby bed bugs are the size of a poppy seed, and the eggs have the size of a pinhead. A magnifying glass along with a powerful flashlight can aid in detecting the young bed bugs as well as the eggs. These simple tools also help to identify other signs that indicate the presence of bed bugs – bloodstains, blood spots, fecal spots and shed skin.
When can you see bed bugs?
Bed bugs are nocturnal bloodsuckers which hide during the day and creeps in for a blood meal at nights. They generally attack when a person is sleeping. Once the meal is complete, they return to their hiding spots to digest the meal. They often reside close to the host, in the sleeping or the sitting area where there is abundance of its food source – human blood.
Where can you see bed bugs?
Bed bugs feed on human, animal and bird blood. At home, they can are spotted on bedding, mattress, frames, linen, pillows, wooden furniture, upholstered chairs, carpets, floorboard and electrical outlets are some of the popular hideouts of bed bugs.
The eggs and the young nymphs are seen in the shelter where the adult bugs are present. Bed bugs are also found at the dwelling of animals, birds, bats or rodents.
How does a bed bug look like?
Adults: A mature adult bed bug has an oval and flat body and measures up to one-fifth of an inch long. They are covered with shiny rusty colored skin with small and dark distending eyes. They have folds on the skin. They have six legs and two small antennae.
Young Nymphs: These bugs have the size of a poppy seed and measure about 1/25th to 1/5th inch long. They have a flat and oval body with a dark area on its back. The skin color ranges from transparent to translucent. The young nymph possesses similar features of an adult bed bug.
Eggs: Eggs are easily seen with a magnifying glass due to its small size. The eggs are yellowish white and look like a capsule. It usually sticks to the surface and hatches in about two weeks time.