Can you see bed bugs?
Awakening with itchy, red bites on areas of your skin is not a nice experience. You then begin questioning just what led to the problem? A skin condition, fleas, mosquitoes, BED BUGS?
These types of symptoms will most likely have many causes and it can be very hard for a doctor to pin down the exact cause so if you suspect bed bugs it makes diagnosis a great deal faster if you can actually find the culprits!
Ok so, the major question is can you see bed bugs? The answer is yes!
An adult bed bug is reddish brown in color and has a flat, oval shaped body and six legs – great for fitting into the smallest of hiding places! In terms of size an adult is going to measure around 4 to 5 mm in length and 1.5 to 3 mm in width. Quite often the adult bug is compared in appearance and size to an apple seed.
A newly hatched nymph or “baby bed bug” looks exactly like a tinier version of its parents. You can see juvenile bed bugs with the naked eye. They only measure about 1 mm and are translucent. I have heard nymphs likened to poppy seeds in size!
Both the adult and bed bug nymphs “grow” in girth after a nice blood meal. When engorged their normally flat bodies will become more “puffed up” and their color changes to red because the blood within them is visible. The color only changes to the more usual tan or reddish brown as the meal is digested. Therefore if you see what resembles a moving blood spot on your bed sheets it is most likely a bed bug!
Finding and eliminating bed bug eggs is a vital element of any bed bug treatment because an adult female is going to lay eggs at a rate of around 1 to 5 each day that’s up to 500 in her life time. Can you see bed bug eggs? These are frequently described as looking like grains of rice in shape and color It is possible to see them with no magnification due to the fact they measure roughly 1 mm. You will most likely discover them “stuck” to the surface of a mattress or a headboard.
As they developed bed bugs cast their skins a total of 6 times before they develop into sexually mature adults. This process normally takes in the region of 5 weeks. It is quite possible to see bed bugs skins that have been cast during this process. Basically they look exactly like a bed bug but are in fact transparent, empty skins. If you do find these when hunting down bed bugs in your home they are a sure sign of an active infestation.