Identifying Bedbugs

What do they look like?

Bedbugs are tiny wingless creatures that can be easily mistaken for other small household insects, such as carpet beetles or newly hatched cockroaches.

Baby bedbugs are light tan in color, about the size of a poppy seed, and you can almost see through them. The grownups are oval shaped, rusty red, and about the size of an apple seed. When bed bugs feed, their bodies swell up and they become a brighter shade of red.

A bedbug's calling card

You can tell a bedbug is around by small bloodstains, dark spots from their droppings, and eggs. Look for these in mattress seams, sheets, pillows, and upholstered furniture. You may also spot them in cracks in furniture and baseboards in walls.

The bite of a bedbug

Chances are you won’t feel when these nighttime feeders are actually “feeding.” Some people don’t know they’ve been bitten. Bedbug bites are usually painless. But later, you may notice small bumps or large, itchy welts that may look like a mosquito bite.

Most welts heal within days. If you still notice welts for a few weeks, try an anti-itching ointment, or talk to your doctor to see what he or she recommends.