Bedbugs are small, wingless insects that feed upon the blood of humans and animals. Bedbugs will seek out people as well as animals while they are sleeping at night, painlessly sucking out blood while the victim dozes.
So what exactly do bedbugs look like, you ask? Well, while they are indeed extremely small in size, they can nonetheless be seen. They are roughly as large as the fingernail on your pinky. And they will either have a red or a brown hue.
The adults are about 1/4 inch large and are red or brown. The nymphs look similar but are much smaller. None of them has wings. They eat human and animal blood and will be found near their food source. Bed bugs lay eggs daily that are too small to be seen. They will be found in carpets, bedding, and cracks.
They will suck on human or animal blood whenever they get a chance. An adult bedbug measures roughly one quarter of an inch long, and some people will mistake an adult bedbug for a cockroach.
What do bedbugs look like before they become adults? Newborn bed bugs are called nymphs. They are similar to an adult bed bug. Only difference lies in their color. They are slightly lighter in color and rather small. Bedbugs cannot fly, but they are able to move swiftly over floors and walls. They also climb the ceilings and other places.
Female bedbugs normally lay their eggs in the isolated corners of beds and carpets. The female bedbug can lay 5 eggs per day and approximately 500 through her life span. The eggs are usually pretty small and are white in color. In order to see these eggs you would have to use a magnifying glass. The egg will then grab onto whatever it comes in contact with. Bedbugs are usually known to grow from nymph stage to adult stage which usually happens in less than one month’s time.
Bedbugs can typically be found close to their food source-your bed. Check for blood stains and bedbug excrement around your mattress. Examine the carpeting around your bed, too. They like to hide in the cracks and seams, around the corners of the mattress, and by the headboard as well. Providing you carefully scrutinize these areas in and around your bed, you can avoid bedbug bites.
By: Thomas Proctor
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