How To Detect Bed Bugs

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Have you asked yourself this question: do I have bed bugs?  You are not alone.  Many people have asked themselves this question when they have unexplained bites after a night of sleeping.  While bites are a good sign that you may have bed bugs, you may not even feel like you have been bitten.  One-third of the population does not react to the bed bug bite.  This was true for our family.  Unbeknownst to us, our son had a rather large infestation of bed bugs in his room. . . because he never reacted to the bites.  On the other hand, our daughter had been getting bit in her bedroom for a month before we determined that she had bed bugs. Read OUR STORY.

So, where do they come from? Bed bugs are usually transmitted by people that have bugs on them.  If there are a lot of people around, there could be bed bugs. Bed bugs have been found in Ubers, taxis, and other forms of public transportation.  They are often discovered in hotel rooms, items found on the side of the road, or even thrift stores. For a more comprehensive history of bed bugs, click HERE.

Also, bed bugs can be transferred by being on people after they sleep.  If the bug stays on the person or their clothing, they can be transported to a new location, such as a friend’s home or public place, and then to a new host. Creating a whole new bed bug problem.

Do you ever wonder, “Where do bed bugs live?” Just because they are called bed bugs, this does not mean that they limit themselves to only living on your bed.  Bed bugs will live wherever you spend the most time.  That is why they are typically found in bedrooms, as you sleep for 8 hours each night. This provides a quiet, calm atmosphere and opportunity for feeding.

Check For Bugs

The bed bug develops through five immature stages before reaching the adult reproduction stage. Therefore, you may see bed bugs in several different forms and sizes.

  1. Eggs – may be laid in clusters.  Hatched eggs resemble grains of salt. They are difficult to see, are pearl white, translucent in color and display obvious eyespots of the nymph inside when 5 days or older (see pictures).
  2. Stages 1 through 5 – the immature bed bug (nymph) is approximately 1/16″ (1.6 mm) and translucent. They tend to stay in clusters, may be whitish in color and become slightly darker as they reach maturity. Although the young nymph isn’t always easy to see it will become plump and red after a feeding because the blood inside shows through their pale skin. The bed bugs will look similar to each other but a little larger at each stage (see pictures).
  3. Adults – adult bed bugs are about the size of a small tick and are reddish-brown in color. Females have a more rounded rear end while males have a more pointy rear end (see pictures)

Life Cycle