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Anatomy of a Bed Bug

Bed bugs, often spelled as “bedbugs,” are reddish brown, ovoid and wingless. Because they are dorsoventrally flattened, they have the advantage of hiding in crevices.

The shape of a bed bug’s body is comparable to a lentil or apple seed. Hatchlings are as small as poppy seeds, while adults may grow up to 5 mm in length. A common misconception is that they are invisible to the naked eye. While the newly hatched nymphs can be difficult to see, the older nymphs and adults are large enough to see clearly. Bed bugs range in color from translucent white when first hatched to dark brown or burnt orange as adults. Bed bugs redden immediately after consuming a host’s blood. Like most insects, bed bugs have six legs, a head, a thorax and an abdomen.

If you believe you have identified a bedbug within your home, contact your local pest management company to arrange for an inspection.

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