Can You See Dead Bed Bugs?


Since living bed bug adults as nymphs and eggs are visible with the naked eye, it is reasonable to assume that dead bugs are also visible. It is possibly a bit harder to see them than live ones, but still visible if one looks carefully.

In order to see bed bugs it is valuable to know what you’re looking for.

Appearance:

Bed Bug Adults: Brownish, reddish in color, are about 5-7 mm (3/16-1/4 inch) long and look at lot like an apple seed.

Nymphs: Smaller than adults and depending upon their nymphal stage, will range from the about the size of a sesame seed to slightly less than the size of an adult.

Eggs: Very small and look like individual grains of sand.

Other Evidence: It is important to know what other evidence of bed bugs looks like. Therefore, be on the lookout for the following:

  • Cast skins that are left behind by bed bugs during the molting process
  • Small reddish-black fecal droppings
  • The appearance of blood spots on sheets or other bedding items