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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How to identify Bed Bugs?

Learn what Bed Bugs look like, and how to detect if you have a Bed Bug Infestation.

How do you get Bed Bugs?

Find out how Bed Bugs infiltrate your home and where they are attracted to.

How serious are Bed Bugs?

Learn about Bed Bug bites. their feces and how they can impact your health.

What Orkin does

Learn how Orkin handles Bed Bugs, homeopathic cures and the cost of Bed Bug extermination services.

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My fiance and I were getting bitten on our legs a few months ago. I searched for bed bugs and tried flea traps but couldn’t find anything. Eventually it stopped, but I started getting bitten again a few nights ago.

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Bed bug chemicals: how safe and how often?

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What types of chemicals does your company use to help control bed bugs? There is a cat and also a woman who is pregnant who lives downstairs that I am concerned about the interaction with these pesticides.

Are there over-the-counter treatments for bed bugs?

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What over-the-counter treatment I can buy to prevent and get rid of bugs?

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