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Bed bugs range in color from red to brown. Their bodies are oval-shaped and close to the size of an apple seed. Like most insects, bed bugs have three body segments, six legs, and two antennae.
The main qualities of bed bugs are:
Full-grown bed bugs can reach up to 5 mm long, or about the size of an apple seed. Their size only varies slightly between all adults, but they do expand and grow larger temporarily after feeding. After a blood meal, bed bugs will look longer and more cylindrical. The color of their body will also brighten. You can view bed bugs with the naked eye, but they spend most of their time out of sight.
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The life cycle of bed bugs starts with eggs and progresses through five larval stages. Bed bugs lay their eggs in good hiding places, like mattresses, furniture, and cracks in our wall, baseboards, and floorboards. Their eggs are white, oblong, and only about 1 mm in length. Bed bug nymphs look like tiny versions of the adults they will soon become. After its blood meals, a bed bug nymph sheds its exoskeleton. This happens several times as it matures into adulthood.
Bed bugs are often mistaken for different kinds of insects, so it’s important to know how to identify them. Because they are so small, it can be helpful to use a magnifying glass to make sure that they are indeed bed bugs. You can always ask a professional bed bug exterminator for help identifying them, too. Knowing exactly what bed bugs look like can help you act quickly when you find them in your home.