Bed Bugs Pictures

By Perry Benani

Pictures of What Bed Bugs Look Like

See bed bugs pictures and learn to identify what bed bugs and their bites look like to protect yourself against these nasty, blood-sucking pests.

Cimex lectularius, commonly known as bed bugs, are seed-size, wingless insects that infest beds and feed on human blood.

You can also check this article to find out bugs that look like bed bugs.

bed bugs pictures
Bed bugs pictures

Because of their size and their natural survival instinct to hide in ingenious places, bed bugs are usually hard to spot. In often cases, victims may not realize that there is a problem until bite marks start to show up on their skin.

Generally, adult bed bugs are tiny (about the size of an apple seed or 1/4 inch long) with flat rusty-brown-colored oval-shaped bodies.

However, after they feed on the blood of hapless sleepers, their bodies can swell to a deeper red-brown and up to 3/8 inch long.

The younger bugs or ‘nymphs’ are smaller and are a whitish color, or sometimes a golden color. Until they are fed, after which, like the adult bugs, they turn a reddish color.

While newly hatched nymphs can be seen with the human naked eye, however, with their tiny size and white-colored body, it makes them very hard to spot on the mattress.

Several Bed Bugs Pictures, What Do They Look Like?

Bed Bug Pictures
Bed Bug Pictures
photo of bed bug nymph feeding on skin
Bed Bug Nymph Feeding
Actual size of a bed bug on a human hand
The actual size of a bed bug on a human hand
bed bug shell casings
Bed bug shell casings
bed bug eggs
Bed bugs and their eggs
bed bug size compared to its eggs and rice grains
Size comparison of a bed bug with rice grains and two small eggs next to it
Bed bugs at all stages of their lifecycle
bed bug during feeding
Bed bug during the course of 12-minute feeding, what a fed bed bug looks like
Bed Bug Life Cycle
Bed Bug Life Cycle

The bed bug life cycle is relatively short; they can live anywhere from ten months to a year, but in that short time, they will see three generations come to life and feed on the hapless humans.

Female bed bugs lay anywhere from three to twelve eggs at a time and a single female bed bug can produce from 300 up to 500 eggs in their lifetime!

Female bed bugs typically deposit their eggs in clusters of up to fifty and these can be found in cracks or crevices in the home.

The eggs are about a millimeter in length and are a whitish color. The eggs will then hatch in less than twelve days.

The bugs go through five nymphal stages before reaching maturity. During each of these stages, the bed bugs molt.

bed bug blood stains

This maturation cycle takes about 48 days. During these stages, they grow from just over one millimeter in length to just over five millimeters in length or about a quarter of an inch.

During this molting process, you may see signs of bed bugs, because as nymphs molt, they leave behind the skins they have shed.

These skins accumulate as the bug population rises. Bed bug excrement is another sign that you will see, as it appears as dark spots on the sheets.

Crushed bed bugs will leave bloodstains on bedsheets.

bed bug nymph eggs rush cluster
Bed bug nymph eggs rush cluster

Bed bugs and eggs among molted skins

Bed bugs do have a short life cycle, but they can and will do a lot of damage during these months, in terms of reproducing and feeding on their victims.

Waking up to a cluster of bite marks can be a serious sign of bed bugs in your house, apartment, or hotel room.

Pictures of Bed Bug Bites And What Do They Look Like

Bed bug bites, Above: Bed bug bites on the arms 
Top right: Bed bug rashes on the arm of a woman
Bottom right: Multiple bite marks on a woman's leg
Bed bug bites, development of bed bug rashes, multiple bites

Bed bug bites are not dangerous nor do they transmit disease however the bites can leave red, irritating welts around the body large which may cause some people to itch intensely or develop an allergic reaction such as rashes.

Psychologically, it may affect one with an inability to sleep.

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) points out that an infestation is not a sign of unclean or unsanitary conditions.

Bed bugs do not discriminate against the rich or poor nor are they attracted to dirt or filth and have been found in world-class hotels, luxury condos, and budget properties alike.

If you suspect that you have bed bugs in your home, try looking for the tiny white or brown-colored bugs in the seams of mattresses. Or check for tiny bloodstains or insect waste on the sheets.

Bed bugs can be found most often in the seams, folds, edges, and labels of mattresses, and tend to be found around beds or couches but there are also cases where they have been found in the cracks and crevices of walls, furniture, and floors.

Read MoreHow To Check For Bed Bugs At Home And In Hotel Rooms

Bed Bugs Discovered Along Seams of Mattress
Bed Bugs Discovered Along Seams of Mattress


If you look at the above bed bugs pictures, it is easy to find the bugs even though they are tiny. However, these critters can be notoriously hard to get rid of since they can survive for more than a year without food until a new host comes along.

To prevent an infestation, entomologists and pest control experts recommend using an Integrated Pest Management approach which includes clearing clutter, vacuuming regularly, employing extreme heat on temperature-sensitive bed bugs, and the use of pesticides.

Heat treatment can include methods such as putting bedding or clothes into a dryer (minimum 120°F) for 20 minutes or using a steam cleaner to heat treat the mattress or upholster furniture.

To protect oneself against bites while sleeping, use a bed bug-proof mattress encasement designed to contain and kill bed bugs. 

For the encasement to be effective, keep it on for at least a year to prevent bed bugs from going in or out of the mattress.

Those adult bugs, nymphs, and eggs that are trapped will eventually die.

Thanks for reading.

PS: Check this link for more bed bug pictures.

You May Also Be Interested In:

Bed Bugs Bite Pictures — See more photos of how bed bugs bite look like on other victims.

How Do You Get Bed Bugs — A look at how do you get bed bugs and how they are spread.

Bed Bugs Extermination — How to select a good pest management company for bed bug control.

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