Bed Bug Pictures And Information

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Basics

Take a look at these bed bug pictures. These pictures of bed bugs show what an adult bed bug looks like. As you can see, they are flattened, oval-shaped bugs with no wings. Bed bugs may appear white or light tan in color if they have recently molted, or they may appear brown in color if they have not recently molted. Bed bugs feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals like humans and pets, and if they have fed recently, a dark spot may be visible inside of them.

Adult bed bugs, like those shown in these bed bug pictures, are about a quarter of an inch long. Juveniles are about the size of a grain of rice, while eggs are the size of poppy seeds.



If you suspect you have bed bugs, you’ll need to make a careful inspection of your sleeping area. Use a flashlight and look into the crevices of your mattress and bed frame. If you discover any insects, compare them to these pictures of bed bugs. It’s possible you might have some other form of insect infestation, so use these bed bug pictures to determine if you do indeed have bed bugs.

Prevention

Bugs like those in the pictures of bed bugs don’t just come from nowhere. To prevent bed bugs, it’s important to understand where they come from.

An empty apartment can be infested with bed bugs before you even move in. Even if the apartment has been empty for a while, it could still have bed bugs. They can live for many months without feeding. You can inspect the crevices along baseboards for signs of bed bugs before moving into an apartment. If you find bugs, the apartment should be treated before you move your furniture in.

Bed bugs can also travel from one apartment to another. They can travel through the walls along wires and pipes. When treating bed bugs in apartment houses, the neighboring apartments should also be inspected for signs of infestation.

You can also bring bed bugs into your house on used furniture. To prevent this, examine any used furniture carefully before bringing it home. If you find signs of bed bugs, either treat the furniture before bringing it home or buy other furniture instead to prevent infecting your house.

Treatment

If you have bugs like those in the bed bug pictures, you will want to treat them right away.

You can hire an exterminator, but you can also treat bugs like those in the pictures of bed bugs on your own. Treating them yourself may save you money, and you have the option of using natural, non-toxic products while exterminators often use harmful chemicals. (If you own or manage an apartment building, treating the bugs yourself may not be an option. Legally, you may be required to hire a licensed exterminator.)

Commercial pesticides used to treat bugs like those in the pictures of bed bugs usually contain permethrins and/or pyrethrins. These chemicals are very effective, but they carry health risks for both people and pets. If you apply these chemicals yourself, you should wear gloves, long sleeves, long pants, and a facemask. If the chemicals come in contact with your skin, redness, irritation, and inflammation will likely occur. Breathing them in may cause nausea or vomiting. Prolonged exposure can lead to serious problems such as liver damage or even cancer.

Many people with bugs like those in the bed bug pictures are concerned about using commercial pesticides because of the potential side effects. They want safe ways to treat bed bugs.

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When To See Your Doctor

Bed bug bites are not usually serious. They should clear up on their own, just like mosquito bites do. If you have bites that don’t go away, or if you think your bites might be infected, see your doctor for treatment.



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