Bed bugs are visible
A lot of people ask us this question. For some reason, it seems that a lot of people believe bed bugs are microscopic. However, they can grow to the size of an apple seed, and can also look like an apple seed. Here are some bed bugs pictures for an example.
When fully grown, they are brown, and apple seed shaped. If they have just recently fed, they can be quite large and engorged. However, in their early stages, they are very tiny, and clear if they haven't fed yet, therefore they can be difficult to spot with the human eye. Bed bugs have two primary instincts: they feed and breed.
Typically, bed bugs will nest close to where you sleep, because they are nocturnal (they sleep during the day, and feed at night). They can hide in your bed, headboard, end tables, pictures, books, linen closets or anywhere within roughly 16 feet of where you sleep. If they are breeding, you will have very small, hard to spot baby bed bugs. A good magnifying glass and flashlight will help see the smaller bed bugs.
Feces on your mattress
Unfortunately, if you have discovered your bed bug infestation based on the dark spots on your mattress, that means you are into a fairly heavy stage of infestation. However, it is important to be able to identify bed bug feces on a mattress. We have found a common pattern of feces spots to be in the corners or folds of a mattress.
If you are at a hotel, and want to quickly check for bed bugs, look in the folds or seams of the mattress. Bed bug feces, or the dark black spots as shown in the pictures at the top of this page, are composed of dried blood.
Usually, a bed bug will feed, and then go back to their nesting area. This is where you will see the buildup of dark black fecal matter, as they excreet within a couple hours of feeding.
You may also find fecal dark blood stains on other materials, such as your wooden headboard, or night stand. These marks will usually be found relatively close to where they nest.
Bed bugs bite marks
Bed bug bites are common, but not a sure tale sign of bed bugs. Even though bed bugs do bite, they do not necessarily leave visible signs on every person. Many people react differently. In fact, we've seen very serious cases of bed bug infestations, and the person living with them had absolutely no signs of bite marks at all.
If you suspect bed bugs, or have bed bug bite marks like the bed bugs bites pictures here, then call us now for a Free Bed Bug Inspection.
You can also read more about bed bug symptons in this article on WebMD