bed bugs in a hotel bed

Can You See Bed Bugs?

Many people are worried about bed bugs, but the fear that bed bugs are hiding in plain sight and cannot be seen by the human eye only increases this concern. Fortunately, it is relatively easy to see bed bugs with the human eye, even if people have to go searching for them in between folds of sheets and other fabric. Bed bugs do not typically come out of their crevices unless they are looking for food. It is for this reason that anyone that suspects that they have a bed bug problem should search for them, know what to look for, and know what to do if they see one or more of these pesky insects.

What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?

To spot bed bugs, you of course have to know what they look like. Adult bed bugs are typically five to seven millimeters long, about the size of an apple seed. Bed bugs lay eggs and these are typically more difficult to identify. Young bed bugs are not typically visible because they are extremely small and translucent in color. The eggs of a bed bug are usually about the size of a pinhead. 

Bed bugs are brown or reddish-brown in appearance and their bodies are slightly elongated and have an oval shape. Bed bugs do have wings, although they do not fly. Sometimes, particularly when there is a very large infestation, people may smell bed bugs before they see them because they emit a musty smell. 

Where Do Bed Bugs Hide?

Desire their name, bed bugs do not only make beds their place of residence. Other places bed bugs like to reside include:

  • In between the folds of curtains
  • In the joints of drawers
  • Within loose wallpaper
  • In the seams of chairs and other soft furniture

Bed bugs are often found when people are cleaning their homes, such as vacuuming couch cushions or changing sheets on a bed. Even when the bed bugs are not seen, signs that they are around may be noticed. These signs include red or rust-colored stains on mattresses and bed sheets. This is typically because they have been crushed. Dark dots, which are sometimes blurry, are evidence of bed bugs defecating, which is indicative of an infestation. Additionally, while it is very difficult to spot the eggs of a bed bug, it is sometimes possible and some may even find the shells of the eggs left behind once the larvae leaves them.

Our Missouri Pest Control Company can Help With Bed Bugs

If you have seen bed bugs around your home, or signs such as their shells, our St. Charles pest control company is here to help. At Amco Ranger, we know how difficult it is to eradicate bed bugs, but we also know how to do it effectively and efficiently so you can reclaim your home. Call us today at (636) 224-6099 to schedule a free inspection so we can examine your space and provide more information about how we can help.