How to Identify a Bed Bug Infestation
Until the recent insurgence of bed bug infestations, most people had never seen bed bugs.
Some people may have seen them, but didn't realize what they were. Educating yourself on the identifying characteristics of bed bugs will enable you to search our home more effectively and take the proper precautions if you do see any suspicious insects.
Bed bugs are wingless, rust-colored insects about the size of an apple seed as adults. In their juvenile stage, bed bugs are clear (or bright red, if they have recently fed) and measure just over 1mm – barely visible to the naked eye.
They have six legs and flat bodies, that allow them to hide in the smallest of cracks. They hide in nooks and crannies during the day, where they also lay their eggs. Before feeding, they're nearly as flat as a piece of paper, which is why they can fit into narrow crevices.
Their appearance changes dramatically after they've fed; they become bloated and dark red.
Bed bug eggs are white, slightly pear-shaped and about the size of a pinhead. They're found in crevices, in clusters of 10–50 eggs. Newly hatched bed bugs are nearly colorless, and they will stay that way until they get their first blood meal.
The earlier an infestation is detected, the easier it is to contain.
If bed bugs are allowed to spread to other areas of the home, getting rid of them can be far more difficult and far more expensive.