Do I Have Bed Bugs?

Education is the best defense against bed bugs. At Rose Pest Solutions, our staff understands how distressing an infestation of any kind can be. We're here to protect you and your family and give you peace of mind.

It's important to remember these key points when asking yourself "Do I have bedbugs?":

  • Don't assume any bug bite is from bed bugs.
  • Physicians cannot give a positive diagnosis of bite marks by examining them, so do not rely on this to conclude whether or not you may have bed bugs.
  • If you've looked for bed bugs and have found no evidence, these creatures could still be there. They are cryptic, survivors, and can easily go undetected.

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Here is some information on what to look for if you suspect bed bug activity:

  • Dark flecks or spots on your mattress or box spring
  • Insects in the seams of your bedding or mattress
  • Linear patterned bites on your body
  • Translucent insect shells (shed skins) on or around your bed

Bed Bug Identification

These photos are examples of bed bug infestation indications.
  • Bed bugs love to wedge themselves between seams on mattresses.
    Bed bugs love to wedge themselves between seams on mattresses.
  • Bed bug fecal deposits are small dark brown to black flecks and in this photo they're surrounding an electrical outlet.
    Bed bug fecal deposits are small dark brown to black flecks and in this photo they're surrounding an electrical outlet.
  • Bed bugs shed their exoskeletons as they grow larger after feedings. These shed skins will look translucent or pale yellow in color.
    Bed bugs shed their exoskeletons as they grow larger after feedings. These shed skins will look translucent or pale yellow in color.
  • Bed bug eggs are clear, tiny and oval in shape. They're nearly impossible to see.
    Bed bug eggs are clear, tiny and oval in shape. They're nearly impossible to see.
  • This photo indicates a severe infestation that has been feasting quite well. The dark specks are fecal deposits.
    This photo indicates a severe infestation that has been feasting quite well. The dark specks are fecal deposits.
  • Depicted here are both male (elongated shape) and female (rounded body shape) bed bug stages. The far left specimens are their eggs.
    Depicted here are both male (elongated shape) and female (rounded body shape) bed bug stages. The far left specimens are their eggs.
  • All three of these bed bugs have recently fed as you can see by their engorged blood red abdomens.
    All three of these bed bugs have recently fed as you can see by their engorged blood red abdomens.
  • Adult bed bug
    Adult bed bug
  • Without looking closely, bed bugs can be mistaken for water damage stains on walls or even dirt.
    Without looking closely, bed bugs can be mistaken for water damage stains on walls or even dirt.
  • Several stages of bed bugs are shown in this image.
    Several stages of bed bugs are shown in this image.
  • Bed bugs may release fecal deposits while feeding. This is a close up of just that.
    Bed bugs may release fecal deposits while feeding. This is a close up of just that.
  • These bed bug eggs are about to hatch. Can you see the tiny eyes forming?
    These bed bug eggs are about to hatch. Can you see the tiny eyes forming?
  • This infestation of bed bugs has recently fed.
    This infestation of bed bugs has recently fed.
  • A young stage of a bed bug is called a "nymph". This nymph is getting ready to molt after its recent blood meal.
    A young stage of a bed bug is called a "nymph". This nymph is getting ready to molt after its recent blood meal.
  • You can tell these bed bugs haven't fed in awhile.
    You can tell these bed bugs haven't fed in awhile.
  • This bed bug is feeding.
    This bed bug is feeding.
  • This is what bed bugs look like when they are just hatching.
    This is what bed bugs look like when they are just hatching.
  • Bed bugs are survivors and will hide carefully in fabric seams, behind electrical outlet plates, behind picture frames, etc.
    Bed bugs are survivors and will hide carefully in fabric seams, behind electrical outlet plates, behind picture frames, etc.
  • You can see the shed skins in this photo. See how pale yellow they are compared to the live bed bug in this picture?
    You can see the shed skins in this photo. See how pale yellow they are compared to the live bed bug in this picture?
  • Bed bugs have a piercing sucking mouth part.
    Bed bugs have a piercing sucking mouth part.
  • This newly hatched nymph will need to feed within 3 days to survive. Otherwise it will die of dehydration.
    This newly hatched nymph will need to feed within 3 days to survive. Otherwise it will die of dehydration.
  • When checking your bedding for signs of bed bugs, be sure to carefully pull the seams apart.
    When checking your bedding for signs of bed bugs, be sure to carefully pull the seams apart.
  • Purchasing a specially designed bed bug proof mattress encasement is a great preventative measure to take against bed bug infestations. These will lock them out of the weaves of the mattress, minimizing hiding opportunities.
    Purchasing a specially designed bed bug proof mattress encasement is a great preventative measure to take against bed bug infestations. These will lock them out of the weaves of the mattress, minimizing hiding opportunities.
  • These freshly hatched nymphs won't have much of a chance of survival unless they have a blood meal within those first three days of being alive.
    These freshly hatched nymphs won't have much of a chance of survival unless they have a blood meal within those first three days of being alive.
  • These bed bugs are feeding.
    These bed bugs are feeding.

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