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Bed bugs are among the most infamous pests out there. These tiny parasites are notoriously adaptable and very difficult to detect even when a severe infestation is present. 

Their bites are both unsightly, irritating, and can cause significant stress. In fact, the mere thought of bed bugs inside one’s home is enough to impact a person’s mental and emotional well-being.

So, how can you tell that you have bed bugs?

This gallery contains a variety of images of bed bugs, bed bug bites, and signs of infestation. There are also comparisons between bed bugs and similar-looking insects, as well as the differences in insect bites.

Bed Bugs Are Reddish-brown in Color

Bed bugs have a distinct color. After a feeding,...

Bed Bugs Are Reddish-brown in Color Bed bugs have a distinct color. After a feeding, they may appear darker due to the undigested blood inside them.
Bed Bugs Are Only ¼ of an Inch Long

Bed bugs are smaller than the size of a...

Bed Bugs Are Only ¼ of an Inch Long Bed bugs are smaller than the size of a penny. Their small stature makes them difficult (but not impossible) to spot with the naked eye.
Small bed bug on human hand

Here is a picture of a bed bug on...

Small bed bug on human hand Here is a picture of a bed bug on somebody's hand.
Bed bug sizes during stages of feeding

This is a timelapse of a bed bug during...

Bed bug sizes during stages of feeding This is a timelapse of a bed bug during a feeding session. The more blood a bed bug drinks, the longer it grows.
Bed Bug eggs to adulthood

Bed bugs go through several larval stages before reaching...

Bed Bug eggs to adulthood Bed bugs go through several larval stages before reaching adulthood. They typically mature after 5 weeks.
Active Infestation on Bed Frame

Bed frames are one place where bed bugs typically...

Active Infestation on Bed Frame Bed frames are one place where bed bugs typically gather. They’ll also hide in box springs, mattresses and pillows.
Bed Bugs in a Sink

Pictured here are bed bugs in a sink. Since...

Bed Bugs in a Sink Pictured here are bed bugs in a sink. Since they can’t swim, drowning bed bugs is one way to get rid of kill a small number of these insects.
Bed Bug Found Outside in Dormant Stage

Bed bugs are also vulnerable to cold temperatures. Frequent...

Bed Bug Found Outside in Dormant Stage Bed bugs are also vulnerable to cold temperatures. Frequent exposure will force them into diapause, a state similar to hibernation.
Bed Bug Droppings

Bed bug droppings appear as black specks. Fecal matter...

Bed Bug Droppings Bed bug droppings appear as black specks. Fecal matter on bedding is one of the most common signs of bed bug activity.
Fecal Matter on a Mattress

Here are some bed bug droppings on an infested...

Fecal Matter on a Mattress Here are some bed bug droppings on an infested mattress. If the bedding isn’t properly washed, bed bug droppings will eventually leave permanent stains.
Bed Bug Eggs

Bed bug eggs are translucent in color. Commonly found...

Bed Bug Eggs Bed bug eggs are translucent in color. Commonly found alongside adults, a female bed bug can lay over 500 eggs in its lifetime.
Active Infestation Under The Bed Frame

Note the size of the eggs compared to the...

Active Infestation Under The Bed Frame Note the size of the eggs compared to the adult bed bug. Eggs can be as small as 0.1 inches in length--that’s smaller than a pinhead!
Blood Specks on Pillow Case

Humans can crush bed bugs while they are sleeping....

Blood Specks on Pillow Case Humans can crush bed bugs while they are sleeping. The remains of the bed bugs appear as dried blood stains on sheets and pillowcases.
Many Bloodstains on Sheets

Here are some additional bloodstains on hotel bedsheets. The...

Many Bloodstains on Sheets Here are some additional bloodstains on hotel bedsheets. The insides of pillows are a favorite hiding spot for bed bugs.
Bed Bug Crushed in a Tissue

Notice how fresh the bloodstains are on this tissue....

Bed Bug Crushed in a Tissue Notice how fresh the bloodstains are on this tissue. This indicates that the bed bugs had recently fed before they died.
A Faded Bloodstain on a Mattress

Here is a major stain on a Nashville apartment...

A Faded Bloodstain on a Mattress Here is a major stain on a Nashville apartment mattress caused by repeated exposure to bed bugs. Mattress covers can prevent these types of stains.
Large cluster of Bites on a Woman's Back

Bed bug bites appear as red-colored welts. They are...

Large cluster of Bites on a Woman's Back Bed bug bites appear as red-colored welts. They are commonly found on the upper torso.
Bed Bug Scarring From a Previous Infestation

Bite marks appear several hours after a bed bug...

Bed Bug Scarring From a Previous Infestation Bite marks appear several hours after a bed bug bites someone. The bug injects proteins into the human bloodstream which prevent an immediate reaction. For some skin types, bed bug bites can cause long-term scarring.
Aggravated Bites From Excessive Scratching

Itching a bed bug bite can aggravate the wound....

Aggravated Bites From Excessive Scratching Itching a bed bug bite can aggravate the wound. This lengthens the healing process and can potentially create scarring or an infection.
Ticks (left), Bed Bugs (Right)

Bed bugs can be commonly confused for ticks. One...

Ticks (left), Bed Bugs (Right) Bed bugs can be commonly confused for ticks. One difference is that bed bugs are true insects (they have 6 legs), while ticks are arachnids (they have 8 legs, like spiders).
Bed Bug Bites (Left), Tick Bites (Right)

Bed bug bites are also smaller, and may form...

Bed Bug Bites (Left), Tick Bites (Right) Bed bug bites are also smaller, and may form a zig-zag pattern. Tick bites are the opposite, taking the appearance of a single bite mark resembling a bullseye.
Bed Bugs (Left), Fleas (Right)

Bed bugs are commonly mistaken for Fleas. While bed...

Bed Bugs (Left), Fleas (Right) Bed bugs are commonly mistaken for Fleas. While bed bugs bite the upper torso, fleas typically bite the legs and lower body.
Bed Bug Bites Vs Flea Bites

Flea bites are harder to distinguish from bed bug...

Bed Bug Bites Vs Flea Bites Flea bites are harder to distinguish from bed bug bites, but there are differences. Bed bug bites are slightly larger, while flea bites are smaller and more clustered together.
Bed Bug Bites (Left), Mosquito Bites (Right)

It’s easier to tell a bed bug bite from...

Bed Bug Bites (Left), Mosquito Bites (Right) It’s easier to tell a bed bug bite from a mosquito bite. Mosquito bites are usually one large mark, and don’t form patterns like bed bug bites do.

The first step in eliminating a bed bug infestation is to educate yourself about these pests. 

This photo gallery contains the basic essentials of how to identify bed bugs, but there’s still so much to learn about these parasitic pests.

If you’re ever in a situation where bed bugs have infiltrated your home, it’s common to ask yourself the following questions:

How long do bed bugs live?

Do bed bugs go away on their own?

Is it safe to remove bed bugs myself?

For all the answers, check out our blog!

There, you’ll find in-depth articles about bed bugs, ways to identify, and methods of removing these creatures from your home.

The blog also includes information on how to pursue legal action related to bed bugs. If you’re wondering whether or not you can sue for damages caused by bed bugs…

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