30 photos of bed bugs to help you identify them

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Sometimes seeing pictures of bed bugs can help you identify if you’re attracting bed bugs and whether or not you need khổng lồ start doing something about it.

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I’m sure some of us remember that old phrase…

“Don’t let the bed bugs bite”

For the longest time most people thought bed bugs were just some made up creature!


If you’re reading this article, then it’s likely you have experienced (or are currently experiencing) a run in with bed bugs.

To help you out, we’ve curated 53 of the best images và pictures of bed bugs I could find that showcase what a bed bug looks like so hopefully you can identify what it is that’s pestering you.

Ready? Let’s get started!


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Ed has been working in the pest control industry for years helping 1,000"s of homeowners navigate the world of insect & rodent management. He manages Pest Strategies now helping homeowners around the world!


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First Of All, What Is A Bed Bug?

Bed bugs are flat reddish-brown oval insects ranging from 4 to lớn 5mm in length. They feed on blood and are only active during the night time.


I keep a very clean house, will that keep bed bugs away?

Not entirely, bed bugs don’t care if your house is clean or dirty.

Although, if your house is clean, it will be easier lớn spot bed bugs if you have them. To keep bed bugs at cất cánh you should take proactive measures such as:

Keep room clutter lớn a minimumInvest in a mattress coverInspect any khách sạn you stay atExamine 2nd hand furniture for signs of bed bugs (see below)Wash & dry your bed sheets regularly with hot water

Read Also: What are the best steamers và vacuums for bed bugs?


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Are bed bugs dangerous?

Bed bugs, although very annoying, pestering, and gross, are not carriers of disease unlike mosquitos, which can carry various diseases.

What they will vì is bite you multiple times in close proximity while you sleep. The bites themselves aren’t painful, but will leave a reddish hive on your skin. The biting area will look very similar lớn a mosquito bite although slightly larger and A LOT itchier.

After they bite, they will retreat back khổng lồ their hiding space. Click here for more on the dangers of bed bugs.


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Need help getting rid of a bed bug problem. You need to check out this article when you have a couple minutes.


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Where is a common place to lớn find bed bugs?

Bed bugs tend khổng lồ live in the seams of your mattress, in the box spring, in the folds of loose wallpaper, in your sofa, under your rug, và in any other area that is close to a feeding source. Bed bugs want khổng lồ be near where they feed, so expect them to lớn be close by when you sleep if you have them.


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Where vì chưng they live?

Bed bugs tend to lớn live in the seams of your mattress, in the box spring, in the folds of loose wall paper, in your sofa, under your rug, & any other area that is close to a feeding source. Bed bugs want lớn be near where they feed, so expect them to be close by when you sleep if you have them.

You’ll find that a lot of bed bugs live in hotels because of the frequency at which people come và go inside of them. Bed bugs don’t prefer hotels, rather there are a lot of people & it’s likely that someone will be carrying a bed bug at one point or another.

Also, unlike lice, bed bugs DON’T like to live in your hair! Some people are convinced và deathly afraid of going lớn sleep because of this. Not true, continue reading for pictures!


Bed Bug Warning

If you bởi think you have bed bugs, we highly recommend first consulting with an exterminator before using sprays or any other method of bed bug control. Improper use can and will make your bed bug problem worse. Check out our đứng đầu ranked exterminators to get a couple miễn phí quotes so you can begin the removal process.


How vì you get rid of them?

Bed bugs are VERY hard to get rid of mainly because they hide so well. Depending on the form size of the infestation, you might have khổng lồ look very hard before you find the culprit và stop the spreading.


If you’re actively getting bitten, vày the following things:

Inspect your bed và box spring for bed bugs and their droppings (check seams and inside your bed if there are any entry points inside the mattress).If you find bugs, clean your mattress, vì chưng NOT throw it out! Ontimesteamcleaning.com wrote a great article on how lớn go about cleaning a mattress.Inspect furniture around your bed và clean thoroughlyPut all your sheets in a laundry bag, transport khổng lồ washer, & set temperatures lớn their highest setting. Throw out the bag in an outside garbage receptacle.Vacuum every crevice of your room (bed, underneath furniture, rugs, etc) and empty contents outside your home.Continue khổng lồ sleep in your bed and do not move locations as you could potential move the problem to lớn other areas of your house.I would advise against using any traditional pest killers, insecticides, or bug bombs as that may splinter the bugs into more locations and make your situation worse.

Click here for our complete guide on bed bug removal.


53 of the Best Images and Pictures of Bed Bugs

Bed Bug size Comparisons

1. Here, we have an adult bed bug side-by-side with a black spec in a petri dish khổng lồ give you an idea of a kích cỡ comparison.

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2. Here’s another example of a bed bug next lớn a penny for comparison.

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3. Staying with the theme of pocket change, here’s a dime next to a bed bug.

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4. Here’s a picture of a bed bug on its back after falling over.

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5. This is a picture to lớn give you an idea of the kích thước of a bed bug compared to a piece of paper.

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6. Here’s another picture of bed bug feces left in the seam of a couch. As you can see, it’s black & in multiple spots.

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7. Here’s a bed crawling around in a man’s hair. Although bed bugs don’t normally live in your hair, this is a good kích thước comparison.

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8. Here’s another picture of a piece of paper next to a bed bug. These are small bugs!

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9. Here is a picture of an adult man with bed bug bites on his legs. Take a look at how close they are. Bởi you have bites like these?

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10. Here’s a 3d image of a bed bug up close. How creepy is this? Take cảnh báo of how flat they are before they suck your blood.

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11. Here is a picture of a bed bug engorged with blood under a microscope. Bởi you notice how long they get? do you see dark area? That’s blood being digested.

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12. This is a picture of a bed bug crawling on a piece of a blanket. This gives you an idea of how flat these insect actually are!

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13. Here is a picture of a bed bug crawling in dirt up close. This bed bug is probably looking for a blood meal.

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Pictures of Bed Bugs on Curtains

14. This is a image of a bed bug crawling on my curtain! This just shows you that yes, they can in fact crawl up certain objects. Scary!

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15. Here you can see the picture of the bed bug from about 3 feet away & how small it is! 

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16. Here is an up close picture of the bed bug after I captured it in a plastic bag. This bed bug was very flat & hadn’t had a blood meal for at least a couple of days.

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17. Here’s the last picture of took this bed bug crawling around my house. This is close up show so you can see exactly what it looked like!

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18. Here is a picture of bed bug feces, larvae, nymphs, & eggs, in the seam of an infested mattress. Does your mattress look lượt thích this?!

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19. This is a picture of bed bug bites on a man’s stomach. As you can see, they look just lượt thích mosquito bites!

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20. This is a picture of bed bug’s head under a microscope. You can see all the mouth parts in this image.

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21. Here’s an image of the life cycle of bed bugs. You can see all the stages these bugs go through.

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22. Here is a bed bug laying on a xanh carpet. This picture shows you how round these pests are.

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23. Here’s another example of a bed bug crawling around. Notice how its stomach is not dark, which mean’s its probably looking for a blood meal.

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24. Here you can see an adult bed bug và a 3rd of 4th stage bed bug crawling in the seam of a couch. The adult bed bug looks khổng lồ be full of blood.

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25. Here’s a bed bug crawling on a man’s arm about to lớn bite it for a quick blood meal.

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26. Here’s another example of a bed bug crawling around in petri dish. 

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27. Here’s a picture of a bed bug in a piece of cardboard.

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28. Here’s a good image khổng lồ show you bed bugs & their eggs.

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29. Here’s an example of two bed bugs walking around a blanket.

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30. In this picture, you have a bed bug stuck on its back.

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31. Here’s a picture of a bed bug far away on a white background khổng lồ make it really easy khổng lồ make out all of its detail.

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32. Here’s a picture of bed bugs that have infested brick! These guys will infest anywhere near their food source.

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33. Don’t let your mattress get infested! Make sure you invest in a bed bug mattress cover!

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34. Here’s a really good image of a bed bug parasite engorged with blood after feeding.

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35. Here’s a really good shot of a bed bug walking along the vị trí cao nhất of a mattress.

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36. Always check the corners of your mattress in a khách sạn room!

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37. This is a picture of a bed bug taken from the side. You can see its eyes and how flat its body toàn thân is!

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38. Here’s a picture of a bed bug under a light microscope. 

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Images of Blood on Sheets From Bed Bugs

39. Blood stains are one of many key signs khổng lồ look for during early stage bed bug problems. This is undigested blood. If you see blood in your bed & you know it’s not yours, kiểm tra for bed bugs.

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40. The below image is NOT a bed bug problem but rather saliva stains. Know the differences và be aware of the key signs! đen spots are possibly fecal matter và red spots might be undigested blood.

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41. Here we have a picture of a bug that looks like a bed bug but actually isn’t. This appears khổng lồ be a stink bug NOT a bed bug, know the difference! 

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42. Here’s a picture of a hungry bed bug looking for its next blood meal. Notice how its stomach is almost completely transparent. This means it hasn’t eaten in a while.

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43. This is a picture of a dead bed bug after a heat treatment. Heat is actually one of the best ways khổng lồ kill a bed bug. 

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44. Here is a picture of a couch with bed bugs & bed bug feces left behind. Always kiểm tra the seams of your bed và couch near where people sleep!

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45. Here’s another angle of a man with bed bug bites on his stomach. Take cảnh báo of the fact that the bites are very close in proximity. Bed bugs tend lớn bite close together & then retreat.

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46. Here’s a picture of a comparing the kích cỡ of a bed bug & the kích thước of a quarter. They are very small bugs!

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47. Here is an image of a women putting a bed bug cover on her mattress to protect it from bed bugs. This is a great idea & one of the best ways to ensure you mattress never gets infested.

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48. This is a bed bug full of blood on a man’s hand after a blood meal. Notice how dark its stomach is. That is blood being digested. Eventually the bed bug will poop showing up as đen spots.

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49. In order to lớn defeat bed bugs it’s important khổng lồ know exactly what you’re dealing with. Below is a picture of the bed bug anatomy.

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50. Bed bugs that have just had a blood meal will appear elongated as seen in the picture below, whereas bed bugs that have not eaten in a while will appear flat and oval shaped. 

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51. This is a picture of what it looks like to have a bed bug laying on your hand. Notice how small the hair follies are relative to lớn the hand.

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52. Here’s a great picture of bed bugs, bed bug eggs, blood stains, và fecal matter near the seam of an infested mattress. Does your mattress look lượt thích this?

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53. For the final bed bug picture, you can see what a bed bug egg looks lượt thích up close. Notice it is white và almost has a shine khổng lồ it.

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Final Thoughts

That’s it, folks. Fifty-three pictures & images of bed bugs. Hopefully now you have some sort of feel for what a bed bug looks like and how to lớn spot one in your own home.

If you think you might have an infestation after going through these images, we highly recommend contacting three to five exterminators for quotes on bed bug removal. Bed bug removal is a very delicate process, which requires a highly skilled exterminator!

Please Note*** If you are attempting khổng lồ kill or remove a bed bug problem, we highly recommend you consult & potentially hire a licensed exterminator, or else you risk making your bed bug problem worse. To lớn help you, we’ve reviewed the best exterminators in the country & ranked them best khổng lồ worst. Click to learn more.

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