How to Identify Bedbugs


Bed bugs were all but completely eradicated in developed countries by the mid 1900’s, but they have been coming back in significant numbers more recently because of increased foreign travel and less toxic pesticides. With the resurgence and prevalence of bed bugs today, it has become important that you know how to identify them and, once you do find them, call a pest control company as soon as possible. Here are some tips on how to identify bed bugs:

Physical Appearance: Bed bugs are easily recognizable if you know what to look for. They have brownish red bodies and are about the size of an apple seed. Bed bugs have six legs, their bodies have strips of microscopic hairs that make them look banded, and they do not have wings during stage of their lives. Young ones are similar, but translucent and much smaller.

Evidence: Because they are small and mainly active at night, spotting a bed bug may prove to be quite difficult. Evidence of their presence, however, includes itchy rashes and tiny bite marks, small spots of dried blood, or little black fecal spots on your bedding.

Locations: Their tiny size makes it possible for bed bugs to hide in hard to find places. Good places to look for bed bugs include the seams of your mattress and bedding, between your mattress and box spring, and along your bed frame. They don’t limit themselves to beds, though. Check your dresser and night stand drawers, including the side facing the wall. Also inspect any upholstered furniture for signs of these blood sucking pests.

If you think that you might have a bed bug infestation, then call Rest Assured Pest Control at (410) 317-8510 and schedule an inspection. We provide expert pest control services in both residential and commercial environments with extraordinary customer care. Visit Bed Bug Central to learn more.