5 Insects That Look Like Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are tricky pests and are often difficult for homeowners to get rid of once infestation has occurred.

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Having an infestation of any kind of pest in the home is frustrating. You feel even more helpless and annoyed when you have to deal with bloodsucking insects like bed bugs. Bed bug bites can leave you itchy and sick, and deprive you of a peaceful night’s sleep.

Bed bugs are something of a mystery, but recently, these pests have become much more common and gained a lot of public attention. If you spot a bed bug, make sure it is indeed a bed bug and not some other insect that looks like a bed bug.

5 Insects That Resemble Bed Bugs

Bed bug infestation is believed to be on the rise, so it is important to be able to accurately identify them and have them exterminated as soon as possible. Bed bugs are red or brown in color and have an oval-shaped body. However, there are several other pests that have a similar appearance and you may easily mistake them for bed bugs. They include:

Cockroach nymphs: These are also reddish-brown in color, but their body is cylindrical shaped and not oval-shaped, like that of a bed bug.

Carpet beetles: Although they look like bed bugs, they do not bite humans. These pests can damage your carpets, furniture and other soft surfaces.

Barn swallow bugs: These bugs have the same color and shape as bed bugs, however, they have long hair on their bodies.

Spider beetle: These bugs are oval or round-shaped with a reddish-brown or black color. They can be easily mistaken for bed bugs. They tend to get into food supplies, but do not bite.

Bat bugs: Expect for the longer fringe hair that they have, these bugs closely resemble bed bugs. They also feed on human blood when they do not find blood from birds or bats.

Identifying Bed Bugs

Adult bed bugs are small, brownish pests that are relatively flat and are usually about ¼ inch long. They are almost as long as they are wide and are oval-shaped. Nymphs, or immature bed bugs, resemble adults, but are lighter in color and are much smaller.

Newly hatched bed bugs are almost translucent and as they keep feeding on blood meal they appear redder in color. They lack wings and cannot fly. Their eggs are very small, whitish in color and difficult to spot without magnification.

Bed bugs usually only come out at night to attack as they are attracted to the CO2 you breathe when you sleep. Bed bugs are tricky pests and are often difficult to get rid of once an infestation has occurred. DIY options rarely work. The best way to completely eradicate infestation is with the assistance of an experienced pest control company.

If you suspect a bed bug infestation in your home, or you are moving into a new home, speak to one of our experienced bed bug exterminators to inspect the home and, if required, treat your home for any infestation.

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