Can You See Bed Bugs?
Take a look at this video – it proves that bed bugs can be seen and will show you where to look and what to look for:
Any type of rash on the skin which is inflamed and itchy immediately raises questions regarding its cause. Of course, it could be something as simple as an allergic reaction to a change in soap powder, it could be bites from any number of insects from fleas to mosquitoes. Then again it could be BED BUGS! How can you find out and can you see bed bugs? The simple answer is yes you can see bed bugs!
The problem is that the symptoms from all of these are pretty much the same and for any doctor giving an accurate diagnosis can be a nightmare. Therefore, if you want to rule out bed bugs as your problem the best thing you can do is search your home for evidence. Should you find any, you can then take it along to your doctor making his job easier!
A mature adult bug has an oval shaped, flat, reddish/brown body, six legs and is wingless. The fact that it has a flat body makes it very easy for these vampire pests to squeeze into tiny cracks, crevices and holes anywhere in the house. Often they are described as looking like an apple seed both in appearance and size. Usually an adult will be somewhere between 4 and 5 mm long and 1.5 to 3 mm wide.
The newly born young or nymphs can still be seen although at 1 mm long and being translucent in color (turning red after a blood meal) they can be a bit more difficult to spot without a magnifying glass. The young bed bugs are just small replicas of the adults in appearance although their color will remain lighter until they mature. If you are looking for something comparable to give you an idea of how small bed bug nymphs are they are roughly the size of a poppy seed.
Eggs laid by the female bed bugs are again about 1 mm long. It is possible to see them however, depending on the color of the surface on which they have been “glued.” Light colored surfaces may make them virtually impossible to spot because of their white color. Another useful comparison is that bed bug eggs resemble grains of rice in shape and color.
As bed bugs grow because they have an exoskeletal body they shed their skins, this happens 6 times over a period of about 5 weeks before they reach maturity. If you have an active bed bug infestation you can certainly see the clear, empty bed bug skins which have been discarded.