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What Do Bed Bugs Look Like (53 PICTURES OF BED BUGS)

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

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!

pictures of bed bugs

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 and 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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First Of All, What Is A Bed Bug?

Bed bugs are flat reddish brown oval insects ranging from 4 to 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 to spot bed bugs if you have them. To keep bed bugs at bay you should take proactive measures such as:

  • Keep room clutter to a minimum
  • Invest in a mattress cover
  • Inspect any hotel you stay at
  • Examine 2nd hand furniture for signs of bed bugs (see below)
  • Wash and dry your bed sheets regularly with hot water

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

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 do 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 to a mosquito bite although slightly larger and A LOT itchier.

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

Click here for more information on treatments related to bed bug bites.

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Where do they live?

Bed bugs tend to live in the seams of your mattress, in the box spring, in the folds of loose wall paper, in your sofa, under your rug, and any other area that is close to a feeding source. Bed bugs want to 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 and go inside of them. Bed bugs don’t prefer hotels, rather there are a lot of people and 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 and deathly afraid of going to sleep because of this. Not true, continue reading for pictures!

Bed Bug Warning

If you do think you have bed bugs, we highly recommend first consulting with a local exterminator before using sprays or any other method of bed bug control. Improper use can and will make your bed bug problem worse.

Use our local exterminator search tool to get a couple free quotes so you can begin the removal process.

How do you get rid of them?

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

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

  • Inspect your bed and 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, DO NOT throw it out! Ontimesteamcleaning.com wrote a great article on how to go about cleaning a mattress.
  • Inspect furniture around your bed and clean thoroughly
  • Put all your sheets in a laundry bag, transport to washer, and set temperatures to 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 to sleep in your bed and do not move locations as you could potential move the problem to 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 to give you an idea of size comparison.

bed bug compared to small black speck

2. Here's another example of a bed bug next to a penny for comparison.

bed bug image compared to penny size

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

bed bug image compared to dime size (1)

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

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

bed bug compared to piece of paper

6. Here's another picture of bed bug feces left in the seam of a couch. As you can see its black and in multiple spots.

bed bug feces on mattress and couch

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 size comparison.

bed bug crawling in persons hair

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

picture of bed bug crawling on tip of paper

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

image of bed bug bites on a man's legs

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

here's a 3d image of a bed bug up close

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

bed bug picture under microscope

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!

flat image of a bed bug crawling

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!

bed bug on curtain

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

bed bug picture on curtain far away

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 and hadn't had a blood meal for at least a couple of days.

bed bug image crawling on plastic bag

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!

up close bed bug image crawling inside plastic bag

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

image of bed bug feces on

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

image of bed bug bites on mans stomach

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

microscope image of bed bug head

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

image of bed bug life cycle

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

bed bug up close on blue carpet

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.

picture of bed bug looking for blood meal

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

image of adult bed bug and bed bug nymph crawling

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

flat bed bug image on person's arm

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

bed bug crawling around in petri dish

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

bed bug waiting on paper

28. Here's a good image to show you bed bugs and their eggs.

picture of bed bugs and eggs

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

two bed bugs crawling around

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

bed bug alone crawling

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

bed bug far away on white background

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

adult bed bugs and eggs in brick work

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

picture of infested bed bug mattress in dumpster

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

pic of a bed bug parasite engorged with blood after feeding

35. Here's a really good shot of a bed bug walking along the top of a mattress.

bed bug walking on mattress top
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36. Always check the corners of your mattress in a hotel room!

picture of bed make sure to check seams for bed bugs

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

flat bed bug side view image

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

bed bug under a light microscope

Images of Blood On Sheets From Bed Bugs

39. Blood stains are one of many key signs to look for during early stage bed bug problems. This is undigested blood. If you see blood in your bed and you know it's not yours, check for bed bugs.

Blood on a bed possibly from bed bugs

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

Saliva stains on pillow not bed bug problem

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

Here's a picture of a bug that looks like a bed bug but isnt

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.

bed bug crawling looking for blood meal

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

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

bed bugs and bed bug feces left inside a mattress

45. Here's another angle of a man with bed bug bites on his stomach. Take note of the fact that the bites are very close in proximity. Bed bugs tend to bite close together and then retreat.

Picture of man with bed bug bites on his stomach

46. Here's a picture of a comparing the size of a bed bug and the size of a quarter. They are very small bugs!

bed bug compared to size of a quarter

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 and one of the best ways to ensure you mattress never gets infested.

make sure to use a bed bug cover to protect your mattress

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 black spots.

Image of bed bug full of blood

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

picture of bed bug anatomy

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. 

picture of adult bed bug bed bug nymph and bed bug eggs


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 the hand.

Here's an image of a bed bug on a human hand

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

picture of undigested blood stains from bed bugs on mattress


53. For the final bed bug picture, you can see what a bed bug egg looks like up close. Notice it is white and almost has a shine to it.

Close up of bed bug egg

Final Thoughts!

That's it folks. 53 pictures and images of bed bugs.  Hopefully now you have some sort of feel for what a bed bug looks like and how to spot one in your own home.

If after going through these images and you think you might have an infestation, we highly recommend contacting a 3 to 5 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 to kill or remove a bed bug problem, we highly recommend you consult and potentially hire a licensed exterminator or else you risk making your bed bug problem worse. Click here for our tool to help you find free quotes from pre-qualified exterminators in your area.

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1 thought on “What Do Bed Bugs Look Like (53 PICTURES OF BED BUGS)”

  1. For the past month I’ve been waking up with welt like itchy bites. Mostly on my thighs. Long story short I saw crawling on my bed was an elongated shaped, antennas, 6 legs with an claw like end. I took a picture of it because I was unsure what type of bug it was. So took a picture of it to share hoping I will get a response of what it is.

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