Bed bugs are red or brown in color and oval-shaped. They are typically the size of an apple seed, but their bodies can appear engorged after feeding. Bed bug eggs are white and minuscule, only about 1 mm in size.
Bed bugs can spread from one unit to another. One of the main ways they spread is through luggage when traveling or inside of used furniture. They often latch on suitcases, purses, and more.
The appearance of their larvae is what best sets apart termites from carpet beetles. Bed bug larvae look like tiny worms while carpet beetle larvae look like tiny fuzzy caterpillars.
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Yes, bed bugs bite! They survive off of blood meals, and will feed on their hosts at night when they are at rest. You will not feel a bed bug bite normally, but you may notice red, itchy marks on your skin a day or two later.
Bed bug bites are commonly mistaken for other types of insect bites. A day or two after the bite, a mark will appear very bright red center with a lighter, swollen bump surrounding it.
Bed bug bites are notorious for how itchy they can become. However, it’s crucial to never scratch at a bed bug bite—doing so can hinder the healing process and can make the bites even worse.
Even though they bite, bed bugs are mostly considered a nuisance pest and not a major health threat. In rare cases, their bites can leave red welts or rashes on your skin that should be addressed by a medical professional.
There are no founded reports of bed bugs spreading or transmitting any diseases. However, bed bugs are known tocarry a number of disease organisms on their bodies.