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How big are bed bugs? – see pictures to compare their size

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Bed bugs are a real nuisance if you have them in your home, but one of the things many people are unsure of is what these insects look like, their shape, their appearance and to know what size they grow to. Before calling a pest control expert, how do you know bedbugs have invaded you home or room and not something else that looks like bed bugs, such as other types of beetle? And of course if you have never seen one before you may wonder how to identify them. Read here to find out how to get rid of beg bugs for good. —> —>

What do bed bugs look like to the human eye?

The first things to look out for is bug bite marks on the skin and other possible symptoms before assuming a bug invasion. A correct identification is necessary for the proper treatment needed, if any. If you or one of your children have bites like the picture below, and they are sore and itchy, it could well be the result of bedbugs. It’s always best to check with a doctor just to make sure it isn’t some other condition. See the bed bug pictures and photos below to get an idea of signs to watch for. For pictures of baby bed bugs click here —> —>

Pictures of bed bugs

Picture of bed bug bites

A bed bug will tend to show up as dark brown color, and so are quite easy to spot against a whole bed sheet or duvet.
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If you do suspect an infestation, you will need to turn over all your bedding, duvet covers, pillow cases and all around the mattress. This photo shows how bed bugs appear on bed covers.

Pictures of bed bugs on mattress

What size are Bed Bugs?

How big are bed bugs? What are their actual size? Well it depends. Bed bugs grow significantly though their life cycle and can start off quite small from the nymph stage before becoming adult bed bugs. After feeding on human blood, they can also swell to about twice normal bed bug size during their life cycle. Adult bed bugs have flat bodies compared to the babies. Also they lay eggs which are a bit harder to see and much smaller, sometimes found on the skin.

The images below will give you a sense of scale and beg bug sizes next to a person’s fingernail.

—> Bed bug nymphs can appear the one in the picture below.

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So how do I know if I have bed bugs?

If you look carefully, you will be able to find signs of bed bugs around your house. The adult bed bugs, if they have fed recently, will appear as a brown or reddish color, as they feed on human blood and have quite a flat shape. The adult bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed. You might also find bed bug eggs, which are a white color and are a smaller size than a grain of rice. The nymphs are harder to see as they have transparent bodies, but can appear white.

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Treatment options for bed bugs

If you do find any, you will need to treat the infestation thoroughly to remove of all the bedbug eggs, nymphs and adults, to prevent them returning. For a light infestation, you may get away with just washing all the bed coverings.However, for a bad infestation, you might need to throw all your bedding in the bin and replace your mattress too. If it is a devan bed, these insects can also live inside the bed, so best to replace everything if necessary. It is also well worth checking all your clothing as a bed bug can transport itself on clothes too. Also, it may be worth while calling in a professional pest control company who have experience with insects infestation. Click here to discover effective bed bug treatments.

Are bed bugs visible to the eye?

If you know what to look for, such as some of the signs mentioned above, then you will be able to see bed bugs with the naked eye. They vary in size, but depends on where they are in their life cycle. Typically, bed bug nymphs will be smaller than a fully fed adult bed bug. A bed bug that has eaten a blood meal, will be bigger than a regular one. On average though, they appear about the size of an apple seed. The adult insects have a flat body shape compared to the nymphs, especially after they feed.

Are bed bug eggs hard?

No, they are in fact quite soft and you can squeeze them with your fingers. However, they may be difficult to pick up as they have a sticky substance that makes the bed bug eggs stick to surfaces.

What do bed bugs look like on a mattress?

Bed bugs on a mattress will tend to appear dark in color against the backdrop of a light colored mattress and other objects around your home. The bed bugs may appear like little black seeds, as shown in the photograph above, with the adult bed bugs a bit larger. —>

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What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?

Bed bugs aren’t easy to spot because they live a cryptic lifestyle, are tiny, and are rarely seen during our waking hours.

It’s easy to mistake a bed bug for a tick or carpet beetle—it’s not like you want to get that close to a bug you want to squash and kill.

What do bed bugs look like?

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Bed bugs—or as entomologists call them, Cimex lectularius—are small, brownish-red, with a flattened oval-shape body and visible body segments. Younger ones appear as a pale yellow. By the way, if you spot what you think is a bed bug, don’t kill it. Capture it and seal it in a container so it can be identified. Here are 16 secrets about bed bugs that help you keep them out of your house.

How big are bed bugs?

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The common bed bug (Cimex lectularius) has five developmental life stages. Bed bugs, like other insects, have an exoskeleton, meaning their skeleton is on the outside of the body. In order to progress to the next life stage, bed bugs have to shed their exoskeleton to grow larger. Eggs are about the size of a poppy seed; younger bed bugs are the size of a sesame seed. An adult bed bug that isn’t full from a blood meal is about the size of a flaxseed, while an engorged bed bug expands to the size of an apple seed.

What do bed bugs look like after feeding?

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Bed bugs sport a flat and oval shape by day, but once they get a blood meal, their body expands and looks like a mini red torpedo. This bed bug is so full, it’s leaking the extra in a trail of blood behind it. But they don’t need to feed every day—usually, it is every three to seven days, says Dini M. Miller, Ph.D., department of entomology, at Virginia Tech. There’s the digestion state too, in which the bed bug returns to the oval shape of the unfed stage but has a black spot on its body, which is the digested blood that it will excrete later.

When are bed bugs active?

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Bed bugs are cryptic and pretty much hide out during the day in cracks and crevices with other bed bugs in harborages (bed bug community) hoping to remain undiscovered, explains Dr. Miller. However, once midnight rolls around, the party starts for the hungry bed bugs which remain active until about 5:00 a.m. The timing couldn’t be more perfect for them because those five hours are when most people are in a deep sleep.

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How do bed bugs find us at night?

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Bed bugs don’t need a neon vacancy sign flashing from our toes to let them know where we are, but the cues scientists think they use are pretty fascinating. “They can become alerted to the presence of a food source in a room because we emit carbon dioxide, which stimulates them,” says Eric Braun, a board-certified entomologist for Rentokil Steritech, a pest control company. “They also look for the heat signature from our bodies to find us.” Still, bed bugs have to be within close proximity to sense us—usually five to 20 feet from their harborage.

How do bed bugs bite us?

Courtesy Jody M Green, Ph.D

Look closely at this bed bug picture and you’ll see the mouthparts bed bugs use to probe our skin. They’re pretty choosy and may poke our skin several times before they find a capillary space that allows the blood to flow quickly into their bodies. That means we could wake up with several bites from one bug, Dr. Miller says. Once the bed bug settles on a location, it will feed for about five to ten minutes. When its belly is full, it will return to the crack or crevice where other bed bugs are hanging out. Here’s how to treat the most common bug bites, including bed bugs.

Will I see a bunch of bed bugs together?

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“Unlike bees or ants, bed bugs don’t exhibit social or task-related behaviors. They will harbor in clusters and groups, finding one another through the use of an aggregate pheromone, but they are not a true colony,” says Braun. Basically, bed bugs go about their day, driven by their own needs and they don’t come out all at once as a group to feed on a host.

Why do some bed bugs have a black spot on them?

Courtesy Dini M. Miller, Ph.D

Dr. Miller says the black part is the digested blood the bed bugs ate a couple of days ago. Given bed bugs don’t feed every day, most of the bed bugs are in the digesting state and not feeding. They’ll excrete the digested blood later which will be evident to us as dark spots (feces) in cracks and crevices or seams of furniture.

How do bed bugs multiply?

Courtesy Dini M. Miller, Ph.D

At first glance, this bed bug picture looks kind of cute—two bed bugs in a warm embrace. But in reality, the male is actually mating with the female by stabbing her in the side rather than mating with her in her genital area. “He pushes his paramere through her body wall. She does kind of have a receptacle for his parameter called the spermalege. But he still wounds her in the process of ‘traumatic insemination,’” says Dr. Miller. The female must heal from the wound but it does leave a scar. And if she’s been mated one too many times, she’ll leave the aggregate to avoid further abuse, Dr. Miller says.

What do bed bug eggs look like?

Courtesy Dini M. Miller, Ph.D

Once a female has sucked down a full blood meal, she’s ready to lay some eggs. In fact, she can lay one to seven eggs per day in a ten day period. But she can’t lay eggs on an empty stomach, which means she’ll need to feed again to produce more eggs. The eggs are clear and tubular, similar to the shape of a jelly bean but in reality the size of a speck of dust. As fragile as they appear, they have a pretty good shot at hatching; Dr. Miller says 97 percent will hatch under optimal conditions.

Where do bed bugs lay eggs?

Courtesy Dini M. Miller, Ph.D

The female bed bug lays her eggs singly or in groups and just about anywhere in a room she wants, but it won’t be on your body. Bed bugs prefer quiet places since they are shy. The eggs are sticky when they pop out and as this bed bug picture shows, one got stuck on the back of bed bug. It’s worth mentioning that a single mated female brought into your home (via a mode of transit like a purse, duffel bag, blanket, etc.) can cause an infestation from the eggs she will lay in your house. Follow these steps to avoid an infestation.

How long does it take for bed bug eggs to hatch?

Courtesy Dini M. Miller, Ph.D

In Dr. Miller’s lab, 60 percent of the eggs hatch at six days old when temperatures were greater than 70° Fahrenheit and 90 percent will have hatched by the eighth or ninth day. Hatching time takes longer when the temperatures drop. When the conditions are ideal, a bed bug population can double every 16 days.

What do bed bugs look like when they are born?

Courtesy Dini M. Miller, Ph.D

You would probably need a magnifying glass to see a newborn bed bug as they are super tiny, about the size of a pinhead. They are translucent with red eyes as seen under the microscope in the bed bug picture. It won’t take too much time for them to go through all five nymphal stages and become a reproductive adult. As long as they get their first blood meal within about 20 days (and don’t get crushed or die from something else), they’ll become a full-fledged adult in about 37 days.

What happens after bed bugs drink blood?

Courtesy Dini M. Miller, Ph.D

These two nymphs just finished feeding and have a full blood meal in their body. Seems like they’re comparing notes on their dinner but once they’ve gone through all five growth stages and become adults, they’ll trade blood meal reviews for mating time. It’s not uncommon for bed bugs to get frisky after a full blood meal, especially the males.

How many baby bed bugs survive after hatching?

Courtesy Jody M Green, Ph.D

Fresh out of the egg, bed bugs are pretty fragile but they do come from a hardy species so they have genetics going for them. But still, Dr. Miller says newly hatched nymphs are exceptionally tiny and can’t travel great distances to find a host for a blood meal. And if the momma laid her egg too far from the host, the nymph could die of dehydration before sucking down its first blood meal.

Do bed bugs eat other things besides blood?

Courtesy Dini M. Miller, Ph.D

Blood is the only food source bed bugs need to survive. And a human host is their first choice. We’re just easier for bed bugs to crawl on than an animal or bird. Getting enough blood is essential for a bed bug to survive though. This nymph is so young it still has some of its egg cap on and didn’t get a full blood meal yet. You can tell because she has more storage available. If a bed bug doesn’t get enough, it will likely die of dehydration Dr. Miller says.

Where do bed bugs live?

Courtesy Dini M. Miller, Ph.D

They gravitate toward places humans don’t notice on a daily basis—the edge of wall-to-wall carpeting, in seams of furniture, behind wall-mounted fixtures, in piles of clutter and clothing in closets and light switch plates. Staying out of sight isn’t the only reason though. “Bed bugs pack themselves so tightly into small cracks and crevices so they can maintain a microhabitat of favorable temperature and humidity, thus increasing their ability to survive periods of starvation,” says Dr. Miller.

Why do some bed bugs have different shapes?

Courtesy Dini M. Miller, Ph.D

Depending on the growth stage, one bed bug may be bigger than another and what a bed bug look likes after a blood meal coincides with that stage. This bed bug picture shows bed bugs at different growth stages. Regardless of age, their shape transforms by becoming more narrow and longer than their usual flat, oval-shaped body. Then, in a couple of days, when the digestion process is complete, the pre-fed dark and flat body return.

Can bed bugs get inside a mattress cover?

Courtesy Dini M. Miller, Ph.D

Unfortunately, if the mattress cover has even a tiny opening, the answer is yes. “This zipper photo shows that not all mattress encasements can keep bed bugs contained. You notice the zipper does not reach the very top of the enclosure. So bed bugs were able to come out and feed when we laid my technician’s arm across it,” says Dr. Miller. Bed bugs are all about being subtle. If you notice one of these warning signs you could have a bed bug problem.

Can I see a bed bug on my purse or backpack?

Courtesy Jody M Green, Ph.D

It’s difficult but not impossible to see a bed bug on a personal belonging. Adult bed bugs are easier to spot because they are larger at about three to five milliliters and reddish brown. Younger stage bed bugs are pale yellow and smaller. If you’ve been traveling, visiting several homes or buildings where people come and go, inspect your purse, backpack, or laptop bag before you bring it in the house. And whatever you do, don’t place these items near your bed without a thorough inspection.

Do bed bugs hide in our hair at night?

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Some insects like lice have grasping legs that make it easier to navigate human hair and animal fur but bed bugs don’t have the same legs. “They prefer to feed on exposed areas of skin and don’t live on the body, so haven’t adapted any spines or specialized legs,” says Jody Green, PhD, an urban entomologist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “I believe this is the reason they would prefer to feed on humans than other animals, but of course, in the absence of a host, they will feed on a different host.”

Do bed bugs fly?

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Bed bugs can’t fly or jump like fleas nor can they sprint as fast as cockroaches but they’re not slowpokes either. They can travel across sofas or down a hall in no time. And even if it doesn’t find a human host right away, it can survive months without a blood meal before it dies of starvation—which by the way, Dr. Miller says is largely due to dehydration because bed bugs are mainly hydrated through blood when they live in an indoor environment. Now, find out the bed bug “facts” that should be exterminated for good.

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Bed Bug Pictures

BED BUG PICTURES

Bed bug pictures are located throughout the page. The pictures are divided into easy to identify sections to help determine the size and shape of the bug, the different life stages you may find and help you determine if you have have an infestation and what to do next.

What do bed bugs look like?

By examining the bed bug pictures you will see that bed bugs are small insects with oval shaped bodies, six legs and two antennae. Their coloration will vary depending on their age as well as whether or not they have fed recently. View the bed bug pictures to get a better look at the shape, size and color variations. Nymphs (young bed bugs) are semi-translucent. When they feed they fill with blood, making their belly a dark brown and sometimes causing a spotted pattern where the blood is visible inside their abdomen. Adult bed bugs will be either a light brown with a flat, oval belly if unfed or a deep brown/red color with an engorged belly if they have fed.

Unsure if you have been bitten by bed bugs? View our page on identifying bed bug bites.

Do you think you could have Bed Bugs? What should you do?

If you find bugs that look like the pictures here, or if you’ve been travelling recently and have returned with bug bites, you should be aware that you may be infested with bed bugs.

Bed bug infestations have risen dramatically recently, spreading throughout the globe as their pesticide resistance increases. Anyone who travels is especially at risk for bed bug infestation, no matter how nice of a hotel you stay at. They’ve also spread into public spaces, infesting buses, libraries, hospitals, movie theaters and more. According to pest control professionals bed bug treatments have increased by over 9000% in the last decade alone.

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The good news is bed bug infestations can be prevented and eliminated with fast, inexpensive heat treatment. You can use ZappBug quickly and easily to make sure you don’t bring bed bugs home with you, and to kill any bed bugs that may have already made it to your home.

If these bugs look familiar you should check out how to kill all bed bugs with ZappBug’s heat treatment chambers and our free 8-Step Approach on how to get rid of of Bed Bugs.

ACTUAL SIZE BED BUG PICTURES

The bed bug’s body size also varies through their lifetime. Nymphs or juvenile bed bugs range from the size of a bed bug egg (0.09 inches, 2.5mm) to the size of full adult bed bugs at ( 0.18 inches, 4.5mm). For reference, 0.1 inches is slightly over the thickness of a quarter. Adult bed bugs are approximately the size of an apple seed.

PICTURES OF BED BUG EGGS

What do bed bug eggs look like?

Bed bug eggs are small (around 0.1 inches, 2.5mm) long and appear white or semi-transparent, similar to a grain of uncooked white rice. They will be sticky to the touch and usually clustered together. You can also find shed egg shells after the infant bed bugs have hatched, but as these are very small and can resemble general debris you should look for active bugs and eggs as well.

On average female adult bed bugs will lay 1-5 eggs per day. They can be laid on almost any surface but are typically found in cracks or rough surfaces, especially around your mattress seams. They hatch within about a week. Over her lifetime, a female bed bug can lay up to 500 eggs. This and the fact that bed bugs are good at hiding allows bed bug populations to spread and grow quickly.

You can quickly stop the eggs from hatching with a non-harmful heat treatment. Learn more.

IDENTIFYING BED BUG

Bed Bug Front Legs

Their front legs bend forward. Bed bugs are insects and therefore have six legs, three on each side. Their legs are clustered in the front of their body, with their large abdomens behind their third set of legs. They also have large antennae that extend straight out to the sides of their heads, beyond the curl of their front set of legs

Bed bug bodies have a very distinctive body shape. Notice the oval, almost egg-shaped body shown in the illustration. This is what you want to look for and the majority of your bed bugs (especially all nymphs) will have this shape. Adult bed bugs are capable of ingesting several times their body weight worth of blood, so their shape can change as they feed. They will go from relatively flat to more round, with an engorged abdomen. In rare cases they may have a more elongated appearance instead of the rounded oval seen here, but that will fade as they digest their food. Bed bugs that have fed recently are the most dangerous because they may be prepared to lay eggs.

DEAD BED BUG PICTURES

What do dead bed bugs look like?

After treatment dead bed bugs will appear shriveled and curled up, with their legs and sometimes their heads curled into the middle of their body. In heat treatment they will often cluster together into a pile, as seen in this picture taken in the aftermath of heat treatment using a ZappBug Room. If you’re treating with pesticides or other products the bed bugs can shed their skin in an attempt to prevent death.

SIGNS OF BED BUG INFESTATION

SIGNS OF INFESTATION

Bed bugs leave signs of infestation that are very useful to help identify them. The most obvious of these is the dark stains similar to blood left by their feces. These will be especially evident in the areas where the bed bugs spend most of their time, such as the underside of a mattress. You should also be on the lookout for eggs and molted shells, which will often be in the same location as staining. If the infestation is severe enough you may notice a characteristic smell that has been compared to sweet moldy gym socks or rotting raspberries, although some have contested that it’s more like coriander. While it’s uncommon for the smell to be notable it’s very evident to dogs and there are now many canine detection services that can help you find out if you do have an infestation.

Remember that when you’re looking for bed bugs it’s best to find an actual bug to confirm infestations; the signs above are helpful but it’s easy to become hyper-vigilant and assume that any general debris is a sign when you’re stressed out about bed bugs.

HEAT TREATING BED BUGS

HEAT TREATING BED BUGS

If you find bugs with both curled front legs and a distinctive, oval body shape then there is a good chance that they are bed bugs. We highly recommend that you take a proactive approach to the situation and follow our 8-Step Approach to Get Rid of Bed Bugs. It’s a completely free guide packed full of information on the easiest and most effective ways of fighting bed bugs.

Heat treatment is the best way to kill bed bugs: they die within one minute at temperatures of 120F, without the use of any pesticides or sprays!

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HAVE QUESTIONS?

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Thank you for explaining that bed bugs are small insects with oval-shaped bodies. My boyfriend has been complaining about some bites on his skin which appear after he sleeps. I think he should look into having a bed bug removal professional come out and treat his home if he spots any of these critters.

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very nice post because i need bed bugs controlr

Do bed bugs have spots on there back if not what is it.

Most likely a carpet beetle.

Can I use bug spray to prevent bedbugs biting? Do K-9 carry bedbugs?

No honey, it takes more than just household spray to rid your home of bedbugs.
You have to have a professional, either with an industrial grade spray, or
the heat method they mention, but that is pricey.
But it’s something you have to do.

Can I spray bug spray to prevent bedbugs from bighting. Can a k-9 give you bedbugs

Do dogs carry bedbugs? This is my second time fighting bedbugs in the past four months! My
Shi-tzu is the only animal in the house and sleeps with me we have assumed they came from her. Are we correct?

yes. dogs can carry them,as well as any pet that has fur. if you see any biting or scratching and dont see any sign of any other causes then its probably bedbugs.

No …..bedbugs hate fur an hair , yes they may bite an animal but they will not hang out on them. Deep woods off will prevent them from biting you as well as lavender oil. While I was fumigating a house I sprayed my feet an legs up ymto my knees with a lavender oil / water mix since they cant jump or fly that’s sufficient.

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We stayed at my cousins for two months. We moved recently. She called and told me they have bed bugs all in the room we stayed. I used my pillows there. How can i tell if my pillows are infested and how do i keep them from infesting my new house. I havent seen any sign of them on my bed or pillows so far but my body is still tore up and i cant stop itching. Its been two weeks in our house.im miserable from the bites. I dont think they are new though how long will it take for my body to heal? What can i do to ease the pain.

I WOULD GET RID OF EVERYTHING THAT WASIN THAT ROOM.

Throw your pillows and everything else in the dryer on high heat for 30 minutes…..they will not survive it. Just to be safe do that and every few days check areas where you are at the most ….down in your couch an your bed of course. You will be able to see them they are not so small they are invisible and they leave quite the mess. Good luck.

My co-worker had a bedbug on her today, we were on the 2nd floor. 20 minutes later another co-worker found one on his suit jacket! Not a coincident huh. Well our job did nothing about it after I asked twice to leave they said “let make sure it’s bedbugs before causing an alarm” if I bring bedbugs home can I sue. Just asking

Well I just now got in Benton and the last few days me and my child now that I see them I guess they’ve been around for a while don’t know how I haven’t gotten bit there’s so many cracks and crevices here there’s no way I can control them I guess I have allergic reaction and my son cuz I’m swelled everywhere but looks awful and I guess I have one big as a cockroach that. Big mine are all in the last 2 days first time ever bit

My husband and I were getting into bed last night and we noticed what looked like some maybe dirt on the bed, we brushed it off thinking maybe it was from the puppy or something but tonight we were getting in to bed and seen it and we looked closer and it was black spots all over the fitted sheet, that was all. No pillows or nothing just the sheet. they brushed right off but we are worried could this be bed bugs or am I tripping for no reason?? we haven’t noticed any bites what so ever so we are hoping it isn’t what we fear .

Hi I have found one bed bug on the wall of my kitchen by the back door I live in a apartment building. Now I’m not sure if my apartment has any more bed bugs in it , how do I find any ? And if I found just one would there be more ? Please help !?

Hello!
My daughter is a care giver and one home she is in regularly and over night once a week, has a bad bed bug infestation. The bugs just roil out of the walls. I am terrified of her bringing them here in her clothing! She usually puts her work clothes on the back porch when she gets home. If there are bugs in her clothes, is the back steps far enough from the house to keep them from seeking a warm place (my home!?)
Thank you very much.

My husband and I have been fighting bed bugs for months, now. We have 2 small children and money is tight. Other than heat and alcohol, what are effective ways to combat them without hurting the kids and pets? Also, is there a way to prevent another infestation? This is our second time doing this.

Food Grade or Pet Grade Diatomaceous Earth is another non-toxic option to help you treat a bed bug infestation. We have information available about DE in our 4th step in the 8-step approach on our website. The best preventative method we would suggest is heat treating your items after traveling or if you been in a populated area.

-The ZappBug Team

Yes you need to get the essential oils lavender peppermint chamomile in tea tree dilute them with water these are essential oils

Also Clove oil mixed with the peppermint and lavender is a good spray to use.

I’m not a professional by no means, so everything I say to you please don’t take the heart that it is safe or it is successful. However, and my particular case let me tell you how it went. My daughter had went on a little trip with her oldest brother to the beach in Florida she came back and after about two weeks every time I came in my room I saw a couple bugs on my bed I didn’t know what the excuse my language, hell, they were Tarrant well of course oh so now I was thinking bed bugs don’t let the bedbugs bite. LOL I read somewhere to use ammonia. And this is what I’m saying this is not something that I’m recommending you do I’m just telling you that I did it and it got rid of them for a while. I took my mattress out I sprayed it down with a air hose and then I drenched my mattresses with ammonia actually drench my whole room with ammonia and a little bit thru the house. now the reason I did not do the whole house because of how my investigating it how to get rid of these bed bugs that is where I learned to use ammonia and they said pretty much the exact words I’m about to tell you please don’t think that going to sleep on your couch is going to keep the bedbugs away from you because they are attracted to your carbon monoxide are carbon dioxide, please excuse me for my stupidity, I get those confused. But they’re actually attracted to that and they’ll follow you. But bottom line is mine one away and I did find one particular pillow with a hole in it that I think they were really nesting in and I got rid of it kept spraying my room down just my bedroom down every night almost with ammonia and they disappeared. however coincidentally enough winter was coming to. And from what I learned in my research is that bed bugs like a certain temperature and it’s a good room temperature so they don’t like the extreme cold is what I read do not quote anything I’m saying because, like I’m sure everybody else has heard, don’t believe everything you read on the internet. But just so happens I did get rid of my bed bugs but also just so happens it was turning cold as well and I again, drownded my bedroom with ammonia. Which is very bad for you to inhale so you’ve got to air your room out extremely before returning to it to sleep in it. Again I’m not a professional and I’m not telling you that this is the route you need to go I’m just simply telling you what I did, And I believe I said already at work they all disappeared for a while. Unfortunately the ending story or the end of my story is not a good one. I woke up this morning as my alarm went off on my phone and looked over and there I believe was a bedbug right next to me because when I grab my tissue and smashed it blood comes out of it. It was just kind of rather larger than the ones I’ve seen before. but also keep in mind I was half asleep so and I was panicking because I’ve got a phobia of pretty much all type of bugs like especially, it’s very hard for me to say this word so instead of using my text to speech I’m just going to type it LOL, roaches. It is a confirmed severe phobia of mine and bed bugs are becoming one too. Anyway I believe I’ve spoken enough and I feel I need to repeat this one more time I’m not a professional please do not take my advice as something that you would actually take from a professional bug killer please I’m not or will not be held responsible for anything that happens and my biggest fear is spraying down the ammonia and re-entering the room too quickly because I know that ammonia is very bad for your lungs. But again like I said before, the end of my story is not good it looks like, where I live it is beginning to warm up again, so it looks like they’re coming right back. But I wish every one of you the best and getting rid of this or these filthy creatures or irritating.. because I have been bitten I believe a couple times and the bites seems to stay there forever it continues to itch seemingly forever. if you have problems like this. I will keep you in my prayers, and I hope you do me as well. God bless

I would !ike to know how cold can they live and how long does the cold need to last

We got bed bugs 2 weeks ago from hand me down clothes. I found a mature one crawling on me 2 days after the clothes bag was dumped onto our couch. We had chemical treatment done 1 week ago over the entire house and now I just found 1 spot in my couch with living nymphs and eggs. Is it safe to assume they did not spray this spot? We are literally out of money after the last treatment. It’s only been a week and a half since the treatment and can’t have them do a second treatment until 30 days after… what do we do?

I would contact the company that did the treatment and let them know that you are still seeing bed bugs and make sure they do the follow-up treatment. Also, you can treat the couch with Diatomaceous Earth, here is a link to our 4th step in our 8-step approach explaining how to use Diatomaceous Earth. Let us know if you have any other questions.

www.zappbug.com

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