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I Think I’ve Spotted A Bed Bug

Bug sightings are never a fun thing, but they can be especially concerning if you spot a bug in your bed. And even more upsetting if you see it at night. If you’re wondering if that thing you eyed was a bed bug or not, read on to find out how big bed bugs are. 

How Big Are Adult Bed Bugs?

Adult bed bugs range in size from approximately 1/4 of an inch to 3/8 of an inch long. They are reddish brown in color and are almost as wide as they are long. They are approximately the same size and shape as an apple seed or, for a different reference, they are about the size of Lincoln’s head on a penny. 

A bed bug’s size and shape change depending on how recently it has had a blood meal. If it has fed recently, it will be redder in color and look like a full balloon. If it has been a while since it has fed, the bed bug will look flat and darker.

How Big Are Nymph Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs start out their lives as eggs. These eggs are a milky-white color and about the size of a grain. Bed bugs don’t reach adulthood (or sexual maturity) until they have transitioned through 5 immature nymph life-stages. 

These newly hatched nymphs are translucent but become a darker shade of brown at each new stage of maturation. First-stage nymphs are only about 1.5 millimeters. At each stage, a bed bug will grow about 0.5 millimeters bigger until they reach their final adult size. Adult female bed bugs are bigger than their male counterparts and are about 6.5mm long. Male bed bugs are about 1mm shorter coming in at around 5.5mm.

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