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What Color Are Bed Bugs?

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How to Identify Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are parasitic insects that feed on human blood, as well as the blood of other animals including birds, reptiles and amphibians. Bed bugs are flat and oval with six legs, two antennae and no wings. 

What Color Are Bed Bugs in The Beginning Stages of Life?

When bed bugs are in the nymph stage, they are so small they are nearly invisible to the naked eye. If you can see them, or have some sort of magnifying apparatus, you will see that they are translucent in color. If a nymph has just had a blood meal, it’s abdomen will be bright red translucent. As the nymph digests its meal, its abdomen will fade to brown and then eventually become black. 

What Color Are Adult Bed Bugs?

When nymph bed bugs mature, they moult several times. Each time they moult, they become a darker color of brown. Eventually, they turn into adult bed bugs with a characteristic rusty reddish-brown color. 

Bed bugs do change shape and color depending on when they’ve fed, however. When adults haven’t fed in a while, they will be very flat and have a lighter brown color. If they have fed recently, they will be almost balloon-like in shape, elongated and will take on a deep reddish-brown.

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