How to Identify Bed Bugs: Insects that Look Like Bed Bugs

How to identify bed bugs.

Bed bugs are bad news for homeowners. Just a few of these nasty insects are enough to develop into a full-on infestation. However, there are some insects that look very similar to bed bugs. This is why being able to identify bed bugs is an important step in the process of eliminating them or any insect infestation you may encounter.

Today, we’re going to explore some of the more common insects you may initially think of as bed bugs and then provide you with a few signs that an infestation may be either underway or getting close.

Insects That Look Like Bed Bugs

Although bed bugs are unique in what they do, there are several different types of insects that you may mistake for these blood-sucking creatures if you see them around your home.

Here are some of the most common:

  • Cockroach Nymphs — These insects can be mistaken for bed bugs because they’re somewhat common in homes. This is the first life-cycle stage of a cockroach, so if you see one, you definitely have a different problem.
  • Bat Bugs — These look like bed bugs more than any other insect on this list. You probably won’t find them in your bed or anywhere close, though. They’re most often found in caves.
  • Swallow Bugs — The easiest way to tell the difference between bed bugs and swallow bugs is to look for antennae. You probably won’t see them in your home because they typically live in barns, but they’ve been known to travel.
  • Booklice — These bugs are light in color and can sometimes be mistaken for bed bugs if you don’t get a good look at them. They are thinner in appearance and either light brown or a creamy yellow, which differentiates them.
  • Spider Beetles — Thanks to its oval shape, a spider beetle may be mistaken for a bed bug. That’s where the similarities end, though. These bugs are covered in small hairs and have two long antennae.

Signs That You May Have Bed Bugs

Whether you’re able to identify bed bugs by appearance alone, there’s a very good chance you’ll notice other clues to their presence before you see even one of these bugs.

Here are a few signs to watch out for:

  • Itchy Skin — The most common sign that you have bed bugs is when you wake up with red, itchy skin. This means that the insect has been feeding on you overnight.
  • Red Spots — If your skin isn’t too sensitive to itching, then you may only notice red spots. These are most common on arms and legs, but any exposed skin can be fed upon.
  • Red/Brown Stains — Finding reddish or brownish stains on your bed sheets can either be from squashed bed bugs or their feces. Either one could be a sign of an infestation.

Professional Bed Bug Control Services

Even if you’re able to identify bed bugs from either appearance or one of the signs listed above, it’s important you don’t attempt to get rid of them yourself. Bed bugs are extremely elusive creatures, so it’s always best to call a professional for removal. The most proficient exterminator to choose is one that uses a bed bug control method involving heat that will effectively kill all of the creatures including those that are trying to hide from you. Plus, a professional pest control company will guarantee their results.

Contact ProHealth for Bed Bug Control in Clearwater

Not only can the professionals at ProHealth Pest Control help you identify bed bugs, but our team will employ a heat treatment that is both fast-acting and effective. If you have any questions about our methods for bed bug control, rodent control, termite control, or any other type of residential or commercial pest control in Clearwater, contact us at (727) 308-4087 to schedule a no-cost consultation.