Bed bugs are an increasingly common problem in the United States. There is so much fear and anxiety surrounding these creatures (mostly for good reason), that causes many people to misidentify their infestation as bed bugs. To be sure, read this article about the common culprits that may resemble bed bugs. If you still have questions, be sure to call Arizona Heat Pest for a free quote and inspection so that you will know for sure what you are dealing with.
Bed bug identification resources:
- All bed bug life stages
- Life cycle with images
- Gif of a bed bug
- Illustrated guide to identifying bed bugs
- Identification of bed bugs close relatives
Note: flattened body, rusty brown coloured (less so in younger nymphs, which are more translucent). Thin 4 segmented antennae. 11 segmented abdomen. Short legs (6 of them) and reduced wings incapable of flight.
These are insects or other invertebrates commonly misidentified as bedbugs!
Not bed bugs.
- Carpet beetle larvae (Dermestidae) and adult – More Info
- Bat bug (Cimex adjunctus pictured) – More Info
- Cockroach nymphs – More Info
- Tick (nymphs) – More Info
- Woodlouse – More Info
- Kissing bugs – More Info
- Booklice/barklice – More Info
- Smooth spider beetle – More Info
- Drugstore beetle – More Info
Note: If it has wings or more than 6 legs, it is not a bed bug. Do not mistake antennae for legs, look at the illustrated guide to avoid confusion.
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