Color of bed bugs

There may occur a lot of insects at home and sometimes it’s hard to differentiate them. If you have a bed bug infestation at home, then you want to know it without no doubt. So, what color are bed bugs and what do they look like?

Bugs at home

We all have hundreds of insects in our houses and we can see only a few of them during the day. However, it could be better not to see them, sometimes you would like to find some.

Here are some other bugs in our houses:

  • Spiders
  • Cockroaches
  • Ants
  • Silverfish
  • Ladybugs
  • Centipedes
  • Masked hunters

You can check this post in which we explained the differences between those bugs and bed bugs:

bed bug color


What color is an adult bed bug?

The certain color of a bed bug depends on if it’s fed or unfed. Unfed bed bugs are mahogany to brown colored. When they fed well they become reddish-brown.

Color of baby bed bugs

Baby bed bugs are called nymphs and they are almost colorless when they first hatched. Then they keep their translucent or whitish-yellow in color unless they fed.  They become brownish when they grow up.

bed bugs colour

Shape of bed bugs

Bed bugs are oval shaped creatures. However, they have flatted and oval-shaped bodies, their body will change after they recently fed. Their body will become like a balloon and elongated after they fed and it will turn to a deep reddish-brown color.


Beyond the words, if you want to see real bed bug pictures, you can check this post which has more than eighty pictures of bed bugs, bed bug eggs and bites:

Remember that, most bugs at home will look alike bed bugs and their color will be similar too. The best way of recognizing a bed bug is to compare a real one with a picture. So you can be sure about their existence.



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