Can bed bugs be different colors?

Why are some bed bugs colored differently than others? Are bed bugs all the same color? These are questions we are answering in this educational article. Dead Bug Walkin LLC is a heat bed bug specialist company servicing Northeast Oklahoma. We just like to spread our wealth of knowledge about bed bugs and the things that can kill them like answering the questions asked above for you.

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Why are there different colored bed bugs?…

The color of blood (your blood) will determine the color of a bed bug as it grows to adulthood.

Black or dark colored bed bugs…

Blood with lots of the minerals like iron in it will cause bed bugs to be the color black. Seen in image below.

This adult bed bug was feeding from the dark iron rich blood of an elderly person.

This adult bed bug was feeding from the dark iron rich blood of an elderly person.

Brownish red or mahogany colored bed bugs…

Red colored blood will cause bed bugs to be mahogany colored. Seen in image below.

This adult bed bug that was getting its blood meal from a person with red blood.

This adult bed bug that was getting its blood meal from a person with red blood.

TRUE FACT- As you can see from the large traces of residual build up of chemical insecticide in the picture above. If the correct insecticide is not chosen bed bugs can remain alive, even when remaining directly on the residual like in the image above. You can spray a bed bug a multiple times but if the insecticide being used is a pyrethroid or other outdated insecticides it will not kill them. It is extremely important to choose the correct chemical insecticide for beds bugs.

What about baby bed bugs and their colors?…

When bed bug instars (baby bed bugs) are 1st hatched they are completely transparent with a tent of light brownish color. They are so small (about the size of a grain of salt) that they are hard to see at this stage of life if you do not know what your looking for. Even our bed bug specialists sometimes need to cause them to move to be sure it’s a baby bed bug. After a baby bed bug hatches it is already normally laid by the mother in a place that they will be able to eat a blood meal quickly. Their 1st blood meal can be from a human or other bed bugs excrement (poop). The instar (baby bed bug) will start out having a red body cavity each time they gorge themselves with a blood meal. It doesn’t have to be red though, it can actually be whatever color your blood actually is. Eventually they will have a black dot form near their bottom and middle cavity of their body. This black dot is digesting blood. Seen in image below.

The black dot on this baby bed bugs back is digesting blood.  Magnified X10.

The black dot on this baby bed bugs back is digesting blood. Magnified X10. This instar was about the size of 2-3 grains of salt together.

The black in their back…

As the bed bug feeds more and more the black dot will grow bigger and bigger eventually turning the bed bug mahogany brown or a blackish tented color. The black dot will always remain on the bed bugs that are digesting blood, throughout their life span. It doesn’t necessarily always look like a dot either it can be whatever shape their digestive system is. This is true because with bed bugs for most of their lives they are somewhat transparent. Meaning if you held them up over a flash light you’d be able to see light through the bed bug itself. This enables you to look at all of the innards of the biting insect including its digestive tract. As counterintuitive as it sounds, the color of bed bugs can be quite beautiful sometimes. As seen in the image below.

Immature bed bugs are transparent until adult hood.

Immature bed bugs are transparent until adult hood.

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