Can you see baby bed bugs?

Bed bug nest at 10x magnified. Notice all life stages from egg to adult are present in this almost microscopic scene.
Bed bug nest at 10x magnified. Notice all life stages from egg to adult are present in this almost microscopic scene.

Can you see bed bugs, especially baby bed bugs?…

When baby bed bugs, “usually called instars or nymphs”, are 1st born and make their way out of one of the ends of a rice grain shaped bed bug egg into the world, they are completely transparent. Meaning you can see through their bodies. They will be brownish and whitish colors at 1st. Their tiny size will be around the size of the smallest grain of salt. Baby bed bugs are so small that they are usually un-locatable until they start moving from your disturbance to their hiding area.

Can baby bed bugs burrow and hide inside of mattresses or box springs?…

Yes, they are extraordinarily tiny but they cannot burrow into mattresses or box springs like some incorrect myths state. In fact bed bug baby or adults cannot burrow into anything. Any bed bug especially baby instar bed bugs can fit into the smallest little hole or crack but they do not go beyond the entrance more than an inch or so normally. Most times they are literally just right inside the crack, crevice or hole and visible. Use the image below to see for yourself just how small baby bed bugs truly are. It is not magnified and their is an adult man’s thumb next to baby bed bug so you can gauge their size.

Baby bed bug that was hiding on a clients mattress in the Tulsa OK. area.
Picture of baby bed bug. Use the thumb in the image to gauge the baby bed bugs size. Blue arrow points to the baby bed bug.

About baby bed bugs growth…

When baby bed bugs, called instars or nymphs, are 1st born they are a light brown to white color that is transparent. For a majority of their instar or adolescent life they will remain transparent with a black dot of digesting blood that will grow overtime. The black dot of digesting blood will eventually cause a bed bug once it arrives to adulthood to turn a mahogany brown color. If the blood meal being eaten from the host person is darker because of minerals like iron in the blood the adult bed bug will be darker in color. Sometimes completely black if the blood meal has lots of iron in it consistently. If you look at the image below you will notice the black line down the lower back of the baby bed bug. That is digesting blood.

Baby bed bug on a cigarette. This bed bug nymph had eaten a blood meal and shed it’s outer skin prior to the picture being taken.
Baby bed bug on a cigarette. This bed bug nymph had eaten a blood meal and shed it’s outer skin prior to the picture being taken.

To sum it up plus some really good info…

Baby bed bugs are not invisible or so tiny that you need a microscope to see them but they are incredibly small. Their size when 1st born can be compared to a small grain of salt. Since they are so tiny and transparent when 1st born, “just like bed bug eggs are”, they can go unnoticed. Many times people who have never had bed bugs before will kill every bed bug they can find, unknowingly leaving behind eggs and new baby bed bugs to continue to thrive. Even if there were no baby bed bugs left all the egg left alive hatch 7-14 days from the time they are laid. One female adult bed bug can lay 1-5 eggs a day at 70 degrees and 5 or more eggs a day at 86 degrees. Female adult bed bugs can lay eggs for the rest of their life after mating only one time with a male bed bug. This of just a couple of reasons bed bugs are so incredibly hard to get rid of without professional help like ours at Dead Bug Walkin LLC bed bug heat specialists.

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