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You asked and we want to share! Since bed bugs are great at hiding and thus hard to find, many people wonder what exactly they look like. In order to more efficiently inspect your room and other areas where bed bugs may be present, it is helpful to have a few pictures of bed bugs as reference. Our Nashville pest control professionals would like to share the following bed bug pictures.

Bed Bug Egg

Bed bug eggs


Eggs are hard to see with the naked eye and are usually laid by the females in cracks or crevices where they will not be disturbed. Females can lay up to five eggs each day and an average of 540 eggs in her lifetime. This is how bed bug infestations can quickly get out of hand.

Bed Bug Nymph

Bed bug nymph


As bed bugs fill up on blood meals, they molt their skin and begin to grow. There are five stages that the nymphs grow and molt through before becoming mature adults. This process usually only takes about 21 days. The size of nymphs depends on which stage they are in but they generally range in size from about 1.3 mm to 5 mm.

Adult Bed Bug

Adult bed bug


Compared to nymphs, adult bed bugs are darker in color and larger; usually around 1/4” in size. Adult bed bugs are often described as looking like apple seeds and after a blood meal they are swollen and reddish in color whereas before a blood meal they are flat.

Bed Bug Skins And Waste

Bed bug waste


As bed bugs fill up on a blood meal, they will leave behind spots of blood and fecal matter which can be seen on sheets and mattresses as a good indicator that there is in fact a bed bug infestation in the room. Since bed bugs are usually hiding when we are awake, these small brown spots on sheets are a better way to detect bed bugs.


As mentioned before, as bed bugs grow through their five nymphal stages, they will shed their skins and leave behind castings. If you find any tiny, light brown and almost translucent skins on your bedding, it is another good indicator that bed bugs may be present.

Bed Bug Bites

Bed bug bites


Perhaps the most notable way to detect bed bugs is by finding bed bug bites on your skin. Bed bugs typically leave behind bites in a line of three which is also known as breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Just make sure that you have a professional bed bug inspection before you jump to conclusions because itchy red welts on the skin are not always from bed bugs.


If you believe that you have a bed bug infestation, please contact our Nashville exterminators today! At All-American Pest Control we offer safe and effective solutions to eliminate bed bugs in Nashville, Franklin and surrounding Middle Tennessee communities. So, if any of these pictures look like they were taken in your home, call us today!