Adult bed bugs are reddish-brown, oval-shaped, and the size of an apple seed. After feeding, they may appear more engorged and red. Eggs are white and microscopic, only about 1 mm.
Bed bugs often spread by traveling from room to room or unit to unit. They also can spread by infesting suitcases and purses when people are traveling.
Carpet beetles do not bite in the same way bed bugs do. The best way to tell them apart is the appearance of their larvae: bed bugs look like tiny worms while carpet beetles are fuzzier.
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Bed bug bites look a lot like other types of insect bites. A few days after you are bitten, bites will appear bright red in the center with a swollen bump surrounding it.
Yes, bed bug bites are notoriously itchy. However, it’s important to resist the urge to scratch at the bites. Doing so can cause inflammation and hinder the healing process.
Bed bugs may bite, but they are not known to cause any serious harm. At their worst, bed bug bites can cause rashes and welts, which should be attended to by a medical professional.
As of now, there is no evidence that bed bugs are capable of spreading or transmitting any diseases. That said, bed bugs can carry several disease organisms on their bodies.