can you ACTUALLY see bed bugs when they’re on your bed?

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Question by qbanprincesa305:
can you ACTUALLY see bed bugs when they’re on your bed?

i’ve been starting to wonder if they might be on my bed but i can’t see them.
so are they tiny or big? cuz now i have 2 different answers.

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Answer by bunny g
no, you can’t see them. i was told that they are really tiny.

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treesaver123 April 11, 2011 at 10:58 pm

yea they are a big bug but not 2 big maybe as big as a thumb nail and as long as ur pinkie


Preggers April 11, 2011 at 11:57 pm

They are small and you cant see them. Wash your sheets and blankets in hot water. This will kill them if they are there.


lilpxidst April 12, 2011 at 12:25 am

Bedbugs (or bed bugs) are small nocturnal insects of the family Cimicidae that live by hematophagy, that is by feeding on the blood of humans and other warm-blooded hosts.
Adults grow to 4 to 5 mm (one-eighth to three-sixteenths of an inch) in length and do not move quickly enough to escape the notice of an attentive observer. Newly hatched nymphs are translucent, lighter in color and continue to become browner and moult as they reach maturity. When it comes to size, they are often compared to lentils or appleseeds.


♥ PrincessLeia ♥ April 12, 2011 at 1:21 am

Yes you would be able to see them. However they are really hard to see because they RUN…
They DO bite. They are small but if you can catch em’ before they run off they can be seen or if you find their hiding places. They are about 1/4 of an inch in length. Link below will give you more info on them =)
Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite! **sorry couldn’t resist!*


BooBoo April 12, 2011 at 2:11 am

They are too small to actually see crawling around on your bed. In some cases you can see tiny black dots on the bed (check the mattress). There is a difference in “bed bugs” and the normal microscopic critters that cause everyone in the world to have to wash their sheets weekly in hot water. The bed bugs are the ones that look like tiny black spots.

Watch your mattress very close and look for tiny black or brownish spots. If you want to make sure, wash your bedding in hot water, vacuum your mattress, and buy a spray to treat it before you put your clean sheets back on. For good measure, do the other beds too.


ccap April 12, 2011 at 2:51 am

They are tiny when they are newly hatched but larger when they are adults. The first signs of bed bugs would absolutely be itchy bumps on your arms or neck. The other way to find out is to look in the crevices. They (as someone already pointed out) are nocturnal and don’t want to be seen so they hide in the seams of your mattress and in between the mattress and box spring. Also as someone else pointed out: Look for tiny blood spots on your sheets and mattress as they (sorry, I know this is gross) eat blood and sometimes leave behind the signs of that.


VAgirl April 12, 2011 at 3:05 am

You will see them-look in the seams of the matress near the head of the bed. They are brownish and look like a bug-maybe the size of a pencil eraser or smaller. If you do a search on bed bug pictures you will see lots of them and the resulting bites they cause. Nasty little things are very hard to get rid of so yet another reason DateLine has made me afraid to go on vacation-LOL.


mystic_eye_cda April 12, 2011 at 3:47 am

While they are large enough to be seen () you will typically not see them as they remain hidden in cracks and crevices almost all of the time.

“When it comes to size, they are often compared to lentils or appleseeds.”


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