When you are traveling, one thing you are constantly thinking about is bed bugs. You have heard the horror stories of people being in really nice hotels, completely unaware of their little guests, and then they get home, bringing with them those unwanted pests and infesting everything.

here's what bed bugs look likeThe best way to keep on top of bed bugs is to know what you’re looking for. What do bed bugs look like in Portland, ME? Are they hard to see? These questions are always at the top of the list when it comes to bed bugs. Know about your enemy so you can properly deal with them.

What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?

Bed bugs are small, flat, and oval shaped. They are also wingless so you don’t have to worry about them flying out at you unexpectedly. Although adult bed bugs have wing pads, they never fully develop into functioning wings.

Adult bed bugs are brown in color, but, since they feed on your blood, they do redden in color after a hearty meal. Fully-grown bed bugs move rather slow and are about 4 to 5 millimeters in size. There is a large misconception that bed bugs are hard to see with the naked eye.

Adult bed bugs can easily be seen moving across your bed; you just have to know what to look for. Bed bug eggs and baby bed bugs can be more difficult to see, but you know they are there if you’ve seen an adult. Newly hatched bed bugs are the size of the head of a pin and are white or a light tan until they feed. They are the size and shape of an apple seed.

Where to Check for Bed Bugs

checking for bed bugsBed bugs are usually found where you spend a lot of your time, like sleeping in your bed. Since bed bugs have flat bodies, it makes it easy for them to hide in small cracks and crevices of your mattress and headboard.

Other places they like to hide out include box springs, footboards, bed frames, the wall near your bed, and other furniture near your bed such as an armchair or bedside table. Another place they like to hide that many people don’t think about is the floor where carpet edges meet the walls.

Bed bugs are easily transported to new places so always check your hotel rooms whenever you travel. And if you accidentally bring an infestation home, be sure to call Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control at (207) 650-8654 straight away.