Bugs Mistaken for Bed Bugs

A common belief about bed bugs is they prefer filthier environments. However, bed bugs only require access to a dependable food source and a secure, warm place to hide, making most homes vulnerable to a bed bug infestation.

Cases of bed bug infestations throughout Arizona are on the rise. Bed bugs are resistant to many types of poisons and insecticides, and identifying a bed bug infestation early on makes getting rid of them faster, easier and more cost-effective. The trouble for many homeowners is several imposter insects look like bed bugs. These mistaken identities can mean the difference between proactively calling a pest control professional or accidentally letting the infestation spread.

Bugs Commonly Mistaken for Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are an incredibly alarming discovery for homeowners — they can spread easily and quickly, contaminating your home and sucking blood from their hosts, leaving itchy, irritating welts on people and pets. But before taking drastic action or finding a hotel to stay in, it’s best to understand other pests that are often mistaken for bed bugs but don’t present the same types of risks or concerns. The most common bugs that look like bed bugs are:

  • Cockroach nymphs: These infant cockroaches are often mistaken for a bed bug because they don’t resemble their adult counterparts — they’re usually white or gray after first hatched then transform to a brown color after their first molding. Nymphs have a smooth, cylindrical shaped body and typically hide in a warm, moist crevice.
  • Carpet beetles: Carpet beetles are often mistaken for bed bugs because both insects like to hide in the same spots. However, carpet beetles are smaller, can be found in a variety of different colorings, have wings and furry legs and bodies.
  • Booklice: Booklice are translucent or white and resemble bed bug nymphs, but homeowners can spot the difference by the booklice’s narrow midsection and wide head.
  • Spider beetles: Spider beetles closely resemble the look of a spider, but due to their similar reddish-brown coloring and oval body shape, spider beetles are often mistaken for bed bugs. They may look like they’re bloated from recently feeding on blood but feed on pantry foods.
  • Bat bugs: Of the bugs that look the most like bed bugs, bat bugs are the most similar in appearance, and are related to bed bugs. Both bat bugs and bed bugs are small, flat and have reddish-brown coloring and bite hosts, feeding on their blood. How can you decipher the difference between the two? Bat bugs prefer bats as a food source and homeowners are only likely to have a bat bug infestation if they have a bat problem in their attic.

Other bugs that are often mistaken for bed bugs are swallow bugs, fleas and head lice. If you find bugs in your home, but still aren’t sure if they’re bed bugs or a different insect species, it’s best to look for common signs such as bite marks and skin irritations. You should also inspect common areas where bed bugs hide, including furniture, headboards and underneath mattresses. Finally, check for bed bug residues, such as molted skins, feces and blood stains on mattresses and sheets.

For Help With a Bed Bug Infestation, Call Green Home Pest Control Today

Finding a bed bug infestation is unsettling, and removing them from your home can turn into a time-consuming, inconvenient hassle, but by trusting Green Home Pest Control, removing bed bugs is efficient, effective and affordable. We happily provide bed bug removal and pest control solutions for homeowners throughout the greater Phoenix area.

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