Bed Bug Color And Feeding

We will be discussing in brief why and how bed bug color turns red after feeding.

Now, if you think that you are suffering from a bed bug infestation and is causing you to suffer from bed bug bites, then, you need to identify first which kind of bug it is, and if it’s truly a bed bug.Bed bugs look very different from one and another, especially when they are going through the five stages of molting, and whether or not they have recently feed or not.

Bed Bug Shape

They have an oval shaped form, flat, and have somewhat mahogany color, which tends to vary from a straw tint to a deep red mahogany, and that is why you will hear people referring to them as mahogany flats, red bed bugs, or crimson ramblers, very creative by the way.

They have very well developed legs which makes them more than well equipped to crawl up vertical surfaces with ease. They do not fly, their fore-wings and hind-wings do not function. They have a couple of very visible antennae and emit a foul smell.

bed bug color

After the bed bug have bitten someone and feeds for the very first time, it turns red. They can drink up to six times their weight in blood, which is why their red coloring increases while and after they are just finish feeding, they are engorged with the host’s blood. It can take then up to ten minutes to feed. Most of the times we don’t even realize we are being bitten.It is impossible to starve them to death, for two reasons, one, you are not going to run out of blood unless you die or run into a vampire, and secondly, they are able to survive without sustenance from six months to a year. They are extremely sensitive to heat and extreme cold, but they are more than capable of surviving without oxygen as well.

They are not notorious to be the cause of diseases to us humans. They do, however, carry many diseases with them. They may prefer humans for feeding purposes, but if they aren’t handy they will look for alternatives to rodents, birds, bats, cats, dogs, pigs, guinea, among others. As all blood is red, whether they feed on humans or animals that do not change their red coloring. According to several studies conducted through the years, bed bugs are known carriers of viruses like anthrax, typhus, plague, and yellow fever.People tend to confuse book lice with bed bug nymphs. Bed bugs shed their skins every time they go through a molting. So it is very common to find evidence of this when searching for signs of infestation.

You may also find red blood stains on your bed sheets or the clothing you normally wear to bed. They’re small like pinpricks or streaks or even larger patches, in the places where the bed bugs were squished and a lot of blood was lost. Blood stains are not clear signs as they would likely happen without the actual presence of bed bugs.

Bed Bug Feeding

Bed bugs feed on our blood, as it is its only source of nourishment, and that is the reason bed bug color changes to red. In order to “evolve” through all their stages, they need to at least feed once through each of them. Adult females need the blood to produce their eggs. Even though bed bugs puncture the skin to suck the blood or “bite” you, they do not transmit you any diseases.

It is common to find blood spots on your sheets, bites, and the presence of feces and cast skins are just some of the indications of bed bugs. The bites, which also turn red, like bed bug color after feeding, can be found the exposed areas of your body when you are sleeping or resting for extended periods of time that renders you inactive.Although it is not always the case bed bugs bite are found in “groups” in small areas, also in a line or a zigzag pattern. The bite areas will normally become inflamed, itchy, red, and blistered. A negative reaction to the bite does not always appear right away.


Bed Bugs Bite Size

The size of the bites may vary for different factors. They inject an anticoagulant with their saliva every time they puncture our skin to drain our blood, during meal time, the more blood they consumed, the redder colored they will get. This anticoagulant that is injected is the responsible for how we react to the bite and the size of it.Bed bugs feed on blood, they depend on it to survive, grow and reproduce.

During their time feeding, they will take more than one bite and once a bed bug has inserted its stylet and finds a proper blood vessel it will immediately begin to feed. But, finding the right blood vessels will take more than one or two attempts, it may actually take several of them into the skin. Bed bugs are very sensitive to movements made the host that they are feeding off of, thus, if you move during your sleep, even a feeding bed bug will immediately withdraw its stylet and begin to search for another dining area on our bodies. Bear in mind that the number of bites you may find in your body, it is not directly linked to the number of bed bugs, it may simply just mean that the poor critter just had terrible targeting skills.

If you have been bitten, and go to a doctor, chances are he’ll probably misdiagnose you since a bed bug rash and an allergic reaction looks pretty much the same, there are some people that luckily enough have no reactions whatsoever to bed bugs bite, they sure love running into humans like that.

So, in order to provide an answer to the question whether or not bed bug color turn red, the answer is a sounding yes, and it may for the better, the fact that bed bud color turn red when are fed makes them easy to locate, while, unfed bed bugs have a whitish colors, that can practically make them invisible to the naked eye, thus, making the visual verification nearly impossible.


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