Bed bugs are tiny creatures that are scientifically named Cimex lectularius. You may be really curious how bed bugs look like.
But unfortunately, your chances of getting face to face with bed bugs is really slim. You can only that by looking at their pictures, which are published all through out in text books, magazines and Internet sites.
Pictures of bed bugs that you can actually catch in available sources are somehow enlarged. Because bed bugs are so tiny, you can never really look at their physical structure even if you hold them unto your palm.
You may need to make use of a magnifying glass or several lenses just to take a rather unclear glimpse of bed bugs.
Description from pictures
You may not want to wish to look at bed bugs face to face, or eye to eye. In a recent unpublished study in the US, it is found that most people are scared of one kind of insect, or another, or all of them.
To save you the embarrassment and awkward feeling, it is safe that you just take a look at pictures of bed bugs from available sources.
By just merely looking at bed bugs’ pictures, you can see that bed bugs are normally flatted when viewed from top to bottom. It is this physical attribute that enable them to penetrate to the most tiny crevices or holes around.
Pictures of bed bugs also show that the insect takes several colors. Most bed bugs appear deep brown. But there are some which also look white or creamy white. You may think, so bed bugs also have races, huh?
Look at pictures of bed bugs before and after they have consumed blood from their respective hosts. Compare. Take note that bed bugs change color after the have been nourished.
Most bed bugs appear deep red or somehow almost black after they have consumed blood.
That is because the blood will by them make up most of their body. Crashing bed bugs during these states of their lives will be somehow gross. Imagine squashing out blood from a balloon.
Somehow scientific view
Pictures of bed bugs in encyclopedias and text books also will give us a shot glimpse of their anatomy.
Looking at such pictures, take note that the bed bug has a very complex skin type that is usually covered by wax-like substance. This wax-like substance make up or provide protection to the bed bug.
That structure will protect or prevent bed bugs from getting wet or from drying out. Because bed bugs are so tiny and their internal system is not that developed, exposure to air and light will surely dry out or dehydrate them, without the protective structure.
Looking at such pictures will also help you understand hoe pesticides and insecticides work.
Pesticides and insecticides usually come in the form of sprays. Embarked in these sprays are very tiny and powderized form of glass and silica. These two materials are hard and will surely cut through any hard object in which they are forced to.
Powderized silica and glass will have to go with the spray. After the bed bugs are exposed to such spray, their protective layers or structure will then be ruined or destroyed. Powder glass and silica do that.
Imagine bed bugs’ physical and anatomical structure (look at the pictures more closely). After the protective layer is destroyed, that is when the chemical components of the sprays get to work.
When the protective layers of the bed bugs is ruined, harmful chemicals will get inside the skin and attack the internal system of the bed bug.
Chemicals found in spray normally act out to dehydrate or dry out insects like bed bugs.
Large bed bugs
But did you know that you have another resort or option if you want to take a close look at bed bugs?
Because most bed bugs in your room are too tiny, and pictures in textbooks can look and seem unrealistic, you can opt to capture an old, aging and mature bed bug.
Such bed bugs are usually more than a year old. These bed bugs are almost always dying or at the final stage of their life because bed bugs’ life span only last more than a year at most.
Very adult bed bugs usually can grow about one fourth of an itch. That is not that tiny anymore.
But doing so, looking face to face with bed bugs, can never be a worthwhile and fun experience. Just look at bed bugs’ pictures if you don not want those goose bumps or you do not want another throw-up session.