Bed Bug Size ?

A Baby Bed Bug in the side of a Box Spring in the depression of stitching

In the image above we present a baby bed bug. It is quite small. It smaller than 1/8th the size of an adult bed bug. In fact it is so small that you have to put strain on your eyesight to determine where this Bed Bug’s head is at?

An experienced eye know not only what to look for but more importantly where? Baby bed bugs are called nymphs and they feed on humans blood just like the adults do!

Upper edge of Box Spring

Upper Edge of a Box Spring is a Favourite Area for Bed Bugs to Nest

There are many dark excrement markings on this area indicating Bed Bug presence. The fluid excrements usually burst into the fibers of the fabric and then dry up. When these excrements are produced on a non-absorbing surface such as polished wood or plastic, then these dry out over longer period resulting in an extruded black drop!

It is obvious that Bed Bugs prefer the depression along the piping that goes around the upper cover of the box spring. Bed Bugs also like the depressions produces by the stitching in the fabric on the sides.

On this box spring there are hundreds of droppings but to an experienced eye one or two such black markings confirm bed bug presence!

Two Adult Bed Bugs

2 Adult Bed Bugs along the Mattress Piping

In situations of the established infestations, it is more likely that you would see adult bed bugs in softer areas of the bed components, such as the upper side of a mattress. In this image, you see two adult bed bugs chilling in the depression caused by the stitches. A human hand that moves in an in-targetted fashion would not touch them in the depth of this depression.

Story of two holes in a bunk bed

Bed Bugs in 2 holes of an Ikea Bunk Bed

Bed Bugs love a gap, a slit, a crack or a hole in a wooden bed frame. Natural wood surface that is devoid of any stain or paint feels natural to Bed Bugs. Also, a bed bug nest in such a place is very safe and hidden.

Metallic only bed frames offer very few of these nesting opportunities. Particularly, the bed frames that do not require a boxspring are an effective defence against bed bugs.

An addition of a bed bug cover for your mattress, would increase your defences against bed bugs!

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A baby and an Adult Bed Bug

Baby and Adult bed bugs along piping depression of a mattress

If Bed Bugs are nesting in any part of a mattress, it is most likely along the piping. And mattresses vary greatly not only in sizes but more importantly how many pipings, buttons and handles they might have.

As mattresses are less sturdy when compared to bed frame and the box spring, bed bugs are less likely to prefer nesting in a mattress. If the user of a mattress moves a lot during the sleep, the bed bugs are less likely to consider it a safe nesting grounds because the vibrations and movements indicate a likelihood of being crushed by the host movements.

Hence, Bed Bugs are likely to nest in the mattress where the sleeper is not too “topsy turvy” and the bed frame and the box spring do not offer significant strategic advantages!