Are bed bugs red?

We often get asked questions like “are bed bugs red”? This page answers this question.

What does bed bugs look like?

Bedbugs are small insect that is flat, has six legs with no wings that feeds on the blood of animals and humans. They are about O.5 centimetres (0.5cm). They can be almost white, dark yellow, brown or red in colour. While the bites from bedbugs can make you itchy, it does not usually cause any acute or chronic disease.

So are bed bugs red?

The short answer is that bed bugs can be red. As mentioned earlier, bed bugs feed on blood of humans and animals and they appear rusty red in colour after feeding.

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Pictures shows a red coloured bed bug- Crystal Eye Studio/Shutterstock

About the author

Nwasom is a pharmacy graduate and a pharmacist currently practising in the United Kingdom. I have great experience communicating with patients and their family as gained through working as a pharmacist in both the hospital and community pharmacy sector. I love writing so it was a natural thing to try and pass medical and health information on through writing.