Is this a bed bug?
How to identify a bed bug
-Exoskeletons / casings
Beg bugs will leave discarded shell casings that can be identified
-Finding an actual bed bug
If you find an insect that you suspect may be a bed bug, try to trap it with a piece of clear scotch tape so that a professional can identify it. Generally speaking, you can identify a bed bug by it's: flattened, rusty brown body, with thin 4-segmented antennae, 11-segmented abdomen, 6 short legs, and reduced wings incapable of flight. This is a sure sign of an infestation. Even if you only see one, you can be sure there are more since they are notoriously good at hiding and spread quickly. Since their reproductive cycle is so short, you must act quickly to eliminate them before the infestation exacerbates.
If you have not yet found a bed bug but are concerned that you may have an infestation, it's a good idea to invest in some inexpensive bed post interceptors. These are an incredibly reliable monitoring tool that also isolate your bed from the bed bugs. They will help you determine conclusively if you have an infestation.
Read on to find out how to treat for bed bugs.
Carpet beetles are sometimes mistaken for bedbugs. To read about carpet beetles, click here.
Are these bed bug bites?
How to identify a bed bug bite