The IPM Institute of North America has a review of five commonly encountered pests, including bat bugs (pictured), that can be misidentified as bed bugs. 1. Spider Beetle. Spider beetles are the shape and size of fleas, oval and dark brown. They may appear bloated and reddish brown, as if they had just fed on human blood.
See if the bug has wings. Adult and juvenile bed bugs don't have wings. Check any bugs you see for visible wings or anything that folds onto their bodies. Avoid confusing the typical accordion-like folds on the bodies of adult and juvenile bedbugs for wings.
Wings can be a hidden or an utterly obvious quality of some insects, allowing them to fly for short durations or over very long distances. OVERVIEW There are a total of 661 Flying Insects in the Insect Identification database.
How to tell the difference between bed bugs and spider beetles, carpet beetles, is a weekly column by journalist and bed bug survivor Theresa Braine. This week, she identifies the bugs most commonly mistaken for bedbugs. round and brown but have discernible wings. Their larvae look like
If you find tiny black bugs crawling around your home, don't panic. If you and your pets aren't suffering from bites, the pests probably aren't bed bugs or fleas. If they launch themselves into the air, you might have an infestation of springtails.
Box Elder Bug. The Box Elder bug is black with red lines on its wings. They Feed on the leaves and seeds of box elder and maple trees. They become a pest in fall and spring. Size: About 1/2 inch in length.