Bed Bug Cast Skin Texture
View the bed bug pictures to get a better look at the shape, size and color variations. Nymphs (young bed bugs) are semi-translucent. When they feed they fill with blood, making their belly a dark brown and sometimes causing a spotted pattern where the blood is visible inside their abdomen.
A cast skin looks like an intact bed bug complete with six legs, two antennae, a head, and body, just no life. You cannot mistake a cast skin. So if it looks like lint, it's lint. Don't worry. Spotting signs of bed bugs early on is only the start of a series of steps you will need to take make sure your infestation does not grow out of control.
How to Make Bed Bugs Come Out of Hiding. Dealing with bed bugs can be frustrating, especially when you can't see them. While it's best to take steps to prevent bed bugs from infesting in the first place, there are a few things you can do
Bed bug cast skin beside bed bug The bed bug on the right is in the process of shedding it's skin; it remains attached to its rear end. Bug on left recently molted.
As baby bed bugs (nymphs) move toward adulthood, they shed their skin a total of 5 times before reaching maturity - once at each new developmental stage. Cast skins look like lighter colored empty bed bug shells or casings - which is basically what they are.
Bed bug feces is smooth to the touch unlike roach feces, which is more granular in feel. The fecal matter is easy to smear and can quickly stain mattresses, sheets, drapes, furniture, sofas and chairs. Below are some bed bug feces pictures. Below: (Bed bugs and their feces inside a television stand)