The color of a dead bedbug will vary depending on the amount of blood it has consumed. If it has eaten a lot of blood, it will turn red or even black. If it has not, it will probably remain the same color. However, it is a good idea to check for other insects nearby before assuming that the bedbug is dead.
If the bedbug you see has a pale yellow exoskeleton, it is likely that it is a female. Female bedbugs will produce more shell casings if they are pregnant. In addition to shell casings, female bedbugs will produce fecal and blood trails.
After eating blood, bedbugs start turning rusty red. After a blood meal, these insects prefer secluded areas. They are also called “hitchhikers” because they can live in places such as libraries, airplanes, and mass transit. Their eggs are easily transferred from one location to another.
Bedbugs also play dead. Some will remain stationary and still while others will let go of leaves or branches. If you see a dead bedbug, you should do a thorough inspection of the room and do your laundry before the infestation becomes too serious. You will also want to look for other insects in the room. If you do find live bedbugs, spray the room with insecticide and make sure the clothes you wear are washed.
Bedbugs prefer dark colors because it protects them from predators. During their peak activity hours, they are most active in the night from two a.m. until dawn.