Bed bugs are a common problem that show up sometimes even in the cleanest of households. Because they are wingless and generally possess flat bodies, it is easy for them to get into cramped hiding spaces like mattress encasements, beddings, upholstered furniture, floor cracks and carpets.
To save your household from the doom bed bugs bring, it is important to have at least a basic understanding of their cycle and life stages. As the region’s premier bed bug exterminator, we want to educate you with the life cycle of these critters.
All About Their Eggs
A bed bug’s life begins as an egg. The egg is usually grain-like and milky-white in color. A female bed bug lies between 5-12 eggs each day and may lay up to five hundred eggs within her lifetime. The eggs are laid either singularly or in clusters and are usually placed in tight cracks and crevices.
Bed bug eggs are tiny (typically approximately one millimeter in length) and comparable in size to two grains of salt. Eggs hatch within a week and newly born bed bugs will immediately begin to feed on human blood.
Growth and Feeding
Young bed bugs are called nymphs. They pass through five growing stages before they reach maturity. Nymphs are similar with an adult bed bug’s size, although they aren’t sexually mature yet. Nymphs are yellow-white in color while adults are reddish-brown.
For a nymph to complete maturity, they require a blood meal. Within five weeks at room temperatures with adequate feeding opportunities, a nymph grows into an adult. This means the nymph changes color and becomes ready to bear eggs.
A bed bug commonly lives up to four to six months, so long as it has something to feed on and a corner to live on. If you believe you have identified a bedbug within your home, whether they are mere eggs to grown and feeding adults, contact us for a bed bug inspection.
You don’t have to suffer six months of inconvenience from these annoying crawlers. We offer solutions to your pest problems using environmentally friendly pesticides and in some cases, no pesticides at all. Contact Yes Pest Pros, Inc. today for pest control, management and extermination.