Unlike ants or bees, bed bugs will never be the subject of an animated movie. Small, brownish-red, and living on a diet entirely of blood, bed bugs only move from one place to another via luggage, furniture, or other soft surfaces. Once they take up residence in a home, hotel, condo, or apartment, they are next to impossible to get rid of because of their extended, varied lifecycle.
Eggs, Eggs Everywhere
Bed bugs are not the most proliferate egg layers. A single female bed bug can lay anywhere from one to 50 eggs at a time, usually on a daily basis. Taking between 6 and 17 days to hatch, depending on the conditions where the eggs are laid, bed bugs reach adulthood and are capable of laying eggs within five weeks of birth. Bed bug eggs are tiny, usually around 1 millimeter long. Finding a single egg without specialized equipment is nearly impossible, but eggs are typically laid in clusters.
Nymphs – And Not the Good Kind
Once they hatch, bed bugs are known as nymphs. Not much larger than their eggs, first stage nymphs can feed almost without detection. Each week, these nymphs go through a molting process where they shed their exterior skin. By the time they reach their fifth molt, they are considered adults. One of the tell-tale signs that you have a bed bug problem is the presences of these shed skins left behind. Brownish-red in color, they look like rust streaks rather than exoskeletons.
And Then There’s the Lifespan
You can count on some insect infestations to be a flash in the pan. Within a few days, what was once a swarm is suddenly extinct, dead from natural causes. But if bed bugs hitch a ride on your luggage, you can expect them to stick around for a while. Bed bugs live for an average of 10 months, with many surviving for up to a year. Adult bed bugs tend to feed on a nightly basis to reproduce. Since they are parasitic creatures, they must bite humans or animals to live. Bed bug bites are typically red, itchy and swollen within a day of the occurrence. They also tend to appear in a line, seemingly overnight.
Signs of Infestation
A bed bug infestation is time-consuming and difficult to get rid of once it has taken hold. Once you have adult bed bugs in your home, office, apartment, or condo, you can guarantee that you also have bed bugs at a variety of stages of maturity. Fortunately, there are some tell-tale signs of an infestation.
- Reddish orange stains anywhere you would normally find cobwebs. Although bed bugs love to live in or near mattresses, they also find plenty to feast on in the corners of rooms and around soft furniture.
- You wake up with a line of unexplained welts.
- You notice something small crawling on your soft surfaces.
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