Bed Bugs Facts
The Bedbug is a blood-sucking parasite, with a night habit. 5 to 8 mm long, flat and oval body, reddish color. Signs of presence are your stool-like stains. They are incomplete metamorphosis, generally with 4 generations a year. It bites at night for 3 to 15 minutes, it feeds every 3 days, but it can last for up to a year.
What do bed bugs eggs look like?
The eggs of the domestic bedbugs are white and measure approximately 0.8 mm. Newborn bed bugs are translucent and colorless. Young bedbugs (nymphs) are similar in shape to adults. After each molt, they are pale in color and then darken.
Bed Bug Life Cycle
Under optimal temperature conditions (above 21 ° C) and feeding regularly, female bed bugs can lay 200 eggs during their life. The eggs are covered with a sticky substance that adheres to the objects in which they are deposited. The eggs hatch in 6 to 17 days and the nymphs begin to feed immediately. After 5 molts they reach reproductive maturity. Up to 3 generations can be produced per year. Environmental factors and food availability cause considerable variation in the rate of development at all stages of growth. Young or adult bed bugs can survive for several weeks and up to several months without feeding, depending on the ambient temperature.
The places where bed bugs hide are recognized by black or brown dots that form from the dry excrement they leave on the surfaces of these places. Besides, eggs, eggshells, or exuviae can also be found where they are housed.