Bed Bug Removal
Signs of Bed Bugs
Unfed adult bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed (about 3/16 to 1/5 inch long). Adults are easily visible to the naked eye. The trick is finding their hiding spots. If the edge of a credit card can fit, so can a bed bug. They are brown to reddish-brown, oval-shaped and flattened. Their flat shape enables them to readily hide in cracks and crevices. The body becomes more elongate, swollen, and dark red after a blood meal.
Think of a drop of blood with legs and that pretty much describes a bed bug after it has fed. Just like a tick, bed bugs plump up after feeding. A bed bug’s antennae point forward and are about half as long as the body, not longer. Its head is broadly attached to its body and below the head are small, stubby, nonfunctional wing pads. They have a beaklike piercing-sucking mouthpart system.
Bed bugs do not undergo metamorphosis (a pupal stage) between the larval and adult stage. Instead, their young are called nymphs, and resemble the adults to a large degree, the primary difference being their tiny size. They are about 1/16’ (1 mm) long. Unfed nymphs are tan. Adults live for about one year and three or more generations can occur each year.
Newly hatched eggs are small, white, barrel-shaped and sticky. The eggs are coated with a sticky substance so that they will adhere to whatever they are laid on. Female bed bugs lay from one to twelve eggs per day. A female may lay an bed-bug-eggsaverage of 200 eggs in her lifetime, with the potential of up to 500 eggs. Eggs hatch in about ten days on average and nymphs can immediately begin to feed. They require a blood meal to molt and bed bugs reach maturity after five molts.