Bed Bug Info.

Bed Bug Stages


source: www.bed-bugs-handbook.com – click to enlarge

    Appearance

    • Eggs are pearl white and only 1mm long
    • Nymphs are almost translucent and also about 1mm long
    • Adults are about ¼ inch long and reddish-brown

    Activity

    • Mostly nocturnal, but are capable of feeding at any time
    • Attracted by warmth and carbon dioxide
    • Live in mattresses, linens, upholstery,
    • behind wooden trim, cracks and crevices, luggage and wallpaper
    • Professional hitchhikers on anyone and anything

    Food

    • They feed almost exclusively on human blood
    • They can survive for more than 1 year without a blood meal
    • Bites do not hurt, but can leave red marks
    • Bed bugs are not known to carry disease
    Life Cycle
    • Six life stages (5 immature and an adult stage)
    • Female can lay 1-5 eggs per day
    • Eggs hatch in 7-10 days
    • Egg hatch to maturity is 1½–2 months
    • Bed bugs shed their skins throughout the multiple stages, leaving a clear, empty exoskeleton
    Bed Bug Life Cycle (pictures not to scale)

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