Bed Bug Pictures
A female bed bug will lay between between 300 and 500 eggs in her life time usually in batches of up to eight at a time. The eggs are usually be laid in clusters around cracks, crevices and other rough textured surfaces close to the hiding places of the adult bugs.
Bed Bug Eggs
The eggs are around 1mm long and are white in colour – often likened to a grain of rice. They are stuck firmly to whatever surface they are layed on with a sticky “glue” like substance.
The bed bug eggs are often impermeable to chemical solutions, so just when you think you have killed every last bug a new batch of nymphs will hatch and the process begin all over again. The best course of action to be sure that bed bug eggs have also been eradicated is to use a vacuum cleaner on every surface. Then use a steam cleaner to kill bed bugs at every stage of developement. See Kill Bed Bugs With Steam for details on how to go about this.
Bed Bug Nymphs
Bed bug nymphs will usually hatch from the eggs after approximately 12 days. Newly hatched nymphs are beige in colour but turn a reddish colour after their first feed of fresh human blood! A bug will go through 5 stages of developement before maturity – this process can take anything from 32 to 48 days.
Adult bed bugs a reddish brown colour and measure around 5.5mm in length.It has been know for bed bugs to survive in unoccupied buildings for up to one year and can quite easily go without feeding for about seven months.
Mature Bed Bugs
These blood sucking bugs will take up residence in cracks, and crevices in floors and walls but will also hide out in more obscure places such as in light switches, smoke alarms, radios etc.
The best treatment is to clear the room, vacuum EVERYTHING possible – mattresses, box springs, curtains, chairs. then either use a steam cleaner or a bed bug spray such as Bedlam Plus. A combination of both should ensure total eradication. Remember to launder clothing etc as described in How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs Naturally
Bed bugs can inflict untold misery on anyone who finds themselves with an infestation. Not only is there the stress of dealing with the infestation but the itch and discomfort of the bites they leave as a calling card.
Bed Bug Bites
Bed bug bites are actually an allergic reaction to the anticoagulant they inject into their victim before drawing blood. Not everyone suffers a reaction but many will awake to discover red, itchy rashes or welts on exposed areas of skin. Whilst these symptoms are unpleasant bed bugs are not known to carry any disease or illness of a serious nature. You can get more information by going to Treatment For Bed Bug Bites