Most insects hatch from eggs, and bed bugs are no exception. Read on to learn more about some of the unique characteristics of bed bug eggs.
It can be quite difficult to see a bed bug egg without a magnifying glass. They are typically the size of a grain or a spec of dust, oval in shape and whitish in colour.
As is common with many insect eggs, bed bug eggs are sticky. This allows them to easily cling to surfaces like the seams of your mattresses and bed sheets.
How many bed bugs eggs does a female lay?
Adult females may deposit 2 or more eggs daily – which means they can lay as many as 500 eggs in a lifetime (bed bugs can live up to a year).
How do bed bugs reproduce?
Interestingly, bed bugs have an unconventional way of reproducing. They mate by “traumatic insemination”, a process in which the male bug actually pierces the female’s abdomen and ejaculates into it.
After the process, female bed bugs can keep sperm for up to 6 weeks.
How long does it take for a bed bug egg to hatch?
Eggs can hatch in roughly a week or so at room temperature.
What happens when a bed bug egg hatches?
When eggs hatch, immature bed bugs – also known as nymphs – emerge. Nymphs are translucent but they gradually turn reddish brown as they molt.
After nymphs hatch, they immediately seek out a blood meal before molting five times over the course of the lifecycle. Read more about the bed bug lifestyle here.
Where do you find bed bug eggs?
Bed bug eggs are often found in mattresses, dark corners, crevices and on bedding. Because the eggs are sticky – and small – they are well hidden in hard-to-reach places.
Bed bug eggs are also found together with bed bugs, bed bug shells and droppings, as the bugs commonly nest in clusters.
Can bed bugs eggs travel?
Yes, it’s possible that you could bring home clothes, bedding, luggage or other items containing bed bugs eggs if you have been in contact with an infested area, such as a hotel room.
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