Photos of Bed bugs and bedbug video shown below demonstrate how they
change in appearance from birth through adulthood. A
bedbug will move through 5 stages. To move from stage to
stage they need to have a blood meal. The bed bugs will
change in size and color before and after feeding. It takes a
bed bug to about 10 months to pass through their life
A female will lay about 3 eggs per day, with the eggs hatching in 14
days. It takes 4 months for a nymph to become an adult.
These times are only estimates since as mentioned moving
through the bed bug life cycle depends on feeding and also on room
temperature. A bed bug lives for about 10 months, but could
Bedbug Video from National Geographic
Geographic Bedbug Video
Bed Bug LifeCycle
The photos of bed bugs below show images of bedbugs as they move
through their entire lifecycle. The Bed Bug
Life Cycle takes 4-5 weeks (egg-to-egg) in ‘good’ conditions ( 83-90o
Photos of Bed Bugs: Eggs
Bed bug eggs are the size of a pin head or 1/25th of an inch.
The oval shaped eggs are usually in small clusters and are
attached to the surface with a cement like substance. Since
they are stuck to the surface, methods of bed bug removal such as
vacuuming are not effective. When killing bed bugs, it is
important to use an approach that can penetrate the shell.
Some bedbug sprays such as Sterifab,
are effective against eggs. A popular non chemical
approach is to use a hand steamer, which super heats the eggs to the
required 113 degrees (F) to kill the egg.
In 4 to 12 days the eggs will hatch. A nymph or just hatched
bedbug will look for a blood meal within 24 hours after hatching.
A female may lay 200-500 bedbug eggs in her life.
Enlarged Pictures of Bed
Picture of Bed Bug Eggs
Bed Bug Eggs Pic
Bed Bug Egg Picture on
Photos of Bed Bugs: Nymphs
Bed bug nymphs pass through 5 instars or bed bug developmental stage as
indicated above in the life cycle chart. They can live for 3
to 4 months without feeding.
Pictures of Bed Bug
Adults and Nymphs
Picture of Bed Bug Nymphs
after Blood Meal
Photos of Bed Bugs as Adults
Adult bed bugs are approximately 3/16 inches long. They are
oval and flat and have a red/brown color. Other
3 segment beak
4 segment antennae
vestigial wings (they can't fly)
thin fine hairs that are gold colored on the body
the female abdomen is more rounded
Picture of Bed Bug as
After feeding a bed bug will expand in size:
Photos of BedBugs
Before and After Feeding
Picture of Bed Bug Dorsal
A bed bug has a very thin profile, making it easier for them to hide in
tight locations. When searching for bed bugs look in every
crack, under furniture drawers, around the bed frame and under any
mattress tags. Most bedbugs are usually found inside the box
spring as this provides many convenient hiding places. See
guide to killing
bedbugs for step by step instructions.
Bed Bugs - Importance, Biology, and Control Strategies;
Armed Forces Pest Management Board
What You Need to Get Rid of Bed Bugs
Several products are needed to get rid of bed bugs. This
Spray: Buy a mattress safe product. Also check
regarding pet and child safety if this is a concern. A good
choice is Sterifab
or one of the kits listed below.
to Kill Bed Bugs: A natural product call diatomaceous earth
will cling to the bed bug. Dust is spread into cracks and
other locations after treatment to kill any late hatching bedbugs from
eggs that might have been missed during treatment.
Steamer: After spray treatment, use a hand steamer in cracks
and around the mattress and box spring to kill any eggs that might have
Covers for Bed Bugs: Buy zippered covers for both the
mattress and box spring. This will trap any bed bugs that
were missed during treatment. It is not necessary to throw
out a mattress or box spring that is in good condition.
Mattress covers for bed bugs must be clearly marked that they
are made for the purpose of keeping bed bugs from breaking through the
surface or zipper.
These products in addition to vacuuming the room with both the vacuum
and brushless crevice tool should treat the average room. Of
course, a professional that has bed bug experience may be preferred,
although the cost is upwards of $1000. You can buy a kit with
all of the above for about $160 from Dermisil
Stop. Either will do the job and save you money.
It may take 2 to 3 treatments to be sure that all bed bugs are gone.
To be sure, consider purchasing Climbup
BedBug Interceptors. These are placed under each
of the bed and will catch bed bugs before they crawl up onto the
bed. If the interceptors are empty after two weeks,
the infestation is probably gone, since it can take up to 12
for bed bug eggs to hatch. See the rest of this site for more
photos of bed bugs.
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