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Learn about the Bed Bug Eggs & Life Cycle!

1280px-Bed_bug,_Cimex_lectulariusThis blog is about the eggs of a bed bug. These pests are known to be at their most active during the spring and summer months, but it is not uncommon for warm indoor atmospheres to encourage their movements year-round. Knowing what to watch out for and keeping their life cycle in mind can allow homeowners to control an invasion.

Bed Bug Life Cycle

Bed bugs eggs usually hatch after about 10 days of gestation, and they merge as new nymphs searching for a meal. These nymphs molt five times before they reach adulthood, and they need to feed on at least one meal before every molt. These bed bugs may live upwards of several months without needing to feed, and adult bed bugs typically live as long as one year.

Bed Bug Feeding Habits

Bed bugs are parasites that are known to bite people and feed on the blood, using the nutrients to thrive and reproduce. Bed bugs are found in many different environments, and they are capable of feeding off of dogs, cats, rats and other pets. They live close to areas where their host body lays dormant and distracted, typically in beds. These bed bugs are always in search of bare flesh, and they feed for five minutes until they are full before moving away back to their hiding place.

Bed Bug Appearance

Adult bed bugs are usually brown and flat. They do not have wings, and they are similar in appearance to a wood tick. After the bed bug has a meal, its color changes from dark brown to reddish-purple. They also grow larger after feeding, becoming fatter and more noticeable. Individuals can typically spot them because they leave digested blood at a site after feeding before they return back to their hiding place.

Professional Help

If you have questions or a bed bug infestation, get it taken care of right away. Contact Clegg’s online or on the phone at 888-672-5344 for a complete evaluation of your home or business.

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