Have you found bed bugs in your home? If you have bed bugs in your home, for sure, it is very disgusting, right? Moreover, you have clean them but then they come again and again. Some of you perhaps have never seen bed bugs at all in your life. So, when you see small insects in your home you do not know whether they are bed bugs or not. So, here we are going to discuss about bed bugs especially about the size, characteristics and also the facts about them.
Bed bugs are actually insects that are small, flat, and parasitic. They feed solely on the blood of people and animals while they sleep. The range of bed bug size is from 1 mm to 7 mm or it is about the size of an apple seed. Different from adult bed bugs, nymphs or juvenile bed bugs range from the size of a bed bug egg that is 0.09 inches, 2.5 mm to the size of full adult bed bugs at 0.18 inches, 4.55 mm. Bed bugs have reddish-brown color and have 6 legs. They do not have wings, so that they can not fly or even jump. Usually, they spread by crawling. They can live several months without a blood meal. But, after feeding they will look more rusty red color.
The eggs of bed bugs are small. They are around 0.1 inches, 2.5 mm. They are white or semi transparent and it is the same to a grain of uncooked white rice. They will be sticky to the touch and generally they are clustered together. On average, female bed bugs are able to lay 1 to 5 eggs per day. They are able to be laid on almost any surface but are typically found in cracks or rough surfaces particularly around the mattress seams. They hatch in about a week and over her lifetime, a female bed bugs are able to lay up to 500 eggs. Bed bugs are good at hiding so it allows their populations to spread and grow quickly. Here are some facts about bed bugs that you have to know.
- An adult female bed bug is able to lay 200 – 500 bed bugs eggs in her lifetime.
- You are able to see all stages of bed bugs and also eggs with your naked eyes.
- The eggs of bed bugs are more difficult to kill than nymphs (baby bed bugs) and adults.
- Baby bed bugs cast their skins as they grow.
- Bed bugs are able to grow from a hatched egg to a full adult in about a month.
- Baby bed bugs can feed as much as one time per day.
- Bed bugs need a blood meal to live, to grow and to produce.
- Adult bed bugs are able to live up to 18 months without feeding.
Now, after you have known about the characteristics of bed bugs, you can find out whether you have bed bugs or not in your home. You can try to check your bed and also the other furniture in your home by using your old card and a flashlight.