Do you know the lifecycle of a bedbug?
Bedbugs change a lot physically as they grow older. Learning to identify them at all stages of developement will maximize your chances or trying to prevent or eliminate an infestation.
Are you about to tackle a bedbug infestation? Or are you simply carrying out a preventive inspection? The image below shows every stage of the bedbug life cycle. Learn them! In the future, you'll know exactly what to look for.
Here's what you need to know about the life stages of the bed bug:
Eggs are about 1mm in length (two grains of salt) and are of white color. They hatch after two weeks. You will usually find them in clusters, hidden in nooks and crannies.
A female bed bug can lay up to 5 eggs per day, and 500 eggs during her lifetime.
The larva looks about the same as an adult bug, but smaller. It takes about 1 month for a larva to transform into an adult bed bug.
The larva is generally paler than the adult (they are yellow-white in color). They can begin feeding as soon as they hatch.
The adult bed bug feeds on a weekly basis. They live for about 5 months, but can survive for more than a year without feeding if needed.
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