Baby bed bugs also called “nymphs” are baby bugs that are going through the five stages or molting. (The sixth stage or molting is adulthood). Their size is no big than the head of a pin and is light brownish red colored, and after they feed they are fully red.
Bed Bug Feeding
A baby bed bug will seek to feed as soon as they are born, whether is human blood, animals, bats, birds. They need to feed in order to through the molting successfully. If they are in close proximity to a blood source, they may feed more than one time per molting stage. Nymphs or baby bed bugs can live up to from 3 to 4 months without feeding.
As baby bed bugs go through the stages of molting, they shed their skin. We can often find the evidence of this shedding on out mattresses, which in turn is a clear evidence of a bed bug infestation.
It takes roughly between four to five weeks to a baby bed bug to go from egg to full adult, but that depends on the temperature and access to a regular food source.
Baby bed bugs have a hollow tube like a needle it comes out from the head and into the skin of the host. The needle impales the skin and then searches through until it finds the perfect location where the blood can be retrieved. And that is the reason why it is said that baby bed bugs don’t bite, they kind of like puncture us. It takes them up to ten minutes for a full big blooded meal.
Once they are finished they go back to their hiding place in tight narrow places which is always close to the host as it can possibly be. Another reason why they are more commonly found on beds and mattresses.
Bed Bugs Eggs & Sizes
Bed bugs eggs are about 1mm in width. Their color is white yellowish, and tend to lay in small groupings or singly. They are attached to the surfaces by a glue-like substance.
A single female bed bug will lay around 500 eggs during a lifespan. It takes two weeks for a bed bug egg to hatch. And lay 1 to 2 eggs per day.
Baby bed bugs are just parasites that feed off of humans, using the blood to continue their growth, reaching adulthood and reproducing. Baby bed bugs are just as capable as their adult counterparts to feed on animals as well.
They tend to puncture the head and neck when feeding, but they will also go for the arms, hands, and legs.
They live in close proximity to the rest of the “hive” and the food source, meaning the places that we sleep, rest, or sit for long periods of times. And are as active during the night the adults, and will hide during the day, as they are not equipped to feed during the day like the adults.
A baby bed bug will take them up to ten minutes to fully feed, and then head to the hiding place.
There are at least 92 species of bed bugs in the World. These bugs are part of the Hemiptera order, like scorpions and aphids.
Baby bed bugs are somewhat wittier than their adult counterparts, which is one of the main reasons why they have become a resurgent problem. Most people who have encountered in the past, and have tried to deal with them, will normally miss the baby bed bugs, thus they won’t get fully rid of an infestation.
This mainly happens because of people underestimate the baby bed bugs. They can hide in even smaller places, that is way harder to reach, and therefore, most extermination methods fail. They move even faster and can scare more easily to all different parts of the house, where treatments have yet to be applied, thus, they’ll survive, mature and reproduce, and the problems go on and on, in a vicious circle.
Now, it may seem like this never-ending battle of getting rid of them is lost, but no, there is still hope. As many professional exterminators have 100% successful methods to exterminate them.
As previously stated, bed bugs eggs are 1mm in length and have a whitish coloring. When the females are laying the eggs, they attach them with an extremely strong substance that keeps them from dislodging. It takes the eggs 6-10 days to hatch.
The cycle goes from eggs to baby bed bugs or nymphs to adults, all of it in just five weeks.
Adult female’s bed bugs will lay single eggs between one to twelve times each day, often in the exact same place that older bed bugs are found. And with the high concentration of bed bug eggs, there is also traces of fecal matter that are reddish in color. They prefer the location to lay the eggs are crevices and other tight places.
Although many people have mentioned it, finding bed bugs eggs are very scarcely found in our hair, as the female does not spend a lot of time in there, unlike the fleas and the ticks, bed bugs lack the equipment necessary that allow the aforementioned to attach to the hair or our scalp. So, it is most likely that the eggs you find in such places do not bed bugs eggs, but rather, fleas or lice.
Locating bed bugs eggs can be rather impossible and they have a very high tolerance to most chemicals use to eradicate an infestation, which is a very good reason to rely on an expert to take care of this for you.
One single missed egg can mean the immediate resurgence of the infestation once again.
Vacuuming is a big fail when it comes down to remove the eggs, as they are very well attached to the surface in which they have been placed. However, if you do opt for vacuuming, then make sure you empty the vacuum each time and dispose of the bag outside your home. Hot water and a dry cycle on your clothing or sheets will kill any eggs.