What are bedbugs? These insects are small, flat, and have six legs. They are usually white, though sometimes they are red or rusty brown. Their bites are itchy, but do not cause acute or chronic illness. Their red color is caused by feeding on the blood of their host, which is usually humans.
When bedbugs are young, their skin is red, but they never turn black. The color of their skin depends on the amount of blood they eat in their abdomen. Blood from human beings helps them build up a stronger, thicker skin, and they are red or brown as they age. They are most active from 2 a.m. until dawn.
Adult female bedbugs lay one or two eggs each day. These eggs are difficult to detect with the naked eye. During the life cycle of bedbugs, they go through five different nymphal stages. During each of these phases, they grow larger. These insects are also referred to as babies, immature bedbugs, and bedbug nymphs.
The size of bed bug bites depends on a number of factors. While they only feed once during the immature stage, adult female bedbugs need blood to produce eggs. Fortunately, bed bugs do not transmit any disease.