When bed bugs lay eggs, the egg shells are white or near-white in color. The color of the egg can vary, though, and may be indicative of a bed bug being dead or its genetics. These eggs are visible in well-lit environments, but people with poor eyesight may need to use a magnifying glass.
Adult bed bugs are reddish brown or rusty in color, depending on their most recent blood meal. The darker their color, the thicker their exoskeleton. Interestingly, young bed bugs are almost invisible to the naked eye. In addition to their small size, young bed bugs are often able to survive for a couple of weeks without feeding.
Bedbugs hide in the cracks and crevices of wooden furniture. If you notice these cracks, you should take your furniture apart and check the baseboards and walls. Also, if you have upholstered furniture, remove the cushion covers. Bedbugs are a small insect that is approximately one-eighth of an inch in length. Their antennae are divided into four segments.
Adult bedbugs reach adulthood after their sixth molting cycle. Adults can grow up to seven millimeters, or about 1/4 inch, in length. Adult bedbugs feed for about four to six months, and often make weekly feedings.