Bed bugs are small, flat creatures. A female may lay one to five eggs a day, which can total up to 200 eggs during her 10 to 12-month life cycle. The eggs are attached to rough surfaces near the adult’s harborage with a sticky cement-like substance. The adult bedbug is significantly larger than its female counterpart.
An adult bed bug is about the size of an apple seed and has six legs. Its head is rounded and it has two antennae on its front. It is difficult to see the bed bug as it will molt its skin. It goes through five stages of development before it reaches its adult stage. The first stage is called the nymph stage. They are white or translucent and grow gradually in size.
If you discover that you have bed bugs in your home, the first thing you should do is clean the area thoroughly. You should remove any old clothes and linens and dispose of them properly. You should also keep the area free of clutter. Regular vacuuming is also recommended. These steps will help you control the spread of bed bugs and ensure you are safe from bedbugs.
During reproduction, bed bugs use a technique called traumatic insemination. The University of Florida Department of Entomology has published great photos of the process.