Whether you are checking for bed bugs or are just worried about them, knowing what bed bug eggs look like can help you determine if you are dealing with a problem. Bedbug eggs are small, smooth, and white. They are laid in clusters and are consistent in size. Generally, the visible ones are translucent white. Unfertilized bedbug eggs are slightly darker and may be tan or brown. When magnified, they look like tiny grains of rice.
Bedbug eggs are very small, about a millimeter long, and have an eye spot that is red. They are also about the size of a pinhead. If you were to try to pick up an egg, it would break or squish between your fingers. This is because the egg’s shell is held tightly in place by a glue-like fluid.
The female bedbug lays her eggs after she feeds on human blood. This mating process takes a toll on the female. Male bedbugs use a “traumatic insemination” method, whereby they penetrate the female’s abdomen and ejaculate into her. This process is painful for both of them and results in the female laying less eggs.
As a homeowner, you can take steps to avoid a bed bug infestation by identifying the eggs early on. Using a vacuum and steamer, you can kill any bed bug eggs and reduce your risk of an infestation. You can also take steps to reduce the size of the infestation until a pest control expert comes to your home.