Bed bugs are small, blood-sucking insects that can be difficult to detect and remove. They are not known to carry disease, but their bites can cause secondary infections. Their life cycle begins as an egg. After laying its eggs, it takes about 14 days for them to develop into an adult.
The size of bed bugs depends on their stage of development and the amount of food they consume. Nymphs are smaller than adult bedbugs and can be one millimeter in length. Adult bedbugs can range anywhere from 0.4 to 10 millimeters in length. Their size will increase as they feed on human blood.
Adult female bed bugs lay one to five eggs daily. They can lay up to 500 eggs during their lifetime. Each egg is about the size of a pinhead. A bed bug egg is a white, one-mm-long egg. It takes around five days for a bed bug egg to develop into an adult.
Once you have confirmed that your home is infested with bed bugs, you can start securing your home by following some basic steps. First, empty your nightstands and dressers. Make sure you check the woodwork underneath. Oftentimes, bedbugs hide in corners and crevices. Other common hiding spots include loose wallpaper, folds in your bedding, and wall-to-wall carpeting.