Bed bugs are tiny, reddish brown, oval-shaped, flat and wingless insect that feed on human blood at night. Bed bugs are considered nocturnal insects because they are most active in the middle of the night.
Bed bugs are spreading fast in households, hotels, motels, cabs, buses, and train stations. They are spreading so fast that you now wonder, how many eggs do bed bugs produce?
Just like any insect, bed bugs reproduce pretty fast. And eggs that they lay are so plenty. Before we answer how many eggs do bed bugs lay, let us try to know how bed bugs behave.
Bed bugs live by feeding on human blood. There are some bed bug species that feed on both bats and humans. So if your attic has bats, there is a chance that your house is infested with pesky bugs. If goes without saying that if you treat your bats’ habitation, you can also easily treat the bed bugs infestation. That’s no lie!
Bed bugs come from eggs that become nymphs after they are hatched from their eggs.
The big question of how many eggs do bed bugs lay? A female bed bug can lay from three hundred (300) eggs a year to one thousand eggs (1,000) in its entire lifetime! A female bed bug can lay one to three eggs each day after mating. These bed bug eggs are normally hatched in about ten days.
A bed bug’s life is long. They may even survive more than a year and a half without feeding. Imagine that! Bed bug eggs can survive on any surfaces, but prefers cloth, paper or wood more than plastics and metals. The nymps can survive for six months without feeding.
Where are the possible places that a female bed bug will lay her eggs? Bed bugs will lay its eggs in small and thin crevices to protect the eggs from danger. Female bed bugs hide their eggs under the mattresses, on the headboard crevices, inside the bedrooms’ wallpaper, under the creases on the nightstand right beside the bed and other wooden furniture within the area.
The number of eggs bed bugs lay will determine the degree of infestation. A mattress full of bed bug eggs simply means hundreds of female bed bugs are around laying eggs everywhere, and bed bug eggs are being hatched every day.
If we eliminate the bed bugs, we should also exterminate bed bug eggs. If these bed bug eggs will be left untouched, they will hatch and become either a female bed bug or a male bed bug that can reproduce thousands of eggs. If thousands of female bed bugs are present in your home, you won’t ever know anymore how many eggs do bed bugs lay.
** How to find bed bug eggs?
Bed bug eggs are very easy to spot. They look like termite eggs. But unlike termite eggs, bed bug eggs reside beside a reddish brown stain and has an offensive, sweet-like odor, in fact, a bit musty. The reddish brown stain is bed bug excrement or is fecal. In fact, only bed bugs have that kind of excrement pattern. On the other hand, the bed bug odor comes from the scent glands of bed bugs. They release the scent for mating. It also serves as a territorial boundary.
Bed bug eggs should not be crushed nor pulped. Bed bug eggs should be terminated through the use of insecticides. If you will just crush these bed bug eggs, some eggs may not be squashed and they will have an opportunity to reproduce another generation of bed bugs in your home.
You must find the best insect killer spray. Use those that are specifically for exterminating bed bugs. Bed bug eggs and nymps will die along with their adult company with the use of anti bed bug chemical spray. Although many say that these bed bug chemical killers are not that effective to remove bed bugs, they are still the best alternative to manual bed bugs extermination (pulping and crushing adult bed bugs and eggs to bits) and the best replacement for DDT. During the 1940s and 1950s, DDT has been used to kill all sorts of insects in the US. Although they were successful in eliminating these pests with DDT, DDT is now banned in the States and other countries because of its harmful effects to humans.
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