Bed Bug Treatment

Bed Bug Treatment

Adult bed bugs are about 3/16" long, broadly oval and flat. Their color is brown to reddish brown (after feeding) and the upper surface of their body is covered with short golden hairs and emits an "obnoxiously sweet" odor from their scent glands.

Female bed bugs lay 1-5 eggs per day and deposit their eggs in cracks or on rough surfaces and secure them with transparent cement, for an average 200-500 eggs in a lifetime. Developmental time for an egg to adult takes 21 days.

Bed bugs must complete 5 instars before becoming an adult bed bug. The bed bug requires a blood meal before molting (shedding their skin cast) and progressing to the next instar. The adult female bed bug also requires a blood meal before egg laying.