Find Out How to Kill Bed Bug Eggs and Their Disgusting Little Larvae!
Killing Bed Bug Eggs and Larvae Is Just as Important as Killing Adult Bed Bugs
- 1 Killing Bed Bug Eggs and Larvae Is Just as Important as Killing Adult Bed Bugs
- 2 How to Get Rid of Bed Bug Eggs and Larvae
- 3 What Kills
- 4 What Should I Do With Eggs on Clothing?
- 5 What Do Bed Bug Eggs Look Like?
- 6 Don’t believe this myth about bed bug eggs
- 7 How many eggs do bed bugs lay?
- 8 Male bed bugs get frisky after a blood meal
- 9 Bed bug eggs are dropped
- 10 Bed bug eggs are tough
- 11 Hatching time
- 12 What do bed bug eggs look like?
- 13 The Complete Guide on How to Get Rid of Bed Bug Bites
- 14 What Do Bed Bug Bites Look Like? F.A.Q. or Everything You Should Know About the Bed Bug Bites
- 14.1 1. Do bed bug bites itch? Not when you have just been bitten. You won’t feel anything.
- 14.2 2. How long does it take for the bed bugs to bite someone?
- 14.3 3. Two people sleeping in the same bed can react differently to the bites
- 14.4 4. Bed bug bites are usually arranged in tracks of 2-3 bites
- 14.5 5. Bed bugs are not afraid of light and even can bite during the day
- 14.6 6. Bed bugs bite all year around
- 14.7 7. Do bed bugs bite dogs?
- 14.8 8. Can bed bugs bite through clothes?
- 15 Find Out Who Bit You! Bite Comparison Chart: 6 Differences Between Bed Bug Bites vs Flea Bites vs Mosquito Bites
- 16 How to Treat Bed Bug Bites
- 17 How to Get Rid Of Bed Bug Bites
I f you were dealing with just one bed bug, your battle would be easy and short-lived. Unless, of course, that bed bug were the size of your cat, or even of a tarantula.
But the real horror of bed bugs is that an infestation means you are fighting an entire, constantly reproducing, population.
You must learn how to kill bed bug eggs, or else, even when every unhatched bed bug has been eradicated, your efforts will be in vain. And if even a single impregnated female bed bug escapes, the infestation continues.
Read on to learn to identify bed bug eggs, bed bug larvae, and likely bed bug egg “hatch houses.” Find out how to kill the eggs before they hatch and become a mob of bloodthirsty little nymphs crawling atop your mattress at night.
How to Get Rid of Bed Bug Eggs and Larvae
Bed bug larvae will often be killed by the same insecticides or bed bug home remedies that kill adult bedbugs. However, the eggs will typically survive and will need treatment with a separate chemical or the same chemical, but about two weeks later when you can be sure all the eggs have hatched.
Thus, you really need to read all bug bomb or spray chemical claims very closely. Each chemical or natural insecticide is different, some killing off eggs and some not.
But, in reality, even though there are some anti bed bug treatments that kill some eggs, there really is no sure-fire chemical you can just buy and use to kill 100% of bed bug eggs for sure.
Thus, you have to use heat or apply anti bed bug measures two (or more times) at proper intervals. There really is no other way. That could mean calling in a professional exterminator, but not necessarily.
What Do Eggs Look Like?
Perhaps, you may be thinking, “How can I fight bed bug eggs? I wouldn’t know a bed bug egg from a grain of rice.” Well, in fact, they look very much like rice, only smaller.
Here are some features of bedbug eggs to help you identify them:
- Grain-like shape.
- Milky-white coloration.
- About one millimeter long.
- You’ll find one or a small cluster at a time.
Bed Bug Eggs and 1st Instar Nymph
But where will you find the eggs? Typically, there are hidden away (smart bugs) in inaccessible cracks and crevices. But, you may find some on your clothes, on pillows, on bed sheets, or on your mattress or box spring. It just varies.
How Long Does It Take for the Eggs to Hatch?
It normally takes less than two weeks for newly laid bed bug eggs to hatch. Six to 10 days is a good estimate, but it can vary based on temperature and other conditions in the environment (and “environment” here means “your bedroom!)
Females will lay only between 1 and 5 eggs at a time, but they can lay up to five hundred eggs in a lifetime and lay them nearly every day!
The Lifecycle of the Common Bed Bug
Bed Bug Life Cycle
4 Weeks – 5 Months Depending on Conditions
Upon hatching, bed bug “nymphs, ” as they’re called, immediately head out looking for blood. Nymphs then molt and go through several stages, leaving casing behind on your mattress or in your carpeting (besides fecal stains, which is digested blood poop. Yuck.)
No stage in the bedbug life cycle has wings, and you are always dealing with flat-bodied insects. The young ones are more transparent, except after a blood meal. The older ones actually change body shape, becoming long instead of circular, after the gorge themselves on blood.
Bed bugs start 1.5 mm long but get up to 9 millimeters at full bed bug maturity. But they always remain immature “mentally” and keep on biting you and drinking your blood, from the moment they hatch to the bitter end.
Can I See the Eggs?
Bedbug eggs are hard to find and hard to see, but they are not impossible to see nor even microscopic.
If you look very closely and carefully on your mattress, clothing, pillow, or any infested area, you may well spot some eggs. But you need not see the eggs to know they must be there and to take drastic action to destroy them. After all, wherever there are bed bugs, bed bug eggs are not far off.
Can Bed Bugs Lay Their Eggs in Your Skin?
Bed bugs are nasty parasites, but they do not live inside of people or under their skin, nor is that where they lay their eggs.
You may have spied bed bugs in your hair and found bites on your face and neck. You may have sores on your ankles or legs or arms where they bit you. But you need not worry about bed bugs hatching inside of you. That’s one thing, at least, you can be thankful for.
They can, however, lay eggs on your clothes. Click the link to learn how to get rid of bed bugs in your clothes.
Again, there are many things that will kill some bed bug eggs, but nothing known to man will kill all of them. And you couldn’t be sure the treatment would even touch them all (hidden in crevices as they are) even if you could know it would kill every egg it touched.
That said, here are two ways, besides pesticides that list egg-death as one of their virtues, that you can kill a “whole lot of eggs:” diatomaceous earth (DE) and rubbing alcohol. Read more about these remedies just below.
Yes, if you douse bed bug eggs with DE (diatomaceous earth), they will die and not hatch, at least most of the time. And DE will kill off larvae, nymphs, juveniles, and adult bedbugs too, even if not always immediately.
Here are some of the virtues of DE in your fight against bed bugs and their grainy eggs:
- DE in a line creates a barrier that bed bugs will tend to avoid crossing, keeping them from laying eggs on the other side.
- DE is non-toxic and all-natural. It is the discarded shells of tiny sea creatures called diatoms (think the white cliffs of Dover here) and is not earth at all.
- DE will cut into delicate bedbug shells and either kill them right away or gradually dehydrate them over a period of up to one or two weeks at most. It will kill the eggs too.
- No bed bug or egg can develop a resistance to DE. It always works.
But don’t get pool-grade DE or DE mixed in with pesticides. Read the “ingredients.” It should say you are just buying plain old diatomaceous earth and that it is meant for use on pests. And wear a mask when applying DE to avoid breathing it in.
Yes, rubbing alcohol will kill at least most of your bed bug eggs, if it can contact them.
- Rub it on your legs and arms and the back of your neck before you sleep to deter bugs.
- Spray it on your mattress and box spring.
- Spray it under your bed on the carpet and along the baseboard of your bedroom.
This is a cheap, common product, and it can be a key player in your attempt to kill bed bug eggs and eradicate the population. But don’t use it alone. Make it a part of a bigger, broader bed bug action plan.
What Should I Do With Eggs on Clothing?
There may be bedbug eggs on your clothes. It’s possible, especially if you leave them lying on the carpet all day. But even in the laundry bin, they’re not immune.
Bed bug eggs can be killed by washing then drying your clothes. The dryer is what really gets them more than the washer, but who dries clothes without first washing them? You will need medium-high or more as the temperature setting to kill the eggs (at 118ºF), but that depends on your dryer.
What temperature can kill the eggs? Bedbugs die in heat. Eggs, nymphs, adults, all stages die, every last one of them. That’s why professionals with expensive high-powered equipment rely heavily on heat treatment to cure bed bug infestations.
Heat your home’s interior or a particular room to 118ºF for about 70 minutes, and all the bed bugs, both hatched and unhatched, will be destroyed.
That doesn’t mean they can’t come back, though, if your pet is bringing them in. So eliminate the source before doing a heat treatment.
Steam, if hot enough, can also kill bedbugs. Steam treatment can be used on mattress seams or anywhere bed bugs may be hiding. It can kill off their eggs as well.
You would need special equipment to kill bed bug eggs by steam-power, however, so this would likely be a job for professionals. But you can find out the best steam cleaner for bed bugs in this article.
In sum, note that what kills bedbugs generally also kills their eggs. DE and rubbing alcohol are two good tools, but insecticides or heat treatment can also be effective.
It’s not absolutely necessary to call in a pro to kill off bed bug eggs, but if you are going to do it by heat or steam treatment, that’s likely where you’re going with it.
Remember that killing bedbugs is only a temporary fix. Killing them and their eggs win the war permanently, barring a new “invasion.”
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What Do Bed Bug Eggs Look Like?
Knowing what bed bug eggs look like could help you defeat an infestation faster—and help prevent the bugs from coming back.
A bed bug’s life starts as a tiny egg, barely noticeable to the human eye. But in just days, this tiny, blood-sucking insect will hatch and be searching for its next blood meal in you.
Don’t believe this myth about bed bug eggs
You may have already read on some websites that bed bugs can lay up to 500 eggs in a lifetime. That’s something to freak out about—if it were true. Thankfully, it’s not. Virginia Tech entomologist Dini M. Miller, PhD, says that number is from dated research but still circulates today. The reported 500 eggs were based on one bed bug in a lab that was very fertile. Here’s something you can believe—the real causes of bed bugs.
How many eggs do bed bugs lay?
Dr. Dini Millers’ research lab at Virginia Tech says the more meals the female gets, the greater the number of eggs she will produce. So, if she is able to feed every week, she could produce five to 20 eggs. But she might not get to feed every week, in which case she would produce fewer eggs. According to Dr. Miller’s research, bed bugs can lay up to 113 eggs in a lifetime, which can be around a year.
Male bed bugs get frisky after a blood meal
After female and male bed bugs get their fill of blood from you, they head back to the harborage (their home) to digest their blood feast and mate. Dr. Miller’s research tells us male bed bugs are particularly interested in mating after a blood meal. Afterward and for the next several hours, their sperm will migrate to the female’s ovaries and fertilize her eggs. Check out what bed bugs look like after they eat and when they mate.
Bed bug eggs are dropped
Courtesy Dini M. Miller, Ph.D
Bed bug eggs are cream-colored and have an elongated shape that measures a tiny one millimeter in length. The female can lay her eggs singly or in groups. “Bed bugs can ‘glue’ their egg to a surface and it can remain there until it hatches if in an undisturbed location such as a crack or crevice. They can be dislodged though, so they can be found on the floor if scraped off,” says urban entomologist Jody Green, PhD, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The eggs are usually pretty safe unless a human comes along with a scraper or strong vacuum to suck them up. Vacuuming is one way to stay on top of bed bugs. Here are some other things you should be doing to keep bed bugs out.
Bed bug eggs are tough
You would think something as small and seemingly frail like a bed bug egg wouldn’t have much of a chance, yet Dr. Miller’s research says that under optimal conditions, just about 97 percent of the bed bug eggs hatch. Insecticides sold at the local hardware store can’t penetrate the protective eggshell, says Green. Even diatomaceous earth, one of the home remedies for bed bugs, only kills nymphs and adult bed bugs—not the eggs. Here’s what’s lethal to the eggs: Temperatures above 120 degrees, or below 0. Green says some professional products may be successful at wiping out the eggs but only with precise and proper application techniques.
A new generation of bed bugs will hatch between nine and 12 days of optimal room temperatures—around 72 degrees—Green says. Hatching takes longer under cooler conditions. Once the nymphs emerge, they immediately start searching for a blood meal. “Literature has suggested that nymphs require a blood meal soon because they may desiccate. A blood meal will help them with moisture, but they can also survive by hiding out in crevices in optimal temperatures of 70 to 90 degrees,” says Green. Even without a blood snack, nymphs may live for two to four months. Check out some more secrets bed bugs don’t want you to know.
What do bed bug eggs look like?
Bed bugs are ectoparasites that feed on the blood from a host animal. Unfortunately, these disturbing pests’ animal of choice is a human. In order to produce bed bug eggs, the female must first have a blood meal. After this blood meal, a female bed bug is capable of laying large numbers of eggs. With continued access to blood, she can lay as many as 500 to 600 eggs in her lifetime. If you are concerned about bed bugs in your home, there are two questions you might be asking yourself: “What do bed bug eggs look like?” and “Where do bed bugs lay eggs?” Let’s examine the answers to each.
Physical appearance of bed bug eggs
What do bed bug eggs look like? They are very small and white to pearl-white in color. They appear to be shaped like a barrel and are about the size of a pinhead or a grain of salt. They are covered with a sticky substance, which adheres to almost any surface the female places them on. If the eggs are more than five days old, they will have a conspicuous dark mark on them that resembles an eye.
Common areas where bed bug eggs are found
Where do bed bugs lay eggs? Once inside a structure, bed bugs do not travel far to feed or lay their eggs. Most eggs are laid in protected sites, as close to a food source as possible. These pests can fit into a crack no thicker than a business card and lay eggs.
Bed bugs feed most often at night while the host animal is at rest. Since they primarily feed on the blood of humans, the most likely place to find bed bug eggs is on or near the bed. Look closely for bed bug eggs on mattress seams and joints. It’s also common to find them on the box spring and behind the headboard, if it abuts or is attached to the wall. Near these sites you will most likely find markings of red or black “specks.” These markings are feces from the bed bugs that consist of partially digested blood. Large concentrations of bed bugs may be accompanied by a pungent, sweetish odor caused by secretions from their scent glands.
Although it has not been proven that these disgusting creatures transmit diseases to humans, just the thought of having a bed bug infestation in your home sucking your blood is enough to make your skin crawl. Take the worry out of trying to identify bed bug eggs and trying to find where they might be located in your home. Call the pest management professionals at Terminix® for a free bed bug inspection today. They know how to locate bed bugs and eliminate them.
The Complete Guide on How to Get Rid of Bed Bug Bites
Bed bug bites are a year-round nightmare. You’ll find out how to tell apart the bed bugs’ bites from mosquitoes’ and fleas’ bites and why you won’t feel anything while you are bitten. We’ll also give an answer to a popular question: “Is it true that even two people sleeping in the same bed can react to these bites differently?”. We will also explain how to get rid of itching after you’ve been bitten and how to prevent new bites. Those who are forewarned, are forearmed, so let’s get started!
What Do Bed Bug Bites Look Like? F.A.Q. or Everything You Should Know About the Bed Bug Bites
1. Do bed bug bites itch? Not when you have just been bitten. You won’t feel anything.
First, we need to talk about signs of bed bug bites which you may identify after the night sleep. According to the information about these pest insects from entomologists from the Entomology Department at Purdue University, “the bites themselves are not painful and typically are not felt”. You don’t feel any pain when bitten because the bed bugs inject a special temporary analgesic which will relieve you from the pain.
2. How long does it take for the bed bugs to bite someone?
A complete meal lasts 3-10 minutes. It all starts with the appearance of middle or large raised or flat spots on any part of human body (but the most common parts are face, neck, arms, and hands). Itching and redness almost often accompany these bites.
3. Two people sleeping in the same bed can react differently to the bites
Bed bug bites signs can differ greatly from one person to another. Even a couple sleeping in the same bed and thus bitten at the same time can react completely differently to the bites! It has been proven that almost every third person (30%) bitten doesn’t feel any uncomfortable sensations even when they’ve been bitten repeatedly over time. Such low bite sensitivity is typical of seniors. As the bed bug bites symptoms may be implicit and manifest in different ways, they are therefore often confused with other insects’ bites.. If you are not sure, whether you or your child were bitten by a bed bug, a mosquito or flea, look at our comparative table below which helps you to identify the pest bothering you.
4. Bed bug bites are usually arranged in tracks of 2-3 bites
Unlike mosquito bites, these ones always trail of 2-3 (up to 5) bites in a row, because a bed bug doesn’t suck all of the blood at once, it feeds on it gradually and bites several times. The distance between the bites can be up to several inches. Sometimes this eating pattern is called “breakfast, lunch, and dinner”. Since the bites are painless you won’t be able to interrupt the bed bugs’ feast which can last, as we’ve mentioned, up to 10 minutes!
Also, mind that it is a single bed bug that can bite you twice or thrice per night! How many bugs are there in your bed? According to scientific estimations, a bed can be inhabited by up to several thousands of bed bugs. This is not a limit, though, as there has been a case of 150 thousand bed bugs infesting a single room! Most of them inhabited particularly the bed. That is why even if a tenth of this of this army of thousands of pests is hungry, you risk having multiple itchy red bites all over your body the following morning.
5. Bed bugs are not afraid of light and even can bite during the day
In spite of the fact that the bed bugs only leave their nests at night for meal (as a rule, they appear between 3 and 8 am), they exceptionally appear during the day. This can happen if the bed bugs are too hungry (you can imagine the length of being too hungry taking into consideration the fact that the bed bugs can survive for UP TO A YEAR without food!). What is a contingency for the bed bugs? It is the absence of peacefully sleeping people nearby at night. Laundries, public transit, airports, offices and other non-residential buildings are at risk.
Therefore, the bed bugs aren’t afraid of bright daylight or artificial light if they want to get their blood portion (which they will!).
6. Bed bugs bite all year around
Unlike other biting insects which have certain activity peaks, bed bugs will inhabit your bed in any season until you get rid of them.
7. Do bed bugs bite dogs?
Theydo. Sometimes it is the dogs which suffer most from the bed bug bites as while living inside; the bugs can feed on their blood for a very long time before tasting yours. Why is it so? The matter is straightforward: just like cats, dogs sleep for the most of the day (they sleep for 18 hours!). This allows the bed bugs to have enough blood at night or during the day.
8. Can bed bugs bite through clothes?
It is quite possible. The bed bugs pierce the skin and suck your blood with the help of a special proboscis, which is not adapted for piercing tissue, plastic or paper. If you sleep wearing PJs, you may be in luck for a short period of time as the bed bugs are quick and will reach uncovered parts of your body soon enough,
As you have probably figured, these pests are a serious issue and you have to analyze a whole range of different factors to identify them. We have compiled a useful chart which will help you figure whether is the bed bugs which bite you or something else.
Find Out Who Bit You! Bite Comparison Chart: 6 Differences Between Bed Bug Bites vs Flea Bites vs Mosquito Bites
Where do they bite?
2-3 or more bites form a trail on any body partThe bites are separate, spots can be found all over the body.As a rule, 2-3 bites form a trail. Most often fleas bite feet and shins, less often they attack the upper body.
Bed bugs are mostly night insects so you’ll find the bites the morning after once you wake up.Bites can appear at any timeBites can appear at any time
Does not necessarily happen, but in any case doesn’t last long.Intense, goes away relatively quickly.Intense, goes away relatively quickly.
Other bite signs
Brownish stains on the bed sheets and under the mattresses which are the remains of the bed bugs you’ve accidentally crushed.Mosquitoes squeak, bites are visible when skin starts to itchStrong pain at the moment of the bite, the insect is not observed though.
Insect activity peak
The insects are active all year aroundActivity peaks at the end of spring and during summerActivity peaks at the end of summer
How Dangerous Are Bed Bug Bites?
This very question most of all bothers those who have been bitten by the bed bugs. According to the Purdue University entomologists, “at least 27 agents of human disease have been found in bed bugs, including viruses, bacteria, protozoa, and parasitic worms. None of these agents reproduce or multiply within bed bugs, and very few survive for any length of time inside a bed bug. There is no evidence that bed bugs are involved in the transmission (via bite or infected feces) of any disease agent, including hepatitis B virus and HIV, the virus that causes AIDS”.
This, unlike your CNS’ reaction to the bed bug bites, is quite rejoicing. The scientists claim that frequent bites can cause sleep disorders, including insomnia, stress and irritation. It’s believed that the newborns attract the bed bugs most as their blood tastes specifically well for them. It’s unknown whether the newborns are really bitten more often, but the bed bugs’ bites can be the actual cause of their constant crying because their skin is really sensitive. Moreover, in most severe cases of significant blood loss, the newborns can develop anemia. Also, anyone with particularly sensitive skin can develop an allergy.
NB: Although the bed bugs are nocturnal insects, they fear light less than starvation. They will come and find you even if you light the room with powerful spotlights.
How Long Do Bed Bugs’ Bites Last?
Bed bugs need fresh blood every 3-4 days, but if they have already spread everywhere, the bites won’t heal soon enough as new ones will appear all the time. Since the bites may not be immediately felt, you will hardly be able to name the exact day you were bitten. As per the Wesleyan University specialists, “bites may not become immediately visible, and can take up to 3-4 days to appear”. The University Health Services (UHS) at University W–Madison experts add that a delayed reaction up to 14 days is possible.
Redness, itching, swelling of the skin are usually gone in a few days. In more severe cases, such as being bitten by hundreds of bed bugs, healing takes longer: up to 3 weeks. If the bites do not heal and you have noticed growing health deterioration, seek medical attention immediately as an allergic possible, which should be treated under the specialist supervision, is possible.
How to Treat Bed Bug Bites
Since the bed bugs do not transmit any diseases, their bites don’t have to be treated (provided you have neither an allergy nor you itch). Still, if minor itching bothers you, use such home treatment as ice packs to reduce swelling or a mixture of water and soda to reduce itching. If itching is awful, use such products as StingEze Dauber for a Check current price. This low-cost remedy is recommended by scientists because it helps to eliminate pain and itching. Alternatively, you may apply Benadryl Itch Relief Spray for a Check current price: it’s a multipurpose remedy with a 4.5 stars rating.
Take antihistamine drugs if you know that you have an allergy reaction. These pills help to fight allergic reactions and are an excellent bed bug bites remedy. Take these drugs (after consulting a doctor) before the bites swell too much. This will help control the itching and swelling at early stages.
How to Get Rid Of Bed Bug Bites
There are lots of online myths regarding the treatment which allegedly is effective against the bed bugs. Here are two most spread myths.
- Spray repellents are effective against the bites
This is not true. Repellents may be helpful against mosquito bites, some other insects’ bites, but the bed bugs don’t give a toss about what you spray on yourself.
- Bed bugs bombs can help destroy the bed bugs and thus prevent their bites
This is not true. Unfortunately, they are also useless as the insecticide fog cannot reach the secluded spots inhabited by the bed bugs. Moreover, once the bed bugs feel such synthetic chemical attack, they will hide deeper into the cracks and it will become even more difficult to get rid of them.
To protect yourself from their bites, you need to use only the tested and approved by the scientists bed bug control products. Also, mind that it is necessary to get rid of not only adults, but also of the larvae and even of the eggs which could eventually grow into adult biting insects.
However, things are not very simple. You can’t merely get rid of the bed bugs by using single type of treatment. Along with thorough cleaning it is essential to systematically apply other methods.
Here are the 3 main steps:
- Use bed bug detectors to detect any bed bugs in your house as well as their tracks. Special bed legs supports, such as Climbup Insect Interceptor Bed Bug Trap for the price Check current price, remain the most popular bed bug detectors. You’ll find out more about bed bug detectors in our Best Bed Bug Detectors Review.
- Cover your mattress with a mattress bed bug cover to treat your old mattress or to prevent their appearance in the newly obtained one. You’ll find the most durable covers for any budget in the review of 5 Best Bed Bug Mattress Protectors.
- Invest in an effective bed bug spray to treat indoor infestation.
- If the infestation was particularity bad and you need to replace your mattress, check out these helpful mattress reviews, or search for mattresses online.
Remember! Up to 150 thousand bed bugs can inhabit your bed, so don’t put off getting rid of them and take action right now!
We have collected for you all proven scientific information regarding getting rid of bed bugs in our guide. In fact, to get rid of them you’ll have to be smarter and more persistent than these bloodsuckers! Arm yourself against them right now and read “The Complete Guide to How to Kill Bed Bugs”