bed bugs iowa

March 16, 2010 by  

Bed bugs prefer to live and lay eggs within 20 feet of human hosts. This can include: mattresses, headboards, pictures on walls, light fixtures and sockets, electrical equipment, and toys or clothes. Bed bugs only need the thickness of a credit card to enter and hide.  Eggs are tiny and white to translucent and almost impossible to see unless they are on a dark surface. Adult females will lay 2 eggs per day up to 200 total so numbers can reach high levels very quickly. Eggs will usually hatch in a week in ideal conditions. Eggs go through a five step metamorphosis and will not feed until they are in the nymph stage. They must have a blood feeding to continue development to an adult.

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