Michigan Bed Bug Life Cycle
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Early Identification of Bed Bugs
Early identification is key to minimizing the damage bed bugs can cause to your home and your family. One of the main reasons that bed bugs are such an issue in Southeastern Michigan is because of a lack of education about bed bugs and the bed bug life cycle. By knowing the biology of bed bugs, you will not only possess a better understanding of the bugs but also a greater awareness of how to efficiently destroy these insects.
Recognize the bed bug problem before it spreads
Gives you a better idea of how the bed bugs got into your house and when
What do bed bugs look like?
Bed Bug Anatomy, the anatomy of a bed bug is much like any other bug, with a beak with three segments, a four part antenna, and wings that are not used for flying. Bed bugs are typically reddish-brown in color when unfed and more brownish when fed and tend to be more oval-shaped.
Are reddish brown when unfed; brownish when fed
Appear to be oval-shaped
Have a beak with three segments, a four part antenna, and wings that are not used for flying
Bed Bug Life Cycle
The bed bug life cycle is much like any other creature. The bed bug starts as an egg and eventually becomes an adult after so many blood meals. The earlier in the life cycle you catch the bugs, the better chance you have of it being a minor infestation.
Bed Bug Molting Pattern
Upon usual feedings, young nymphs will experience five molting stages, in which they will drop its exoskeleton, ahead of sensing maturity. This exoskeleton can provide you with a definite clue that you have bed bugs in your home.
Bed Bugs Reaching Adulthood
Prior to a nymph becoming capable of molting, it has to feed a minimum of one time before every development phase. If your bed bugs have reached adulthood, that means they have had at least five blood meals.
Bed Bug Life Span
Unfortunately, nymphs are able to be alive for quite a few months without a blood meal. Furthermore, adult bed bugs are able to survive equally to one year with no blood meal. This means that even if you brought bed bugs home from vacation a year ago, they can still be alive in your suitcase!
YOUNG BED BUGS, OR NYMPHS, ARE CATEGORIZED BY:
SIZE: A smaller size compared to adult bed bugs. Younger bed bugs naturally are 1.6 mm long.
APPEARANCE: Transparent/colorless appearance compared to its adult form. However, if younger bed bugs feed on blood, their color will transform into a reddish hue.
SHELLS: As nymphs develop in their adult shape, they discard their external shells. Due to this, bed bug invasion victims will be expected to discover vacant shells right through the high-traffic areas of their home, such as living rooms and bedrooms.
COLOR: Baby bed bugs are lighter in color than adult bed bugs.
ADULT BED BUGS ARE CATEGORIZED BY:
SHAPE: When bugs do not get their blood meal, their cadaver becomes flat and holds the oval shape. The bed bugs will hold a brownish color and will appear longer in size than they are broad.
COLOR: When fed blood, the adult bed bugs’ color will change to red from brown.
APPEARANCE: The exterior of a legitimate bed bug is simply recognized as it has three separate “sections,” that consist of tiny hairs, inoperative wings and four-part antenna.
ODOR: The adult bed bug is the insect that usually have a definite odor that is frequently illustrated as stuffy-Swedish stink, which is because of a chemical discharged from its glands. Such glands are found on the interior parts of its body.
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