Bedbugs Hide In the Most Innocuous of Places
Bedbugs begin their lives as eggs. These eggs are generally cylindrical or oval-like in shape, and are rounded at one end and have a flat, hatch-like structure at the other. The rounded end provides a suitable means of egress when the bedbug is ready to hatch.
Bedbug eggs are a shiny, milky-white color and slightly translucent, as are the newly hatched bedbug nymphs. A nymph will maintain its whitish, yellowish hue until its first blood-meal, at which point it will acquire its characteristic amber, reddish coloration.
When an immature bedbug has recently eaten, it will retain its blood-red coloration for a short period of time, essentially until it has digested all of the surplus blood particles that it’s managed to collect. As the bedbug digests uses up its store of blood, it will gradually begin to turn translucent again.
Making matters worse is the fact that bedbug eggs, as well as newly hatched bedbugs are notoriously small and difficult to see—they con sometimes be about the size of a single stitch on sewn mattress fabric—meaning that their naturally white color affords them a certain degree of camouflage as they unintentionally blend in with mattresses, sheets, and blankets.
Like snakes, bedbugs have been known to shed their skins at various stages in their development. Bedbugs must have a blood meal in order to proceed to the next stage of their development. Most entomologists agree that a bedbug must go through five different instars in order to reach adulthood.
When a bedbug gorges on human blood, its abdomen can expand to many times its original size, which means that it’s necessary for a bedbug to shed its distended skin to accommodate its newer, larger size. Again, considering their initial, tiny size, it’s possible for bedbugs to hide nearly anywhere around human bedding areas.
After feeding, and when fully engorged, bedbug nymphs can grow to about six times their original size. Adult bedbugs, on the other hand, my grow about two and a half times larger after feeding. When adult bedbugs are finished digesting blood, they’re about a quarter of an inch long and roughly one sixteenth of an inch wide. When viewed from the side, bedbugs look rather flat, and adults can be thinner than an average business card when flush against a surface.
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