And your adult bed bugs are only about the size of Lincoln’s head on a penny.
These ectoparasites vary in size. While adult bed bugs are close to ¼ of an inch in length, the hatchlings, also called nymphs, are roughly the size of a poppy seed. Some research has supported the fact that bed bugs can lay close to 500 eggs in their lifetime, and five eggs per day. One can easily see these eggs faster than they would see the bed bugs as they are of milky-white in color and are 1mm in length. Taking close to two weeks to hatch, these new bed bugs, or nymphs, begin their feeding process right away.
A bed bugs range in color from tan to brown, burnt orange and even white. While they don’t have wings to fly, bedbugs are very mobile, and get around pretty well. Bed bugs are so clever that they can flatten themselves enough to hide in dark corners when they are in your home or other places.
The life cycle of a bed bug includes five nymph stages before it becomes an adult. The egg of a bed bug is approximately 1 mm long or .04 inches and once hatched and reaches the first larva stage is about 1.5 mm long or .06 inches. With eah progression into the next larva stage the nymph grows in size and darkens in color until it reaches adulthood at 5.5mm long or .22 inches.