What is the life cycle of a bed bug?

The Life Cycle of a bed bug consists of Bed bug eggs will usually hatch in one to three weeks, depending on tempurature meaning the warmer the weather, the shorter the incubation time. Nymphs go through 5 molts, taking a blood meal between each one. The stage can last from several weeks under favorable conditions up to as long as a year when hosts are unavailable and temperatures are low.

Bed bug nymphs can go up to 2 months without feeding. An adult bed bug can feed nonstop for 10 minutes or more, consuming up to 6 times its own weight of your blood. They can also live without feeding sometimes for up to one whole year.

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 each 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.

They do lay eggs and do not give live birth. This makes getting rid of bed bugs a little harder. The eggs are very difficult to see with the naked human eye dut to size and color. Treating the environment in which they are living is crucial to exterminate bed bugs. You must kill the eggs as well as the adults in order to eliminate the problem. This is where exterminators and pesticides really lack effectiveness. Their goal is to kill the adult live bed bugs, but if they do not kill the eggs the cycle will start all over again once they are gone.