*Baby Bed Bugs*
You ever woken up in the middle of the night only to find several bumps on your skin? Yeah, that’s probably bed bugs.
These annoying little bugs can be an obstacle to a good night’s sleep. You’ll wake up feeling unrefreshed with so many itchy and reddish bumps on your skin.
The ironic thing is that, while bed bugs can easily bite you in any part of your body, it is difficult to spot them. They easily hide in objects, especially the seams of your mattress.
Recent studies have shown that the rate of bed bug infestation among households is growing. It is stipulated that one out of five homes in America has either encountered bed bug problems or knows someone that has.
Those are big numbers. This shows how easily bed bugs can spread. It can be as easy as sitting on an infested chair outside and subsequently sitting on your bed when you get home.
With bed bug infestation, the key to eradication is early identification. Extermination is usually difficult, therefore it’s better to seek professional services.
Our focus will be on baby bed bugs. Are they different from adult bed bugs?
To get a more detailed view of baby bed bugs, let’s look at the life cycle of a bed bug.
- Life Cycle Of Bed Bugs
- What Do Baby Bed Bugs Look Like?
- What Color Are Baby Bed Bugs?
- How Small Are Baby Bed Bugs?
- Do Baby Bed Bug Bite?
- Feeding Of Baby Bed Bugs
- Do Bed Bug Larva Exist?
- Where Can You Find Bed Bug Nymphs?
- Can Baby Bed Bugs Live On Your Hair/Body?
- Signs Of Infestation With Baby Bed Bugs
- How To Prevent Multiplication Of Baby Bed Bugs
- Eradication Of Bed Bug Nymphs
- Pictures Of Baby Bed Bugs
Life Cycle Of Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are nocturnal insects that survive by feeding on human blood. Their feed may last for up to five minutes, which is why they prefer feeding on sleeping humans.
These bugs have a flattened body so can naturally hide in tiny spaces such as cracks, crevices, beds, or furniture.
An adult female can lay about one to five eggs each day, and up to 500 in a lifetime. Therefore the life of a bed bug starts with an egg.
These eggs can be laid singly or in clusters and measure about 1mm in length. For comparison’s sake, that’s as small as two grains of salt. Under appropriate conditions, these eggs hatch two weeks and baby bed bugs come out.
Baby bed bugs otherwise called bed bug nymphs are the next stage of development. These nymphs would have to pass through five molting processes to reach adulthood.
There’s really no specific difference between the adult and baby bed bugs besides size and color. Adult bed bugs are reddish-brown in color while bed bug nymphs are white/straw-colored and almost transparent prior to feeding. Additionally, baby bed bugs aren’t sexually mature.
Ideally, it takes about five weeks for baby bed bugs to pass the five stages and become an adult. However, for this to happen, each nymph requires a daily blood meal. This means that baby bed bugs can take a little longer to grow into adults if they don’t feed adequately.
As they mature into adulthood, feeding frequency reduces to once a week. Adult bed bugs can last up to one year without feeding. Crazy!
What Do Baby Bed Bugs Look Like?
As said earlier, there’s not much difference between adult and baby bed bugs. This is because metamorphosis is not involved in its development.
The two factors responsible for growth in an adult bed bug is growing in size and change in color. Every other thing remains the same for both adult and baby bed bugs.
So since baby bed bugs are different in color and size from the adults, can you see them with your naked eyes?
Well, yes. Contrary to the myth about needing a magnifying glass to see a bed bug nymph.
They are small quite alright. But with some focus and patience, you’ll be able to see them.
These young bugs measure about a quarter-inch long. That’s very small and will be difficult to spot, though not impossible.
What Color Are Baby Bed Bugs?
Like earlier said, baby bed bugs are white or straw-colored, just like the color of their eggs.
This is what makes it difficult, and almost impossible to spot them on your bed and beddings. Especially on white sheets and furniture.
However, this white color wouldn’t last long. As they pass through the five nymph stages, their color darkens.
To get to adulthood, baby bed bugs need to have a daily blood meal. And immediately after feeding, the baby bed bug turns red. This is because of all the ingested blood.
Now you understand why you get multiple bumps when you wake up. These baby bed bugs need to feed frequently in order to grow.
Each stage of their development takes about a week. Therefore a baby bed bug will need to feed about 5 – 7 times before maturing to the next stage.
With multiple ingestion and digestion of blood, these bed bug nymphs start turning brown in color. By the final nymph stage, they are already brown all over.
With an additional feed, they fully mature into an adult bed bug and gain the characteristic red tint.
How Small Are Baby Bed Bugs?
Besides color, size is another difference between an adult and a baby bed bug. They are quite tiny in size making them difficult and almost impossible to spot.
They can measure between ¼ to 1 inch. This is comparable to two grains of salt.
Baby bed bugs are oval in shape and flattened dorsoventrally (from above to below). Their body slowly fills up as they feed.
As baby bed bugs mature, their body remains oval but less flat.
Still flat but not as flat as early-stage bed bug nymphs.
Once baby bed bugs regularly get a blood meal, they’d grow to adult size within about 5 – 6 weeks. However, this can last longer if baby bed bugs go for some time without a blood meal.
Do Baby Bed Bug Bite?
Of course, they do. Most of the bed bug bites you will have are probably from baby bed bugs. This is because they need blood meals more than adults. It is important for development.
Their antenna is used to pierce the skin and into a blood vessel. From there, they suck blood till they are full.
An adult bed bug can feed for up to five minutes. However, it is usually shorter for baby bed bugs.
Where do the reddish bumps come from? Do they inject something into your skin?
Baby bed bugs do not inject anything into your skin while feeding that causes reddish bumps. However, this is a way of your body fighting foreign objects. In this case, the mouth of the bed bug.
In essence, the reddish bumps on your skin are just an allergic reaction. And for most people will clear within two weeks.
In a few cases, medical assistance might be required. Especially if it leads to a severe allergic reaction or anaphylactic shock.
So it’s best to contact professionals to eliminate the bed bugs. If not, they’ll keep biting you and growing in number.
Feeding Of Baby Bed Bugs
A baby bed bug feeds almost immediately after hatching out of its egg. This kickstarts its development towards adulthood.
An adult bed bug can feed for up to 5 minutes, however, this duration is shorter for baby bed bugs.
On the other hand, baby bed bugs feed more frequently. Ideally, they need a daily blood meal to maintain adequate developmental progress.
Even though baby bed bugs are white and almost transparent, they become bright red after they feed. It is the continuous digestion of blood products that gradually changes their color to brown.
Do Bed Bug Larva Exist?
Bed bugs do not have a larvae stage. The larva is worm-like newborns of insect that come out from the egg. It is a developmental stage between egg and adulthood.
The larva of other bugs eventually go into a cocoon and after a while emerge as an adult insects with wings and all.
Bed bugs go straight from egg to nymph. There’s no larva stage.
Where Can You Find Bed Bug Nymphs?
In more ways than one, baby bed bugs are similar to adults. They inhabit the same places as adult bed bugs.
Following the adult bed bugs probably assures them of a blood meal.
Baby bed bugs can be found on mattresses, sofa, couches, upholstery, hairdresser, etc.
Can Baby Bed Bugs Live On Your Hair/Body?
If you sleep in places swarming with bed bugs, then yes, baby bed bugs can get into your hair.
But do they prefer to live there? No.
Your scalp is too strong for these bed bug nymphs to suck blood from. Additionally, bed bugs don’t live on the human body like other parasites.
However, they just suck your blood while you’re at sleep and still. After that, they go back to their hiding place and wait for their next meal the following night.
Signs Of Infestation With Baby Bed Bugs
Bed bug infestation is usually a nightmare to most people. This is because of the countless sleepless nights and groggy mornings it’ll cause you.
Now, how do you know that you might have a bed bug problem?
There are several ways to know when you have a bed bug problem.
Once you see an adult or baby bed bug, surely there’s fire on the mountain. Seeing even just one bedbug means there are others.
Mattress stain could also be a pointer to bed bug infestation. This stain is probably due to the feces of the bugs as they digest their blood meal.
You can also see the exoskeleton of baby bed bugs as they molt into another stage. This indicates a growing infestation and needs to be taken care of.
The surest sign of an infestation is by seeing any bed bug around, whether alive or dead. Taking swift action will save you the countless night of sleeplessness.
How To Prevent Multiplication Of Baby Bed Bugs
There are several things you can do to prevent the multiplication of bed bugs in your home.
- Inspect your home regularly for signs of infestation as listed above
- Avoid cluttering your bedroom, especially with clothes.
- If you can, avoid second hand furniture. However if you can’t, be sure to inspect it thoroughly
- Use a vacuum cleaner when cleaning your home
- When you go to hotels, use a bag stand. Dont put your bag on the floor.
- Seal any cracks or crevices in your house.
This list is not exhaustive, however, it is a good start when it comes to preventing the multiplication of baby bed bugs in your home.
Eradication Of Bed Bug Nymphs
The aim of early identification is to make eradication possible and relatively easy. There is no different method used for baby bed bugs that are different from adult bed bugs.
Although the fact remains that the presence of baby bed bugs in your home signifies severe bed bug infestation. This means bed bugs are actively multiplying and increasing.
Adult female bed bugs can lay up to 500 eggs in their lifetime. Therefore it’s not really hard for these bugs to multiply in your house.
Getting rid of baby bed bugs is quite expensive. However, if you have a tight budget and still decide to do it yourself, there are quite a few articles online that can help you.
The best method to get rid of baby bed bugs is heat treatment. This takes advantage of the fact that bed bugs can’t stand high temperatures.
Unlike pesticide spray treatment advertised by many, heat treatment guarantees 100% bug removal and lasts longer.
The best course of action still remains to contact professionals. Eradicating bed bugs can be quite difficult. To be effective, it has to be done at once, else the remaining ones will multiply. If this happens, you’re back to square one.
Pictures Of Baby Bed Bugs
Baby bed bugs are indeed a nuisance. They can be the cause of sleepless nights and irritable mornings.
This is presented by reddish and itchy bumps on the skin which usually disappear within two weeks.
Surely, in this article, you’ve found the answers to many questions you might have about baby bed bugs.
These tiny bed bugs are just like adult bed bugs except in size and color. Baby bed bugs hatch from eggs and are white and about ¼ inch.
As they ingest and digest blood, baby bed bugs get darker and darker. By the 5th stage of development, they’re brown all over.
Baby bed bugs require a frequent blood meal to pass through the phase of development. This is why you get bitten by these baby bed bugs.