Why do you need to know about baby bed bugs? In other words, why must you read this post?
It’s because if you see baby bed bugs in your home, then your home may have a severe bed bug infestation.
Baby bed bugs wouldn’t have been at your home had there been no adult bed bugs.
In this post, we’ve answered 20 questions that our readers have on baby bed bugs.
From what do baby bed bugs look like, how you can find them, to how to kill bed bugs, this post covers them all.
So, sit back and devour this encyclopedia on baby bed bugs.
Where Do Baby Bed Bugs Come From?
The most apparent answer is that baby bed bugs come from adult bed bugs.
Well, it’s true. But to be more specific, baby bed bugs hatch out from the eggs that adult bed bugs lay in places that are close to their food source – you and your pets.
So, the most common places are your mattress, carpet, upholstery furniture, headboards, box springs, baby cribs, inseams of your sofa, and pet beds.
But it doesn’t end there. Baby bed bugs can come from any place in your home with small gaps and cracks, are hard to clean, dark, and moist.
These places are perfect for the adult bed bugs to lay their eggs. Any place with gaps less than half the width of your credit card is good enough for bed bugs to lay eggs.
There’re also some unlikely places of bed bug infestation – closets, wardrobes, drawers, car, and even your baby car seat. So, the chances are relatively high that these places can also be the source of baby bed bugs.
How Do Baby Bed Bugs Look Like?
Baby bed bugs, also known as nymphs, are tiny, and to some, they might not be visible to the naked eye.
A newborn baby bed bug is off-whitish in color. And the actual size of a bed bug is 1/16th of an inch in length.
Baby bed bugs have five stages of development before you can classify them as an adult bed bug.
A baby bed bug goes through five stages in it’s lifecycle before it turns into an adult bed bug.
In each stage of development, baby bed bugs molt. It means that they shed their skin or shell.
After molt in each of the stages, their size increase.
On the fifth, the last stage of development, baby bed bugs or nymphs become an adult. The actual size of adult bed bug is anywhere between 3/16th of an inch to 1/4th of an inch.
How Do Bed Bug Eggs Look Like?
The eggs are white and elliptical with a gluey substance on it.
This glue matter sticks the eggs on any hard and dry surface the female bed bugs lay eggs upon. A female bed bug can easily 200 to 250 eggs for 5 days in a row.
When the eggs get old by 3-4 days, they develop a black spot on them.
So, if you see anything in the bed bug hiding places that resemble a grain of salt or black pepper, then it can be bed bug eggs.
How Long Baby Bed Bug Eggs Take To Hatch?
Bed bug eggs take 6-10 days to hatch. The newly hatched baby bed bugs are known as nymphs. And the first thing that the nymphs do is to look for food.
And what do baby bugs eat? They don’t eat. They drink your blood. The first thing that the nymphs do after hatching from the eggs is to find you and suck your blood!
How Many Baby Bed Bugs Come Out From One Egg?
Only one baby bed bug hatches from one egg. But a female bed bug can lay 500 eggs in her lifetime. The severity of infestation is massive, even if there’s a one-bed bug in your home.
What’s The Difference Between Nymphs And Baby Bed Bugs?
There’s no difference between a nymph and a baby bed bug. Both are the same.
Are Baby Bed Bugs White?
Baby bed bugs aren’t completely white. They’re off-whitish when they’re unfed or they haven’t had their blood meals.
They’re translucent, which means you can see through them if you can spot them.
Many people confuse bed bug eggs with baby bed bugs. That’s why they think it’s white.
Baby bed bugs turn reddish after they take their first blood meal. After taking their first blood meal, they molt, which means they shed their skin.
Are Baby Bed Bugs Red?
No, baby bed bugs aren’t red. Baby bed bugs are born translucent. They turn red after their first blood meal.
Are Baby Bed Bugs Black?
No, baby bed bugs are not black. They’re either clear (you can see through them when they didn’t have a blood meal) or reddish if they had a blood meal.
Do Baby Bed Bugs Bite?
Yes, baby bed bugs do bite. Biting you and sucking your blood is the first thing that they want to do after hatching. If they don’t get to drink your blood, they can’t survive.
So, can baby bed bugs bite? Yes, they can.
How Does Baby Bed Bugs Bite look Like?
Baby bed bug bites look like adult bed bug bites. When bitten by a baby bed bug, you’ll get a pinkish lump on your skin with a smaller red dot that looks like a crater at the tip of the lump. The baby bed bug bite is like a short zigzag pattern of red swollen bumps on your skin.
Some people are allergic to bed bug bites.
And some people don’t even get the bite marks when bed bugs bite them.
So, if you get any allergic reaction, it’s always best to see a doctor asap. You can apply cold condensed lavender or rosemary essential oil on the bitten area for immediate relief.
Do Baby Bed Bugs Carry Diseases?
Neither baby nor adult bed bugs carry any diseases. But their bites can cause serious allergies to some people.
Where Do Baby Bed Bugs Hide?
Baby bed bugs prefer to hide near their food source.
So, it’s quite common to find baby bed bugs on the mattress’s seams, in the gaps between the mattress and the bed, headboard, wooden furniture, couch, baby cribs, and carpet or rugs.
Can Baby Bed Bugs or Nymphs Lay Eggs?
No, they can’t. Baby bed bugs take 6-7 weeks from the day of hatching to turn into an adult before they can lay eggs. An adult bed bug can lay up to 250 eggs spread across five days in a row.
Do Baby Bed Bugs Jump?
No, baby bed bugs can’t crawl as fast as the adult bed bugs. The exoskeleton of baby bed bugs is weaker when compared with adult bed bugs. This condition reduces their ability to move quickly.
But even adult bed bugs aren’t as fast as roaches or fleas. The reason being that the legs of bed bugs aren’t as long or as strong as the roaches’ and fleas.
So, if you see an adult or baby bed bug, you can easily squish them. Baby bugs are easy to kill if you can see or spot them.
Do Baby Bed Bugs Have Wings?
No, baby bed bugs don’t have wings. Neither can they jump nor can they fly.
Can Baby Bed Bugs Live In Your Hair?
Baby bed bugs can get into your hair if you sit and sleep in places infested by bed bugs. But your hair isn’t where baby bugs would like to live because they’re too weak to suck the blood out of your skull.
So, baby bed bugs can’t live in your hair. And baby bed bugs don’t live on humans like parasites.
Chances of lice and fleas living in your hair is way higher than the chances of baby bed bugs.
How To Kill Baby Bed Bugs?
If you’ve baby bed bugs in your home, then it means that there are adult bed bugs too.
Bed bugs are one of the toughest pests to get rid of.
So, the best advice is to contact a bed bug control specialist asap.
But there’s one thing that you can do to drastically reduce the population of both adult and baby bed bugs.
And that’s steam cleaning with a good quality steam cleaner.
Vacuum cleaning also works when it comes to bed bug removal, but steam cleaning is a better option. It’s because bed bugs can’t withstand heat.
Any temperature over 113 degrees Fahrenheit will kill bed bugs.
When you hire a pest control specialist for bed bug treatment, he’ll also use heat, through a heat remediation process, to get rid of bed bugs from your property.
The first step you can take before you contact a pest control specialist is to steam clean all the places where bed bugs can hide.
Can You Prevent Adult Or Baby Bed Bugs With Insecticides?
We strongly discourage repeated spraying of insecticides to kill both adult and baby bed bugs. Repeated spraying of insecticides where bed bugs infest can expose you to a lot of health risks.
Instead, as a protective measure, you can sprinkle food-grade diatomaceous earth on the infested places and vacuum clean those places after 3-5 hours.
Are There Chances Of Bed Bug Re-infestation After Bed Bug Treatment?
Yes, there are good chances of bed bug re-infestation even after bed bug treatment unless you know how they enter your home.
Your home doesn’t attract bed bugs like it attracts other pests.
Bed bugs are always unwanted visitors who enter your home on luggage, furniture, clothing, fabrics, cardboard boxes, and bags.
Anything that enters your home from outside has the potential of introducing bed bugs inside your home.
So, the best way to keep bed bugs away from your home is to clean everything that has the potential to carry bed bugs.
We highly recommend changing soft furnishings like mattresses and couch after bed bug treatment.
Baby bed bugs are signs of bed bug infestation that needs immediate pest control.
If you see baby bed bugs, then there’s a high probability that there are adult bed bugs and bed bugs eggs waiting to hatch.
In this FAQ post, you’ve got to know all there is that you must know about baby bed bugs. I
t’ll help you spot the signs of their presence and plan your course of action to tackle them.
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