Bed Bugs, nymphs, eggs and shed skins.

How Bed Bug Larvae Looks and Where to Find Them

Bed bugs, like any other pest, go through stages of growth. Identifying bed bug larvae and knowing where to look for them can assist you in determining if you have a bed bug problem. Early detection is the key to ridding your home of bed bugs as soon as possible by a professional bed bug removal Toronto.

What Do They Look Like?

Nymphs, or bed bug larvae, are bed bugs that have not fully matured. They look just like a bed bug, only smaller and bright red in color. They look like a tiny seed and have a flat body, just like adult bed bugs. Each time the nymph eats, it grows roughly a half millimeter in size. The nymph may appear even redder than usual after it is done eating because the body fills with blood.

Nymph Skins and Egg Casings

As they grow, a nymph will continually shed its skin. You may often find the casing of its skin in the crevices of your mattress not only that, but bed bugs can also live on your mattress. The skins appear yellowish in color. It takes roughly a week for the nymph to transition through growth periods. You should also look for larvae egg casings, which are very small and white in color.

It is often difficult to spot live adult bed bugs. Therefore, knowing how to identify larvae is the best way to confirm a bed bug infestation. The larvae are easier to find, as is the signs that they are living in your bed. A nymph will molt roughly five times. Therefore, if you have a heavy infestation, you will find plenty of skins and casings in the crevices of your mattress.

What Do Bed Bug Eggs Look Like?

Larvae eggs are white and roughly 1mm in size, which roughly the same size as a small grain of rice. You will usually find eggs, or even newly hatched larvae tucked up under the edge of your mattress or in a crevice inside your dresser or nightstand. They can also be find near screw holes in wooden furniture. Anywhere it is dark, dry, and secluded a bed bug will take full advantage of. If you see anything that looks like bed bug eggs or nymphs, contact a professional immediately.

What Do Bed Bug Larvae Look Like?

Bed bugs may look like a tiny apple seed. They are can be easily overlooked and look like tinier versions of their adult self. Bed bugs go through five stages in their growth development pattern until it reaches adulthood. Each time that it grows the larvae grows out of its shell, or exoskeleton on to the next stage. The larvae might be found anywhere under a mattress, upholstered furniture, or even wooden furniture. When you see larvae, it might be a sign of a more advanced infestation. To identify larvae, you might want to look out for adult bed bugs since the larvae are always in proximity to the bed bugs.

Can You See Bed Bug Eggs?

It is definitely possible to spot bed bug eggs, but nearly impossible to do so with the naked eye. The reason for this is that the eggs are almost 1 mm in size and always deeply burrowed in either mattresses or dense fabric. Bed bug eggs have the appearance of a small roundish white grain of rice. Without professional intervention, it is difficult to get rid of them yourself and should therefore consider the help of a professional technician. Bed bug eggs can be found in mattresses, upholstered furniture, and even in wooden furniture. Traces of bed bug activity will inevitably lead to the eggs and will serve as a clue where they are largely kept.

Where to Look

Of course, your bed is the best place to look for bed bug larvae. That is most commonly where you will find them. However, bed bugs may also lay their larvae in between couch cushions, in your carpet, in the folds of your curtains, and in the crevices and joints of your dresser drawers. Make sure you search all of these areas when searching for nymphs.

The reason why your bed is such a hot spot from nymphs is the fact that they will need a food source once they hatch. The female bed bug realizes that you are the best source of food. Therefore, the female will more than likely lay her eggs in your mattress, since that is where you sleep. If you sleep on a couch, then your couch is the likely target.

Make sure you take the time to reach out to a professional exterminator if you see any signs of an infestation. Call the Exterminators 647-496-2211, we offer professional help. The second you spot any larvae, call a professional immediately before things go haywire. In addition, our online store offers bed bug related products such as mattress covers and bed bug monitors.

Article Updated: December 10, 2020

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