Rose Board Certified Entomologist Mark "Shep" Sheperdigian describes the stages of a bed bugs life and how to identify bed bugs and what bed bug eggs look like.
Bed Bug Life Cycle (Infographic) Bed Bug Life Cycle: #1. Egg Stage . The life of a bed bug starts with an egg which is very tiny and pearl white. The size of the egg is about 1mm long, almost equal to the size of two salt grains, mustard seed or a pinhead.
The life cycle of bed bugs takes about 40 days when they are well fed. It is possible that the cycle may take longer if the food is limited. The life cycle begins with the egg and then carries on with the other stages.
Life Cycle & Biology of a Bed Bug: Eggs, Nymphs, Adults. The life cycle of an insect describes the development of an insect from the egg stage to adult. The process is referred to as metamorphosis. Metamorphosis is the process that the insects undergo to change from egg to adult.
B ed bugs have six life stages (five immature and one adult stage). They will shed their skins through a molting process (ecdysis) throughout multiple stages of their lives. The discarded outer shells look like clear, empty exoskeletons of the bugs themselves. Bed bugs must molt five times before becoming fertile adults.
Adults. How Long Do They Live? The life span of a bed bug most commonly ranges from four to six months. However, some bed bugs may live up to a year under cool conditions and with no food.