What are the bed bug stages of life?


Bed bugs go through several stages of life until they reach adulthood. First is the egg, which looks like a milky white grain of rice. After about two weeks, the eggs hatch and the nymphs emerge, ready to feed from day 1.

The nymphs must go through five molting stages before they reach adulthood, and they cannot molt without a blood meal. As they develop, nymphs progress from a small yellow-white bug to a reddish-brown adult. Typically, nymphs reach adulthood within four or five weeks.

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