How Does Bed Bug Larvae Look Like

Bed Bug Life Cycle

Bed bugs are nocturnal, reddish-brown insects that feed on the blood of humans and other warm-blooded animals. These wingless insects have dorsoventrally flattened bodies that allow them to hide in areas such as floor cracks, carpets, beds and upholstered furniture.

A bed bug’s life begins with an egg, grain like and milky white in color. Female bed bugs lay between one and five eggs each day and may lie up to 500 eggs within one lifetime. Eggs are laid singly or in clusters and are placed within tight cracks or crevices. The egg is approximately 1 mm in length and is comparable in size to two grains of salt. Within two weeks, eggs hatch and immature bed bugs begin immediately to feed.

Nymphs

These young bed bugs, or nymphs, pass through five molts before reaching maturity. Although nymphs appear similar to adults, they are smaller in size and are not yet sexually mature. Young nymphs are also yellow-white in color, while older nymphs and adults are reddish-brown. In order to complete a molting stage, each nymph requires a blood meal. At room temperature, nymphs molt and become adults within five weeks.

Adults

Upon reaching maturity, bed bug adults often make weekly feedings.


Adult Bed Bug

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.

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PICTURES OF BED BUG LARVAE AND THE BED BUG LIFE CYCLE

Bed bugs develop in stages from the time the egg is laid, through several immature or “nymph” stages, and then to the adult stage. This process is called simple metamorphosis. Other insects, such as fleas, develop by complete metamorphosis and have four stages: egg, larva, pupa and adult. Entomologists would not refer to a bed bug nymph as larvae, but non-experts often assume that bed bug larva is the correct name for a nymph.

More simply, a nymph is a bed bug that hasn’t fully matured into adulthood. It’s helpful to know what immature bed bugs look like since they can leave behind the most evidence.

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Pictures of nymphs

As you can see in the pictures, nymphs look like smaller versions of adult bed bugs and have the same flat, seed-shaped bodies.

There are five nymph stages to the bed bug life cycle. At each stage of this gradual metamorphosis, a bed bug requires one blood meal in order to grow, shed its exoskeleton, and mature into an adult bed bug.

Nymphs grow about half a millimeter with each feeding and subsequent morph. In the picture you can see how much a fully engorged nymph grows after hatching. Look at the spent egg casing next to the bug’s blood-filled body.

What you need to know about the bed bug life cycle

While a growing infestation is never a good thing, it can be helpful since spotting adult bed bugs is difficult. Because a nymph molts five times, evidence of five translucent bed bug exoskeletons can be found for each bed bug in your home.

You can also spot bed bug eggs from hatched nymphs. These eggs are white and measure approximately one millimeter or about the size of a grain of rice. They are typically tucked into the piping of your mattress as well as other bed bug hiding spots.

Nymph timetable

Nymphs grow after each feeding, leaving skins in clusters. Under proper conditions, each morph can take about a week. As adults, these bed bugs will take in blood meals every seven to 10 days (all the while mating until your home is completely overrun).

While a nymph won’t advance to the next stage without a blood meal, this doesn’t mean it will die. Nymphs can last for months without feeding, while adult bed bugs can go more than a year. Along with their expert hiding skills, this is why they are so difficult to kill.

It’s time to stop the bed bug larvae talk and get the facts straight. A pest management professional can help you identify the type of infestation you are dealing with and get pests out for good. Call Terminix® and receive a free home bed bug inspection.

What Do Flea Larvae Look Like?

Identifying Fleas

Fleas are parasitic, blood-feeding insects that often enter homes in the fur of household pets. The life cycle of fleas involves four distinct life stages – egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Recognizing the pests in each of these stages is vital for control:

  • Egg – About the size of a grain of sand and whitish in color, flea eggs are very hard to see. After an adult lays its eggs in an animals’ fur, they often fall out onto the carpet, pet’s bedding in homes or onto the soil when eggs are located outside.
  • Larva – When they hatch from eggs, flea larvae look like tiny worms about 2-5 mm long with a whitish body and pale colored hairs. They feed primarily on flea dirt, which is the blood-filled feces that adult fleas excrete after taking a blood meal.
  • Pupa –When ready to go into the pupal stage, a flea larva spins a silk-like cocoon, inside which it develops into the pupa.. The pupa can lay dormant for a few days or as long as several weeks, often tricking homeowners into thinking their flea infestation is under control.
  • Adult – Adults are about the same size as flea larvae, reddish brown to black in color, and oval-shaped. Their powerful hind legs allow them to jump onto new hosts and travel throughout homes.

What Do Flea Larvae Look Like on Pets?

It’s particularly important to know what flea larvae look like. Stopping the pests in this stage prevents them from hiding as pupae in floor cracks and other areas for extended periods of time.

Larvae like to be near their hosts, so homeowners often spot them on cats and dogs or in pet bedding. In fur, carpet, or blankets, flea larvae look like c-shaped flecks and can be pale or dark depending on when they last fed. The flea dirt they eat may look like specks of pepper.

Getting Rid of Flea Larvae

Fleas on Animals

To control a flea infestation, it’s important to treat the affected animal as well as the house and yard. Veterinarians can offer flea treatments for pets, but without removing the insects from homes it’s easy for animals to become infested again.

Fleas in Homes

Vacuuming and washing bedding and rugs in hot, soapy water can reduce fleas in the house. Flea larvae, eggs, pupae, or adults hiding in hard-to-reach areas may require professional control.

Fleas in Yards

Pest experts can also assess whether wildlife, such as raccoons or skunks, might be bringing these parasites onto the property. To identify flea larvae and remove infestations from the house and yard, contact Orkin for help.

What Do Flea Larvae Look Like?

Identifying Fleas

Fleas are parasitic, blood-feeding insects that often enter homes in the fur of household pets. The life cycle of fleas involves four distinct life stages – egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Recognizing the pests in each of these stages is vital for control:

  • Egg – About the size of a grain of sand and whitish in color, flea eggs are very hard to see. After an adult lays its eggs in an animals’ fur, they often fall out onto the carpet, pet’s bedding in homes or onto the soil when eggs are located outside.
  • Larva – When they hatch from eggs, flea larvae look like tiny worms about 2-5 mm long with a whitish body and pale colored hairs. They feed primarily on flea dirt, which is the blood-filled feces that adult fleas excrete after taking a blood meal.
  • Pupa –When ready to go into the pupal stage, a flea larva spins a silk-like cocoon, inside which it develops into the pupa.. The pupa can lay dormant for a few days or as long as several weeks, often tricking homeowners into thinking their flea infestation is under control.
  • Adult – Adults are about the same size as flea larvae, reddish brown to black in color, and oval-shaped. Their powerful hind legs allow them to jump onto new hosts and travel throughout homes.

What Do Flea Larvae Look Like on Pets?

It’s particularly important to know what flea larvae look like. Stopping the pests in this stage prevents them from hiding as pupae in floor cracks and other areas for extended periods of time.

Larvae like to be near their hosts, so homeowners often spot them on cats and dogs or in pet bedding. In fur, carpet, or blankets, flea larvae look like c-shaped flecks and can be pale or dark depending on when they last fed. The flea dirt they eat may look like specks of pepper.

Getting Rid of Flea Larvae

Fleas on Animals

To control a flea infestation, it’s important to treat the affected animal as well as the house and yard. Veterinarians can offer flea treatments for pets, but without removing the insects from homes it’s easy for animals to become infested again.

Fleas in Homes

Vacuuming and washing bedding and rugs in hot, soapy water can reduce fleas in the house. Flea larvae, eggs, pupae, or adults hiding in hard-to-reach areas may require professional control.

Fleas in Yards

Pest experts can also assess whether wildlife, such as raccoons or skunks, might be bringing these parasites onto the property. To identify flea larvae and remove infestations from the house and yard, contact Orkin for help.

Bed Bugs

If you miss just one pregnant female bed bug you can be reinfested withover 300 adultsand1000 new eggsin three months.

Bed bugs are troublesome household pests. They’re sneaky, hard to find, and can pose potential health risks for you and your family. Armed with pest control capabilities backed by science, over 100 years of experience, and state-of-the-art tools and products, Orkin is well-equipped to assess your bed bug problem and mount a strategic response to rid your home of the pest and provide maximum protection.

Inspection & Treatment For Active Infestations

To the untrained eye, rooting out a bed bug infestation can prove difficult, and even if discovered, home remedies and over-the-counter deterrents are often ineffective. Utilizing our A.I.M. protection process, a highly-trained Orkin specialist will assess your home, implement a solution, and monitor activity to ensure the effectiveness of our efforts and offer added peace of mind.

Ongoing Bed Bug Detection Service

Bed bugs multiply quickly, and in just six months, a few can turn into a full-on infestation of 13,000 or more. Detection is critical to break the bed bug life cycle before they become a bigger problem. Orkin Bed Bug Detection Service gets to the root of the problem with targeted inspections of common bed bug hiding places in your home and ongoing monitoring to ensure the pests never return.

Ongoing bed bug detection service may not be available in all markets. Inspection fee may be necessary for bed bug detection.

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The Orkin Process

The A.I.M. Process: How We Help Get Rid of Bed Bugs

If you have seen evidence of bed bugs or want to help protect your home against this multiplying intruder, your Orkin specialist will come and inspect your home.

Bed bugs are sneaky and hard to find, but your Orkin specialist is trained to pinpoint evidence if they are around. On the first visit, we will examine your entire home including the bed, furniture, rugs, and linens. We will conduct an inspection of target areas, and if required, use tools to check cracks and crevices.

Your Orkin specialist will usually start in the bedroom and work their way through your home, concentrating on the furniture and the areas immediately surrounding the furniture.

Upon completion of the inspection and an assessment of the situation, your Orkin specialist will recommend the best course of action. If the inspection confirms an infestation, Orkin will recommend a treatment plan based on the severity of the infestation and your preferences. We will use the best tools and science to address the causes and treat your bed bug problem in the best way for your family, pets, and the environment. This implementation method targets bed bugs as well as the bed bug larvae — preventing them from maturing into breeding, biting, and potentially disease-carrying adults.

Bed bugs can be difficult to eradicate; so your Orkin specialist will perform a follow-up visit to help ensure the effectiveness of the professional treatment that was performed. Additionally, your Orkin specialist will document the visit and recommend next steps to ensure the best maintenance approach for your home.

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Bed bugs can multiply quickly, so early detection is critical to help prevent an even larger infestation. Our integrated A.I.M. protection process works to assess your home, implement solutions, and monitor any bed bug problems you may face.

At Orkin, we never stop learning from bugs. We use the latest technology and unparalleled training, so we can protect your home with an effective plan suited to your specific needs. Simply put, we have Pest Control Down to a Science®.

Bed Bug Resources

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