Bed Bug Larvae: A peek in the bug’s world

Common facts about bed bug larvae

It’s just before dawn breaks and you’re in the deepest sleep with the most vivid dreams; little do you know that as you enjoy that seemingly unending rest, you are preparing yourself to feed the bugs. And through this blood you give, you are enabling bed bugs to spawn thousands more bed bug larvae. Yes, those tiny creatures will multiply and drain the life out of you, literally.

Bed bugs once lived in caves and they sucked the blood of bats and the prehistoric cavemen. The fascinating thing is that they also left the caves together with the cavemen. Of course, water would wash them off but bed bugs have extra sensitive noses that enable them to trace creatures emitting carbon dioxide. Maybe that’s where they coined the term “bug” for tracing devices. Really interesting isn’t it?

Having sparked our curious minds about bed bugs, let’s magnify their microscopic world and see the world the way they do. One particular thing you might want to look into is their life cycle. Why you ask? This will give us an idea how much time we have before a bed bug larvae develops into something that can spark an infestation and inflict nasty painful bites.

Just like any other insect, bed bugs hatch from tiny eggs. In fact, it’s so tiny that it only measures about 1mm long at its longest. Within 12 days to a week, the egg will become hatchlings or what we call larvae. They measure half a millimeter greater than the egg. At this stage, they can already suck blood and feed on hosts. And once they do, their clear and transparent bodies turn into bloody red.

The bed bug larvae will go on five nymphal stages before they can fully develop into an adult. This will take anywhere from 32-45 days. After turning into an adult, bed bugs will be able to roam in your bedroom for 7 more months before laying hundreds of eggs, probably 300-500 eggs per one adult, giving you more bed bugs to contend with and more bites to suffer.

After all the eggs have hatched, you’ll be astonished to find 500 bite marks all over your body. Now, this can leave you anemic. Yet how was it that you weren’t able to feel anything? That’s because bed bugs releases an anesthetic and to top it all up, they even mix in anti-coagulants so that your blood stays as fluid as it can get. This makes you a more succulent meal.

With all these hazards brought to you by bed bug infestations, it’s important to stop them as their first signs. A commercial bed bug pesticide will usually do the trick; killing both adults and bed bug larvae a like.