Where you find bed bugs, you’ll no doubt find their eggs. Knowing how to find and properly treat them can make a difference in your treatment and extermination outcome. You can take action right now detect bed bug eggs.
Each adult bed bug can lay approximately 500 eggs in their lifetime, so as soon as you see one you should spring in to action. Common characteristics of a bed bug egg are:
- Small in size, about as big as a couple of grains of salt
- Pearly white / light beige
- Barrel shaped
- Marked by an eye spot if more than 5 days old
- Covered in a sticky substance, making them hard to remove
Bed bug eggs can be found anywhere adult bed bugs reside. This most likely will be upholstered furniture such as couches and chairs, mattresses and boxsprings. They hide deep in the folds of fabric and can be hard to detect – our guide to bed bug locations can help you find and identify adult bed bugs.
An exterminator is a necessity, and they will guide you through the process of treating your home. They will likely recommend the following to prepare your home for treatment:
- Launder your belongings and clothing at the highest temperature (minimum 120F or 50C). If your bedding can not be washed, place it in the dryer at a high heat for 10-20 minutes. Be careful when transporting the bedding, as to not spread the bed bugs further.
- If the bedding has holes or tears, consider discarding it safely. Wrap in a plastic bag, seal, and mark with an obvious sign that it is infested.
- Bag and seal your belongings tightly at the request of your exterminator.
- Clear any clutter or garbage from your home to make it easier to navigate.
You can also take steps yourself to prevent an full outbreak in your home. Become familiar with the symptoms of bed bug bites, find home treatment options, and hire an exterminator immediately. The sooner you act, the more likely you are to have a positive outcome!