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APPEARANCE:

Adults are approximately 3/16”long, flat and oval shaped. They are a varying shade of rusty reddish-brown to a deep mahogany colour.

CYCLE:

Females lay 1 to 5 eggs every day, and 200-500 in their life. Eggs hatch in 7 to 10 days. Nymphs moult five times and have a blood meal between each moult. It can take as fast as 21 days from egg to adult. Adults can survive for approximately one year.

HABIT AND BEHAVIOUR:

Bed bugs feed at night and are attracted to warmth and carbon dioxide. They require 5-10 minutes to feed but will only feed every few days or so. Bed Bugs main harbourage areas are the box spring, mattress, and bed frame.