Bed Egg Laying Habits?(2 posts)
I have questions about bed bug egg laying behavior. I found the lower body of a cast skin this afternoon, and am pretty sure I did not see it the day before. It was of the size that it could have been an adult.
This evening, I got curious about the area I found the skin in, and leaning in close with my flashlight, with my naked eye, I saw movement at a baseboard near the area. Sure enough, there was a nursery of newbies. If there were eggs nearby, I can't see them. I am sure they are bed bugs but right now they are all soaked with Sterifab. When they dry out, I will look under magnifying glass. This explains the two teeny tiny things I squashed with my thumb nearby late last night. (I will leave the area as it is for PCO to see.)
Anyhow, my questions are: 1) Do they dash and lay eggs the moment they had the 5th meal?
3) Is it common for them to harbor and lay eggs right near where they shed that skin, thus making the shed skin a likely indicator of their whereabouts? 4) Once the adult lays eggs, does it live and go on to feed and lay more eggs?
I will tell you, it was educational to finally SEE the tiny 1st instar nymphs, but only their movement made it possible for me. Also, it sobered me as to how quickly they can multiply and move around. I killed the ones I saw, but lord knows how many have already traveled! I thought I could kill them by the light dusting of DE I laid down (there was DE in the area I found this nest). The DE certainly might end up killing some, but at the rate they multiply, well, it may not be enough.
I just got my climbups today. (Bed is isolated and I had no bites the last 2 nights since the vacuuming, cleaning with murphy's orange oil and light DE dusting I did Saturday.) But now that I found this newly hatched nest, it will be interesting to see if any escapees visit during the night. I thought I could self treat because the infestation seemed so light, but I think it will be wise to let KillerQueen do his thing. I'm calling tomorrow.
Instead of starting a new thread and yeah, I read FAQ concerning the forums but maybe I should reread them before replying to a 2 year old post. I have read that after mating the females lays eggs randomly and that they have a sticky coating. So I figured the eggs are probably any and everywhere the bugs go and vacuuming might be ineffective. I think steam would work if your thorough and I painted my bed frame after caulking all holes and crevices as a preventative but I'm assuming it would kill any eggs that I covered. I sure hope so, anyone have any advice?
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