Looking for info on the life cycle of a bed bug(2 posts)
We are a little over two months into our process of getting rid of our bed bugs and I feel like I might actually see the light at the end of the tunnel. I do have a few questions and I'm not quite getting definitive answers. If any of you can help, I would appreciate the info.
1 Does a female bedbug have to reach the adult stage of the lifecycle to produce eggs?
2 How long does it take for eggs to hatch?
Your answers will help determine my amount of optimism--something that's been seriuosly lacking for the last few months.
Thanks for your help!
I'm not a PCO or an entomologist, but if I recall correctly (and I stand perfectly willing to be corrected if I'm not), the answers are:
1. Yes. Only adults can lay eggs. An if you don't know how those eggs are inseminated, you probably don't want the details. It's referred to as "traumatic insemination" for a reason.
2. I believe 7 to 14 days, although temperature can change that. I believe that they tend to hatch sooner in warm weather than cool, but I might be wrong.
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