If you have a bed bug infestation, killing all of the living bed bugs you have won’t stop the spread of these bloodsucking pests that easily. You’ll need to look around and see where do bed bugs lay eggs in your home to kill off the future generations of bedbugs. An infestation won’t end until the final eggs are dealt with.
What do Bed Bug Eggs Look Like?
Adult females lay eggs each day. This adds up to hundreds of eggs during their lifetime. The eggs are tiny, almost as tiny as a dust spec, and can hardly be seen with the naked eye. Whitish in color, once the egg is laid, it sticks to the surface and hatches within a week. These eggs are clustered together and can be spotted with the help of magnification.
There are a few bed bug egg images at the end of this article to help you determine if you have bed bug eggs.
Are Bed Bug Eggs Hard or Soft?
Bed bug eggs are so small that you won’t really be able to tell if they are hard or soft. They are like tiny sesame seed shapes as small as a grain of sand. They do have plenty of giving so that if you were to press them with something pointy, they would push in. They are however too small for you to easily press down on to break through.
Where Do Bed Bugs Lay Eggs?
When these pests are not feeding, they hide out of sight. These hiding spaces, aka harborage, are somewhat close to where their host is. It is in these hiding places the bed bugs lay their eggs. Some of these places are as follows:
- Bed Seams and springs: For the bed bugs, a bed is one of the best places to live. There are many reasons as to why these bugs stay around the bed. The primary reason behind this is that it is the place where they find their host. Secondly, they are able to hide and save themselves from predators by sticking close to humans. Laying eggs at bed seams and box springs is a very common place to find bed bug eggs.
- Living room furniture: This is another place for bed bugs to lay eggs. These insects can be found attached to the living room furniture, sofas or the carpet. Since this is a place where humans sit and interact, the bugs laying eggs here can find blood to feed on rather easily.
- Wall frames and cracks: Bed bugs are small, so small that they can live in impossibly tiny spaces. Some bugs can go on without a meal for months, these bugs hide in wall frames and cracks away from the human host.
Getting Rid of Bed Bug Eggs:
Getting rid of bed bug eggs is essential for getting rid of the infestation of bed bugs. These eggs are the first step of their life-cycle and keeping them in check will help you manage their population. Here is a list of ways you can take care of bug eggs:
- Use of Alcohol: Alcohol is every bed bug’s nightmare. It acts as a desiccant and destroys the eggs by sucking all of their moisture. If you rub alcohol at a certain place, bugs will not come near it and as a result, no eggs will be laid there in the first place.
- Use Steam: Bed Bug Eggs are prone to high temperatures and steam is the best way to get rid of them
- Vacuum Cleaner: A powerful vacuum cleaner will also do the trick for you. It will not only help you get your room cleaner but will also take care of the eggs clustered together.
Bed bugs can be a nuisance, but we can stop the spread of them by focusing on destroying the eggs.
Getting Rid of Bed Bug Eggs in Hair
Even if you don’t have bed bugs in your hair right now, you might find yourself scratching your head just at the thought of it. Bed bugs generally don’t find the human scalp to be a place to hide and rest. They may go to your hair during the night when they are looking for a blood meal, but unlike pests such as fleas and ticks, they don’t have the body-parts the keep them connected to a moving person. It’s usually rather easy to get bed bugs and bed bug eggs out of your hair.
Next time you are showering and possibly have bed bug eggs in your hair include either alcohol or cedar essential oil to kill or force them off your head and into the drain.