Bed Bug Larvae
What Do Baby Bed Bugs Look Like?
Nymphs, also called bed bug larvae, look like tiny versions of adults. They are almost transparent until they feed. The pests turn a reddish color after taking a blood meal, which they need to complete each stage of their development. If the insects have recently eaten, bed bug larvae are easy to detect against light-colored surfaces.
Where to Find Immature Bed Bugs
People typically discover baby bed bugs living in cracks and crevices in bedrooms. Mattresses, box springs, and bedframes are common daytime retreats for the pests. In apartment buildings or offices, the insects may take refuge in common areas or break rooms. Lesser-known places where bed bug larvae hide include:
- Seams on upholstered furniture such as couches and chairs
- Spaces inside electrical outlets
- Surfaces behind wallpaper and picture frames
Since baby bed bugs are so small, using a flashlight may help homeowners or building managers identify and confirm infestations.
Why Are They a Problem?
The ideal habitat for bed bug larvae is an indoor climate under 70 degrees with access to hosts for blood meals. Under these conditions, bed bug larvae can develop into adults in less than 40 days, which is why infestations in homes and commercial buildings quickly get out of control.
Getting Rid of Bed Bugs
Finding eggs or bed bug larvae indicates that the pests are actively breeding. Property owners should contact Waltham Pest Services at the first sign of trouble. Trained specialists can remove both adult and juvenile bed bugs with safe, efficient methods.