Adult Bed Bug
about the size of an apple seed (5-7 mm or 3/16 – 1/4 inch long);
long and brown, with a flat, oval-shaped body (if not fed recently);
- balloon-like, reddish-brown, and more elongated (if fed recently);
a “true bug” (characteristics of true bugs include a beak with three segments; antenna that have four parts; wings that are not used for flying; and short, golden-colored hairs); and
distinct smell, with a “musty-sweetish” odor produced through glands on the lower side of the body.
An adult female bed bug can lay 1 to 3 eggs per day and 200-500 eggs per her lifetime. However, this bug needs a male bed bug to reproduce.
How long does an Adult bed bug live? According to Virginia Tech University, “The most recent studies indicate that a well-fed adult bed bug held at room temperature (>70° F), will live between 99 and 300 days in the laboratory.”