After mating, females lay sticky, white, oval shaped eggs into cracks and crevices. Bed bug eggs are often described to look like miniature grains of rice or 2 grains of salt put together. Bed bug eggs are shiny translucent to pearly white in color and are found both in bed bug harborages and locations away from the main population (female bed bugs tend to lay some eggs “away from the crowd”). Bed bug eggs have a sticky film when they are first laid to help them adhere to surfaces and this can give them a kind of shiny appearance. Bed bug eggs are approximately 1/16″ long. They are more often found on wood and fabric than on plastic or metal. An individual bed bug can lay 200 to 500 eggs in her lifetime which equals exponential growth if not discovered quickly. Bed bug eggs hatch in about 10 to 14 days and the newly emerged bed bug nymphs instinctively seek out a blood meal.