Once hatched, a young bug, also called a nymph, is generally ready to feed immediately.After shedding its skin about 5 times, the nymph is full-grown.The upper body of both the males and females is often described as being wrinkly like crinkled paper.
During the middle of the 20th century, they were in decline in America.
Perhaps this was because people were knowledgeable about their existence and frequently used pest control methods to control them.
The bugs mostly feed on the blood of humans, but they have been known to drink the blood of other animals, such as bats, guinea pigs, chicken, cats, dogs, certain birds and rodents.
They can survive as much as a year without food, though spending such a long time without feeding is not typical.
They are sometimes referred to as Mahogany Flats, probably because they are flat and oval-shaped.
They are similar in size to an apple seed or a lady bug.
The term given to an immature bedbug is “nymph.” Nymphs are small, and they shed their skins regularly before they reach adulthood.
These immature bugs must eat a meal before they shed, and they shed about five times before they become mature insects.
They generally live in small groups as opposed to nests or hives.
The bugs lay eggs, and the eggs hatch into incredibly small nymphs, only about 1/16th of an inch long.
The eggs are laid in grouped clusters of anywhere from 1- to 50 in each group.