Where do bed bugs lay their eggs?

Within a short period after fertilization, bed bugs will lay their eggs. Under conditions of optimal temperature, these laid eggs will hatch in about one week. Bed bugs often lay their eggs in dark places where they will remain undetected and within cracks and crevices to provide optimal temperature and protection for their eggs to thrive. It is also important to note that the most preferred location where bed bugs lay their eggs is often near their host; so that when it hatches, the nymphs will quickly get access to feed on their host—without a blood meal, the nymphs will not grow and will not move to the next nymphal stage or adulthood, and sooner or later they may die. The common sites where you can find bed bugs eggs are highlighted below.

Box springs 

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Box springs are made up of a wooden frame in the form of a rectangle and structured with springs, which serve as a support for mattresses. Box springs are a perfect place for bed bugs to lay their eggs. Not just because of their wilfulness but it’s of their natural instincts. Also, bed bugs will easily access blood meals from their host without stress, aiding in egg production. You will also find their eggs in the bed frames’ cracks.

Mattresses 

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A mattress is the best place for bed bugs to lay eggs. They can lay their eggs in the shallow part of open mattresses or small holes. They find it considerate to lay their eggs there because they can feed easily, which promotes mating, and so their nymph can get access to blood meal when they hatch.

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Pillows 

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Pillows are a great asset to our daily lives as they provide comfort and support for our necks, backs and even legs. It is, in fact, one of the household assets that we can’t do without, from serving as back support while watching movies to providing a comfy neck rest while we sleep. In addition, the closeness we have with pillows is a guaranteed site for bed bugs to feel safe and lay their eggs to ensure their continuity. The only disadvantage of a pillow over other sites is that it can be thrown from one place to another, and their laid eggs may be dislodged from their site. 

Furniture 

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Furniture, including chairs, tables, and cupboards, is an excellent place for bed bugs to lay their eggs. You can find bed bug eggs in foams of chairs and cracks in wooden furniture and cupboards as this site offers a dark, safe and easy access for hatched nymphs to get to their host.

Luggage 

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A common site to find bed bug eggs is on luggage containing clothes, especially the ones you have used for a long time. You can find bed bug eggs or newly hatched nymphs in the zip area of your luggage. You can also find them inside the luggage within clothes and pockets of trousers or along the tension scrap of your luggage. The eggs can also be found on the exterior part of the luggage, especially along the zipper, which is the most common location.

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FAQs

What kills bed bug eggs?

Steam at about 100 °C will kill bed bugs in all stages of development, including their eggs.

How sticky are bed bug eggs?

Bed bug eggs are sticky as though they appear to touch. They are, however, well adhered to laid surfaces.

How many eggs can bed bugs lay?

Bed bugs can lay up to 5 eggs per night and up to 500 eggs in their lifetime.

How do you find bed bugs dwelling?

Once you can spot a bug, it may be challenging to trace it back to their dwellings as they crawl very fast and disappear from your sight before you know it, especially when they detect a threat. However, you can look for signs like dark spots or blood stains on beddings and eggs, and you may decide to check for cracks on your walls.

To know more about hidden sites of bed bugs, check out our previous posts.

Is it challenging to keep bedbugs away? 

Yes, bedbugs are tough to control. But, unlike cockroaches, they hide in dark places, especially corners, between the mattress, box springs, and under-bed frames. This is where you can find them when you search under the bed and in the seams of the mattress. 

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