Bed bugs are found all over the world and the number of reported cases in Canada has been increasing rapidly since the year 2000. Bed bugs are reddish brown insects that have oval-shaped bodies with no wings. Prior to feeding, they are about 5 mm (1/4 inch) long, or about the size of an apple seed, and flat as paper. After feeding, they turn dark red and become bloated. They can live for several months without feeding. Baby bed bugs are smaller, whiter, and harder to spot. Eggs are whitish, pear-shaped and about the size of a pinhead. Cluster of 10-50 eggs can be found in cracks and crevices. Bed bugs can live for one year during which time a female can lay 200-400 eggs. Eggs hatch in about 10 days.
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