Bed bug eggs are very small, about 1mm in length which is the equivalent of two grains of salt and white in color. Eggs hatch in one to two weeks and start out sticky so they can be laid just about anywhere, on any surface. Female bed bugs can lay five eggs per day which is about five hundred in her lifetime of about one year. Spraying for bed bugs does not kill the eggs and vacuuming may at best only suck up a few because of their size, location and glue like substance. Heat treatments will kill all stages including the eggs but so often eggs and other stages are missed and reinfestation only takes a short time.
If you are considering do it yourself bed bug control be ready for an intense battle and prepare yourself for a lot of work. Missing only a few (which almost everybody does) is acceptable if you are talking about earwigs but is just a bump in the road for the bed bug population in your home. The eggs and the bed bugs that hatch out do not need mamma to be able to survive and the nymphs are born hungry. Since this site is geared to help, you can click the links to arm yourself with the knowledge you’ll need but I thought you also might like to see what you’re up against with the video below.