A dead bed bug is the only guarantee that you’ve won war against the bugs. Options include home remedies, traps, steamers, or mechanical squashing. So, in this post, I answer this question – what happens when you squish a bed bug?
Well, you can squash or burst bed bugs with your fingers or shoe leaving behind a red stain from the host’s blood. Squashing bed bugs leaves bed bug eggs, a blood stain plus bad odor.
Bed bugs, like cooked pea or beans, will be easy to squash. But baby bed bugs will be easier to crash – when they’ve sucked blood.
Details: Squashing Bed Bugs Leave Red Blood Stain
When you squash a bed bug that has freshly fed from their host, it’ll leave blood and blood stains on your finger. Any bed bug that hasn’t sucked blood for some time will have a hard shell – this means that it won’t squash easily. But the nymphs exoskeleton is soft and thus make it easy to squash.
Definitely, you can squash bed bugs unconsciously, For example, when you’re sleeping you can quickly squash some bed bugs that will bite you. Therefore, you’ll see some large blood smears on your body – besides bed bug bites, clothes, and bed sheets when you wake up.
Are Bed Bug Shells Soft or Hard?
The bed bug’s exoskeleton (outer part of their body) is a hard casing that’s rigid to give the insect its body structure. Bed bugs will also shed or molt their exoskeleton as they grow.
However, the bug’s exoskeleton can’t prevent you from squashing the bug at will. Further, the back part of the bed bug is highly flexible – this allows an easy busting when you squash the bug.
Bed bugs feed and their back side tend to expand allowing the insect to take in more. Therefore, the rear side of the bed bug will expand to hold more blood, food, and water.
The bugs will pop easily when they’ve sucked blood – particularly when their back side has expanded. Notably, before sucking blood, bed bugs’ exoskeleton will be hard to crash just like a raw pea or bean.
Is it Easy to Squash Bed Bug Eggs?
Well, just like the nymphs, bed bug eggs are soft and thus you’ll find them equally easy to squash – they’ve a soft exoskeleton. But crashing eggs will only leave a clear fluid as opposed to red stains.
However, you’ll find that bed bug eggs will be challenging to lift or scrape off the ground or mattress encasements – they’ll definitely be hidden off in dark places or s,mall cracks.
But when in hidden areas, bed bug eggs are covered in the glue-type liquid that allow them to hide in wood or fabric. Thus, it’ll be hard to pick up eggs and squash them. But spraying will be the only sure weapon against bed bug eggs.