How Fast Do Bed Bugs Spread?

A magnifying glass showing bed bugs on a mattress.

Finding bed bugs in your home is a waking nightmare that every renter and homeowner dreads. Even if you only find one or two around your bed it’s almost guaranteed that there are even more creeping around.

When bed bugs strike, it’s crucial to act fast. These blood-sucking pests multiply at an alarming rate, and without the help of pest professionals, stopping them is nearly impossible.

Discover just how quickly bed bugs reproduce with PURCOR Pest Solutions, how bed bug infestations start, and what our certified bed bug control team can do to solve the issue. For immediate assistance with bed bugs, give our team a call.

Where do bed bugs come from?

Before we break down how quickly bed bugs reproduce, it’s crucial to understand how bed bug infestations start. No matter how clean your home is, any living space is at risk of an infestation, and having one is not a poor reflection on your cleanliness.

Typically, bed bugs move from place to place by getting into clothing, linens, luggage, or furniture. They don’t have wings, so they rely on unsuspecting travelers and thrift shoppers to carry them back to their apartments or houses.

Once bed bugs make it indoors, the trouble starts. They crawl inside walls, and floors, along ceiling openings, and through pipes during the day, and emerge at night to take a bite out of you and your loved ones.

How long does it take bed bugs to hatch?

Bed bugs don’t have to wait for their young to develop before laying an egg, so they can start laying eggs shortly after mating. After they’re laid, bed bug eggs hatch in about six to eight days and mature into adult bed bugs.

Female bed bugs can lay anywhere between five and eight eggs per week, for up to 18 weeks. About six to eight weeks after females lay their eggs, they’ll need to mate again. As a result, the female bed bug continuously lays eggs, inevitably creating a large infestation. To make matters worse, a single female bed bug can produce 200 – 250 eggs in her short lifetime.

The Life Cycle of Bed Bugs

Bed bugs start their life cycle as eggs, about the size of a grain of rice. The eggs eventually hatch into a nymph, which goes through five stages until they reach adult stage. Through each life cycle, bed bugs shed. Once the bed bug becomes an adult, it begins to mate. The lifespan of a bed bug is around 6 to 12 months.

A graph illustrating the life cycle of a bed bug.

Are bed bugs dangerous?

Unlike other pests that carry diseases, such as cockroaches, bed bugs are objectively more of a nuisance pest than a genuine danger to humans. Their bites may become red and itchy welts, but the bed bugs themselves do not carry diseases or harmful bacteria. The most common issues associated with bed bugs are allergic reactions or psychological stress, such as insomnia or anxiety.

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How do I know if I have bed bugs?

If you have a bed bug infestation, you may notice red bite marks on your skin and rust-colored stains, shed skins, or eggs around your bed or under your mattress You should also keep an eye out for bed bugs themselves. Bed bugs have red-brown, flat, oval-shaped bodies, and are between 4 and 7 millimeters in diameter. They often resemble apple seeds.

Due to their small size, however, identifying bed bugs on your own can be tricky. If you suspect bed bugs have invaded your space, contact PURCOR. Our experienced pest professionals have the tools and knowledge needed to confirm the pest that’s pestering you.

How to Prevent a Bed Bug Infestation

While completely preventing a bed bug infestation is difficult without pest control, you can take several precautions to prevent bed bugs, such as:

  • Checking second-hand furniture for bed bugs before bringing it inside your home
  • Use mattress protectors to keep bed bugs off
  • Vacuum often to suck up potential bed bug eggs or live bed bugs in your home
  • When traveling, check your hotel mattress for bed bugs before lying down
  • Avoid setting luggage on the hotel bed or floor
  • Clean and isolate your luggage after traveling

Solve Your Bed Bug Infestation with PURCOR

While you can use several preventative measures to minimize your chances of a bed bug infestation, bed bugs are one of the trickiest pest species to handle.

At PURCOR Pest Solutions, we provide effective, long-lasting bed bug treatments to remove bed bugs from your home and keep them out. With our sustainable, environmentally conscious solutions, your home will be safeguarded against bed bugs year-round with quarterly visits. Contact PURCOR today for a free quote or to schedule a service appointment

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