There are many questions that we get asked by our customers regarding bed bugs and how to get rid of them. Below we’ve compiled some of the most commonly asked questions into an easy resource full of useful bed bug facts.
1. How many eggs do bed bugs lay?
Female bed bugs can lay up to five eggs a day. That results in approximately 500 eggs in their lifespan. As you can imagine, this means a couple bed bugs can rapidly become a full blown infestation in a matter of weeks.
2. How long can bed bugs survive without food?
Bed bugs have amazing power to resist starving. They are able to survive nearly 550 days (or about a year and a half) without a blood. They go into a hibernative state in the meantime.
3. What’s the life span of a bed bug?
Bed bugs live up to a maximum of a year. This is a relatively long life given how quickly they reproduce. Since they reproduce much faster than they die, bed bug infestations grow exponentially once they get started.
4. Do bed bugs transmit diseases?
Though commonly believed that bed bugs transmit diseases and bacteria through their bed bug bites, it’s not true. Bed bugs do not spread diseases. Bed bug bites only become inflamed because of your skin’s reaction to their venom. If a bite is infected, it is due to external factors, not the bed bug bite itself.
5. Are bed bug infestations caused by poor housekeeping?
Unfortunately, keeping your house tidy is not a surefire way of keeping bed bugs away. Bed bug infestations have no correlation to cleanliness. However, people who keep clean homes are more likely to spot signs of bed bugs early, and prevent their bed bug infestations from getting out of hand when they do occur.
6. Do bed bugs reside only in beds?
The name ‘bed bug’ is a misnomer. Bed bugs can reside just about anywhere in your home. They are partial to beds and other upholstered furniture, though they can hide in wooden furniture, carpets, walls and even electronics.
7. Do bed bug bites cause pain?
It’s extremely rare for bed bug bites to be painful. Bed bug bites typically cause a mild itching, similar to a mosquito bite. This is due to your skin reacting to bed bug venom. Some people do not react to bed bug venom at all, and show no outward signs of being bitten. If your bed bug bite becomes painful, it may be infected. This can happen though excessive scratching and other means. If this occurs, seek out a health professional.
8. Are bed bugs easy to spot?
Bed bugs keep themselves well hidden so it’s rare to see them during the day. Since they are nocturnal, they typically come out at night to feed. Check the seams of your mattress and any crevices in nearby furniture for signs of bed bugs if you are concerned you have a bed bug infestation in your home.
Bed bugs are visible to human eyes when they come out of hiding, however. They are about the size of an apple seed when full grown – usually between 2-4 mm long and brownish in colour. Bed bug eggs are a little more difficult to spot. They are white and about 1mm long.
10.How do I get rid of bed bugs?
The best way to get rid of bed bugs is to hire a pest control company that specializes in bed bug removal. Bed bugs are often resistant to at-home treatment, so it tends to be quicker and more cost efficient to hire a company with extermination expertise.
To assess your bed bug situation and begin bed bug treatment, schedule a bed bug inspection with Magical Pest Control. Fill out our contact form to get in touch with an extermination expert. We also offer free phone consultations when you call us at (905) 738-6676.