As you probably already know, bed bugs bite humans to extract small amounts of blood to feed on. But how often do bed bugs need to feed in order to remain healthy?
Under normal conditions (where a blood supply is available) full-grown bed bugs bite once a week or so. The habits of bed bugs vary, so the length of time between feedings can span as few as four days or as long as ten. It takes about five minutes to draw a drop or two of blood, and the feeding itself is painless, as bed bug saliva numbs the skin. Bed bugs also need a blood meal prior to molting for each of the five nymph stages.
If there is no blood source in the vicinity, bed bugs can survive up to eighteen months without a meal! So don’t think that leaving your home for a few weeks will rid you of your bed bug infestation!
If you find that you’re waking up with itchy bed bug bites every morning, that may be an indication of the severity of the bed bug infestation in your home. (If you’re unsure what bed bug bites look like, consult our guide, here .) Bed bugs do not synchronize their feeding schedule, so if you’re dealing with a larger bed bug infestation, it’s possible to get bitten nightly, even if individual bugs only bite once a week.
Unfortunately there isn’t much you can do to prevent bed bug bites if you have bed bugs in your home. They will follow you from room to room and don’t react well to most bed bug sprays. Since bed bugs are constantly developing new immunity to the pesticides made available to homeowners, staying ahead of the curve can be a challenge. As a result, most experts suggest that you call in professionals to administer industrial-grade bed bug sprays or use temperature-based treatments to kill bed bug infestations.
To consult with one of Magical Pest Control’s experienced technicians and discuss possible treatment options to kill bed bugs in your home, please call us at (905) 738-6676 or use our contact form. Please schedule an inspection today and get rid of bed bugs.