If you’ve done bed bug removal research, you’ve probably learned that bed bugs can live for up to 18 months in a dormant state, without a blood host, which can make it difficult to get rid of them. But how long do they live ordinarily and how quickly do they reproduce?
Strangely enough, the better fed they are, the shorter their lifespan. Bed bugs that feed often live approximately ten months. Ones that feed more sporadically live about a year.
As for how fast they can lay eggs? A female bed bug lays hundreds of eggs in her lifetime, in batches of 3 to 8 each day. The eggs take only a week or two to hatch and they reach maturity anywhere from a month to two months after that, beginning the cycle anew.
Bed bugs start as tiny slightly curved eggs. The 1mm long, sticky white eggs can found wherever bed bugs nest – in places like the seams of mattresses, small cracks and tears in wallpaper – and they should be visible to the naked eye, though they aren’t easily spotted unless you’re looking for them.
Once they hatch, bed bugs go through five larvae stages (also referred to as nymph stages) before reaching their full size. As soon as they’re hatched, they are capable of causing bed bug bites. Even the smallest nymph (about 1.5mm long) needs blood to survive. With each stage they must take a blood meal and then molt their skin to move to the next one. If you have an infestation, the discarded skins are often one of the first signs you’ll notice.
Each bed bug lives to see three new generations of adult bed bugs, so their numbers can add up quickly. Speedy reproduction is part of why bed bug removal is such a problem. If even a couple of eggs are missed in the bed bug extermination process, the bed bug removal will be unsuccessful. Bed bug populations grow exponentially from as few as a pair of missed eggs.
If you’re experiencing bed bug bites, or spot any molted skins, please contact Magical Pest Control for an inspection to determine the best bed bug removal option for you. Even if you do not see bed bugs themselves, do not assume that means they aren’t a problem. Because of their quick reproduction cycle, a small bed bug problem can quickly become an infestation, so it’s important that you conduct a bed bug extermination process as soon as possible.