|Bed bugs do have to feed in order to complete their molting cycles to become an adult bed bug. They can not lay eggs until they are in the adult bed bug stage. At this time, they deposit one or two eggs per day.|
Bed Bug Facts
Bed Bugs are tiny creatures – the adult is smaller than a quarter of an inch in size – that feed on the blood of animals and, most often humans.
Although not a flying insect the bed bug does possess the ability to spread very fast and is prone to rapid infestation as a result.
The Bed Bug concern is a widespread one, as these minuscule creatures are known to have traveled from their natural home in the Asian continent to the remainder of the globe.
It is not unusual to have an infestation of Bed Bugs, but what is vital is that we know where they live, how to find them and what to do about them.
The female Bed Bug will give out eggs every day; as she can live for considerable lengths of time – over a year – this results in a quick explosion of the Bed Bug population.
The bed bug is alive at night – when we are sleeping – and the initial clue to the infestation of Bed Bugs is the presence of bites on the skin in the morning.
The bed bug will eat during the night, and as it feeds on human blood it leaves behind signs of its existence.
A bed bug feeds by spearing the skin and inserting a tube with which it draws out the required blood, and as such the victim will rarely be aware they are being bitten as they are generally asleep.
After feeding – which could be as long as ten minutes – the Bed Bug leaves behind a red mark which could swell and will irritate continually, bringing irritation and discomfort to the individual.
The problem regarding diagnosis is that the symptoms of Bed Bugs are very similar to a number of other skin problems.
Scabies shows very similar signs to bed bug infestation, and some insect bites such as mosquito can also leave behind a similar tell tale mark.
Bed bug bites will most likely be seen on skin that is exposed while we sleep – the arms and legs, face and neck are all frequently bitten – and it is to these areas we should be vigilant when looking for signals of the creatures.
The Bed Bug is a night active creature and it likes to dine on our blood; it also likes to hide and this is why it lives in our beds and furnishings.
While the Bed Bug does not nest like a number of other insects, it does fall to suitable places, hence great numbers will hide together in the crevasses of a mattress, the inside of covers and linings and any dark and secure places.
Bed Bugs are frequently brought into the home by persons who have been travelling and have usually slept on a number of varied and frequently used beds.
A Bed Bug problem is not necessarily a case of poor hygiene, however, as any number of hotels and guest houses have also been the source of the problem.
Bed Bug infestations increase very fast; with one female insect laying around five eggs per day it is simple to see how rapidly the colony can grow.
To eradicate Bed Bugs you also need to throw out of the infected mattress and any other things that may be home to the creatures.
As bed bugs are very prolific and hard to find, eradicating all the eggs and mites with off the shelf routines may not be entirely successful.
During an infestation of bed bugs, all clothes, covers and linings that have been close to bugs – or you think may have been – should be thoroughly washed; if possible this must be done on the hottest setting possible to be sure to kill the bugs.
Paula B. said, “One or two eggs a day is too many! You can have a real problem in no time if you’re not careful. Before you know it you’ll be overrun with them.”
Jean S. said, “So if they don’t feed, they never become adults and can’t reproduce. But they’re still alive? I’m sure that question is on here somewhere. I’ll keep reading. I never knew there was so much to know about bed bugs. I guess most people don’t care until they get bed bugs. Then you want to know everything about them, so you can find the best way to get rid of them. Know thy enemy. Lol”
Ken G. said, “FYI. Nymphs can survive months without feeding and the adults for more than a year. Starvation is not a reliable way to get rid of bed bugs. They can feed off of other mammals, too. Not just humans.”
Renee A, said, “I’ve read that a female bed bug can lay up to 12 eggs a day! That’s a big difference. The eggs hatch in 6 days and begin feeding immediately. Gross. They have to molt like 5 times before becoming an adult, and feed before each time. You have to catch them quickly and kill them before the population explodes.”
Last update: 02:37 PM Friday, March 20, 2009