Bed Bug Information

Life Cycle

A bed bug can live 12 to 18 months. A female is capable of laying 1 to 12 eggs per day, but usually 5 to 7 a week. Over a lifetime they can lay 200 to 500 eggs. An egg hatches in 6 to 14 days and requires a blood meal right away. Nymphs which are baby bed bugs, pass though 5 molting stages before they become adults. At the right temperature bed bugs can mature into an adult in 21 days. They usually are within 5 to 20 feet of their host but will move a greater distance to feed. They will feed for 3 to 15 minutes then retreat back into hiding. They can live up to 1 year without a blood meal. They will usually feed on exposed skin while you are sleeping like face, neck, arms and hands.

Prevention

Vacuum and do laundry on a weekly basis. Wash toys, bedding, clothing and dry on high heat for 30 minutes. Reduce clutter and seal cracks and crevices with caulking around pipe chases. Keep hardwood floors sealed and repair paint and wallpaper on walls. Bed bugs will nest in all of those areas which make it harder to treat. Vacuum around all mattress seams and purchase bed bug interceptors for the bed posts. You can also purchase bed bug covers for the bed after the second treatment. Contact a pest control company before treating yourself.