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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

How fast can bedbugs multiply? – Part 1

I started caulking my parent’s place in late September, and my new apartment in November, now the work is nearing the end. Looking back, I probably should have stayed in the old apartment, just to prove that I can defeat the bedbugs, and to make my strategy more convincing. But the place had cracks everywhere and would have taken too much effort to seal them all, and I had two infestations to take care of at the same time, a damaged ceiling to repair, a scratched car to fix (I was thinking about how to fight the bedbugs while I was driving). I was physically and mentally exhausted and just wanted to get out. However, my parents did stay and the battle there is still going on.

Back to the main topic.

Suppose you accidentally brought home two bedbugs, one male and one female, how fast can they multiply with unlimited blood meals? Without using complicated mathematics, the result can be obtained easily with spreadsheet.

There are different data on bedbug’s life cycle on the Internet. I tried to use the average and made the following assumptions:

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Based on these assumptions, the spreadsheet was then setup and a graph was plotted, which contained three periods:

Here’s how I set up the spreadsheet:

Formulas for each column:

After 10 months, another event will kick in, which is that the bedbugs will start to die. However, the number is negligible compared with the huge base, so this wasn’t taken into consideration.

Also, 100% survival rate was assumed for all stages of life cycle, hence the result might differ a little in reality.

(Revised on Feb 25, 2007) From what I have researched so far, female adults lay 200 to 500 eggs over a period of two months. Therefore, in my calculations, the number of eggs laid should be reduced accordingly after day 130. But this will not affect the results that we have obtained above, because we were only looking at a period of about three months.

The conclusion is that it only takes a few months to have a heavy infestation, you need to catch it early and take care of it as soon as possible, once the number increases exponentially, it will be out of control. Next time we’ll examine how the numbers change if the food supply is limited.

posted by Frank at 9:49 AM


Great calculation Frank, with permission I would like to post the information on our website. Even if you cut all numbers by 75% the message is clear: find and treat your bed bug problem as soon as possible. The faster you detect a problem, the quicker you stop the growth.

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1:14 PMFrank said.

John, thanks for reading my Blog. You may use the information, I would be grateful if it can be helpful to anyone.

7:04 AMAnonymous said.

This is great info to know.

4:17 AMN E Biddle, aka The Roach Lady said.

I have written a similar article from the perspective of what it would appear like for the "Blood Buffet" (you) from the first to the 30th day of infestation from one bedbug couple. It starts with one or two bites (the adult needs only 1 meal every ten days) that come, irritate and go away over the course of one week, and you may even have already disregarded it as an allergy to something. By the eleventh day the four eggs the mom laid on day one hatch and the nymphs and the mom herself partake of the blood buffet. And the Next day the next 4 nymphs and so on for the next ten days so that by day twenty you have about (considering 3 bites each) 60 or more itchy spots in various stages of healing. I will be publishing the article shortly. I needed an interval stat for how often nymphs need a blood meal which is how I found your blog. Nice work, great articles Frank!

6:57 PMAnonymous said.

I found one green solution for killing these suckers.

0.)reduce all the clutter in home

1.) use tape to catch and seal all the visible beadbugs and their eggs / littleones. from matress and box spring and where ever they are found. ensure that you kill them all physically.

2.) I have also tried to sanitise the entire matress & springbox by gently waxing all the spring box so that any invisible eggs or little ones are plucked out from your matress and box spring on the surface.

Use steam Iron to iron your matress and box spring (after you have waxed the matress and box spring with tape. excercise caution when you do this. Then put both items in encasements.

4.) use pillow encacements.

5.)Vaccum your entire home carpet and corners with the vaccume attachments given.

6.) if you have super steamer vaccum use it to sanitise your carpet (I am yet to find this)

7.) clean all shelfs.

8.) Use dryer in FULL HOT setting to clean your clothes just to kill the bugs in case they exist there

9) Spot heating of 120F also helps in sanitising your small wooden furniture. Ensure care when you do this. Probably some where outside.

10) properly bin your infected stuff if you cant sanitise it. One needs to be unattached to the materialistic things in this world once these aliens attack

11.) thoroughly vaccume your entire home every 2 days entire surface and corners need to be covered. do this religiously

12.) Persistance pays off. This is a long drawn battle and we must win.

14) I have also tried to use the summer heat to my advantage by storing all the sealed sanitised stuff in my car cabin and boot where the summer heat of 80F makes the internal temperature of closed car to 120F plus

I did all this and found that I have to some extent contained the blowout of infestation but i think I did it just in time or else i would have ended up with thousands of these in my home.

I will keep you posted on my progress and i make.

Learn About Bed Bug Infestations So You Will Be Better Equipped to Fight Yours!

A bed bug infestation is a big deal. It can disrupt your sleep/life, and you may have no idea what is happening to you or how to stop it. Bed bugs are different from most other household insect pests and are much more difficult to live with and to get rid of.

Bed bugs are keen to find a way into your house, and you have to be aware of their “migration tactics” in order to thwart them. You need to know how they move from house to house and room to room, how fast they can spread, where they are likely to hide, and what options you have for killing them.

Make no mistake. A bed bug infested home means your home has just become a war zone. You can’t let the enemy sneak by unnoticed under your radar, and knowing the facts about bed bugs is winning half the battle.

Table of Contents

Where Do Bed Bugs Come From?

Bed bugs are quite willing to enter your premises uninvited, take up permanent residence, and help themselves to a blood feast. But where do they come from to begin with?

The fact is, bed bugs live primarily in human habitations all over the world, be it in mattresses, box springs, carpeting, picture frames, cracks in floor, furniture, or a host of other locales.

Of course, bed bugs ultimately hail from the great outdoors, and you may find some still living there in tall grasses, but they are overwhelmingly an “indoor insect.”

Transferred from Person to Person

Unlike fleas and lice, bed bugs do not tend to live permanently on human beings or animals. Instead, they will generally hide is some hard to reach nook or cranny and come out at night to feed. That’s why they like to live in or near beds and other places people sleep or sit for long periods.

But, it is still possible for bed bugs to be transferred from person to person.

Here’s why:

  • They can get into your clothes, purse, laptop bag, jacket, or anything else you wear or carry about.
  • From there, they can get onto clothes of others you are in close contact with.

Their eggs can also be found on clothes sometimes, and if egg-infested clothes of yours touched someone else’s clothes, even the eggs could get transferred.

So, while it’s not very likely, it is possible for bed bugs to move from person to person.

Spread From House to House

Bed bugs, as clever as they are, do not generally walk long distances between buildings. They have other ways of getting into your house.

These stealthy home-invasion strategies include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Hitch a ride on your laundry, luggage, or other possessions that you bring back from a bed-bug-infested hotel room.
  • Your pet might pick up a bed bug while visiting another house (or even outdoors) and then bring it back to your place.
  • Bed bugs may be hiding in furniture in one house, but the owner may sell it at a garage sale or put it on the curb to dispose of it. Then, you take that old bed-bug-ridden piece of furniture into your house, thinking it’s a great find.
  • You sleep over at a friend’s house where bed bugs live. Bed bugs get into your stuff or on your person, and you unknowingly transport them home with you.
  • If you live in a multi-unit home or apartment complex, these bugs can crawl down the hall, through vents, and through cracks in the walls to get into your living quarters.

Spread from Room to Room

You may, perhaps, imagine that bed bugs can’t get around too fast. It’s true they have small legs and can’t hop or skip, but they can walk up to 100 feet in a single night. They just “keep going till they get there.”

Bed Bug Hiding Spots

And bed bugs are known to move through the inside of walls, which they will access via outlets if not through cracks. They can run inside of in-wall piping for a quicker move from room to room. It really doesn’t take more than a single night for them to migrate to a new room. And they can even get into your vacuum cleaner so that you are helping them spread quicker as you clean the carpet.

It could be a matter of days before your entire house is infested, given you have enough of a bed bug population and your bed bugs are motivated to look for food/water/blood somewhere other than where they are at the moment.

Infestation Map

I found a bed bug, you say, so where should I look for more? Can I map out the infestation so I can map out an eradication plan?

Unfortunately, there’s no way to be sure of all the nooks and crannies your unwelcome guests may be hiding in, and they may even move around from night to night. All you can do is know the likely spots and apply bed bug killer.

I Have One Bed Bug. Does It Mean an Infestation?

A single bed bug may or may not indicate you already have a true infestation.

But if you do find a bed bug, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • A single impregnated female can produce a whole population. She will lay the eggs and then breed with her own offspring.
  • The odds are in favor of your not having found the only bed bug in your house. Where there’s one, there are probably more.
  • Bed bugs can go 6 months or more without a blood meal, and many individual bugs may not feed more than once a week on average. Thus, you won’t see them all out searching for food at the same time.
  • Is the bed bug red-bodied? Then it was feeding. If they’re feeding, chances are they’re breeding.

My Bed

Once in your bedroom, bed bugs will have no trouble finding your bed. They are attracted to carbon dioxide such as warm-blooded animals exhale and to your body heat. As soon as they sense CO2 and heat at night, they will go to your bed because you, their target, are lying on it.

Bed bugs can get into your bedroom on your dirty clothes, on the clothes you are wearing, or by hiding in suitcases, hand bags, boxes, furniture, or anything else you bring into your room that offers them good cover.


Do bed bugs live in walls? The answer is: sometimes. Walls are not necessarily their number one or preferred hideout, as with cockroaches, but when no better shelter exists near their feeding zone, they’ll be quick to reside inside wall cavities.

Of course, there has to be an entry point for them to get into the wall. So if your walls have cracks or small holes in them, caulking it up, painting over it, or otherwise sealing it off may deny your bed bugs a hideout.

Wood Floors

Yes, bed bugs can live inside wood flooring. They can even crawl along inside the seams between wood planks, even when those seams are rather tight.

The pancake-flat bodies and small size of bed bugs allow the to get into and live in even the most inaccessible areas. There are few wood floors, if any, that are so tightly put together that bed bugs couldn’t get into them.

Infestation Timeline

You may be wondering what to do if you have bed bugs, and how long you have before they overrun you. You may be waking up at night, staring at the clock, and wondering, “How long do I have?”

How Long Does It Take for Bed Bugs to Infest?

Here are four facts you should know that will give you an idea as to how long it takes for a bed bug infestation to get started and to get into “full swing:”

  1. Female bed bugs can lay from one to five eggs per day and ultimately 200 or 250 eggs in a lifetime.
  2. Eggs will hatch in five to 10 days’ time, and the emergent nymphs will immediately begin looking for a blood meal.
  3. It takes around four or five weeks for a bed bug to reach maturity, going through five molts along the way.
  4. Bed bugs will live around four to 10 months, but life spans may vary quite a bit based on conditions (and on your extermination efforts!)

The Life Cycle of a Bed Bug

Conclusion: an infestation can get rolling in less than a week, become unbearable in one to two months, and reach peak population levels in six months to a year, given the right conditions and plenty of blood.

What You Should Know

You may be wondering, “Do bed bugs go away if I just leave them alone a while?” Wishful thinking may have its merits, perhaps, but no, they normally won’t just go away on their own.

My Apartment Is Infested With Bed Bugs. Now What?

If your apartment definitely has a bed bug infestation, what can you do about it? You’ll need to learn how to kill bed bugs and how to keep them from coming back.

Here are Five Key Steps you can take to eradicate your blossoming bed bug population:

  1. Clear away all the clutter from your bedroom or other infested area. In fact, clean and organize your whole house like you were getting ready for white glove at college.
  2. Wash and dry all your clothes and linens that could possibly have gotten exposed to bed bugs or their eggs. Use the high-heat setting.
  3. Spray bed bug killer along the baseboards, into cracks and crevices, onto mattresses, box springs, upholstered furniture, and anywhere else it’s safe to spray it. Also apply diatomaceous earth under and around your bed, set up CO2 bed bug traps, and use rubbing alcohol to protect your exposed skin at night.
  4. Use a one-two punch bed bug fogger bomb approach. The first bombs will kill off adults mostly. Wait two weeks so the surviving eggs can hatch, and then bomb to wipe out the hatchlings before they mature and repopulate.
  5. You can repeat the four steps above several times, but if the problem persists, call in a professional who can safely heat your home to 118 degrees Fahrenheit to kill every bed bug.

Three Steps to be Bed-Bug-Free

Can They Come Back After Treatment?

Bed bugs can return the same way they got into your home to begin with, even after you totally eradicate them.

Thus, you need to think about how they may have gotten in. Stop bringing in garage sale or curbside furniture, routinely sprinkle diatomaceous earth along your door’s bottom if you live in an apartment complex, or change whatever else it takes to keep them out!

Learn how bed bugs spread into and throughout houses and how their population explodes. Take measures accordingly without delay to kill them and prevent a return. Knowing the facts about your bed bug infestation will help you end it!

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How do the bugs in the apartment multiply and can one bug grow? – Bedbugs – 2020

Video: Reasons Why Bed Bugs Spread (April 2020).

Bed bugs are a problem that every person encounters at least once in a lifetime. In order to understand how to deal with them it is necessary to find out how they multiply. For example, many are interested in the hermaphrodite bugs or not? This is what we will try to figure out the article.

Stages of bug development, life cycle

In life, any bug passes through several stages of development. At the same time, the individual can die at any stage. To further develop bugs, blood is needed, without which they can not cross to another stage. The entire period of development lasts about 1 month, but the duration may also depend on various factors:

  1. Temperature conditions.For a better life, the temperature is about 20-25 degrees.
  2. Humidity.Everyone knows that insects love moisture, and bedbugs are no exception.
  3. The darkness.Bugs live only in dark places, that is, if there is not a single dark corner in the house, the bugs can not reproduce there and exist.
  4. Power.To grow and grow bugs, human blood is needed. Without it, the population is likely to cease to exist.

In total, in the development of the bug, seven stages can be counted, which go successively one after the other.
Egg. It has just been delayed by the female. Eggs reach 1mm, they are translucent and oval.

  1. Stage 1 of thelarva. The larva has just hatched from the egg and has begun to live. It reaches 1.5mm in length. Body white, almost transparent.
  2. 2 stage of thelarva. The bug is already growing – 2mm in length, gradually the body becomes darker. Such larvae are sometimes called nymphs. They are not yet capable of reproduction.
  3. The third stage of thelarva is 2.5 mm. At this stage, the larva begins to actively discard the hair, due to the lack of a chitinous skin on the skin. The individual is still incapable of reproduction
  4. The fourth stage of thelarva is 3 mm. At this stage, the larva has its first feeding, as it is necessary for the body to fully moult. Nymphs consume too much blood and bring a person inconvenience, as one adult has 20 times more larvae. Small bugs do not inject anesthetic into the blood, so their bites are especially painful.
  5. Stage 5 of thelarva is 4, 5 mm. There is evidence that at this stage the individuals can reproduce, but not all attempts to lay eggs are successful.

The adult insect is 5 – 5.5 mm in length, this individual is ready for reproduction.

How does the reproduction of bedbugs occur?

Bedbugs reproduce, like most insects – by mating. In this case, unlike other insects, sexual contact does not occur by mutual desire. The male forcibly enters his sexual organ into the cavity of the female, piercing it and injecting the seminal fluid. Reproduction of bedbugs is traumatic. The seed enters the abdominal cavity of the female and is stored there for a lifetime, so that the female can independently fertilize and excrete new offspring without the help of a male.

At the same time from one such sexual intercourse a whole family of bedbugs can arise in one apartment.
After some time after fertilization, the female begins to lay 5-15 eggs a day.
It is important to note that males are not very choosy in choosing a sexual partner, and often attack individuals of the same sex, or small females. It should be noted that the results of studies in the population very often come across males with a pierced belly.

Where in the apartment do bedbugs build a nest?

Most often, bedbugs tend to ensure that people do not find them, so they hide in all dark crevices, where it can be convenient. They are called bed-type because they mostly live in mattresses, beds and under them, as well as in bed linens.

This insect is not fundamentally a habitat, the main thing is to have a comfortable temperature, sufficient humidity, closeness of food and darkness.

Bugs in the daytime are difficult to detect, because they are carefully hidden. The period of activity of the bedbug, when it can be detected, is a person’s strong sleep, which occurs early in the morning. Usually at this time people wake up from the bites of the larvae, which are felt quite painfully. At the same time, they live in nests, and can also breed in clothing.

The nest is in chaos, it completely lacks any hierarchy. In the "house" of bugs can be mixed larvae with adults and waste of life. At the same time in the apartment there may be even one, but several nests of bedbugs. In this case, individual larvae separate from the population and form their own families.

When do larvae hatch?

After the female lays eggs, they mature within 3-25 days, and then hatch. At the same time, the egg ripening time depends entirely on the temperature, the colder the longer the individual will be in the shell. A deferred egg can die if conditions for existence and development are unfavorable, for example it will be too cold.

How quickly do bugs multiply?

In order to understand how quickly bugs multiply, it is necessary to calculate how many eggs the females deposit. Usually it is from 30 to 60 individuals per month. But we need to take into account that during this time the female will bring out new females, that is, the process of reproduction will occur in a geometric progression. In this case, the bugs are multiplying by traumatic insemination, the mechanism of which is prescribed above. At the same time, the female can lay no more than700 eggsin her life, and she lives forabout a year.During this time, the apartment can turn into hell, especially if there are a lot of people living in the apartment, as the food for parasites is human blood.

Can one bug grow?

On this question for a long time could not find an unambiguous answer, as earlier conducted experiments, placing one female in a box and she began to lay eggs, after a while. Now the time has passed and the mechanism of reproduction of these insects has been fully studied. One bug can multiply only if it’s a female, and it has already been fertilized.

Males can not reproduce themselves, it was revealed scientifically, by conducting series of experiments. Moreover, the populations in which there were some males, although they made attempts to reproduce, it was not possible. In connection with this, bugs are not able to reproduce alone.

Can bugs reproduce without food?

In order for fertilization in bedbugs to occur, both males and females need blood, otherwise their body will simply not have enough reserve. Thus for this process there should be about 3-7 high-grade receptions of food (blood). Only individuals feed at night, because of fear of being discovered. Without blood, there can not be bedbugs.

Moreover, blood is necessary for bedbugs not only for reproduction, but for growth. At different stages of the life cycle, the amount of blood consumed is different for individuals. For example, larvae of bedbugs consume less food, but more often, and adults at a time drink more blood, but they do it much less often.

When bedbugs are starving, their body begins to dry out, all life processes slow down. They become passive, practically do not move and spend all their time in the nest.

In the house there were bugs – they immediately begin to multiply?

When bed bugs appear in the room, their very first task is to find a place for reproduction and nutrition. Bedbugs begin to multiply immediately after they find a nest, regardless of the cause of their appearance. Usually they can be found at 5-6 in the morning, as this is the peak of their activity. In addition, around the house you will find a strange husk, this is the skin that larvae discard during moulting.

If the temperature in the house is less than 13-14 degrees, bed bugs fall into a hibernation, but if they are brought into a warm room, they immediately start to multiply.

Top 10 Myths about Bedbugs

The insects, making a comeback around the globe, cannot fly and are really not interested in hanging out on your body–but they do occasionally bite during the day

  • By Megan Scudellari on May 27, 2011

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Once a pest of the past, bedbugs now infest every state in the U.S..Cimex lectularius—small, flattened insects that feed solely on mammalian and avian blood—have been living with humans since ancient times. Abundant in the U.S. prior to World War II, bedbugs all but vanished during the 1940s and ’50s thanks to improvements in hygiene and the use of pesticides. In the past 10 years, however, the pests have staged a comeback worldwide—an outbreak after the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney was a harbinger of things to come. This revival may be the worst yet, experts say, due to densely populated urban areas, global travel and increasing pesticide resistance—something to consider as the summer travel season gets underway.

"By every metric that we use, it’s getting worse and worse," says Coby Schal, an entomologist at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Health authorities and pest control operators are regularly flooded with calls, and the epidemic may not have yet peaked. And because bedbugs are indoor pests, there are no high or low seasons throughout the year, he adds, only continual bombardment. "It’s just the beginning of the problem in the U.S.," Schal says.

Spreading rapidly with the bedbugs is a mass of misinformation about their biology and behavior. Straight from the experts, here are the facts behind some of the most notorious myths about the diminutive bloodsuckers.

Myth 1: Bedbugs can fly
Bedbugs lack wings, and therefore cannot fly. That is unless you put a blow dryer behind them, says Stephen Kells, a bedbug researcher at the University of Minnesota. Then they’ll fly about 1.2 meters. On their own, bedbugs crawl about a meter a minute, he says.

Myth 2: Bedbugs reproduce quickly
Compared with other insects, bedbugs are slow to reproduce: Each adult female produces about one egg per day; a common housefly lays 500 eggs over three to four days. Each bedbug egg takes 10 days to hatch and another five to six weeks for the offspring to develop into an adult.

Myth 3: Bedbugs can typically live a year without a meal
Scientists debate this point, but evidence suggests that at normal room temperature, about 23 degrees Celsius, bedbugs can only survive two to three months without a blood meal. But because they are cold-blooded, their metabolism will slow down in chillier climates, and the insects may live up to a year without feeding.

Myth 4: Bedbugs bite only at night
Although bedbugs are generally nocturnal, they’re like humans—if they’re hungry, they’ll get up and get something to eat. "If you go away to visit a friend for a week and you come back and sit down on the couch, even though it’s daytime the bedbugs will come looking for you," Schal says. Keeping a light on, then, unfortunately does not keep these tiny vampires away.

Myth 5: Bedbugs live exclusively in mattresses
"’Bedbug’ is such a misnomer," Kells says. "They should also be called pet bugs and suitcase bugs and train bugs and movie theater bugs." Bedbugs spread away from beds into living areas and can be seen on any surface, he says, including chairs, railings and ceilings.

Myth 6: Bedbugs prefer unsanitary, urban conditions
"Bedbugs are terribly nondiscriminatory," Schal says. Bedbugs can be found anywhere from ritzy high-rises to homeless shelters. The prevalence of the bugs in low-income housing is therefore not a result of the insect’s preference, but of dense populations and the lack of money to pay for proper elimination strategies. "Any location is vulnerable," Kells says. "But some people are going to have a harder time getting control of them because it is such an expensive treatment."

Myth 7: Bedbugs travel on our bodies
Bedbugs do not like heat, Kells says. They therefore do not stick in hair or on skin, like lice or ticks, and prefer not to remain in our clothes close to our bodily heat. Bedbugs are more likely to travel on backpacks, luggage, shoes and other items farther removed from our bodies.

Myth 8: Bedbugs transmit disease
Bedbug bites can lead to anxiety, sleeplessness and even secondary infections, but there have been no reported cases of bedbugs transmitting disease to humans. They do, however, harbor human pathogens: At least 27 viruses, bacteria, protozoa and more have been found in bedbugs, although these microbes do not reproduce or multiply within the insects. Canadian researchers announced (pdf) in the June issue ofEmerging Infectious Diseasesthat bedbugs isolated from three individuals in a Vancouver hospital carried methicillin-resistantStaphylococcus aureus, aka MRSA. Still, there have been no reported cases that the bugs actually transmit human disease.

Myth 9: We should bring back DDT
When the controversial pesticide DDT was banned in 1972, most bed bugs were already resistant to it, Schal says, and today’s populations are even more widely resistant thanks to the use of a new class of pesticides. Pyrethroids, the main class of pesticides used against bedbugs today, targets sodium channels in bedbug cells, just like DDT. Consequently, as bedbugs develop resistance to pyrethroids, they also become cross-resistant to DDT.

How Fast do Bed Bugs Spread? 3 Ways They Move and Multiply

Contrary to what you may think, bed bugs don’t have a preference between a spotless space or a filthy environment. As long as they have access to a food source, they can live anywhere, so claims that bed bugs are attracted to dirt and debris are simply unfounded. That being said, clutter does make it easier for these insects to hide, which may fuel the misconceptions. Their ideal environment is warm and provides access to a blood meal. Given those conditions, you may be wondering how fast bed bugs spread? Let’s look at some of their travel habits and what you need to know about how quickly they can make themselves at home.

How Fast do Bed Bugs Spread From Room to Room?

Every day, bed bugs can lay between one and 12 eggs, and anywhere from200 and 500 eggs in a lifetime. Those numbers should speak for themselves if you’re wondering how long it takes to get an infestation of bed bugs. It doesn’t take long for a problem to grow out of control, so the sooner you contact a pest control professional for inspection and treatment, the better off you’ll be.

Bed bugs need to take blood meals from warm-blooded hosts — typically humans — to survive, and they’ll hide near their sources until ready to feed. How fast bed bugs spread from room to room depends partly on how long it takes to move an infested piece of furniture, clothing, luggage and/or other household item from one room to another. They can also move throughout the house in search of other hosts. If the conditions are favorable, they’ll continue breeding wherever the item (or items) is moved.

How do Bed Bugs Spread From House to House?

The rate of how bed bugs spread from house to house increases the more time you spend traveling. They’re great hitchhikers, and hotels, hostels, airplanes, cruise ships and public transportation are ideal places to pick up these uninvited guests.

  • Movement of items:Bed bugs can move from one site to the next by traveling on luggage, clothing, bedding, boxes and furniture. They’re prevalent anywhere that has ahigh rate of overnight guests, including universities and hospitals.
  • Crawling:Bed bugs don’t fly, but they can crawl at a pretty high speed with six legs.Traveling three to four feet per minute on most surfaces, it’s the equivalent of the average adult sprinting. This makes it easy for bed bugs to travel between floors and rooms, and quickly tuck into a new hiding spot before being seen.
  • Breeding:After feeding, bed bugs head back to their hidden locations to digest and mate. If the conditions are right, an egg can mature into an adult in as little as a month and a half, and each bed bug could live anywhere from four months to over a year. Bed bugs are focused on feeding and breeding and will invade and multiply at lightning speed as a result.

How do Bed Bugs Spread From Person to Person?

Bed bugs need blood meals to survive and blood to breed, but they don’t live on human hosts. In fact, how bed bugs spread from person to person really doesn’t have anything to do with people themselves but the movement of infested items. For example, houseguests could unknowingly bring them into your home from their travels, and kids could bring them back on their backpacks from school.

Bed bugs are opportunistic, hiding and waiting until it’s convenient to feed. And if their areas are disturbed, they’ll find a way to move to a neighboring location, which can make the situation much more difficult to inspect and treat. How fast bed bugs spread is really up to you.Contact a Terminix® pest control professionalto stop the spread of bed bugs.

Do Earwigs Bite?

If you shudder a little when you think about earwigs, you’re probably not alone. They’ve developed quite a nasty reputation, thanks to urban legends (mostly false) that have been circulating for years. But are they harmful?

The Lifespans of Insects With Short Lives

Many insects, such as butterflies, have a lifespan that occurs in four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Other insects, such as grasshoppers, do not have a pupal stage and instead go through three stages: egg, nymph, and adult. The length of each stage can vary based on many things, from the insect species to the temperature outside—but what some insects share in common is a very short adult stage. Keep reading to learn about five insects with some of the shortest adult stages in their lifespan.

The Return of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

The change of seasons from summer to fall means many things: leaves changing colors, dropping temperatures, and—depending on where you live—stink bugs sneaking into your home. Stink bugs were named for their distinct ability to emit an unpleasant odor when they are threatened or disturbed by predators like lizards or birds. This also means that if stink bugs enter your home and feel threatened, you’ll be faced with dealing with their strong smell in your house. As we head into fall, you might find yourself with more active stink bugs than usual, so it’s important to know the basics about these smelly insects.

What are Earwigs?

Most people have probably heard of earwigs at some point or another. These creepy-looking insects are associated with some urban myths. Learn the truth about earwigs, including what attracts them and how to help get rid of them.


The majority of ticks will deliver painless bites without any noticeable symptoms. However, some ticks can carry a variety of bacteria and pathogens for disease. Although not all ticks are dangerous, you don’t want to risk coming into contact with these blood-sucking insects.


The majority of ticks will deliver painless bites without any noticeable symptoms. However, some ticks can carry a variety of bacteria and pathogens for disease. Although not all ticks are dangerous, you don’t want to risk coming into contact with these blood-sucking insects.

Are Bed Bugs Contagious?

Bed bugs are not too picky about where and when they catch a ride and don’t necessarily have a preferred mode of transportation, so it’s no surprise how many people wonder, are bed bugs contagious?

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Do Earwigs Bite?

If you shudder a little when you think about earwigs, you’re probably not alone. They’ve developed quite a nasty reputation, thanks to urban legends (mostly false) that have been circulating for years. But are they harmful?

Cluster Flies In Your Home

If you’re like many homeowners, you’ve dealt with annoying flies ruining your summer barbecues and outdoor dinner parties. You may have even become accustomed to whipping out the flypaper and heavy-duty bug zappers the minute you hear the familiar buzz of a fly. These annoying pests are likely house flies, which can pose significant health risks to you and your family. But have you ever seen large, sluggish flies loitering inside your home in the autumn and winter? They may be cluster flies.

Tips to Get Rid of Stink Bugs in Your House

Now that it’s fall, it’s officially indoor stink bug season. Before it becomes winter, brown marmorated stink bugs are looking for comfortable overwintering sites to spend the cold months—and that can often mean that they may find a way to sneak into your house. While the odor that a stink bug releases is not dangerous, they are definitely a nuisance. Luckily, there are steps you can take to get rid of stink bugs in your house—without having to deal with the unpleasant smell.

What are Sand Fleas?

Many people love going to the beach to spend time in the sun, sand, and water. But they might not love some of the nuisances that live at the beach or in the ocean, such as gnats or jellyfish. But, what about the sand flea, a small critter that can be found in moist areas such as under rocks or debris. Keep reading to learn exactly what sand fleas are and if you need to worry about them.

The Lifespans of Insects With Short Lives

Many insects, such as butterflies, have a lifespan that occurs in four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Other insects, such as grasshoppers, do not have a pupal stage and instead go through three stages: egg, nymph, and adult. The length of each stage can vary based on many things, from the insect species to the temperature outside—but what some insects share in common is a very short adult stage. Keep reading to learn about five insects with some of the shortest adult stages in their lifespan.

The Return of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

The change of seasons from summer to fall means many things: leaves changing colors, dropping temperatures, and—depending on where you live—stink bugs sneaking into your home. Stink bugs were named for their distinct ability to emit an unpleasant odor when they are threatened or disturbed by predators like lizards or birds. This also means that if stink bugs enter your home and feel threatened, you’ll be faced with dealing with their strong smell in your house. As we head into fall, you might find yourself with more active stink bugs than usual, so it’s important to know the basics about these smelly insects.

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