Bed bugs nestle into your bed, patiently waiting for you to drift off to sleep so they can attack. But the multiplying they do when they aren’t feeding can be just as bad. Understanding how they reproduce is an important step in bed bug control.
Once mating is finished, a female will lay small (1/16 inch) oval eggs in tiny crevices. These eggs take between 6 and 10 days to hatch, at which point the bed bugs begin feeding. A female bed bug can lay as many as five eggs each day. In the entire span of its life — between four and six months — female bed bugs may lay as many as 500 eggs. While this isn’t an exceptionally quick reproduction cycle, it’s alarming and can still cause quite the infestation.
Bed bug eggs hatch into nymphs , beginning the bed bug life cycle. They go through five stages, molting after each one to allow for growth. Depending on which stage they’re currently in, they may be as small as an egg or as large as an adult.
After five weeks (and five moltings), the bed bugs become adults . The exact duration of this process varies depending on the temperature of your home. In cooler homes, bed bugs may take up to four months from hatching to maturity. At this point, they’re fully grown and sexually mature. They mate and lay their eggs, and the bed bug reproduction cycle begins again.
The Importance of Reducing Reproduction
Getting rid of a bed bug infestation in your home can be tough, but it’s even more difficult if you’re allowing a colony of bed bugs to multiply. That’s why it’s important to reduce (or halt) reproduction in bed bugs. Even though their reproductive process isn’t as efficient as say, a fly’s, their numbers may still grow exponentially and get out of hand.
To ensure you completely rid your home of bed bugs and eggs, you should call a pest control professional. They will utilize the proper equipment and techniques to make sure you don’t have any lingering eggs or bed bugs; even a few could put you back at square one.
If you think your home may be infested with bed bugs, don’t wait — call a pest control professional as soon as possible. The sooner you call them, the less time the bed bugs will have to mate and reproduce. The team of experts at Environmental Heat Solutions can rid your home of bed bugs and ensure they don’t come back.