How Fast Do Bed Bugs Spread
There’s a time bed bugs almost became extinct—however, bed bugs have made a dreadful comeback in the past few years. Bed bugs tend to spread via infested items and spaces—and once that happens, an infestation can take place overnight. But, how fast can bed bug invasions spread? And, what’s the right course of action to stop the infestation? All Seasons Pest Control NC how bed bugs infestation starts and spreads, and how to stop the infestation.
What are bed bugs?
These are little oval-shaped insects with stunted wings. Bed bugs geed on animal and human blood, and these insects can go anywhere to get the blood—from chairs, beds, as well as other furnishings in homes, office buildings, movie theaters, and public transit among others. This makes bed bugs a big problem for most homeowners as well as property managers.
Bed bugs do not spread diseases, but they do cause difficulty sleeping, itchy bites, anxiety, stress, and other issues. Most homeowners have a big challenge in getting rid of bed bugs, and business owners normally face extra costs because of bed bug invasions, and this included reputation damage and loss of business.
How do bed bugs spread and multiply
There’s a myth that bed bugs prefer unhygienic conditions—but that’s not true. Rather, bed bugs prefer locations with a reliable food source, as well as safe places where they can hide. Bed bugs don’t travel from person to person like fleas or lice—but in luggage, clothing, and furniture among other items. That means bed bugs can travel quickly and in large numbers, and then start laying eggs immediately.
Although bed bugs do not reproduce at a high rate like house flies and other pests, their infestation can happen fast—if not curbed. An average female can lay one to five eggs each day, and these eggs hatch within two weeks. Once the eggs hatch, the nymphs need five molt cycles to attain maturity, where they can start laying the same average number of eggs each day. Therefore, that cycle can lead to hundreds of bed bugs in every generation, with around three full generations each year.
How can you prevent bed bug invasion and spread?
The moment you notice bed bugs and relate signs of bed bug infestation like bed bug bites and droppings, consider contacting a specialist in pest control immediately. One thing about bed bug infestations is very hard to stop without integrated pest management (IPM) strategy. Trying DIY solutions to top the infestation can worsen the situation. However, there are a few steps that can assist you to curb bed bug infestation.
These steps include:
Buying a zippered, tight-fitting mattress bag
Wash your bedding and then let it dry under high heat for at least one hour
For items that cannot be dried, put them in a freezer for at least two weeks
Remove any clutter near beds as well as other furniture. You should also avoid storing things under your bed
Maintain a gap between your furnishings and walls
Vacuum your home daily, and make sure that you use attachments to access tiny gaps
Keeping lights on your bedroom or moving to a different bedroom won’t stop bed bugs—they are not responsive to light, and they normally follow their food source. Also, turning up the heat to extremely high temperatures is not effective, unless the temperature reaches at least 120 degrees.
Lastly, you should not use any pesticides from your local store—most of these pesticides are not effective when used against bed bugs, and can cause serious health issues to your family. You should allow licensed professionals from All Season Pest Control NC to fumigate your home.
Get your home or office inspected today
In case you suspect that your office or home has beg bug infestation, contact All Seasons Pest Control NC today. Here, we have professionals who will inspect your home or office, and then come up with a quick solution to solve your bed bug infestation permanently.