Our series of articles about bed bugs continues. Bed bugs are starting to show up everywhere, even here in the Verde Valley and in Sedona. We’ve had calls from residences as well as local businesses. How did they get in?
Bed Bugs get carried into your home by a host. The thing that really assists these bugs in their survival is their ability to go long periods of time with no food source. The Bed Bug under the right conditions can go up to 18 months without food. So what happens is they hide and wait for a unsuspecting host to come along. You could pick them up virtually any public place – just watch the news, or check out our bed bugs in the news, and you’ll hear of libraries, hotels, hospitals, dorm rooms, clothing stores, inns, bed and breakfasts, movie theaters, resorts, etc. All these places have been reporting Bed Bug infestations.
Once you have them, they start multiplying – a pregnant female bed bug can lay up to 5 eggs a day. Those eggs hatch in about 10 days and mature after about 40 days. The average female bed bug will lay about 300 to 500 eggs in her lifetime. Once the bed bug infestation gets going with some reproductions, it doesn’t take anytime at all to have a serious problem on your hands.