How Quickly Do Bed Bugs Spread?

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Bed bugs are notorious for their painful bites, their dogged resistance to extermination, and of course, their ability to infest an entire house in a very brief period of time. Nobody wants bed bugs in their homes in the first place, but if you do have an infestation, how long do you have before the problem gets out of control? Here is how quickly bed bugs can spread, and what you can do to stop them.

Within a House

A single female bed bug can lay over 100 eggs over the course of a month, and by the end of the third month of an infestation there can easily be thousands of developing nymphs ready to wreak havoc. Remember, bed bugs can spread to other places besides beds. If your infestation lasts long enough, you’ll begin to find them in carpets, furniture, and closets as well. 

Between Buildings

We know how quickly bed bugs reproduce, but how quickly they spread depends largely on who they’re living with. Bed bugs do most of their traveling through us, whether that means clinging on to our clothes when we walk around the house, hiding in a pillow that we bring to another room, or even hitching a ride on our suitcases when we take a trip. If we’re not careful we could be spreading an infestation to other houses and/or hotels.

Ways to Fight Back

If you do have a bed bug infestation, they are ways you can prevent it from getting worse. First, get a mattress cover and seal your mattress up tight. Do this so that no more bed bugs can’t get into your mattress and the ones already inside will starve. Then, put all of your clothes in the wash for at least 30 minutes with hot water and clean your bed frame and headboard with rubbing alcohol. Finally, vacuum your carpets thoroughly. If you plan on going for a trip, wash all the clothes you are taking, and wrap your suitcases up in garbage bags and leave them in direct sunlight for a couple of hours. If none of these methods work, you may need the help of professional pest control experts. 

Bed bugs are one of the most tenacious pests, and one of the toughest to get rid of. Fortunately when it comes to pest control, if there’s a will there’s a way, and bed bugs are no exception. For more information, or to receive quality pest control services, visit us at today.