Bed bugs spread and travel quickly and discretely. In only a short time, a few bed bugs can turn into hundreds of unwanted visitors.
Learn more about the three ways in which bed bugs spread and how you could prevent an infestation.
How do Bed Bugs Reproduce?
To understand how bed bugs spread, you need to know about their life cycle. The adults feed on the blood of people and animals, so they tend to nest near food sources. However, they have the ability to live for several months without food.
When bed bugs breed, the females lay as many as 12 eggs a day. Over their entire lifespan, a female bed bug could lay between 200 and 500 eggs. Eventually, those eggs hatch and develop into adults and they continue on with the life cycle.
With such a large clutch size, bed bugs reproduce at an alarming rate. Even if you only find a few bed bugs in your home, it’s only a matter of time before they take over.
How do Bed Bugs Spread?
Generally, bed bugs take over your home or business in one of three ways:
1. Traveling from Place to Place
If you spend a lot of time traveling or have guests come and stay with you on a frequent basis, you’re at risk of a bed bug infestation. They are most common in places that have overnight guests, such as hotels, hospitals, and universities.
Bed bugs can attach to people, clothing, and luggage. Then, the bugs travel from one location to another as their host travels.
2. Crawling From Place to Place
Hitching a ride is one of the easiest ways for bed bugs to spread, but the bugs can be mobile on their own. Although the pests can’t fly, they are able to crawl. And they crawl faster than you might imagine – at a rate of about three or four feet per minute.
Therefore, they may travel from room to room or even from one building to another. It doesn’t take them long to find a hiding place.
3. Quickly Breeding and Reproducing
The real problem is the rapid breeding of bed bugs. No matter how a bed bug finds its way into your home or business, it could cause an infestation.
In fact, you don’t even need more than one bed bug to create hundreds or thousands more. If a female mates before she comes into your home, she could lay eggs once she arrives. In the first month, she has the ability to lay more than 100 eggs. As time goes on, the number of bed bugs increases exponentially.
Stopping the Spread
It is possible to stop the spread of bed bugs, but you can’t do it on your own. Bed bugs are resilient and masters at hiding which makes it difficult to eliminate them without the right tool.
Fortunately, there’s an easy solution to your pest problem. Cryonite is a pest control tool that kills bed bugs on the spot. It kills them on contact and gets into all the crevices they could be used as hiding spots.
There are several other benefits to using Cryonite. For one, anyone who is trained on using the tool can get the job done. Instead of dealing with a pest control company, you resolve the problem yourself.
Another benefit to Cryonite is the lack of harmful chemicals. While other traditional methods of bed bug removal involve spraying harmful pesticides, Cryonite is different. It’s not toxic for humans, making it a safe choice for your pest control.
If you’re ready to stop bed bugs in their tracks, give us a call today. Learn more about the tool that can save your home or business from unwanted guests.