A bed bug infestation will start with a small number bed bugs. These bugs could of entered your property in a number of ways. you will of visited a building with bed bugs, the types of buildings could be:
- care homes
- friends or family’s homes
- public transport
Another way for bed bugs to enter our homes is from neighbouring properties.
An exception to this would be if you have moved into a property with a bed bug infestation already present.
If a female bed bug has entered your home, she will begin to lay eggs. a female bed bug can lay up to 5 eggs per day.
Bed bugs feed every 7-10 days and as the weather gets colder this can go up to 21 days. Eggs take around 10 days to hatch but can hatch quicker in warmer weather.
Bed bugs have to have 5 blood meals before becoming an adult. Bed bugs shed their skin in between these feeds as they get bigger in size.
Once the first set of eggs laid have now become adults, the size of the infestation in your home will grow in size rapidly. You will have multiple female adult bugs laying multiple eggs per day.
If you react to bed bug bites you may notice the first signs of an infestation early on. as bed bugs feed every 7-10 days you may notice new marks on your skin that could be itchy every couple of days. These marks will be come more frequent as time goes on.
If you do not react to bed bug bites, you may notice other signs of bed bugs first. These could be spotting on sheets or bed bug poo on the bed frame.