A common question we are asked is how have I got bed bugs? The answer isn’t always straight forward.
Bed bugs are hitch hikers and a bad luck bug. Female bed bugs will climb into our rucksacks, handbags or luggage as our items do not smell of male bed bugs that the female bed bugs are trying to escape from.
We could pick up bed bugs in hotels, care homes or from family members we are visiting if the places we are visiting have an infestation.
We could also pick them up whilst travelling on planes, trains and buses. This could be because a person travelling near us has them in their belongings.
In properties where there are heavier infestations the bugs could crawl into neighbouring properties.
Once a female bed bug is impregnated she is impregnated for life. If a female bed bug crawls into out belongings, once those belongings stop moving, the bed bug will crawl out and create a new infestation.
Once a bed bug is in our home, the bug can lay up to 5 eggs per day. Those eggs take up to 18 days to hatch before they will begin to feed from us. A baby bed bug goes through 5 life stages before becoming an adult. Once a bed bug is an adult, the females can then be impregnated and begin to lay their own eggs.
Initially you will not have many bites (some people do not react to bed bug bites) and there will be low levels of bed bug evidence. Bed bugs feed every 7-10 days and once they have fed , they will poo when they go into their hiding places. Their hiding places are dark areas that we don’t look at very often such as the slats of our beds, where the bed legs join the bed frame or items stored under the bed such as draws.
You may not notice you have an infestation for a while as they number of bites received initially will be low. Bed bugs feed every 7-10 days. Once you discover you have a bed bug infestation, the best thing to do is call in a professional.