If you have bed bugs or know of someone that had them, then you are probably already aware of how challenging it can be to remove them from the home. Some people think bed bugs are only found in a dirty environment, but this isn't true. They really don't have a preference between a dirty home or a clean home, so an infestation can happen anywhere.
However, if you have clutter, it does make it easier for bed bugs to hide and get around. If the area is warm and provides access to a meal of blood, it is also considered the ideal environment for bed bugs.
So, if you find yourself in these kinds of conditions, you may be wondering just how fast bed bugs can spread in the home. Well, we are here today to let you know a bit more about their travel habits and how quickly they move in.
Room to Room
Each day, a bed bug can lay 200 to 250 eggs in their lifetime and it doesn't take too long for an infestation to get out of control. The rate at which they can move from room to room really depends on how long it takes to move an infected item from one room to another. So, if there are bed bugs on a piece of furniture or article of clothing and you move it to another room, you are spreading the bed bugs.
House to House
When you are traveling, the rate at which bed bugs move is going to increase depending on the movement of items, crawling, and breeding. They can't fly but can travel three to four feet per minute on a variety of different surfaces. This also allows them to go room to room in whatever house they are moved into.
Person to Person
Since bed bugs need blood to survive, they are on the constant lookout for a host. However, they don't live on humans. So, when moving person to person, it has more to do with movement than the actual people. They will also wait and hide until they find the perfect opportunity to jump onto a host and begin to feed.
If you have a house guest come into your home, they may also unknowingly have these small hitchhikers on them waiting for the opportunity for a new host and to settle into a new home.
As you can see, you play a big role in how fast bed bugs can spread in the home. If you have an infestation and move items from one room to another, you very well may be providing them with the transportation they need to inhabit another area.
If you suspect you have a bed bug infestation or you want a professional to come in and make sure you are in the clear, then call the professionals at Habitat Pest Control. The longer you wait to take care of a bed bug infestation, the worse it can be to get rid of them.