bed bug life cycles

How long before bed bugs can lay eggs?

A bed bug becomes an adult from is about 21 to 32 days depending on the temperature. A female bed bug will be capable to lay eggs after mating at this stages.

The temperature in their environment controls how quickly bedbugs mature. For instance, in an area where the temperature is between 70 and 80 degrees and blood for feeding is plentiful, female bedbugs may mature within a month and begin laying eggs about 32 days after hatching according to the University of Kentucky.

Bed bug eggs take approximately 6 to 21 days to hatch. Hatched eggs are called nymphs. A nymph is not able to reproduce until it has fully matured. A single female bed bug can mate with any of her offspring after a nymph has fully matured. Scientists debate this point, but evidence suggests that at normal room temperature, about 23 degrees Celsius, bedbugs can only survive two to three months without a blood meal.

After mating, females lay white, oval eggs (1/16" long) into cracks and crevices. An individual bed bug can lay200 to 250 eggs in her lifetime. The average length of a typical bed bug’s life span from egg hatch to death in a laboratory environment, with ideal conditions, is 6 to 12 months.

Recent studies suggest that bed bug development times also can vary with different bed bug populations. When three strains of bed bugs were compared, the time from egg to adult ranged from 35 to 40 days.

Quoted from PCT online a statement saying “You may need to rethink your criteria for declaring an account “bed bug-free.” Residual bed bug populations can remain alive in protected harborages for months after treatment, or while furniture is in storage, or during an extended period while rooms or structures are unoccupied. “

“Vacating an infested room, or even an entire apartment so the bed bugs can “die out,” is not a feasible strategy for pest management professionals. Bugs won’t die any time soon and are apt to migrate to a new location where they can find new hosts.”

“Industry practice seems to be to wait seven to 10 days after bed bug treatment, than evaluate the success of the treatment. This doesn’t take into consideration temperatures at the account. Bed bug eggs at cool temperatures can take up to 21 days to hatch, long after you’ve declared the account bed bug-free.”