Bed bugs are devious little pests, and they seem to spread pretty quickly, despite humans’ best efforts to keep them under control. They can crawl through cracks in walls, hide in books, and fit into the tiniest spaces. Bed bugs in apartments are a huge problem because they can crawl through tiny cracks from unit to unit, and it happens more quickly than you might think. If they spread quickly when people are trying to control them, how quickly can they spread when they’re totally unmitigated?
How Fast Can Bed Bugs Crawl?
Don’t get us wrong- bed bugs aren’t alarmingly fast or anything. They definitely would not outrun a human being, but they can move pretty quickly for bugs. Bed bugs move at an average of three to four feet per minute. This may not seem like much, but if you leave the room to grab a tissue in order to kill the tiny pest, by the time you get back, it could be long gone. They’re great at finding hiding places, and they can do so relatively quickly.
How Fast Can an Infestation Spread?
How fast can a bed bug infestation spread? The answer to this question depends, of course, upon a lot of different factors. One factor is the temperature of your home. At normal room temperature (72 degrees Fahrenheit), bed bug eggs take about ten days to hatch. After they hatch, they’ll take about three weeks to grow from larvae into adults. If you find eggs without any adults around, you may have a chance of stopping the infestation. It’s necessary to call a pest control professional as soon as you spot these eggs. Bed bugs live for about a year, and if nothing is done, the infestation can spread throughout a building in a matter of days or weeks.
How Do Infestations Spread?
There are plenty of ways for a bed bug infestation to spread. As stated earlier, apartment buildings, dorms, and other multi-tenant dwellings are some of the worst places for bed bug infestations. This is because bed bugs can find the tiniest cracks in walls, as well as heat registers and other spaces that connect units to one another. This makes it very easy for them to get from one unit to another, spreading throughout the building in no time. Bed bugs also find transport with human beings. They can crawl onto clothing, handbags, and other possessions- even burrowing into the upholstery of vehicles. Infestations can spread from person to person if people aren’t careful. If you go over to someone’s house and they have bed bugs, you could end up accidentally taking them home and spreading them to your car and home as well.
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