Bed Bugs Grow Faster in Groups

Life cycle of bed bugs

Dr. Virna L. Saenz and a research team from North Carolina State University published a paper on bed bug development showing that bed bugs develop faster in groups than alone.  Bed bugs develop in three stages – eggs, nymphs, and adults.  In all stages, they develop faster when grouped.  Early detection is helpful in reducing infestation scale, inconvenience and expense.

Bed bug infestation has been on the rise in the United States.  This is likely due to travel, lack of knowledge about preventing infestations, increased resistance to pesticides, and ineffective pest control practices. It is hoped this new research may lead to improvements in bed bug management techniques.

There isn’t a quick fix for bed bugs, but there are effective strategies to control and remove them.  Securing professional help is often the best option since bed bugs are small and like to hide.  They can also be hard to identify.  Other insects, such as carpet beetles, can be easily mistaken for bed bugs.  A trained professional can help identify bed bugs at all life stages since the tiny eggs are particularly difficult to find and remove. 

 

Bed bugs are often noticed after biting starts. They cause painful and unsightly bites, allergic reactions, and more.  Not all bites are indications of bed bugs, though.  Fleas can bite as well. If you suspect that bed bugs may have invaded your home, consulting a professional will help keep you from losing sleep.  May Exterminating can help you rest easy again with bed bug control services that will restore your peace of mind in no time.

Learn more about bed bugs:  https://www.epa.gov/bedbugs/introduction-bed-bugs