Bed Bug Life Cycle

Picture of two bed bugs

Humans and the Bed Bug Life Cycle

During each of the bed bug stages of life, blood meals are necessary for growth and development. As a result, homes and businesses are prime places for bed bugs to begin laying eggs. The seams of beds, sofas, and other furniture are likely spots to find pests in every part of the bed bug life cycle.

What Are the Bed Bug Life Stages?

After drinking blood, female bed bugs lay several batches of eggs that hatch into larvae, or nymphs, in 4 to 24 days. Nymphs feed right away and will molt five times before reaching maturity. Houses and commercial buildings often speed up bed bug reproduction, offering the ideal humidity and heat levels for a population explosion.


Adults can survive for months without taking a blood meal, and the bed bug lifespan can last as long as a year. Control is tough because of the pests’ quick breeding potential and ability to keep out of site. Bed bugs also spread easily between rooms or units in the same building, crawling through wall cracks and under doors or hitching a ride on clothes and bags.


Getting rid of bed bugs often takes professional help. Contact the experts at Waltham Pest Services for a plan to treat homes, apartment complexes, or commercial spaces affected by pests at any stage of the bed bug life cycle.

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