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What Are Bed Bugs?

The prospect of having bed bugs is a frightening one. Bed bug infestations can last a long time, can be terribly uncomfortable, can lead to many sleepless nights and social isolation which can lead to other mood complications. Bed bug infestations can be hard to detect and can take a long time to completely eradicate. Worst of all, bed bug infestations are on the rise. If you’ve spotted one bed bug in your house, should you be concerned about a full-blown bed bug infestation? Can one bed bug in your home quickly become hundreds more?

Does One Bed Bug Mean I Have A Full-Blown Infestation?

It is possible to have just one bed bug and finding it does not mean that you have an infestation. A single bed bug can and may hitchhike its way to your home on a piece of luggage or purse or on your clothes. If you’ve recently traveled, stayed in a hotel, traveled by plane, train or other public mode of transportation, you may have picked up a stray bed bug. 

A stray bed bug can be anything from a single, non-fertile bed bug, a solitary, pregnant bed bug, or another bug altogether. What if you’re unlucky and the bed bug you’ve recognized is a pregnant female bed bug? 

How Many Eggs Can One Bed Bug Lay?

Bed bugs reproduce every 7-10 days so if you do have a pregnant female that’s hitchhiked her way into your home, you do need to call an exterminator as soon as possible to get on top of the situation. Female bed bugs can carry sperm inside them for 4 to 6 weeks during which time they can produce eggs and Ley them every day. If the solitary bed bug you have found in your home is a female bed bug, it could, on its own, create an infestation.

Where Do Bed Bugs Lay Eggs?

Because bed bugs almost always live in the bedroom or any other area where humans might sleep for several hours (if a member of your family takes long naps or sleeps on the couch, you may find bed bugs near that couch), if you’ve found a bed bug in a bathroom, kitchen, or office area, you probably don’t have much to worry about. If you’ve found a bed bug in a public place like a school, or a doctor’s waiting room there’s most likely no need for panic. These bugs have likely caught a ride from an infested room and are looking to find another person to carry them home where they can set up shop to breed and eat. 

What Are My Chances of Having An Infestation?

While it is technically possible to have only one bed bug, chances are that because bed bugs are sneaky, small, and exceptionally good hiders, if you’ve found one bed bug there may be more. It’s also highly likely that you haven’t seen other bed bugs because they are so difficult to spot. You are more likely to see the signs of bed bugs than the bugs themselves. The best thing to do in this situation is to contact an exterminator to figure out if you have an infestation or not.

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