Bed Bugs

Asked November 2, 2013, 6:04 PM EDT

What is the incubation period for bed bugs? If you are exposed, when will the adult bugs be visible?

Franklin County Ohio

1 Response

The bed bug life cycle includes various stages: egg, 5 immature stages (male and female nymphs), and adult (males and females). All nymphs and adults have to feed on blood in order to survive. They prefer to feed on humans but will feed on other warm-blooded animals. Bed bug nymphs and adults typically need to feed every 6 to 7 days, so bites from a single bed bug don't occur every day. On average, 7 of 10 humans develop bite symptoms. Bed bugs can immediately feed upon introduction to a new site if they haven't fed recently. However, they are nocturnal insects that typically are active at night, and they are extremely good at hiding in tiny cracks and crevices, so it can be very difficult to locate just a few bed bugs. I hope this is what you mean by "incubation period." The website has a great deal of useful information on bed bugs.