Their very nature makes bed bugs difficult to control and eradicate. About the size of a grain of rice, bed bugs measure about 1/4-inch long with oval, flat, reddish-brown bodies. Progressing through five nymphal stages, the voracious insects must feed at least once during each stage to develop to the next stage and to reproduce. Though they have a short life-span of only 6 to 12 months, adults feed every 3 to 5 days for 5 to 10 minutes at a time — that’s at least 35 to 60 mealtimes PER bug. Since bed bugs lay 200 to 500 eggs per cycle, that’s a lot of nibbling going on in your bed each night.
The prolific pests hide in tiny crevices and cracks in floors, furniture, molding and bedding, waiting to crawl out at night and feed while you’re sleeping in your bed. Their size, rampant reproduction, ability to squeeze themselves deep into the tiniest openings, and the ease with which they spread make bed bugs difficult to control and eradicate. A bed bug problem requires professional extermination.