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How Long Do Bed Bugs Live and Do They Live In Colonies

a magnifying glass showing a bed bug and a mattress
sniffer dog beagle trained to find bed bugs

Bedbugs are hematophagous insects that like to live in bedrooms, as their name suggests, because there is the source of their food: human blood.  They crawl in wall or furniture cracks and go out at night; in the rest of the time, they typically remain hidden.

Bedbugs form colonies in dark and warm places. In areas with a temperate climate, these insects reach their maximum population in early autumn. At this point, all stages of the life cycles are present. With the arrival of the cold season, their activity decreases, egg laying is stopped, and the development of young life forms is slowed down.

Bed bugs hibernate mainly in adult form, due to their eggs and nymphs are too sensitive to low temperatures and die when winter arrives, unless they are in a sufficiently warm space.

The number of eggs laid by a female during her adult life has been set at between 150 and 345. With frequent feeding, at a normal ambient temperature (between 18 and 20 degrees Celsius), adults live between 9 and 18 months. Egg incubation lasts 10-18 days, while the complete cycle lasts from 9 to 18 weeks. Under these conditions, nymphs feed for about 10 days, and adults – once a week. Both nymphs and adults can survive for long periods without feeding (up to a year, in certain circumstances). Hiring a company with a bed bug sniffer dog Denver area can be extremely important in ridding your home or business of these pesky bugs.