Bed Bug Facts
- Bed bugs are found worldwide and are thought to have come to the U.S. from Europe in the 17th century.
- Bed bugs primarily feed on humans, but they can also feed on warm-blooded animals including birds, mice and family pets.
- Adults are just under 1/4″ long, relatively flat and oval shaped compared to most other insects.
- Bed bugs can lay one to five eggs per day and more than 500 in a lifetime.
- Bed bugs can survive for several months without eating.
- Bed bugs can withstand a wide range of temperatures, from nearly freezing to 122 degrees Fahrenheit
- Bed bugs draw blood for about five minutes before retreating to digest.
- Bed bug hatchlings are so small they can pass through a stitch-hole in a mattress.
- Bed bugs can ingest seven-times their own weight in blood, which would be the equivalent of an average-sized male drinking 120 gallons of liquid.