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February 15, 2018 2 min read

How Fast Do Bed Bugs Move?

Which insect would you consider as the fastest sprinter? Ant, roaches, flea, or the annoying blood sucking bed bug? Well the truth is, bed bugs are way down the table of world’s fastest insects. Not to say they move sluggishly – just that their crawling speed isn’t particularly impressive. Averagely, an adult bed bug moves at a pace of 4 feet per minute. This speed is sufficient enough to keep them save from an aggressor. Ever tried killing a bug before? Catching them while on the run wasn’t a walk in the park, was it?

Aside their rather slow moving pace, there are several other interesting facts about bed bugs. Below are some of them

  • Bed Bugs can stay for months without food: Bed Bugs come out of hiding to feed once in every 5 to 10 days. But in the absence of food, this stubborn critters can live for months without food. So, if you were thinking starvation can kill of bed bugs, you might be in for a rude shocker.
  • They are excellent climbers: Though not good runners, bed bugs can climb just about anything. The only trouble they have is climbing slippery materials like ceramics, but they will climb whenever the need warrants.
  • Bed Bugs right from nymph stage can feed on human blood. Once the egg hatches into a nymph, feeding starts. So never underestimate a nymph bug.
  • A female bug during her life time will mate with one of her offspring. One female bug alone is capable of producing as much as 250 eggs. 21 days is enough for a newly laid egg to develop into an adult. One of offspring will eventually get to mate with his mother someday.
  • Once hatched, a nymph bug takes a white to yellowish colour. The red to brown colour only develops after the nymph has taken her first blood meal.
  • Bed bug bites are painless: It’s puzzling that bed bugs can feed on the blood of their host without any pain being felt. Well, their bites are painless because they release an analgesic chemical as they feed, thus numbing any pain. Only hours later will the pain and itching be felt.
  • Mosquitoes transmit malaria through their bites. Bed bugs, on the other hand, don’t transmit any disease. However, their bites causes secondary infection like skin redness, itching and blisters
  • They live in places with high proximity to food source. Typical of such places include bed, mattresses, couches etc.
  • They shed their skins intermittently during their lifetime.
  • Female bugs find mating sessions painful. As such, she tries to minimize the number of times she mates during her life time by avoiding their male counterpart.
  • People react differently to bed bug bites. Some people react instantly to bed bug bite. Some others only notice they have been bitten by a bug weeks or months later.
  • After filling its tank, a bed bug can instantaneously grow to 3 times its original size.

If you have noticed bed bugs crawling across your home, round them up by deploying Nature’s Mace Bed Bug Killer. It’s safe, affordable, and effective.

How Fast Do Bed Bugs Move