If you’ve noticed an infestation of bed bugs, you might wonder how often they feed. They have the same feeding habits as mosquitoes, but instead of burrowing into your skin, they use their long snouts, called proboscis, to extract blood from your skin. You’ll notice clusters of bites on your body, as the bugs pierce your skin and suck your blood.
The duration of the feeding period depends on the stage of the bed bug’s life cycle. Adults feed once every three to seven days. In between feeding sessions, they will go into a digestive state and not feed. This can last anywhere from a few hours to several months. However, if you notice the bed bug’s bites on your body every morning, that may be a sign of a serious infestation.
The frequency of the bites varies, and they can be painful. A bed bug’s bite can affect your nervous system, digestive system, and cardiovascular system. They can also aggravate allergies and asthma. People who work the night shift may be particularly vulnerable to bed bug bites. Bed bugs may bite a number of times during the night, although they only feed once every two to three weeks.
There are many factors that influence how often bed bugs feed, and there is no one way to know exactly what feeding time is for any particular pest. Bed bugs can go days or even weeks without feeding, and that’s an important factor to consider when laying traps or treating the areas in which you find them.