Depending on their life stage, bed bugs feed different amounts of time each day. For instance, newborn nymphs will feed frequently in order to develop a bright red abdomen. Their feeding habits are similar to that of mosquitoes. They will bite around exposed areas of the body while you sleep. As the bugs grow into adults, they will feed less frequently, but they will take larger meals. Adult bed bugs will feed on blood vessels in your skin that are easily accessible to them.
During the day, bed bugs feed once, twice, or even three times a day. If you have a particularly bad infestation, you may find that the number of bites increases to at least five or ten a night. The reason for the high number of bites is that bed bugs feed more often during warmer weather. In summer, they feed on an average of twice a day, while they feed every other day during the winter. When you have three or more bites per night, that’s a good sign you have a bed bug infestation. It is likely that you’ll have between five and twenty bugs living on your bed.
When you notice a bedbug infestation, you should take action immediately. Whether they’re hiding in your home during the day or haven’t been around for a while, bedbugs will come out at night to feed. It’s important to take action as soon as you notice an infestation to prevent them from spreading and from biting you.