"How fast do bed bugs breed?" is a question I have been asked several times recently. What people want to know is how fast will a bed bug problem grow after bed bugs are introduced to their home. It is not an easy question to answer because the answer is different in different situations.
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.
They must move fast enough in order to find enough food (your blood) without the benefit of long legs for hopping, like fleas, or wings. In fact, the bed bug used to have wings but have not used them in so long that these wings (called vestigial wings) have shrunk into tiny useless stubs.
If you're trying to figure out how bed bugs spread, then the first question you need to answer, is "How do they move from person to person?". The answer to this question includes hotels, rental cars, taxi cabs, and just about any other form of public occupancy. We are getting REALLY good at traveling great distances fast.
However a just-fed bedbug, with its tear drop shape and body full of blood, moves much more slowly.
Bed bugs readily move from apartment to apartment, with many people unaware that they have a problem, so chances are that you will not eliminate a bed bug problem by yourself. If one apartment is infested, adjoining units (left side, right side, above and below) should be assumed to be infested unless shown otherwise through inspection or