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A Typical Infestation

Day 1 6 Weeks 12 Weeks 6 Months
1 Bed Bug 22 Bed Bugs 421 Bed Bugs 13,328 Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are small, insects, about the size of an apple seed. They survive by feeding on the blood of people and other animals.

The “common bed bug” has become increasingly common - with the number of reported infestations growing exponetially over the past decade. Orkin's entomologists chalk it up to two likely factors:

  • Less toxic pesticides
  • Increasing international travel

Why are they in my home?

Even the cleanest home or hotel can fall prey to bed bugs.
Once inside, they can spread rapidly. Bed bugs are great hitchhikers and can travel easily from place to place in luggage and you personal belongings.

Have you or anyone else who lives in your home traveled recently?
If so, you may have picked up a hitchhiking bed bug along the way.

Why encasements are so important

In six months an untreated infestation can lead to more than 13,000 bed bugs.
One adult female that lays eggs on day 1 can lay 7 eggs per week for 52 weeks. After 30 days, the first hatchlings have matured and can begin laying eggs at the same rate. Assuming each hatch includes 4 male and 3 female offspring, this is a picture of what the infestation could look like.

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