The Bed Bug Life Cycle
Bed bugs who feed on blood regularly have a lifespan of about ten to eleven months. If blood is available regularly, bed bugs can have three generations per year.
Bed bugs (females) usually produce four to eight eggs at a time. The female bed bug may produce up to five hundred offspring during the time of its life.
Eggs will hatch in about 10 to 12 days. The newly hatched nymph starts out with a beige color, but after feeding on blood, turns a redish color. The length of time for bed bugs to reach maturity is about 45 days. Even without access to blood for feeding, adult bed bugs can survive for up to seven months. Sometimes even longer than that.
Adult bed bugs live about 10 months, though some may live quite a bit longer. Bed bugs thrive in the warm environment of a human’s bed, with their evening dinner being delivered to the bed but every 24 hours.
This is part of the problem with bed bugs – they are so hard to get rid of because they live for a long time without access to blood, and they produce a lot of offspring during their lifetimes.