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Where do bed bugs lay eggs?

If you encountered bed bugs in your home before, you know just how agonizing it is to have your home infested by these small but terrible pests.

Bed bugs may not bring in harmful diseases like other house pests, but they can grow and spread around you really fast. A female bed bug can lay as much as 5 eggs a day, and in a year, you could have as much as 1,800 bed bugs roaming around your home and biting you and your family in the evening and causing all kinds of stressful situations.

However, bed bugs can cause stress and concern among us. We collate some of the common list here

How can you find these bed bug eggs so you can get rid of them before they hatch? Below, we discuss where bed bugs like to lay their eggs.

Bed bug hiding places

Bed bugs emerges at night

When bed bugs are not feeding, they hide in places far away from human sight. These areas provide them with shelter while they sleep in the morning while keeping them in close proximity to their hosts. When night time comes, bed bugs go out of their shelters and go for a blood meal.

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Bed seams and box springs

For bed bugs, the bed is one of the best places to hide and create a nest for their eggs since it is close to their human hosts. Bed bugs need to be close to their human host because they are nocturnal creatures and come out at night for a blood meal, and the heat our body releases is what attracts them when they are in search for blood. Due to their small size, they are capable of hiding under tags of mattresses and box springs, inside cracks on the bed frame and headboards, which are hotspots for bed bugs.

When the bed bug population grows large, bed bugs spread away from the bed and into other parts of the bedroom. Carpets, pillows, and even electrical outlets that is close to the bed.

Living room furniture

Almost any furniture and accessory found in the living and dining room are highly susceptible to bed bug nests. Like bedrooms, living rooms and dining rooms have lots of areas that are good hiding places away from human eyes: Carpets, rugs, couches, and chairs are one of the best examples. And since these are places where families usually come together for family night or dinner, bed bugs take advantage of the human traffic.

Although bed bugs are nocturnal, there are times when bed bugs feed in the day without their hosts knowing. Regular inspection of couches, throw pillows, and chair cushions are a must if you suspect a bed bug infestation. If there is an infestation, you would likely see blood stains, shed skin, shed skins, blood stains, faecal pellets, and if the infestation is bad, physical bed bugs.

Wall accessories and outlets

One of the main reasons why bed bugs are hard to eliminate inside the home is because they are capable of fitting themselves in even the smallest cracks around the house, like drawer joints and electrical outlets.

Wall frames, curtains, and even loose wallpapers are not safe from bed bugs as these are some areas that bed bugs would settle under as long as they have easy access to their human host. Bed bugs can also live on for months without a meal, so these places are good nesting areas for bed bugs who are not in need for a meal yet.

What do you need to know about bed bug treatments?

Firstly, bed bugs should not be treated through DIY remedies as they either serve as repelling purpose of lack of control efficacy. Secondly, bed bug control typically comprises a series of treatments across 3 times interval to cover elimination of bed bugs at all life stages. Thirdly, there should be no lapses in treatments in between to prevent negligence and allow bugs the opportunity to breed. Fourthly, steam treatments are necessary to also eliminate bed bugs eggs that can reproduce. Finally, constant monitoring and inspection is essential to avoid any miss outs in the bed bug control service.

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Clearing bed bugs with the right solution

Bed bugs are small but terrible pests that are challenging to eradicate due to their small size, nocturnal behaviour, and unusual hiding places. While cleaning out possible nesting places may prevent an infestation from happening, it’s not enough when there is an infestation already. This is also because they are cross-infestation pests and easily brought in at any time from where you last visit.

Clearing out bed bugs will require the right solution, efficient chemicals, adequate control and diligent monitoring calling a pest control specialist to clear your home of bed bugs and other pests will be a wiser and safer option. Call Rentokil Pest Control at 6347 8138 today.

Learn more about bed bugs


  • Where do bed bugs usually lay their eggs?

    Bed bugs typically lay their eggs in places that offer safety, darkness and easy access to humans. Such places in homes include:

    • Mattresses
    • Furniture
    • Cracks in walls, floors and headboards
    • Edges of rugs, curtains and carpets
    • Wall accessories and electrical points
    • Gaps among sofa and any furniture

  • How often do bed bugs lay eggs?

    Bed bugs usually lay eggs every 6 to 8 weeks. However, as they breed and lay eggs all year round, the risks of developing an infestation are always present. In fact, you only need one pregnant female bed bug to start an infestation. As such, it is always in your best interest to detect presence of pests early and do not procrastinate resolving the problem with proper bed bug control.


  • How many eggs do bed bugs lay eggs?

    A female bed bug can lay anywhere between 1 to 7 eggs every day after feeding and lay up 250 eggs during its lifetime. As bed bugs can hatch out of their eggs and mature in as little as 3 weeks, the chances of a minor bed bug issue turning into a full-blown infestation are quite high. Bed bug eggs are difficult to spot, and should not attempt on self-home detection to avoid risking negligence. You should engage a professional pest control service to perform professional pest detection and recommend relevant bed bug treatment to resolve the infestation.


  • Where do bed bugs hide during the day?

    They usually hide in any cracks and crevices that are preferably near humans so that they have easy access to them when the bed bugs come out to feed. That is why mattresses and cracks in headboards are popular locations for them.


  • Do bed bugs go away naturally?

    No. Bed bugs will remain in your home as long as there is a steady food supply - which is essentially humans as bed bugs feed on human blood. Moreover, bed bugs can go for several weeks without feeding. Since they multiply quickly, they can spread from room to room very fast and even to other homes! That is why it is crucial for homeowners to immediately contact a professional pest control service so that they can handle the infestation and not let it get out of hand.


  • Should I throw out my mattress if I have bed bugs?

    Replacing home furniture, upholstery and furniture is one way to eliminate any crawling bed bugs and eggs hiding among them. As bed bug spread, it is best to target at home items that are home to bed bug breeding and vacuum the home completely. Once a thorough housekeeping is completed, you may engage in bed bug treatments to ensure thorough and adequate bed bug elimination to keep infestation under control.

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