Feeding question for the experts(4 posts)
If a bed bug had a full blood meal which was not interrupted, and thus ate its fill, would it not eat again until it was "empty", even if a feast (a human) was put near it? Also, how often do they eat? Thanks!
Bed bugs don't have to completely digest a blood meal to have another. Since their lives are temperature dependent, warm to hot conditions means that they will digest sooner and therefore feed more quickly than those bugs living at cooler conditions. There have been many references to the number of days between feedings from a few to 5-7 or others, I believe.
I would say 3 - 7 from field observations and analysing bite diaries that we get people to keep.
As with many biological systems however its very variable and environment and development stage will have a lot to do with it.
Bed Bugs Limited
Thanks guys. I am rather obsessed with finding out everything about these creatures (from a distance). I was thinking maybe someone could be safe in an infested room if the bugs had all eaten their fill and were contentedly off digesting said meal in a crack somewhere in the room, thus letting someone sleep in that room without getting bitten. Although now that I think about it, the well fed pregnant female would be busy laying eggs at that point, so that even if you didn't get bitten, you could be likely to take eggs with you when you left the room. :((
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