Bedbugs are small, flat, oval, reddish-brown insects that feed on the blood of humans or other animals. Bedbugs can move quickly over floors, walls, ceilings and other surfaces, but are incapable of flight. Female bedbugs may lay hundreds of eggs over the course of a lifetime. Under favorable conditions bedbugs can develop fully into mature, reproductive adults in as little as a month and produce multiple generations per year.
Because bedbugs feed exclusively on blood meals, having them in your home or property is not caused by substandard sanitation. Once a population is established, however, sanitation practices can indeed impact how quickly a bedbug infestation may get resolved.