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How Long Can Bed Bugs Live Without Eating?

Many homeowners believe that bed bugs cannot live without eating, but this, unfortunately, isn’t true. Bed bugs are resilient and given the right kind of environment, they can survive for over a year without a blood meal! Bed bugs can go without feeding from anywhere from 20 to 400 days, depending on factors such as temperature and humidity.

baby bed bug just fed

Picture of baby bed bug just fed. We can notice when we see the red color (blood)

In the life cycle of bed bugs, older stages of nymphs can survive longer without feeding than younger nymphs. Also, the less active they are when not eating regularly, the longer they will last. However, if bed bugs are active and searching for food while starving, they will die off sooner rather than later.

How Long Can Bed Bugs Live Without Air?

Many people have sealed away clothing and other items that are infested with bed bugs, hoping that sealing them off in an airtight bag will kill them over time. In some cases, bed bugs were found to live without air for nine months after being packed in an airtight bag!

It is important to remember that bed bugs are difficult to get rid of without the assistance of a bed bug professional. The Bed Bug Inspectors will eliminate the presence of bed bugs throughout your home and leave it completely bed bug free.

bed bug infestation in the walls

Bed bugs hiding in the walls

Where Do Bed Bugs Hide During the Day?

Remember that bed bugs are most active at night time, so spotting one out in the open during the daytime is very rare. Bed bugs like to hide in the creases of sheets, mattresses and furniture. They have also been known to hide deep down in the fibers of carpet as well. It is only at night when they will crawl out of these hiding spaces and search for the nearest host to feast on. The Bed Bug Inspectors will pinpoint the exact location of bed bugs throughout your entire home and remove them for good.

One of the best ways to keep your home bed bug free is to become familiar with the most common areas that they hide. This way, you can constantly be looking out for any sign of their presence. Bed bugs are flat and dark colored, which makes it easy for them to hide from the human eye.

Blood Stains, Bite Marks and & Musty Odor Are Signs Your Home Has a Bed Bug Problem. Understanding how do you get bed bugs is also very important in order to take a proactive approach to combat them.

There are a few sure signs to keep your eye out for that are a strong indication that bed bugs are inside of your home. One of the most obvious signs is you waking up with bite marks on your body. Bed bug bites marks are usually found on your skin, sometimes in a small consecutive row of bites. Rarely will anyone ever wake up when they are bitten; the bite of a bed bug is not painful enough to wake someone from their sleep. However, the bite mark can become extremely irritating, puffy and red.

bed bug bites

Bed Bug Bites. (Photo credit louento.pix via Flikr)

Another indication that bed bugs are inside of your home is finding rust-colored bed bug blood stains on your sheets or pillowcase. When bed bugs detach themselves from the host, a small blood trail is often left behind. Check for these stains on your mattress as well. If you are noticing a foul or musty odor coming from your room this may be the result of bed bugs in your home, as they have been known to produce a moldy or somewhat mildew-scented odor behind.

If you suspect that bed bugs are inside of your home, contact The Bed Bug Inspectors today for the most dependable and proven bed bug services available.


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