How long does it take for bed bugs to die without human contact
Scientific studies have shown that bed bugs (cimex lectularius) adults can live as long as 400+ days without feeding in a laboratory at low temperatures.
Adult bed bugs can live for more than a year and it was found that there can be up to four successive generations per year. As for nymphs the life span is shorter than adults.
- Adult bed bugs can live 14 months without feeding
- Nymphs live 5 months without blood meal
- Females need first blood meal to lay eggs
Starving a bed bug is not an effective strategy in removing an infestation.
Pest management professionals follow specific guidelines to get rid of bed bugs permanently. These procedures will help identify the necessary effort to quickly remove a bed bug infestation in any size property.
To help reduce outbreaks please share with friends and family.
Do bed bugs die if they do not feed?
Bed bugs do require to feed (blood meal) in order to survive, yet there is a 14 month life span of a adult bed bugs without human contact found in scientific studies.
The complete life cycle of a bed bug requires at least one blood meal before molting to the next stage, this again depends on temperature and availability of food/blood meal.
Keep in mind development occurs more rapidly at temperatures between 70° and 82°F.
Can bed bugs live in a vacant house?
Due to an adult bed bug life cycle can last 400+ days without a host. It’s very common bed bugs can live in a vacant home.
Due to the feeding cycle of bed bugs, they may migrate to where a blood meal can be found. This may be the cause of an infestation from a neighbors home that is in your living vicinity.
What is the average lifespan of bed bugs?
The life stages of a bed bug are based on five nymphal stages (not including the egg). Each stage requiring a blood meal before molting to the next stage.
- Egg – Eggs are white and oval shaped (about 1/16 long)
- Tiny white nymph – Difficult to see (about 1.5mm) Look like specs of dirt until they move
- Light nymph with black spot – (about 2mm) Noticeable black spot in abdomen area
- Light brown nymph – Lager in Size (about 2.5mm) Resembles an apple seed in shape
- Medium brown nymph – Size increases (about 3mm) smaller version of the adult bed bug
- Darker brown nymph – Larger in size (about 4.0mm) More pronounce black spot on abdomen
- Adult – Reddish brown “rust color” flat oval shaped body (about 4.5mm)Egg
All data is based on scientific studies to offer you the facts and not opinions. Our data was collaborated with UC IPM.
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