Since eliminating bed bugs is so challenging, many individuals are resorting to drastic measures.
A common concern is how long a home or apartment must be unoccupied before the bed bugs may be safely assumed to have died.
There is no definitive response to this inquiry. Bed bugs require a human host in order to survive, as their only source of food is their blood.
While humans are the primary target of their appetites, they have been known to eat other species. Such food supplies would be gone from a vacant home.
Researchers have shown that the length of time bed bugs can survive without food varies widely depending on a number of parameters ranging from 20 days to 400 days!
How Long Does It Take For Bed Bugs To Die Without a Host?
Because of the havoc they can wreak on linens and furniture, you might assume that these pests enjoy a meal of wood. Without a regular “blood meal,” bed bugs will perish.
A juvenile bed bug might die within a few weeks if there was no host available from which to feed on their blood.
But an adult bed bug could live for as long as 4.5 months under optimal conditions of heat and humidity1.
Because they can’t tolerate dryness, once they’ve used up the moisture provided by their blood meal, they perish.
Bed bugs can feed on a variety of other species, not just humans. This includes rodents, dogs, and any other animals that may be residing in the home.
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The annoyance caused by bed bugs is well-known. They are notoriously difficult to eradicate after an infestation has taken hold, especially if the problem has extended to other areas of the home.
Although infestation doesn’t happen quickly. Bed bugs don’t multiply as quickly as some other insects and they also take a while to reach adulthood.
You can avoid taking extreme measures to eliminate the bed bug problem if you catch the infestation early. Small and brownish in colour, bed bugs have no wings and resemble ticks in appearance.