Bed bugs can be a big problem in NYC, causing not only itchy bites but insomnia and anxiety. One big question that people ask when it comes to bed bug control in NYC: How long can bed bugs live without food?
The answer isn’t simple. How long bed bugs can survive without feeding depends on a number of variables: their age and developmental stage and the strain of bed bug that’s in your home.
Reddish-brown, wingless insect up to ¼ inch long.
They can infest all types of environments, even
expensive, luxurious homes
Sanitation and cleanliness have no bearing
on their presence.
Feed every 7-10 days with 1-3 bites per feeding
Can survive 400+ days without blood meals.
Travel in bags, boxes, and furniture to new
homes and hosts.
Bedbug saliva acts as an analgesic and
anti-coagulant, which prevents you from feeling pain during bites
Can take up to 5 days for the itch and irritation associated with the bites to appear. This often makes it very difficult to determine precisely where one is being bitten
Their small size and tendency to hide in seams, cracks, and crevices make them very difficult to see and treat.
Several treatments are typically necessary to get rid of an infestation, due to the cryptic nature associated with these bugs.