Bed Bugs living longer than 18 months in sealed containers(3 posts)
I have a question for the experts.
I had bedbugs in NYC in October of 2007. I sealed some keepsakes in Ziplock bags and moved to another city. I was bite free for 3 years. On September 18th, 2010, while reminiscing with my girlfriend we opened the zip lock bags that had been closed for nearly 36 months. Two days later I have 4 bites on my shoulder in a geometric fashion that appear the same as they did in 2007. I also have 3 bites on my back in a straight line. I know all the literature online says bed bugs only survive 18 months. Is it possible for eggs to lay dormant for three years (36 months) in zip lock bags? Or for an adult to survive in a bag for the same length of time? And if not, why do I suddenly have these bites coincidentally after opening up the bags from the infested apartment 3 years ago? Are we sure the so called 18 month "rule" out there is correct? I would appreciate it if someone would tell me that I'm hallucinating and go back to sleep, thanks ...or that I should bag everything again and get a K9 to check it out.
Could be, this is why you must buy a packtite. nuke that stuff before you get it out of the bags.
The latest news is that 18 months may actually be excessive and that an unfed BB's lifespan is more like 3 months, so I'd look to another cause.
See last paragraph of this article.
Mind you, I'm not an expert in this field, so I'm just deducing, based on the info I've seen.
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