lifespan of nymphs without eating and egg longevity(4 posts)
Hey there! Ive been cursed with bedbugs and am in a unique situation where I am scheduled to move out anyway, so Im not worried about destroying the colony in this new hell-hole, but I need to make sure everything I take with me (a lot less than I had originally planned given the circumstances) doesn't have nymphs or eggs attached.
So Im bagging my books, putting them on my roof all day for several days (in 32C+ temperature with the hopes of hitting the sweet spot of 45C inside the bags.
Problem is I dont know for sure if this will kill them all.
My question: I was thinking of just keeping my stuff in the sealed bags for as long as necessary until the bedbugs -- eggs, and nymphs -- die. Im willing to keep my stuff in these bags for months if necessary. I know that adults survive for 10 months, but how long can they go without eating? Further, how long can nymphs go without eating, and when do eggs become unhatchable?
Thanks for your help!
To familiarize with this topic, as to nymphs and adults anyway, see
For many of your items such as books that can't run through a hot dryer, a better solution than bagging them long-term is to run them through a PackTite, see
Can you afford the $300+ price of that considering it to be a long-term investment in case you or family/friends ever encounter the pests again in future? It is indeed a good product (with which I have no affiliation) and will eliminate all stages of bed bugs including eggs. If you're in NYC you can borrow mine for 3 days or so (you won't be the first) (send me a PM) if you're willing to come to the Upper West Side of Manhattan to pick it up. That will give you an opportunity to familiarize with it and do your current move bb-free, and then be able to decide whether at some later time you'd like to acquire one of your own.
Some of us hope David James, originator and maker of the PackTite, one of the true heroes in the bb-fighting community, who posts not infrequently here on bedbugger.com as djames1921, is currently developing one or more alternative versions of the PackTite, see
I have to second the suggestion for the Packtight. I moved a kid off to college bedbug free by using Packtight on all books, papers, shoes, clothes, dvd's and everything that moved out. Whatever couldn't fit in there got tossed. Extreme but well worth it. Using it right now to decon all of kid #2's stuff upon return from a stay in a hotel...
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