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  1. rca

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    Posted 3 months ago
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    For any entomologists that are here - I read that nymphs will die off if they have no food supply for 14 days. Is this true? I could easily stay out of my house & cut off their blood supply. Is there also a life limit for adults with no 'food supply'.

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    I am not an entomologist, but I've read many different answers regarding this question - most of which suggest adult bed bugs can stay alive for several months without a meal, though it's hard to find an exact number. This article explains why there are so many varying answers. https://www.bedbugcentral.com/blog/how-long-can-bed-bugs-live-without-food - unfortunately, the answer is not very promising.

    Trying to starve the bed bugs doesn't seem like the recommended route.

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    LittleRin - 2 days ago  » 
    I am not an entomologist, but I've read many different answers regarding this question - most of which suggest adult bed bugs can stay alive for several months without a meal, though it's hard to find an exact number. This article explains why there are so many varying answers. https://www.bedbugcentral.com/blog/how-long-can-bed-bugs-live-without-food - unfortunately, the answer is not very promising.
    Trying to starve the bed bugs doesn't seem like the recommended route.

    Correct. Starving them isn't the way to control them.

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    rca - 2 days ago  » 
    For any entomologists that are here - I read that nymphs will die off if they have no food supply for 14 days. Is this true? I could easily stay out of my house & cut off their blood supply. Is there also a life limit for adults with no 'food supply'.

    14 days is nothing to them if at room temps. I rear them at mid to upper 60s and they last months between feedings. Sometimes they act like they're feeding and seem to forget what they are doing. Maybe these are senile ones. Most often they feed right away, but sometimes a very hungry (flat) one will crawl around and not feed. It acts overexcited.

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    It's been a few years, but if I recall correctly my freshly hatched, unfed nymphs lasted six to eight weeks without an issue.

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    BigDummy - 21 minutes ago  » 
    It's been a few years, but if I recall correctly my freshly hatched, unfed nymphs lasted six to eight weeks without an issue.

    Yes, agree, most have enough energy from egg yolk to wait for its blood meal.

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    loubugs - 18 hours ago
    14 days is nothing to them if at room temps. I rear them at mid to upper 60s and they last months between feedings.

    Thank You for responding.
    I have a living situation coming up where I will be out of my home for a year. Right now, the place I am living in has evolved into a large 2 story storage area. Long story of sad circumstances. The reason I asked the question is because if I have to completely 'declutter', I would have to throw out generations of photos and family articles. Heartbreaking. But, I am sure I am not alone.


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