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About a year. Bed bugs can live about a year usually and can live for months in a dormant state without even feeding.
From Overseas. Bed bugs have increased in America over the last few years due to international travels, importation of goods, and the fact that pest control measures no longer include the use of chemicals from the past that were effective but were outlawed due to their harmful effects on the environment . They have also developed resistance to many chemicals readily available to the public.
bed bugs can get into a home from staying at a hotel, from clothing transfer or international travel, travelling in general, from furniture on the street, even used furniture from stores.