Monday, June 6, 2011

How Fast do Bed Bugs Breed?

"How fast do bed bugs breed?" is a question I have been asked several times recently. What people want to know is how fast will a bed bug problem grow after bed bugs are introduced to their home.  It is not an easy question to answer because the answer is different in different situations. Temperature, availability of food (blood), availability of mates, predator numbers etc. will all influence the rate at which bed bugs can breed. But estimates can be made based on normal conditions. The answer is both interesting and disturbing.

Recent work has found that you should not expect a population explosion before 3 to 4 months has passed and it is only at this point that an infestation may be detected easily. When there are only a few adult bed bugs they can be difficult to detect. The infestation may not be noticed until the problem escalates because, even though people may be being bitten, the majority of people do not react to bites and may be oblivious of the fact that they are having their blood sucked in their sleep.

Month 1 - If a single pregnant female is introduced to a bedroom, perhaps as the result of bringing one home after travelling to and staying in an infested hotel, it is likely that there will still be only one breeding adult one month after introduction. However, there will be as many as 60 nymphs in various stages of development and 20-30 eggs. When bed bugs hatch from an egg they are very small and are unlikely to be seen by the naked eye. The bugs go through 5 stages of growth (instars), each growth stage requires a blood feed. Only in the final adult stage is a bed bug able to lay eggs.

Month 2 - By now there is likely to be less than 10 adult bed bugs, but as many as 150 nymphs and a few eggs.

Newly hatched and
3rd instar bed bugs on rice
Month 3 - Now things start to 'hot up' with as many as 100 adults and 1,000 nymphs and eggs.

Month 4 - By day 120 the bed bug population is into exponential growth phase with up to 200 adults, 5,000 nymphs and 2,000 eggs.

Month 6 - If there is sufficient blood to feed on and places to hide, an infestation could now be at enormous proportions and would undoubtedly have spread to all adjacent rooms. There could be 8,000 adults, over 100,000 nymphs and 70,000 eggs.

This scenario shows that early detection and treatment of bed bugs is vital. Carrying out a thorough inspection of  a bed and bedroom as soon as there is any suspicion of bed bugs and treatment with the Kiwicare NO Bed Bugs Box can 'nip the problem in the bud.' Or better still, be proactive about preventing bed bugs being brought into the home by treating luggage before travelling.

A bed bug walks into a bar and asks for 2 blood lites!


117 comments:

  1. after it is crushed does the blood give rise to new bugs?

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  2. my daughter just spent a night at a family member's house, who has bed bug's. she is bitten on her arms legs, back, and neck. i put her over night beg she took with her in a plastic bag and left it in the car. while letter on in the morning she woke up to more bites. i am thinking she had some on her clothes, because she slept in her clothes she wear, when she came back from my family members. she slept on our couch. she took her clothes off, i put them to wash in hot water. washed the blanket she was using. took off the couch cover and put it in a bag. so my question to you is. Are they already in my couch? How can i stop them from spreading?

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    1. In South Africa , the locals use parrafin which is a type of lamp fuel and sometimes used to run tractors . Stand the furniture outside and spray every crevice . I had a building which was rented out as a cheap overnight hotel . With the cheapness came the bugs and I had to use chlorporifos , a plant insecticide . It killed the mothers stone dead as well as the eggs and kept the place clear for months . Only problem is handling the insecticide as it is very strong and can be dangerous .

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    2. actually they bug bites can take upto 14 days for a person to feel they have been biten. And the bed bug bite is done so that you don't even know when you are being bit, accept till after the fact within 1 - 14 days basically.
      I know cause I'm going through the same thing. pretty much.

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  3. Hello Sync_love,

    It is difficult to know whether bed bugs could have been transported in your daughter's clothes from your family member's house. It is possible that the bites that have appeared since her return are 'late' reactions to previously received bites.

    However, I recommend that you continue to be pro-active. I suggest thoroughly checking and spraying the couch (with a residual bed bug spray containing pyrethroid and IGR) and the surrounding room just in case a bug has hitched a ride to your home.

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  4. About 2-3 weeks ago I have found a bedbug nest and killed them all on the spot as they did not run so fast. Maybe they were sleeping or something. I then took Hotshot and sprayed the entire room. I also used 71% alcohol. I washed all of the clothes and layed down traps. In the traps I caught what I think are a couple of nymphs. They are so small. The trap I used has like glue in the middle of two plates that goes under the bed. Either way today I took 3 space heaters and left them on for 4 hours. Im not sure if it reached 115 degrees but it defenitly did over 100 because one of my heaters has a sensor and it only goes up to 99. I am freaking out and am trying everything but am not convinced. What do you suggest I do next?

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    1. Hello Jennifer,

      Thank you for your comment. What is Hotshot? I am not familiar with the product. 71% alcohol will have no effect on bed bugs unless they where sprayed directly. Traps can be useful way to identify the fact that bed bugs are still present but are not definitive and are very unlikely to eradicate a problem. Heating your room to 115F is also unlikely to control the bed bugs, if that is what you have.

      I suggest the next thing you do is find some of the bugs and have them positively identified as bed bugs. If that is what you have then carry out a thorough treatment as I have specified. Click Bed Bugs Box above. You may not be in New Zealand but you can find similar products where you are.

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  5. Dear David,

    ok I am not sure why they call them bed bugs because they bite all day long and not at night as I have a mattress pad on the beds in this apartment we live in. We are so frustrated with our apartment because the owner has a poison company comming in to spray our place the first time they came it was for 3 sprays like 6 weeks worth. We threw out all our furnature and bagged up our clothes. Now the bugs are back and after he sprayed this time they were back in two days. I am sure we have to move to get away from these bites and its driving me crazy... Michael in phoenix

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  6. Hello,

    Thank you for your comment.

    From your description of the bite occurring 'all day long' I suspect it is not bed bugs that are causing your problem. Have you or the pest control company found bed bugs? If not I suggest considering other possibilities: fleas, mosquitoes, skin reaction to chemicals, irritating fibres............even static electricity can cause skin reactions similar to bites.

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  7. My neighbor had bed bugs and has been treated. We have been inspected 2 times by pest control. I have been very paranoid about them migrating to our apartment ( we found a dyeing one in our kitchen after the first treatment) we have been inspected since. I was assured by pest control it was isolated bug trying to escape and not to worry. I have become very anxious and have let searching for bugs and bites take over. After 2 negative inspections about 2 weeks apart can I assume that I don't have them? I do find bites on me and my family but we live where there are lots of mosquitoes and spiders.
    Thank you Jenn

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  8. In regards to Jennifer's comment Hotshot does not work it pretty much just puts them to sleep for awhile. We are heavily infested with them and have been trying to get rid of them. We are now using Raid and it works miracles! We have been able to get a ton of them killed. We sleep better at night with this as well. My landlord is getting the pest control involved as well so we shall soon hopefully have everything under control. But I don't recommend Hotshot to anyone as it does not work. reviews on Amazon are all the same as well. Hope this helps :)

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  9. Dear David,
    I am doing a report on bed bugs, i have questions?
    Do bed bugs have genes like us? How many offspring can a bed bug give before deceased? How old can bed bugs get? Where are they most common? And finally, do bed bugs react to stimuli, why or why not?

    P.S do bed bugs have more than one type of organ? My report is due on 9/16/2013

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  10. Hello,

    Bed bugs, like all life on Earth possess genes that code for their pattern of life.

    A female bed bug is likely to produce 200-300 eggs in a life time.

    Bed bugs can live for several years but most live less than a year.

    Bed bugs react to several types of stimuli; they have eyes (though not very good because they are mostly active at night), they have a good sense of smell and detect their blood meal by the carbon dioxide from breath and they can detect heat (infra-red radiation) from the body of their host mammal which may be you. They also react to other bed bugs and live together in groups that are probably related; families.

    Bed bugs have many organs, I haven't counted them but there will be a similar number to you. Brain, mouth, stomach, legs, antennae, ovaries/or testes, muscles, cuticle (exterior skeleton), and other internal organs that do the same sort of job as your liver, kidneys, heart etc. but they are different to yours.

    I hope this is of some help and write a great report. You could post it on this blog if you like.

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  11. How is the best and fasted way to get rid of bed bugs I figured they have been around about four months and they just started bitting. Please help me get rid of them.

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  12. Hi,

    The best and fastest way to get rid of bed bugs is to be thorough in your search for their hiding places. And to treat all the possible hiding places you find with a residual (long lasting) insecticide formulated for bed bugs, whether you found any there or not.

    For more information got to http://www.kiwicare.co.nz/pest/pests/a-g/bed-bugs/

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  13. I was given a couch and after about a week found a bug crawling on me. I killed it and looked up bed bugs, but it looked a little larger than the pictures I had seen. Then, I was sitting on the couch and felt something crawling on me again, and this time it was definitely a small bed bug. I am going to get rid of the couch as I do not know how infested it may be. My question is, could these bugs have spread very far in less than 2 weeks? Typically, the only time anyone is on the couch is for a few minutes during the evening aside from myself. They haven't noticed any bugs on them and no one has been itching or has broken out, and my son is allergic to everything and he's not had any reactions.

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  14. Hello,

    It is almost certain that bed bugs would have moved to other parts of the house in the two weeks you have had the couch. I would urge you to carry out a search and preventative treatment before they get established.

    It is not uncommon for people not to react to bed bug bites, even those normally sensitive to other things. Prevention is better and easier than cure.

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  15. My neighbor had bed bugs in July. They have been treated and we have had 2 negative Inspections. I check our beds weekly and bodies daily. Though I do find a random mark now and then. I have found no signs of bed bugs. I have gone to the Dr. to have marks checked and Dr said not bed bug bite. I have also had therapy to help me get over this. We got a new mattress for my son and I cut open the old mattress and again found nothing to suggest bugs. The pest control management manager told me its time to get your life back and that if I had bugs I would know by now. Any thoughts?

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  16. Hello,

    It is not uncommon to have this sort of reaction to the thought of bed bugs. We all have a tendency to feel itchy when we think of bed bugs, fleas, mites and other things that can cause bites. Such is the power of the mind.

    If you have had inspections, checked yourself and had the Dr look at the marks on your skin, and all are negative, then I think you can put your mind at rest that you do not have a bed bug infestation.

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  17. We found bed bugs in the hotel room we were staying in but had only been in the room six hours when we found the bugs in the couch. My husband napped on the couch for two hours. We were immediately switched to another room and we got rid of the clothes my husband was wearing. I'm still worried about our back packs and and things that sat next to the couch for that time. How quickly do bed bugs spread? Should I just leave all out things at the hotel and just get new outfits for the flight home... Really worried!

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    1. Hello,

      This as an unfortunate incident and thankfully not very common. But becoming more common.

      Because bed bugs do not fly, and do not move far from their mammalian blood supply (usually people) there spread is largely limited to 'hitching' a lift in luggage or other things moved from sleeping area to sleeping area.

      There is some chance, but a small one, that bed bugs moved into your back packs. My advice would be to thoroughly check your packs and all the contents for any sign of insects. You might also consider applying a bed bug insecticide to the packs and washing your clothes in a hot wash before traveling home.

      Only if your packs and contents are not particularly valuable would I consider leaving them behind.

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  18. If I where to move away from this bed bug infested house,and take nothing and start from scratch can they still follow me ?I have a son with autism and I've got so much on my plate already ,these bugs got me tramatized I can't sleep ever ,I'm constantly looking on the bed,clothes shoes ect.I've got no family to help me,so if I start from scratch will they follow me ???please help I'm seriously losing my mind ,its taking toll over me bad.

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  19. Hello,

    This would be a very drastic measure, but I ca understand your distress. Bed bugs do not live on you so if you were to leave the house and take nothing with you the bed bugs would not follow you.

    I would, however, suggest that you read the Kiwicare bed bugs page (http://www.kiwicare.co.nz/pest/pests/a-g/bed-bugs/) and consider following the recommendations, or contacting a professional with experience of bed bugs in your area, before taking such drastic action.

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  20. Hi David,
    I was just reading all the different reactions of people in regards with bed bugs.
    I myself, been experiencing some of these problems. We just moved in, into a new home a month ago, two weeks after the move, a bedbug bite me, I immediately found it, and killed it. 3 to 4 days later, another bedbug bite me, found it and killed it again. I started vacuuming and steaming my bed, washed all the bedding in hot water, etc. 3 to 4 days later, again had a bite caught it and killed it. I did again, the chore on my bed, vacuumed, washed the beddings, etc. This time, been 3 weeks without a bite and had a great sleep. I decided to encase the bed, to protect it from these creatures. We got a phone call, from the management of our building, sending a professional to chemically dust our place due to bedbug infestation of our next door neighbour. This answer my question, where they came from. I have 2 little kids, and expecting a baby soon, thanked God it's only me who's getting bitten, and this creates an allergy on my skin.
    But, 2 days after that call, I've got bites again, still caught the bedbug and killed it , this time it was an adult I think cause it's big. Again, I vacuumed, steamed all the beds, eventhough, it's sooo hard with my huge belly, I made it, with a little help from myhusband.
    My question is, is chemically dusting will be enough to prevent these bedbugs from coming into my home? I'm just tired out, and been getting paranoid about this. Or should I ask them to do a proper treatment?
    I will try to do the cleaning, as much as I can but, I hope by the time my new baby will come, I'm bedbugs free.
    Thanks so much for your help.

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  21. Hello,

    I cannot comment on the efficacy of the treatment that has been carried out in the neighbouring room. But I am surprised that the treatment did not include your room as this would have made it a more thorough treatment and more likely to have overall success in eradicating the bugs. I would ask for a treatment to be done in all affected rooms and those surrounding them including any above and below.

    David

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  22. Hi, David.

    Last summer, my brother had a huge infestation of bed bugs at his house, and struggled for some time to get things under control. He used bleach, sprays, and finally bagged his mattress, but they kept coming back. I told him to treat his pets as well, and he did. Things got quiet for a while, and I was under the impression that they were gone. My son spent the night there this past weekend and came home with bites. I shrugged it off as being flea bites, because they still have pets and I thought the bed bugs were gone. This morning, my husband found a large bed bug on his arm. I am trying not to freak out, and have been online looking up what to do. He killed the bug and it is sitting on my coffee table. Not sure if it is female or male and I'm not sure this is the only one. Help!!

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    1. Hello Nayesah,

      Bed bugs are among the most difficult pest to get rid of and the most distressing. The 'trick' to getting rid of them is to search thoroughly. An average bedroom will take 1-1.5 hours to search and treat. I am hoping you have discovered your infestation early, which makes finding them harder but treating them easier.

      I don't know where in the world you are but treating them successfully anywhere will be similar to the instructions on the Kiwicare website at http://www.kiwicare.co.nz/pest/pests/a-g/fleas/

      Search for and treat all their possible hiding places, whether you find bugs or not. Use a long lasting surface insecticide which contains an insect growth regulator.

      Good luck.

      David

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  23. Hi, David.

    My brother had a really bad infestation last summer, and I thought he had gotten rid of them. This past weekend, my son spent the night there and came home with bites on his neck and chest. I passed them off as flea bites, because I was under the impression they had eradicated the bed bugs. Well, this morning, my husband found a large bed bug crawling on his arm. He killed it and left it on the coffee table for me to show the exterminator. Should I be worried that there will be an explosion of these pests? I'm trying not to freak out, but my skin is crawling.. help!!

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  24. Hi David, I have recently found a few single bed bugsall being at about mid-life development stage. the sightings have had long gaps between them, from 1 week to 3 weeks. I have tirelessly checked my bed, and box spring and linens and found no signs of infestation, I have been getting ""bite marks" on my body, but our healthcare physician, has repeatedly said they are not bed bug bites. the bugs I have seen are 100% bed bugs. This is beginning to take a toll on me, for afterseeing a creepy crawly in your bed, it is quite hard to sleep in it.

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    1. Hello,

      Thank you for your comment. It is very difficult to identify the culprit from bites alone so i am not sure how the physician would be certain they are not bed bugs bites. I would be more confident in the fact that you have found bed bugs.

      It is not uncommon to have periods of days or weeks when no sightings are made. After a feed it can be several days before a bug needs another feed. In which time they will stay out of sight. I would suggest also checking the rest of the bedroom for hiding places. The bed is the most common place for bugs to hide but they can be in any part of the bedroom, or even adjacent rooms. Check under carpets, behind and under furniture, bedside drawers, curtains, skirting, electrical equipment, picture frames etc.

      Treat any and all possible hiding places, whether bugs are found or not.

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  25. Dear David,

    I'm suspecting that i got the first stage bed bug. My symtom are the feeling of things walking around my head, bites that look like mosquito bites, the feeling of getting bitten during the day and night, the feeling of something walking on ur skin. All i do is think about my situation. My question is do i have bedbugs.

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    1. Hello,

      If you are getting bites during the day it is almost certainly not bed bugs. I suggest you check for other possible biting insects; mosquitoes, fleas etc.

      It is common, when you have been getting bites and thinking about such insects, to have a feeling of something crawling on the skin. Indeed it can even cause itching and scratching causing skin welts that then appear as if caused by bites.

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  26. I recently moved into a home built back in November. The family that lived here left some bugs behind. Since day one my son got bit. The other night found one and put in a zip lock bag. Had pest control guy say that I don't have any. That my furniture looks good. I tried to explain that there are hidding good and they are new to my furniture.. he said I probably brought it from the healthcare unit I work.. every one has their own opinions.. long story short they will heat my house up for 8hours. How efficient is this method, and should I be able to sleep in peace?

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    1. Hello,

      Heat treatment can be very effective if done properly. The temperature needs to reach a critical level (45C for a period of hours) in all areas, nooks and crannies where bed bugs can hide. This can be difficult and expensive operation.

      I hope this works for you. Please let me know how it works for you.

      David

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    2. I maybe should have mentioned that heat treatment provides no ongoing protection from bed bug re infestation. Will the company doing the treatment follow up with residual insecticide?

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    3. Dear David
      I had bed bugs in my home for more than a mont.I saw them in two of my couches.I threw out those couches now,sprayed neopitroid alfa in every room, and still i could see some new bb.What is the best bug spray for them?Is Raid bug spray enough for the.
      P.S is it bad sign just to see 1 nymph bb.

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  27. Can you tell me how affective is Diatamaceous earth on bedbugs. I have a family member who had bedbugs. She bombed her house with a pestiside, saturated the floors with pesticide and after it all dried, she used Diatemaceous earth (I probably spilled it incorrectly). What's your experience with it? Do you know anyone who has used it successfully?

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    1. Hello,

      Diatomaceous earth has some insecticidal properties. However, some of the information regarding its mode of activity, I suspect, are incorrect. I believe it is good at reducing moisture and humidity in the treated areas which make those areas inhospitable for insects, the idea that it penetrates insect cuticles is largely erroneous.

      Diatomaceous earth, on its own, is unlikely to control bed bugs. It should only be used in combination with insecticides for which there is more evidence of safe bed bug control.

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  28. I found a bed bug on my pillow and killed it, then i also found a shell.. Checked everyone that i could and found nothing. Should i be worried or NAH? Thanks, if you could help!

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    2. Hello Breshawn,

      Thank you for your comment.

      By 'shell' I assume you mean an empty exoskeleton of a bed bug? Bed bugs go through 5 nymphal stages known as instals, at the end of each instal they moult, leaving their old exoskeleton behind. It is likely to be one of these you found. This is not a concern unless you are finding new ones after thorough vacuuming.

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  29. About two weeks ago i travelled to a hotel that told us one bed bug was found in another room. When we got home we washed everything on us and in our bags. Yesterday I found a bug that looks like a unfed stage two bedbug so I washed the sheets and comforter and the pillows are now in an air tight bag. I have no bite marks so should I still be worried? And do they live in carpets?

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    1. Hello Diana,

      You should not be worried but you should be vigilant. If you still have the bug have it identified to be sure it is a bed bug or not. Hopefully you will have your fears allayed.

      Take care to check all the areas of your home, bedrooms in particular, for any further signs of bugs.

      If it is found to be a bed bug or you find more and they are positively identified then promptly take steps to prevent them establishing. Follow the recommendations here. http://www.kiwicare.co.nz/pest/pests/a-g/bed-bugs/

      David

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  30. I visited family who had bed bugs after leaving i left suitcase in van took out all clothes put them thru high heat in dryer and put the dried clothes straight into plastic bags and tied them up tight. Put the bags back in van to travel home. When iI brought bagsbinto house I saw two bugs fright away. I am thinking they were on outside of bag. Got rid of bags and inspected clothes, they were safe to put away. Now I am paranoid that there were more that I didn't see, this was four days ago...do u think I'm safe I haven't seen anymore..if I inspect, do u think they would have traveled to other areas of the house in this time frame? Thank you for your help.

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    1. If the bugs you saw run away from the bag were bed bugs then you need to carry out a complete inspection and treatment. They are most likely to be close to the bedroom/s. Dome early enough it can be easy to get rid of bed bugs. It becomes more difficult if they get established.

      I hope they were not bed bugs.

      David

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  31. Hi,

    we live in a building where at least five appartments have a bed bugs issue. Our appartment is one of these. We discovered we had bed bugs after a pest control company checked our appartment and found some under our bed - the pest control company came since a neighbour had found bed bugs in his appartment. My girlfriend did notice some bites beforehand, but we dit not connect these to bed bugs. My question is how likely would it be that we are the souce of the problem as the pest control company has indicatet this. We have problems understanding how they can determine this as they only where 5 minutes in our bedroom and only checked under our bed - there he said that he saw 12 bedbugs. We have since the discovery lived in our livingroom and have not been bitten or seen any bedbugs besides the ones in the bedroom. Can the pest control really determine by a short look at our bedroom that the bed bugs problem started in our appartment - we dont believe it is likely that we have taken them in as all the places we have stayed the last six months do not have or have had a bed bugs problem. An answer would be much appreciated!

    Thank you!

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    1. Hello,

      I am sorry to hear of your distressing position.

      A 5 minute inspection is not sufficient to determine the full extent of a bed bug infestation in a room. However, if they found a heavy infestation on your bed and few bed bugs in the affected other rooms they may have come to the conclusion your room is the source. It might or might not be the case but they could not know, even if there are more bed bugs in your room. The question is pointless anyway. I suspect that wherever you are in the world it is the same as other places and once they are on a property it the responsibility of that property owner or occupant to deal with them.

      You and your affected neighbours need to treat the affected apartments and those adjacent as if it one infestation; which it is.

      I hope this helps.

      David

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  32. Hey I recently came from staying at a hotel with my family and several days after I noticed a bug on my upon further inspection I determined it was a bedbug. After a thorough search through the night I located another one on the side of the bed that I sleep on. Then connected some itching I had earlier in the week to be that of bedbug bites. I did anither thorough search throughout my apartment and was unable to find anymore, vacuumed my box spring, mattress and floors through my place. I called my leasing agent but haven't received a response yet since its the weekend. What should I do until I hear from them?

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  33. I strongly recommend you continue to inspect regularly and vacuum thoroughly making sure to dispose of the vacuum bag carefully after each vacuum.

    You should also treat the room in which you found the bed bug and all those where luggage may have been placed following your trip. Use long lasting surface insecticide. Anything that is produced for flea control should help in controlling bed bugs.

    Keep vigilant for at least 3 months.

    David

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  34. Hello David, I found 3 bed bugs in my bed and I completely tore my house apart, found one bed bug in my daughters room, none in my son's... not a clue when or how the creatures arrived! My questions is we completely spraid our house down with several types of bed bug killers, bombed the house, washed all of the bedding, two days later I have now found just one more (and believe me I have been checking 5 to 6 times a day I tear bedding apart) .. I will continue to wash bedding and spray, and be vigilant in checking but how often should I being spraying/washing .. every day/every few days .. I read it can be weeks or even months before I see another if we still have them .. so how often is recommended to spray and wash bedding and keeping up with treatments? Once a week? Twice a week? What is the likelyhood that I caught this early with seeing just a few of these unwanted guests?

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    1. Hello,

      It is not usually necessary to spray more often than once a fortnight or even once a month. Follow the instructions on the products you have used. Residual type products will continue to be effective for weeks and months. Continue to look for signs and wash bed clothes if you feel they are risk. It can take a few weeks to get rid of the infestation because the bugs can be hidden away in untreatable parts of the building and are only controlled when they are forced to emerge in search of a blood feed. So don't panic if you still see the occasional live one for the next week or two,

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  35. We recently found 3 adults in my daughter bed and a few clear ones that I would call babies. Up one further inspection the only other place we have found any is in her curtain and immediately disposed of it properly. She is now in a room with nothing but a bed with the proper covers. Today we heat treated the house above 120 degrees f a few hours after that I inspected her room and found the "babies" around her baseboard only 3. I'm not sure how much more extreme I need to take this. My house is practically empty.

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    1. Hello Cactus,

      Very high temperatures in the house are required to kill bed bugs effectively. 120 F for a few hours is not hot enough for long enough because the places the bed bugs will be hiding take much longer to reach the temperature. and some external parts may never reach the required temperature. It is usually necessary to have specialist equipment to control bed bugs with heat.

      But you may have reduced the numbers and following up with the sort of treatment I recommend above may now work.

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  36. Our neighbors next door had bed bugs and allowed their kids to spend the night over here without letting us know. This started in December or January. My son kept getting bites starting maybe in March, but I kept searching his bed and spreading the room and mattresses I didn't see anything so I assumed it was mosquito bites or allergic reaction. Until a few weeks ago, now August. I cleaned my son's room and a few days later I was covered in itchy bites. I pulled back his covers and bam! There they were covering his whole bed... So gross. We blocked off light plugs, covered electronics, bagged up clothes and the out the window to sit in sun for days. We bombed everyday for 5 days, thought they were dead but found babies walking around again. The eggs hatched I guess? We keep his room quarantined taped up door, taped off vents, and light plugs should we continue to bomb till the babies die off too? We just ordered DE to lay down and bought a steamer but we are tired and I think we are just going to wrap up mattress and get rid of it and treat room from there. We have not been bit in two weeks in any other room but have found 5 of the baby Roach looking sized ones in different areas, I guess trying to escape. Do you think there could be another infestation somewhere that hasn't hatched although we haven't been bit recently?

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  37. I've had bed bugs for about two months now. I know when and where they came from. I have treated twice already and plan on treated a few more times. I have my couches and box springs wrapped in plastic and don't plan on taking it off. Just let wanted to know what are the changes they are in my closest.

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    1. Hello Mia,

      There is some chance that the bed bugs would infest your closet and I recommend you examine closely, the exterior, interior, underside and top, and treat all the seams, joins and other places they could hide, whether you find any or not.

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  38. Hi there. I found a couple tiny bugs in my room and I'm totally paranoid now. Can I send you a pic to confirm what you think. They don't look like bed bugs I see on the net but maybe they a different breed or something. Also I had what I thought was a terrible allergic reaction to a mosquito bite and now am starting to think it could be related to these little bugs. Have found nothing on my mattress seams or base at all. Only found two of these on the side of my bed sheet and then about three dead on the tile floor. Only found one live one which was on the sheet. No stains on my bed or anything. Also killed the live one and no blood came out or anything so I'm really not sure but totally worried.

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    1. Hello,

      Yes. Send me as clear a close up photo of the bugs as possible and hopefully I will be able to identify and advise. Send to me using the Contact button above.

      David

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  39. My comment was to long so I emailed it. If anyone wants to hear my story just let me know.

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    1. Hello,

      Thank you for the email. I hope my advice will help.

      David

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  40. my wife and I moved out of an infested apartment we took all precautions and made sure that we did not have any follow us by secureing the boxes very good put all clothes in bags and sealed them tightly and wrapped the furniture in plastic wrap after that my wife moved in moms house we left about 5 weeks into her staying there cause we could not stand her but any ways we moved in with my sister about 1year and a 1/2. Ago now my wifes mom stating she has bedbugs cause my wifes son had bites and irritation to his skin as well as her daughter did the nurse from her sons school told her mother he needs to go to the er cause he has scabies bites on his body now weeks went by and they had bites on them also exterminators been there numerous times now the question I might ask is would they been by us 1year and. 1/2 ago since we moved out she is trying to blame us thanks

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    1. Hello Kevin,

      The first thing you should do is check whether the current bites/itches are caused by bed bugs or scabies mites. Both are distressing, but the treatments will be different.

      If you had a bed bug infestation in your original apartment it would be very difficult to prevent taking some with you when moving. However, I would expect that you would have noticed bed bugs before 1 and 1/2 years.

      Bed bugs are not an indication of uncleanliness and blaming people for infestations is pointless. It is important that everyone works together to get rid of the problem.

      David

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  41. I stayed at a hotel and woke up with a bed bug running across me. It was on the first night and I had to stay two more nights. The hotel replaced my luggage and took all of my clothing to get heat treated. They also replaced my purse and laptop bag. They put me in a different room on a different floor. I didn't notice any bed bugs the next two nights. I did notice a few bites that itched like mosquito bites after the first day. Now I've been home for two weeks. And I've had the tiniest dots show up on my body. What are the odds that the bed bugs still hitched a ride?

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    1. Hi,

      I hope the marks are not due to bed bugs. However, there is sufficient chance that bed bugs have hitched a lift home with you for me to suggest carrying out a thorough search around your bed, bedroom and luggage for any bed bugs. It may also be worth carrying out a preventative treatment; it is much easier to get rid of bed bugs before they become established.

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  42. hi, does diatomaceous earth food grade work? thanks

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    1. Hi,

      Diatomaceous earth (DE) can be effective against a wide range of insects that live in cracks and crevices. The cracks and crevices provide a micro climate of higher humidity which is suitable for the insects. DE dries out this climate making it unsuitable for many insects. In this way it can be used to reduce the number of suitable hiding places for bed bugs.

      I do not believe the claims that the 'sharp' edges on the DE pierce or damage insect exoskeletons.

      Use it as part of a bed bug control program but do not rely on it completely.

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  43. I've been getting what I think are bites the past almost 3 weeks now. Sometimes I'll get one, sometimes as many as 4, sometimes none.
    My husband and I cosleep with our baby and it's only me getting bitten, though I did read above that not all people react to bites.
    My question is, since its been almost 3 weeks and I've yet to get more than 4 bites, could it be bed bug(s)? Wouldn't there be more by now?
    Thank you.

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    1. Hello,

      It is very difficult to be sure what is causing 'bite' marks. Bed bugs should be considered as a possibility but only after eliminating the other more likely culprits; fleas, mosquitoes, skin reactions, etc. If you still think bed bugs a possibility then you should carry out a thorough search of the bedroom as described above. The only way to be sure it is bed bugs is by finding them.

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  44. Hi. Well we recently moved into our first apartment December 1st. Anyways I had noticed a bug on my bed and it looked flat. So I gave the office a call. That Thursday the pest control came out confirmed it was bed bugs. Also the room has carpet. And I have no bed frame right now. So the box spring and mattress or on the carpet for now. I've notice there's just eggs and some big and small bugs. By chance can bed bugs live in carpets and find there way to the bed?? Were getting rid of the bed but we still have to do a treatment to get rid of them but the management is convinced that we brought them. And I found the bug on the 7th of Dec and we moved in December 1st. And I didn't notice anything at my previous home I would change the bed like I should. But all of a sudden I notice this... I'm confused and don't no where to turn. Heeellllllpppp!!!!!!

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    1. Hello,

      having bed bugs is a distressing problem but it one that is becoming more common and should not be associated with stigma or blame.

      I will try and answer your questions.

      Yes. Bed bugs could find their way from the carpet onto the bed. Bed bugs will travel up to about 5 metres (yards) to the bed from their hiding places.

      Unless the bed mattress or box spring are damaged or heavily infested it should not be necessary to dispose of them; it should be possible to examine them and treat all the bed bug hiding places; seams joins etc.

      It is impossible to know whether the bed bugs were there before you moved in or whether they came with you. There is no point in a 'blame game', it is in the interest of both your and your management to deal with the problem as it is.

      I suggest you and the management do a thorough search and treatment of the room and adjacent rooms and treat all possible hiding places as you go (or get the professional pest controller to do the treatment). I find those in the property are better motivated to carry out a thorough search and often do a better job than professionals.

      I hope you are able to identify the seat of the infestation and deal with it effectively.

      Good luck

      David

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  45. Hello, I stupidly purchased a used small end table from a person who had a bed bug infestation (I didn't know this at the time) It was evening time when I picked it up, so I didn't notice anything on it. I drove it home and let it inside my car overnight planing on cleaning it and disinfecting it the next day. The following day I put it inside my garage and left it there for about two hours in the dark garage. When I finally got to it, it was pretty obvious that it had bed bugs. It looked like they where nesting on the side of the drawer. How could I miss that!!! I immediately took it outside and sprayed it with Ray bug spray. I don't think it helped that it was very windy outside. I then put it inside a large trash bag and got rid of it. My questions are: what are the possibilities that I now have them in my car? Or in my garage? I'm freaking out! Also, could they've crawled on me while I carried it into or out of my car? I have washed all my clothes, shoes I was wearing and linings. I don't know what to do!

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  46. Hello, I stupidly purchased a used small end table from a person who had a bed bug infestation (I didn't know this at the time) It was evening time when I picked it up, so I didn't notice anything on it. I drove it home and let it inside my car overnight planing on cleaning it and disinfecting it the next day. The following day I put it inside my garage and left it there for about two hours in the dark garage. When I finally got to it, it was pretty obvious that it had bed bugs. It looked like they where nesting on the side of the drawer. How could I miss that!!! I immediately took it outside and sprayed it with Ray bug spray. I don't think it helped that it was very windy outside. I then put it inside a large trash bag and got rid of it. My questions are: what are the possibilities that I now have them in my car? Or in my garage? I'm freaking out! Also, could they've crawled on me while I carried it into or out of my car? I have washed all my clothes, shoes I was wearing and linings. I don't know what to do!


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  47. Hello Sleepless,

    Well done for noticing the evidence of bed bugs. I think there is some chance that there are bed bugs in your car or garage. As a precaution I recommend using a long lasting surface bug spray around the garage and interior of your car.

    David

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  48. My brother had a very bad bed bug infestation this summer. While rearranging my furniture after the holidays, we found one looks to be unfed adult from pictures I have found on the curtain in my living room....should I be worried, or is it possible it came from one of them when they came to visit?? We have searched the couches and the other curtains on the room no sign of them anywhere I am very OCD it has me very on edge...what should I do next??

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    1. Hello,
      If you have positively identified the bug as a bed bug then, as a preventative measure, a bed bug treatment should be carried out in the bedrooms and areas where the 'bug' was found and the furniture is/was.

      Do not panic about bed bugs, if you follow my advice you can get rid of them. It seems you have been pro-active and found signs early. It is much easier to get rid of then early than when they have become established.
      David

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  49. I have recently had a bout with what i believe was bed bugs!! We thru out bed out washed down all the walls with bleach!! We vacuumed out all the other furniture and washed all the bed covers etc!!! I thought everything was good until my granddaughter came to visit and she was bitten several times on her face and neck!! What can i do now? We don't wanna use poisons bc of her and we have pets!! Help me please??

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    1. Hello,

      I suggest you consider the possibility of fleas rather than bed bugs. I recommend the first thing you do is confirm the presence of bed bugs by searching very carefully the places in the bedrooms where bed bugs can hide; seams of mattresses, joins in bed frames, under edges of carpets, in bedside furniture etc. etc. etc.

      I would normally advise treatment of these sites with a bed bug insecticide as you search, however if you want to avoid using insecticides do the search and then only treat if bed bugs or their signs are found, or call a professional bed bug control technician/company that uses one of the none insecticide treatments (high heat or extreme cold). But these treatments are very expensive and need to be extremely thorough to ensure eradication.

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    2. I found two bed bug's hiding in the screw part of my bed. I searched entire room flipping mattress and everything could find anything should I be worried?

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  50. Hi there,

    Desperately after some good advice about my current situation.

    We stayed in nice a hotel in Italy about a month ago and I woke up on the last night itching and scratching and numerous showed up over the following days. Doctor told me that she couldn't identify the bites and I should use antihistamines and anti-itch cream. I guess it could have been bed bugs or fleas (I guess it wasn't hot enough for it to be likely to be mosquitos) I think that I vaccuumed and steam cleaned everything when we got home but I have been paranoid about having possibly infested our home ever since we returned. I have also steam cleaned the bed, mattress, floors, cupboard, etc. We bought new bedding and I have laundered everything including sheets regularly. My husband has since has a bite on his finger and I have convinced myself I've had teeny tiny bites on my face (but they honestly could be acne stress spots - they're rather small!) . When I was away again, two weeks after our initial trip, my husband said he found a bug on the pillow but on the pic he took it looked black and not typical of a bed bug shape. Since I've been inspecting everything thoroughly I have found some pointy transparent shell-type things in the mattress seams which seem to have a red centre. From everything I've researched, they seem to look more like some sort of dead book louse or something rather than a bed bug nymph but it's making me completely paranoid. It's totally possible that I could be just finding these things now because I've never previously looked at my mattress seams in so much detail but I also see uneven pieces of black 'dirt' at edges of mattress, which could be old make-up or general dirt specks. I've been sleeping in the spare room most nights for the past two weeks and my husband has been alternating between our room and the spare room. He hasn't had a bite for two weeks and I can't be sure that I've had a bite at home either. I just can't get to sleep in our room as the thought of being bitten really creeps me out. What do you recommend that we do? Also, we will be moving house soon and we are happy to discard the bad and mattress but would like to know what we should do before we move? Sorry for the essay but I guess giving all the facts makes any potential response more accurate. Thanks so much for any help given.

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  51. Hi.. V are hvg a very bad infestation of bedbugs in one bedroom. V will be shifting to a new apartment in about 20 days. I have already packed more than half of the items. Now i am scared of unknowingly packing these bugs also. Is it possible? Also i am storing all the packed things in another bedroom. Presently i am nt able to find any bugs there. But is there a chance that even this room is infested. Also wat precautions can i take while packing?? Plz help, i m very distressed.

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    1. Hello,

      There is a risk of transporting bed bugs to your new apartment in the things you take with you.

      I recommend:
      > Treat your current apartment asap to reduce the risk of packing live bugs.
      > Check everything before packing it.
      > Any clothing you are concerned about, hot wash or freeze before packing.
      > Clean and treat furniture with residual surface insecticide.
      > Use plastic bags. Do not use cardboard boxes, or if you do, keep them well away from the affected area/bedrooms and give them a light spray with residual surface insecticide before using them.
      > Treat your new apartment before moving in so that you reduce the risk of any live bugs accidentally transported beginning an infestation.

      I hope this is of help.

      David

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  53. Hello two nights ago i found a leak in my closet i live in an apartment called maintenence next morning they came and cutted the ceiling but left it wide open, last nite i was bitten by 3bed bugs killed them, i did not have any problem before but not sure if the bed bugs came from the whole in the ceiling, i notified management in the apartments they are sending pest control on monday to do the heat treatment what can i do in the meantime???

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    1. Hello Nz,

      It would seem unlikely that the bed bugs were in the ceiling unless they were associated with a bed bug infestation in a neighbouring apartment and the hole allowed them access to your bedroom.

      There is little you can do before Monday except, perhaps, setting off a fumigator such as the NO Bugs Borafume in the hope that it will knock down the bugs that are there and reduce the likelihood of being bitten over the weekend.

      David

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  54. Dear David
    Hi David. I'm so stress out because of this creature. At first I thought mosquito bites but it got worse and worse. And one day I found a bedbug on my couch that was two weeks ago. So I throw awaymy couch that day and Two days from then I found black dots on my bed frame. So I throw my bed frame too. I used fogger and cinnamon oil+alcohol spray and I didn't get any bite since then. But I decided to move out from this apartment. I'm so afraid that what if bedbug came along to my new apartment. So is there any suggestions or warnings before I move into new apartment? Please help me!

    Thank you

    Dahean

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    1. Hello Dahean,
      I recommend checking all the furniture, clothing, bedclothes, bed, etc. carefully before moving it to the new apartment. I would also suggest you pro-actively treat the boxes you might use and the new apartment with a residual insecticide containing and insect growth regulator before moving item s into the apartment.

      This should greatly reduce the risk of moving the bugs into the new apartment or letting them establish if some are accidentally transported.

      David

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  55. Hi David,

    I've been working out in South Africa for the last 2 months and last night noticed a bed bug in my bed which I killed (contained blood). - I don't think I react which is why I haven't noticed them before. The room is also regularly cleaned so unclear how large the infestation would be.
    I mentioned it to the cleaners who have removed my bed frame and mattress and given me new ones, they've also hoovered and hand cleaned the whole room and washed all my clothes. I've cleaned my suitcase and rucksack as well.
    I was wondering if there were any other measures I'd need to take before returning home as I don't want to bring these travellers home with me.

    Many thanks for your advice

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  56. Hello,

    This may be too late to help (I have out of the country and incommunicado for 3 weeks) but in case you still need advice.

    I recommend checking all your clothes and luggage carefully, particularly seams and crevices where bed bugs or their eggs could hide. Also give a light spray of a long lasting surface insecticide to the luggage before packing. You should be able to find such an insecticide at a hardware store.

    I hope that helps.

    David

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  57. Hello,
    We had a teenage babysitter watch our toddler 2 nights in the last 2 weeks. I found out that her dad has been treating his home for a bed bug infestation (not sure how large his infestation is). She told me that she has manly been staying with her mom, but since she is a teenager, I'm sure she has visitations (possibly overnights) with her dad. When she came to babysit, both times she brought a draw-string backpack. She mainly stays in our living room area, sitting on the couches, as well as my daughters room, sitting on her bed to read bedtime stories. Is there a big possibility that this introduced our home to bed bugs? Is there any preventive treatments we can do? How long would it take to show signs of bed bugs? I have vacuumed twice since Thursday with our central vacuum and emptied the container in the garage. Also, I check our bed and my daughters bed every morning for blood spots. I'm very paranoid because I know how hard bed bugs are to treat because they lay eggs everywhere.
    I will greatly appreciate any answers you can provide.

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  58. Hi David, okay so the first time I saw a bed bug was back in December torwards the end. now I thought that it was just one because i think my step mom came over she brang some friends. So turns out it wasnt just one sadly. i know why would i think there could only be one!? well later on about maybe a month or two I found another. this time im just going crazy cause it sucks to find them again. so now we have come this far. and every time I try looking for them i can never find anything and it really sucks. and now my poor baby i have found some in his bed and it just makes me want to cry but i think they recently just went over there because the baby like to come sleep with us and then i take him back. what im trying to say is. how much long do I have before my situation spirals out of control????

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  59. Hi David,

    Thank you for the great advice. I made a terrible mistake and put my box spring and mattress on the floor after the frame broke. I started getting bites about three wks ago. My husband has had no bite reactions-- only me. They are in three bite groupings or in life formation. I examined mattress and have "blood trails from the host (ME) sleeping spot to under the pillow top cushion of the mattress where I also found excrement stains. I don't see anything on box spring. But I did not find any live bugs or a nest. Contemplating throwing away mattress, the excrement stains are gross. Can you tell how many bed bugs or what stage by the amount of excrement?

    I moved to the couch and woke up with a few bites. I thoroughly examined and found a tear in a piece of the sectional and saw ONE bed bug where the staple was loose. It was a small female (round back) that was filled with my blood!

    We sprayed down the mattress, boxspring, floor boards window frames. Where can I look for the nest?

    If I only found ONE on my couch, do you think there are more? ,I took that piece of the sectional outside and encased it. What should I do with it?

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    1. Hello,
      Unfortunately it is almost sure that there are more bed bugs. You must make a thorough examination of all the places bed bugs could hide in all the affected and neighbouring rooms. I recommend treating all possible hiding places with a long lasting residual insecticide, whether you find bed bugs or not. See here for more of the things you should do.

      If you have found many of the excrement stains, which look like small ticks made with a black biro, it is suggestive of a large infestation.

      Any damaged items should be treated within and then repaired. If they are particularly bad you might consider destruction. Do not dispose of them where they would pose a threat of spreading the bed bugs.

      I hope that helps.

      David

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  61. What do you think of canine inspections?

    My daughter's apt developed bedbugs after 3 adjoining apts became infested. She was never in their apts. She dried and relaundered her clothing and black trash bagged it and left it on back balcony in plastic tubs. We trashed all bedroom and living room furniture and complied with all Ext comp recommendations. We were not in her apt since discovering them and not before for several weeks though she was here about 2-3 weeks before they were discovered. Apt was sprayed once by exterminating company before bringing the clothes over and 2 more weekly times after that.

    We were taking her on preplanned celebration vacation with us after first spray and the washing.. she was not here yet - emptied her bag of clothes onto hood of car and tossed bag in dumpster then hand carried clothes directly into dryer again for 90 minutes. Several hours later discovered cluster and line of bites on my side and few scattered on lower legs. Trashed my clothes and jumped in hot shower. Rewashed and dried all her clothes. Searched floor areas (tile w/scattered throw rugs which I also threw out). When she arrivwd made her strip in garage, threw cltes in 90 min dryer and rewash/dry and she showered.

    Had independent canine company inspection done 1 week later and a visual inspection by different company and nothing detected. I've inspected and searched since then and nothing found but have had few scattered bites since then. Plan to have another canine inspection in 2 weeks which will be 6 weeks after I brought her clothes and was bitten. No one else being bitten.

    Is there any thing else I can do? Is this too early for them to be found? How reliable is the canine inspection in your opinion?

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    1. Hello,
      Canines have a sense of smell a thousand times more sensitive than ours and have been trained to sniff out bed bugs. This is a good way to check if there are bed bugs in a property, or have been recently. They cannot, unfortunately, distinguish recently dead bed bugs from live ones.

      I wonder from your description of finding bites 'several hours after' (Did you find these bites in the morning after sleep or during the day?) whether there could be another cause of the bites? Fleas, mosquitoes, reaction to something in the environment? Bed bugs almost always only emerge and bite at night.

      A further canine inspection should confirm the presence of bed bugs if they are there.

      Kind Regards

      David

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  62. Hi i found out last week a few of my neighbor have bed bugs I bought spray and sprayed to keep them out well now I found 2 bedrooms bugs the other day and tonight a baby one I have a 7 month old son and I'm freaking out I'm throwing my bed out tomorrow and am going to bomb my house my landlord won't do anything I don't have money to move but I think I should

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  63. Hi,

    I need some advice ASAP and thought you could help.

    Recently we found out that the house we rented was infested with bedbugs. We had noticed we had some sort of a bug problem in the beginning of our lease, but due to missing bug sweeps and gaps between the floorboard and the wall's baseboard (due to the landlord ripping up the carpet and putting new flooring in a week before we moved in) we had a lot of spiders, mosquitoes and other bugs coming in. So we attributed our bites to that. We contacted the landlord about the missing bug sweeps and the gaps throughout the house and they simply sent their maintenance guy over to insert bug sweeps. These "bug sweeps" were simply thick plastic slabs that he taped on the bottom of the doors. And our bug problem persisted..

    We kept thinking it must just be the area and bug bombed our home a couple times and sprayed pesticides around the outside of our home regularly. We still got bitten. Finally when my roommate bug bombed her room specifically, she saw what she thought were bed bugs. Sure enough, we called pest control and they confirmed the house was infested.

    We know that the previous tenants were evicted and not the cleanest people, which is why the landlords had to rip up carpets and get piles of trash out to the curb in a hurry before our move in date. Therefore we were wondering, is it possible that we've been living with bed bugs for the past 10 months and were just naive thinking it was other bugs?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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    1. Hello,

      It is possible that you had been living with bed bugs for 10 months and attributing the bites to other biting insects but I think it is unlikely that you would not have seen the bugs before now. After 10 months a bed bug infestation could be very sizeable, unless the treatment you were carrying out was keeping them in check.

      David

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  64. My husband and I bought a mattress from a friend in Mid March and for the past week or two we have noticed a bug here and there, we had no idea what they were until today when I decided to look up bed bugs and they are INDEED BED BUGS which further lets me know where the unexplained bites on our two year old son and ourselves have come from. From the info I found whole researching I found what to look for when looking for them. I searched my mattress only to find bed bugs by the thousands!!!!!! My question to you is. Were the bugs already present at the time we bought the mattress back in March?!

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    1. Hello Diana,
      It is possible that there were bed bugs or bed bug eggs in or on the mattress back in March. But it is impossible to be sure.
      I hope you are able to follow my advice on getting rid of bed bugs and you are soon free of them.
      Kind Regards
      David

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  65. Hi - I'd love your opinion here. On July 30th I brought my adult daughter to a concert, and spent the night in a Motel 6. Two days after I found large bites on my arm. During the following week I got a few more. I asked my daughter, who does NOT live with me, if she has had any issues with bug bites, since she slept in the bed next to me, and she says none. Two days ago, I washed all my clothes & sheets in the sanitize cycle on washer, which heats to 150F, then an hour on high heat in dryer. Today, just to be sure, I searched the mattress again and indeed found a large bed bug right above my head. I am devastated\panicking as I spend a lot of time w-my 1yr old grand daughter and cannot expose her to this. Her bedroom door is always kept closed, so I see no reason bugs would have traveled far from me, their blood source. I know it came from the hotel since I got the bite welts the very next day after returning home. I have some very thick poly overwrap, and today completely encased the box spring 100% in this thick, airtight poly, and then did the same on my mattress. It is completely airtight. I then threw all my bedding\pillows in dryer to again kill any possible bugs. Like I said the poly is very thick, and is overly taped right up at all seams. I then vacuumed all I could, and then laid some double sided tape under the edge of my bed to see if I catch anything trying to cross it, and getting stuck, which would alert me to more. Is it possible, that after only a week, it was sticking close to home, ie my bed, cause I am the only one who lives here, and maybe my house isn't infested already? I have only seen the one under the pillow top of my mattress, which is a thick, taped up poly wrapped fortress now. I then wrote date (8\9\15) on poly to remember date I covered them up. I will be vacuuming room every day for awhile, and dumping canister outdoors.Vac has hepa-filter also. My thought is that if the poly keeps them in, and I assure you I cant be bit by .006 mil industrial poly, they will eventually starve and die. Also, on these hot days, I will lean mattress and boxspring on deck in sun, which will ultra heat mattress temp up after sitting all day in direct august sunlight. Is it possible I actually nabbed the 1st bug, if not the 1st litter, so to speak, and I took pre-emptive action fast enough? It has only been one week since I bought it into my home, so I hope damage is minimal. Please give me your thoughts. I feel the poly overwrap($100 per roll) is more airtight, and no zipper to escape from, and too thick to bite through. Slight noise from poly, but I sleep on top of covers with just a blanket anyway, so no issue for me. Way better than bites and infestations. Please, if You find a moment, respond to my concerns, you seem very knowledgeable. Thank You, MIke

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    1. Hello Mike,
      Thank you for your story and question.
      I am hopeful that you have nabbed the first bug and nipped in the bud a new infestation. You are being pro-active and vigilant which is very important.
      My recommendation for further investigation would be to check all the areas around the bed as well, e.g. seams and cracks and crevices under edges of carpets, bed side furniture, curtains, pictures, etc. The bed is the most likely hiding place but they will often chose others in the bedroom.
      Kind Regards
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  66. Thank You for the reply David. I completely wiped down the bed frame, while I was encasing the mattress\boxspring in the thick poly. Me and my girlfriend searched high and low for any sign of more, and the only thing we found was the tiniest(maybe the size of the pointed end of a needle) bug in a seam but we squashed it right away. This wasn't even the size of a grain of sand, so can't confirm what it was. I just now finished vacuuming my room floor again, and placed DE all around the bed, on the bed legs, bed framework( wooden frame) around all edges of bedside tables, on table legs, and around walls, dresser, closet floor, etc. I am unsure what more I could do at this point. When my girlfriend comes over this coming weekend, after baking mattress and box spring in sun, we plan on placing yet another layer of the .006mil poly on mattress, just to be safe. I don't know if it's necessary to contact a professional yet, as I've only seen the one bug for sure. I did put DE under my granddaughters bedroom door, as she doesn't spend every day here, and it will be a week until I have her again. She is 11months old, and we don't let her out of the living room when she is here, and if any bugs decide to cross my DE barrier and go across the hall to her room, they will cross a 2nd DE barrier, hopefully shortening their life cycle before breeding. I am sorry this is so long winded, I hope it helps someone else in some way. How long should I be worried, in your opinion, if I don't see any more bugs, or get bites? I think when I am sure they are gone, I am going to dispose of mattress and box spring and buy new ones, but not until I'm sure the bugs are gone.Thank You again, David!

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  67. Hello again, David. I just peeled off the "fitted" sheet on the top of mattress after vacuuming living room and kitchen, and spotted what I am sure is a nymph bedbug. Disheartening, but I guess not unexpected. I guess I'll feel better when I know the max life cycle, if they cannot get out of polyethylene cover I made to feed. I will definitely double layer it this weekend now! I will not do anything else at this point, pending your advice. Thank You, just trying to keep you up to speed on this, as I know for a fact the bugs entered my home Friday, 7\31, so It's been barely a week and I want to minimize impact as much as possible. My mattress is full of brass holes on the sides to let the mattress breathe, so that certainly helps them hide. Should I open up poly cover outside next weekend, and layer mattress with DE to help kill them off, before recovering with double poly covers, leaving the DE in there? I don't see how that could harm anything, as I'll need a new mattress anyway when this is over. Mike

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    1. Hello Michael,
      Applying DE (Diatomaceous Earth) to the mattress and re-sealing will do no harm. DE help dry out the cracks and crevices it is applied to which helps make those places unfit for bed bugs and other insects to hide in.
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  68. Hello David - Just to keep You and any followers updated. At this point, with the polyethylene covered mattress\box spring, filled with DE to dry them out, I have only seen that one dead nymph stage bug, the day after I filled the poly with the DE powder. I put A LOT of powder in there, both sides, and smacked the poly to get the dust completely throughout underneath cover. Did the same with box spring. I haven't been bitten again, that I am aware, as the original bites swelled and itched like crazy, so I think I'd know soon after being bit again. I have looked everywhere, with a bottle of 91% rubbing alcohol, and of course being so paranoid, I see tiny spiders, etc that I would have ignored before, but nothing I can say for sure is a bed bug. I used a baby powder bottle to spread DE all over outsides of room, under all furniture, and on bedframe, so I'm sure they will cross it and hopefully dry up fast like the one in my mattress did. I made a C02 trap yesterday, using the yeast and sugar, in a dog bowl wrapped in a paper towel that the bugs can climb, and covered bottle loosely so C02 drops low into bowl. I powdered bottom of bowl with the DE in case I actually catch a bug, and placed 4 feet from bed in front of closet, which seems an ideal place for the bugs since it's always dark in closet. but this am it is clean, no bugs. I pray over time this luck continues. I am also vacuuming house\room often, and drying sheets\comforter a few days a week for an hour, in case anything happens to make it on the bed. I feel this is all I can do at this point, is hope I caught the one bug that bit me 8 or 9 times over a few days, and any eggs\nymphs are dead\dying in the DE filled cover.... I guess for now, I just watch vigilantly.

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  69. I've been battling bed bugs for a month now. I started noticing bites here and there since the end of April. Like many other people, I thought they were mosquito bites. By June the number and frequency of the bites increased. I had lived in this apartment for 1 1/2 years without so much as a water bug or spider. There has been a lot of rain this year and figured that was the reason for the bug problems. I did a lot of research on bedbugs fearing the worst. I learned what to look for and began to thoroughly inspect everything, especially the beds. I couldn't find any signs of bb, not even a tiny stain. I was having bad reactions to the bites. They would look like hives and sometimes welts. The higher the number of bites even caused shortness of breath. I didn't know if I was getting bit by spiders or what to cause these reactions. When I went to the doctor he said the way the bites were clustered, he thought they were from bed bugs. I kept searching to no avail. My baby was born the beginning of July and I was still getting bit. My six year old wasn't until shortly after the baby was born. Now we are both getting eaten alive and I finally caught an adult bedbug on the curtain by our beds. The bug guy my landlord uses said it was a bb. He tore my room up as well as the rest of my home. He said all he could find was 6 nymphs on one of the boxsprings. He stated he didn't think we were infested and just cracked and creviced, treated the couch and beds because he was worried the baby was only 2 weeks old. he didn't want her harmed. I washed and dried all of the bedding and pillows on high. Vacuumed and dumped but was still getiing bit two days later. I would catch them climbing the walls and smash them. he said they were running from the poison. A week later the landlord decided to fog the place and spray again. It seems like all i do is constantly wash bedding and hunt for bugs. It's been a couple of weeks since and I'm still finding them alive on the wall and sometimes on the bed (all different stages of life). Still getting bit, but not as bad. The landlord basically told me that the problem is on me now. my baby is barely 6 weeks now. I don't know what to do that won't hurt her or my other child. On top of that my resources are limited due to the fact I've been out of work for two months after giving birth. I'm lucky the baby hasn't been bit, but I cant watch my daughter get bit anymore. She's getting scars from the bites. Is there anyt Please help.

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    1. Hello Tired Mom,
      Thank you for your comment.
      I understand your frustration and difficulty getting rid of the bed bugs.
      It is a pity that the 'bug guy' your landlord employed did not carry out a more thorough treatment. It is most important that ALL the possible hiding places for bed bugs are treated. It takes time to find and treat all such a places. Any treatment taking less than 1 hour in a bedroom is likely to miss some hiding place.
      It may be up to you to take the time to search and treat your bedrooms. Bed bugs are very good at 'hide and seek' or at least the 'hide' part! You must win by being the best at the 'seek' part.
      David

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    2. I have the small children, so is there any treatment you recommend that wouldn't be so harmful to them yet be effective? Also is there a safe repellant I can use on my 6 year old until I can get things under control?

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    3. Hi,
      I do not where in the world you are but products approved for the control of bed bugs should be safe to use even with small children in the home. Follow the instructions and keep children and pets out of the area during treatment and until any sprays have dried completely.
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  70. I didn't get to ask if there was a safe repellant I could use on my six year old to keep the bed bugs from bitting her anymore? At least until I can get things under control.

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    1. Insect repellents may help deter bed bugs from biting but they are not as effective against bed bugs as they are for mosquitoes.
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  71. Hi David -
    We brought home a used couch last monday. Left town tuesday morning, discovered bites on my body Wednesday. Got back home Friday and found a bed bug in the couch. Moved it outside immediately. Searched area around couch, including the rug, and hardwood floor. Vacuumed the area and sprayed with a rubbing alcohol/water/soap solution and dusted with diatomaceous earth. Didn't see any other bugs anywhere. Couch is outside. So my question for you is, how likely is it for the bugs to have jumped off the couch in those four days? Could we have a problem now? Also, is there any way to salvage the infected couch? We doused it with the same cleaning solution and lots of diatomaceous earth after moving it outside. Saw two bedbugs total. Thanks for your help and insights! ~Shannon

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    1. Hello Shannon,
      Thank you for your question.
      It is very difficult to say what the chances are that some bed bugs moved out of the couch to other areas before it was removed outside. But I would recommend you assume that they have. It is better to be pro-active now than to wait until you find you are being bitten and an infestation has taken hold.
      The alcohol/water/soap treatment is not likely to killed bed bugs unless it was applied to them directly. The diatomaceous earth (DE) may have some effect in cracks, crevices and seams where it was applied, but I would not expect it to control bed bugs on its own.
      Thoroughly search your home for signs of bed bugs and treat all the possible hiding places you find (whether bed bugs are found or not) with a long lasting surface insecticide such as NO Bed Bugs. The couch can be similarly treated, but I would keep it outside and away from people and pets for several months particularly if it has any damage which would allow bed bugs to have move inside it where it is difficult to treat.
      I hope this is of help and that you have identified the problem and started treatment before the bed bugs have become established.
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  72. Hello david my name is teresa about a month we stayed at a cheap motel trying save some bucks. Well the next morning i woke up with two huge welts on the back of my left buttocks ,and behind my lower leg thought of mosquitos.or even spiders. Didn't think much of it we just stayed there for one night. Two days after we arrived home i woke up with more bites on my ankle and on my lower back i inspected the whole house for spiders and for mosquitoes but nothing I've heard horror stories about bed buggs and what not. I looked up bed bug pictures to see what they look like i came to realise we had bed bug found two adults i believe and killed them. Two days later when by and no bed bug bites. And about a couple days late i started finding bites on just me again. I found today 2 adults on skeleton and 2 half that size and one little one. I'm shaking as i type this because i REALLY Don't want a bug infestation. What can i do?? Am i infested with these buggs?? Please help what can i do ? Sorry for the horrible punctuation i just want to get answers fast.

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    1. Hello Teresa,
      A bed bug infestation is very distressing and can be difficult to get rid of. But I am hopeful you have identified the problem early and before they become established; which is very much easier.
      Follow the advice you will find here and on the Kiwicare bed bugs page.
      If you are in NZ you can purchase the products in hardware stores. If you are in another part of the world you may be able to find similar products.
      The most important thing is not so much the products but the thoroughness of your search and treatment. And you patience. Follow the advice and you should be able to get rid of them.
      Kind Regards
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