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!


69 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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  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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  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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