Merry Christmas to all who celebrate it.
And a special shout out to mangycur whose bed bugs unfortunately popped out on the 53rd day after they were last sighted, reminding us of the “55-day rule.”
(If you remember, the 55-day rule refers to the period of time Rich Cooper suggests you need to be free of bites and sightings of bed bugs in order to consider yourself free of them; the relevant article is no longer online, but we quoted the reference to the 55-day rule here).
mangycur wrote om the forums:
I have had 53 days with no signs of bugs, no bites, no nothing. I am very allergic to their bites so I felt confident that if there were any around, I would know. Last night at a party, I actually told my best friend, “They’re gone. It’s over. If there were any left I would know.”
I started leaving my purse and shoes out, and tossing my coat on a table. I was ready to move on.
Last night a full grown, unfed bed bug crawled out of my couch. Merry [expletive deleted] Christmas! LOL
It actually suggests 55 days without seeing bed bugs may not suffice–I note with some horror that mangycur does react to bites. Or did in the past, anyway. What if it took three or ten or twenty days more to see that bed bug?
mangycur’s story comes only the next day after a reader asked how a non-allergic person can be sure bed bugs are gone.
mangycur, May your New Year be better than this one.
Although we celebrate Thanksgiving in November here in the US, I feel every holiday is a time to give thanks. And I’m truly thankful for all of you.
Admin update (11/2015): experts on our forums now suggest that it may not take as long as 55 days to be sure you’re free of bed bugs. This is in part because more options are available for monitoring these days.