2nd instar found on ceiling after 2nd treatment: please advise(3 posts)
Our apartment is being treated for what was characterized as a light infestation (by all accounts confined to the boxspring). We've had two (spray and dust) treatments, one week apart, and are having our third in two days, which will be 14 days after the first.
We have not seen any bed bugs-- alive or dead-- since the first treatment, until tonight, when we spotted a 2nd instar that had fed. On the bedroom ceiling.
Why would it be on the ceiling? Does this indicate any spread of the infestation, or is it possible that this is "normal" behavior?
Your expertise would be very welcome to help us calibrate our response.
*Discouraged in NYC*
Correction: after breaking out the ruler in the clear light of day, this (unfed) sucker is a 4th instar, 3mm long.
Thanks for your thoughts about what this means for the treatment process and general progress (or lack thereof).
I'm not an expert. You might want to list the pesticides/dusts used. Some are repellent or flush the BBs out from baseboards. You may want to PM an expert (Paul Bello is originally from New York and KillerQueen works in New York) and ask them to answer this post.
Some folks bag the BB (double ziploc) and see how long it takes to die. Some pesticides take 10 days, or more (Phantom). I don't think I'd have the guts to do that (I'd freeze it).
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