Down not Up?(8 posts)
Someone told me of a theory they heard that when BBs are in an apt or house, they travel down and not up. Obviously they can move up by tagging on to something or someone that moves up, but the theory is that when they travel on their own, they go down rather than up. Not sure if anyone got BBs from a lower apt but interested in views on that theory.
Funny, I heard the opposite. That while roaches liked to go "down," bedbugs usually travelled "up." I'd vote for up since I had them in my ceiling and I'm on the top floor (no bats or anything, these were household bedbugs) so they weren't going up there to get a meal. They just liked crawling up. (well, they do crawl "down" for their meal, then). Maybe that's it? Their harbourages are "up" and they crawl down for the meal? But I do believe they tend to spread in an UP direction.
I don't think so. David Cain who is a bed bug PCO in London says they move UP more often than down. (People have gotten them in all directions, though.)
One of the pco's I was interviewing said that they spray everywhere even the walls. I thought, great! But then I asked if they spray the window sill and around the frames. They say they only spray from the waist down 'cause "bbs do not travel up". I was like, ok, next interview. This particular pco said people don't spend time on the ceiling so why would they go up? I think that's like saying, "so, they're bbs, why would they hang out anywhere else, but in the bed or in the bedframe?" C'mon! We all know that bbs can be anywhere. I think they can travel anywhere as well, up, down, sideways, crossways, inways, byways, highways.
I heard they go up if there is a source of food up.
i'd think in apartment buildings they'd seek out the food sources in whichever direction they may be...but i have trouble with this idea in a single family dwelling...why would they go up without a reason?
i guess if your bed is isolated, there's a reason to go up...so they can drop off the ceiling onto you...perhaps some might find the ceiling light/fan and excellent harbor, but would they climb all the way back up there or seek a new place closer to you?...i think the latter would be more likely...
if you've doused their cracks with poison, there might be a reason to go up...to avoid, but would they?...i hope not!
if you've disturbed their harborage, there's a reason to scatter and perhaps go up...but you'd see them if they started climbing the walls after being disturbed, so you could kill 'em...
not sure, do i need to seriously contemplate my attic (a non-living space)?...of course, if i've somehow transferred a bug to my basement, i do hope they'll come back upstairs and seek to eat me rather than stay down there waiting for 18 months in hopes i'll loose it and sleep on the concrete.
You are in much better shape if you live in a single family house. Seriously I doubt if you have to worry about non living spaces, unless you move something infected there, like a mattress. They want to eat and reproduce. Their biology and behavior is what PCO use to against them.
Sorry, I was referring to multi-unit dwellings. And houses with people "up" are the same idea.
But no, I don't see why they'd go up towards an unoccupied room or unit in a single-family house. Of course, I don't have data on this. But they are driven to move when they are hungry, towards food. We're told they will stay put a long time if there is no other food in the vicinity.
In single family dwellings with nobody upstairs, I have heard of them being "up" when they were actually bat bugs and had migrated from a bat's nest or dead bat in the attic or upstairs.
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