Happy New Year! And, a few follow-up questions post-PCO visit (nymph content)(1 post)
Hopefully everyone has been able to get at least a little sleep in the new year!
So I had a good visit from my PCO last Wednesday. In summary:
* They doused the bedroom and living room with Cykick CS (amount=22) and Exciter (12). They also covered the floor with instructions not to mop for 2 weeks.
* Nothing has appeared in my climb-ups, and I've noticed no new fecal stains in the existing "constellations" (I'm letting them be for now so I can keep track) on my mattress encasements.
* They said I could use DE in the floor/wall cracks before applying silicone, and it wouldn't interfere with their treatments. They also recommended Steri-Fab.
* I presented the two bugs I found, and they determined that the more robust of the two was female.
I did receive a small bite last night, only a single one, and smaller than previous ones. Tonight I found what I'm reasonably sure is a 1st instar nymph, which would make sense considering the time frame. My questions are below:
1. I've been unable to find information regarding starving females and ability to lay eggs. Hypothetically, if the female I found had been feeding on me for about 4-6 weeks after a period of famine, does it take a while in order for the egg-laying capability to kick in? Or, are females always able to lay eggs regardless of how long they've been without food?
2. Assuming I have a first batch of hatchlings from the adult female I found almost two weeks ago, where are they most likely hanging out? How do I go about killing these thoroughly? Do I need to get the PCO back in for another followup?
3. Mattress and box are encased, bed is pulled from wall, climbups (as mentioned above) are below posts. I have the basic simple metal frame, no wooden slats. Should I just be spraying the metal frame with a mixture of 3 parts alcohol/1 pt water, or just use Steri-Fab? What about spraying the entire surface area of the covered mattress/box?
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