Have you ever caught a bed bug in the act?(feeding, that is)(3 posts)
I've been watching videos of bed bugs on youtube. They are very fast moving, true. But surely they are slower after they have fed? And if feeding takes up to 15 minutes, would it therefore be true to say that eventually you'll catch one, either sucking from you or waddling scuttling away?
I ask this because I'm in a position where people are telling me that I may not have a bed bug problem after all, despite my 'bites', occasional 'faecal traces' and blood spots. I put these in inverted comas, just in case none of these are what I thought them to be.
My 'bed bug problem' has been endured by me for about 3 and a half years. I've never seen a live or dead bug, or found skin casts. But on this very forum I've read that you may never see a live or dead bug for a 'number of months'.
But seriously, I've often awoken and flung back the duvet with a torch in my hand. Nothing. Could it be that I'm barking up the wrong tree?
Bed bugs are in fact faster after they feed than before which is likely to be due to the fact that they have gone from room temperature to human body temperature in a short space in time. I would say the difference in speed is 5X to 10X faster when fed than when unfed.
The fact remains that to have bedbugs for as long as you claim there would be loads of faecal traces evident not just a few sporadic sightings.
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LionelItchyuk - 8 hours ago »
But seriously, I've often awoken and flung back the duvet with a torch in my hand.
Wow, that sounds dangerous! (just having a little transatlantic fun with you). Seriously though, if you google some of the population models from bed bugs, you'll see that after 3.5 years with an available host you would have a population in the (tens of?) thousands of bugs. I can't imagine how this could go unnoticed.
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