Its been almost 7 months are we safe now?(3 posts)
Just curious what the chances are if you haven't seen any signs for 7 months are that they are gone?
Short recap: we moved into a philly rowhome in May. Saw them immediately - terrible infestation in the upstairs. Landlord had an exterminator come 3 times -- 1 week appart each time. Finally about 10 days after the third time -- I was still seeing live bugs after 4 days. I bought a gallon of Bayer Home pest ( blue bucket) that I had read someplace worked for someone else. I sprayed the entire upstairs methodically. Cracks, ceiling, you name it --- baseboards - I went insane. --- and sealed my mattress. The only thing I did a shoddy job with was the bathroom. Low and behold ----out they came in the bathroom later that next night. I redid the bathroom. Since that day in June -- I haven't seen so much as one live bug - no bites, no eggs, no signs. The chemical said "good for 12 months." Is this true, or should we respray?
I am confused from what I have read about whether they are likely to come back in the spring. Its been a particularly warm autumn, some cold nights....so I am not sure what to think.
I don't know about the products you used, but if you haven't had any signs in 7 months then that sounds good. Where I work had a delay of 3-4 months before they showed up again. Since then they've showed up at least once a month fairly regularly. Sometimes just a week or two apart. So 7 months I would think is good.
I hope they're gone for good!
I agree with Death (strange to write that): 7 months probably means you're all clear from the bedbugs that were there. (As for new ones coming in? None of us are immune).
To answer your question about "good for 12 months--should we respray?" I definitely say no. If the bedbugs are gone, spraying would be a waste. You can't spray pesticides preventatively for bedbugs. However inspection is still critical, but it sounds like you're doing that.
As for "coming back in the spring"--unless you do something in the spring that exposes you to bedbugs (such as anually going to a place where you might get them), I don't know of any reason they would come back in the spring. Bedbugs are year round and like to stay near their meals and they like enviornments at room temperature.
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