level of infestation based on bites(2 posts)
i wanted to know if there is any way to deduce the size of the infestation or maybe estimate depending on the number of bites i received in one night.
i havent lived in my small nyc apartment since then (2 weeks ago). i spotted a single nymph and a couple of days later bites started appearing. i did not infest my friends apartment (bought a packtite and packtited everything to the extreme). did the laundry naked that night when i found the nymph. got a bed bug dog from M&M a few days later to test my friends house. all negative.
my small nyc apartment has just undergone its first chemical treatment. ive been back to just inspect and couldnt find a bug.
is there anyway to deduce that level of infestation by just the bites i received that night ?
nothing is in the apartment. been packed and vikane'd by moving right along and bed bugs and beyond. and is currently being stored by moving right along.
I am not an expert, but...
Probably not. Your initial reaction may be to bites sustained all at once but it appears it could ALSO be to bites sustained over a period of time (where you did not react previously).
One PCO recorded this as happening to him. (He fed his bed bug colony for months but did not react -- then all at once he DID react and not just to the most recent feeding, but apparently to other previous feedings.)
I believe that happened to me also, because I got a LOT of bites over a short period of time, out of the blue, and then only smaller numbers from then onwards, even before treatment.
In other words, getting a lot of bites all at once may not mean you have a lot of bed bugs present, if subsequently, before treatment commences, you get many fewer bites consistently.
It is, of course, also possible to get bitten by lots of bed bugs at once and react immediately, but then you would expect bites to increase from there, or at least maintain those levels, until the bed bugs are killed off.
All that said, we don't know a lot about bed bug bites. They're allergic reactions, so there is a wide variety in how people react and when.
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