Magnitude of Bed Bug Infestation(6 posts)
I'm new to this community but I've been reading and practicing the Do's and Don'ts posted on the website since coming across them.
My husband started getting these bites all over his body at the end of April. We thought they were just hives until I started getting them too about a month ago. When I was in bed 2 weeks ago I noticed a bug crawling towards me on the sheets and I squished it - what appeared to be old blood came out of it. After inspecting the mattress, box spring and bed frame the next day we killed 5 bed bugs. I then began noticing the signature tiny blood spots on our sheets and peppery-looking feces on our box spring. When I killed the bugs, lots of bright red blood came out and when compared to online pics, these are most definitely bed bugs.
I flipped out and threw away the head board, bed frame and box springs immediately after vacuuming them. In retrospect I should not have done this I guess, but I was terrified. We immediately bought a vinyl zippered bag for our mattress and taped the zipper shut and we have been sleeping on our old mattress in the same place our bed was before, but now the mattress is on the floor. Since throwing away our old stuff, removing and tossing all clutter and vacuuming like crazy, we have only spotted one additional bug and the bites have all stopped.
So here is my question: after having bites for about 2 months now, and having only spotted 8-15 bugs total, what would you say the extent of our infestation was/is? I cannot find any information regarding what constitutes a bad infestation vs. a mild infestation. If the bites stop after all the cleaning, vacuuming, etc., at what point should we let our guard down when we haven't been bit in a week? I do realize they can hide anywhere, waiting.
I would like to add that our inspection of the mattress, bed frame, box spring, nightstands, etc. was very thorough - we took the furniture apart, peeled back the mattress seams, vacuumed every crack, cranny, etc. We found 7 live bed bugs, 3-5 dead ones under the bed, and one lone bed bug 2 days later. So I guess that is 11-15 bed bugs total if I'm not forgetting any.
Not to scare you, but if the bugs laid eggs anywhere still in your home, the infestation will continue. Eggs hatch ~10-14 days and nymphs will try to feed immediately. Keep watching for new symptoms for several weeks...
I hope yours are all gone though!!
Do you have any guesses about where they came from?
Thank you for the replies.
We believe that we brought the bugs back with us from a hotel. We stayed at the hotel and about a week later the bites started showing up all over my husband's body.
So... how did it all end up? Those of us with new infestations are eager to hear the long term results of battle. I've seen a lot of "Oh man! I'm infested!" posts, but once the problem is gone, not too many people return to report on whether they are bug free or not.
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