New Bedbugger here with some questions(3 posts)
Hi, everyone. I have been quite fascinated with all the bedbug talk and advice and information I have found here . I registered because I am not sure I have bedbugs and just want to put my mind to rest.....or know that I have a battle ahead.
So, 4 weeks ago, I was over at a friend's place for a...ahem....sleepover. In the course of the night, I spotted and killed three bedbugs in my friend's room. I left at the crack of dawn , as one does after a...ahem...sleepover. 4 or 5 days later, I noticed red welts on my body in the "breakfast, lunch, dinner" pattern all over my legs. So, I knew I had been bitten.
Since then, I have driven my self to the point of distraction wondering if I brought any of those evil creatures of the night home with me. I have had no further evidence of bites, no spots on my bed or any real reason to believe they are here with me, but still......
Let's say ONE came home with me. If it was not pregnant, then it cannot reproduce on its own, right? How long can a single bedbug live? If I brought TWO or more home with me, how long before the babies come? When would I start seeing some physical evidence of bedbugs? I am about to go loco here with this bedbug obsession....I am itchy ALL the time all of a sudden, LOL!
I have another question while I have your attention: what does "isolating the bed" mean?
And in case you are wondering about my friend, I did tell her that she had bedbugs and she denied it. No worries, I have no plans on any more sleepovers at her place and she sure as heck won't be coming here!
She might not know. Some people aren't reactors or don't react to the bites (although you would think at some point..you would notice the fecal or the bugs...and you killed three at different points?)
You may want to look up passive monitors on useful stuff.
There are 5 phases (I think..i"m not an expert) and they have to get a blood meal at each phase. How long it takes eggs to hatch depends on temperature...generally within 10 days of laying the eggs.
I'm about to sign off...good luck.
Isolating the bed means pulling it away from the wall...having climbups or other barriers on the feet of the bed..you can't isolate a platform or captain's style bed...If you look up David Cain's info (one of the experts), he believes you are better off or have a quicker resolution through a mix of passives and optomizing the bed so that the bed bugs only live on certain parts of the bed (ie a few slats..with the rest of the wood bed painted, etc).
Again, I'm not an expert so read the FAQS and good luck!!!
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