questions about hibernation(13 posts)
keepin it short and sweet, once again.
first treatment is over...just did it last week. SO FAR, we havent seen any evidence of the bb's. no poopy stains, no exoskels, no visual ID's of adults, nymphs or eggs....no new bites.
this seems WAAAAAAY too good to be true. we treated all the normal hiding places, cracks, crevices, behind wall hangings, electrical outlets, etc etc. got the sofa safe and mattress encasement...i feel like we really did cover all the bases. and yeah, still doing laundry every day, living out of ziplocs.
we are DEF still going to have the 2nd treatment done regardless. and a third.
my question is, could it be that the BBs are just doing a better job of hiding? are in hibernation? we are still sleeping in bed and hanging out in our usual spots to bait them.... anything that is still around will eventually come out to try and feed right? and then hopefully cross the insecticides and meet thier doom?
I asked that same question here a few months ago and was told that yes, if they're around they will definitely try to get to you to feed, and will walk through the poison if they have to. I think the only reason they go into hibernation is if there are no humans around to feed on, or if they're trapped in an encasement or something. You may have eggs that haven't hatched yet, so that may explain the lull in activity.
We just did treatment #2 and will have #3 in 2 weeks. Our PCO for both treatments said he hasn't seen any particular source where the bed bugs came from, and from inspection with treatment #2, no sign of them in our mattress and box spring (we encased the bed). All wall hanging have been removed; crevices, etc. were treated by PCO; all boxes and storage containers have been discarded; all clothes, towels, linens, etc. have been either laundered and seared in the dryer, or dry cleaned and now stored away. So, I, too am wondering where the heck are they hiding??
After treatment #1, I found one dead adult, and after treatment #2, found a dead nymph - that's all. I think I have one new bite, but then again, since it can take several days for them to show up, maybe it's from an older bite (or maybe not a bed bug bite - doesn't really look like one, and because I'm bed bug crazy right now, I'm convinced that just about everything is bed bug related).
Anyway, my husband and I are also just waiting, still living out of plastic bags, constantly doing laundry and vacuuming non-stop.
Good luck to you!
Just to weigh in -
Had treatment #3 10 days ago - no sign of anything - still nothing in the climbups (we added murphys oil soap to be sure) and best of all - no bites!
Will have a 4th treatment - spraying baseboards and cracks and cervices in BRs. Waiting and hoping. Doing laundry, living out of bags and running the packtite. The outside world seems so menacing now - every seat in a restaurant or on a train seems like a good hiding place. I would not even sit in an upholstered chair in Starbucks!
Am I destined to be a crazy person forever?
I sat in one of those chairs at Starbucks. I lifted the seat cushion up and looked all around. I sensed a few people were glancing at me. They probably thought I was looking for loose change.
i, too, am totally BB paranoid! thats why I feel like it cant possibly be over this soon, and regardless am going to continue with the every 2 week treatments. hoping allipat is right ( hey! were both in cincy!) and that whatever is still alive will be lured to us and die. interested in seeing what an "old timer" or KQ has to say about this. Allipat, can you find that old post for me?
bb nitemares- I don't know how to link to my old post, but it's from April 14th and the subject is "question about bedbug behavior". I was also worried that because I wasn't finding dead bugs (only found 1 dead one) that maybe they were lying in wait, but I guess they're not that smart. I haven't seen one in over 3 months so I think I'm clear, but I check every seat before I sit down in public now too. They're everywhere here in Cincinnati now, so I don't have any illusions that this is completely over and I'll never get them again- I'll just be better equiped to deal with them next time.
thanks Alli i really appreciate it! Yes, this is sooo not over here in our city. i feel like i should have been much smarter about this, but you know it is, you never think it will happen to YOU until it does! wel will both prolly have to deal with a "round 2" sooner or later.....grrrr......but your right, it wont be as bad. now were prepared!
P.S. congrats on three months !!!
You know, I have a severe infestation and I don't find dead bugs... (I have very old hardwood floor), I do find a difference in the kind of bugs that come to my bed. I think that they may die at night in their hiding places...
the best way to check is to wake up in the middle of the night and put the lights on...
i'm not sure i understand why you will have second and third and fourth treatments if you don't see any evidence of further infestation. I thought that that type of treatment strategy is not a good idea and that treatments should only be done if there is evidence of infestation. Maybe our PCOs and entomologists (and even our more experienced buggers) will chime in. And if you don't need the pesticides to kill bugs, you wouldn't want to be living with the chemicals all around you for nothing.
And it seems that i only needed one good and thorough treatment. It's been over 70 days...now maybe i'm wrong and i'll have more bbs in the future, but until i see some evidence, there's no way i'm going to have those chemicals sprayed around here. And i read (and suspect it's correct) that some of the creepy crawly itchiness i experienced was due to the chemicals.
and yes..i definitely do still look carefully wherever i am going to sit and avoid sitting whenever i can. And i don't lean against any walls in elevators or anywhere else. I think i'll always be that way from now on. Now, just to teach my husband to be the same way...THAT's the struggle.
Did you catch the bed bugs fairly early? Wondering if that has anything to do with the inactivity. We caught ours within 3 weeks, perhaps even 2. Hoping that means there was minimum infestation and the PCO treatments killed whatever was in our home.
Our bed bug nightmare started with a fishing trip that my husband took, and he returned shortly before my birthday with gift that I'd gladly give back!!
PAN - I dont believe we cought this early at all... at least, not according to how bad our box spring was! we found at least 4 big visible nests on the outside and adults scurrying everywhere....but no signs of them anywhere else in the condo except the sofa. and we were both itching for quite some time before I ever discovered a BB out during the day....soooo not sure what that means, but we did find 2 dead tiny nymphs on the side rail of our bed last nite....sure enuf they came out for a snack...and never made it to us. so i guess there are indeed some still out there.
Deedle - we are/were going to do a 2nd treatment partly because it seems that no one ever gets em first time around....read LOTS of posts about ppl having 2nd treatments, 2 weeks apart, and just seems too good to be true that we would get them all in one fell swoop. partly we were planning on a 2nd out of pure paranoia. but you are so right about the chemicals! since we found 2 dead guys late last nite, i guess we will see how the next 2 weeks go before making a final decision.
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