size of infestation?(4 posts)
Glad I found this site. I've been horrified by these critters since I first heard about them. Little did I know, until I caught one crawling on me a week ago, that I have been living with them for a while. I live in Egypt, and sleep on a large sofa in the air conditioned living room because of the heat. I thought the bites were from mosquitoes. Since I figured out I had bed bugs I've kept my eyes open, and kill several a day by waiting for them to emerge. An hour or two on the couch brings out at least half a dozen nymphs and adults. I tore open the back of the sofa, from where they appeared to emerge, and found dozens of eggs and several adults. vacuumed that, but they're still around.
I've moved to a mattress on the floor not far from the couch, and the thought of them keeps my awake most of the night. Lying on the mattress, with the lights on, I will spot two or three, mostly nymphs, every hour or so. Does that sound like an excessive infestation? How many bugs are we talking about here?
I'm bringing in pest control, who say they will spray the house with pyrethroid and organophosphates. They say they can easily rid the apartment, which after reading people's accounts of how hard it is makes me wonder whether the companies really know what they're doing.
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I'm also sorry to say that if you're seeing that many during the night hours it seems[i] like a pretty decent sized infestation
I like that your pco sounds confident . Only advice I have there, since I am not familiar with either of those chemicals, is that you get follow up treatments at least every 14 days for a while. So, hopefully they have some type of warranty package where they do X amount of treatments in a certain amount of time.
Confidence does not equal competence unfortunately.
Having said that, what you want to ask them is about the residual effect of the chemicals they plan to use because that is what is key. You want an extended period where, with you as the bait, these critters cross the poisonous barrier. The barrier needs to be in place for almost the whole of the life cycle, because you need each bug to (a) hatch and (b) feed one or more times (though feel free to help any bugs you see on their way with your fist or a slipper). But if done correctly the bugs should be getting younger and younger as the adults are killed before breeding.
If your PCO does not understand your question about residuals, then he simply does not understand what he is dealing with.
Typically a PCO that specializes in the chemical treatment of bedbugs sprays three times at two week intervals. Unfortunately, if they are using the correct chemicals that don't repel the bugs from crossing the poison moat, the bugs don't die right away but they do die.
Sounds to me like the epicentre is that couch. You want them to thoroughly treat that couch. A thermal chamber might have been best but I don't think they will have access to that. If the couch is not that valuable you might ask them how best to safely get rid of it (i.e., without tracking the bugs through the rest of the apartment).
Many thanks for your responses. One of the two chemicals, pyrethroid, is commonly used in the US. It is the one bed bugs in NY were reportedly becoming resilient to. The other, the organophosphate, is pretty heavy duty and may be banned in the US. Steaming sounds best but I dont have access to it, so my cats will be put at boarding for at least two weeks after the spraying. Its a very small apartment: a small living room and a bedroom, and I am so intolerant of these bugs that I intend to safely chuck out all the furniture after the first spraying and have them do it again, then buy new furniture. I tried to stay on the first infested couch as bait but lost my nerve after a few nights of staying up and killing several bugs an hour before going to work in the morning exhausted.
Some the pest control companies I called worried me, despite their confidence. One explained to me when I described seeing nymphs that they were in fact female bed bugs, which suggested he didn't know much about the bugs.
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