Third treatment of studio(6 posts)
So I had my third treatment yesterday. I had my treatments in the following series 1stweek, 2nd week and 4th week. Although after my 2nd treatment during the 3rd week I saw a live bed bug almost dying and some dead bed bugs under the bed. I still got some bites ( 2 -3 per night ) and sometimes none each night. So now the guy from the PCO was telling me he's confident that this was the last treatment I needed. In the meanwhile I have been packtiting and ziplocking a lot of my stuff and kept it as far away from the sleeping area as possible. When do you guys think that I should start getting worried in case the bites continue ? 2 weeks from now or more like 1 week from now ? Last night I don't think I got any bites.
Thanks for all your help guys !
It's been a week now and I think I still got some bites last night. Not sure about it though if it was last night since I don't see any blood stains but I am pretty sure I got a couple the night before since I saw a blood stain from it which wasn't there before. After this I changed bedsheets for last night and its still clean. Not sure if this is normal or if I should ask for another treatment...
Are there attached homes to yours (apartments or attached houses)? If so, have these been professionally inspected?
If not, it is hard to know if they are coming from elsewhere.
However, it is also not unheard of to need more than three treatments. There's no magic number. Skilled and knowledgeable technicians working on an isolated case (with no continued exposure) often get rid of them in 1-3 treatments. Not always.
Bed bug bites are not evidence because you can't know when they occurred. It's not unheard of to have delayed reactions (even a week or more than one later). On the other hand, the reactions may be hours or days later and for this reason, you might want to ask for another treatment spaced 10-14 days apart. And then see how it goes.
Remember that if you are being bitten still (meaning, these are not simply old bites flaring up or skin reactions to earlier bites, as some have said they seemed to experience), then you will be bitten until every last bed bug has died, and any which were hatched from eggs also have died.
Fewer bites -- and bites at longer intervals -- are a good sign they're being killed off.
Have you installed monitors? These can help you going forward as you try and determine if problems persist.
Thanks for the really helpful reply Nobugsonme. I believe I am the kind of person who reacts immediately to bites usually but not always. And that's what happened last night, when I was sleeping I was woken up by acute itching sensation near my ankle. I tried to convince myself in sleep that I am just getting a reaction from an older bite but then I got myself up to make a quick inspection with a flash light. And there it was ! The little bastard barely able to move after having a blood meal on my bed sheet right next to my leg. I was about to squash it but then I realized I should collect it live as evidence, which I did. Its spending its days in a small ziploc bag under my bed. My bed is surrounded by poison so in case it escapes from the ziploc somehow the poison should take care of it hopefully. I talked to the building services office today and they seem to be sending in someone for another treatment maybe this Monday which is 14 days after my previous one. Hopefully this will be the last. I live in a student dorm, and no they are not treating my neighbors although I asked my neighbors to talk to the front desk about it but seems like they didn't do it. I hope its just my apartment which has bugs. The unit adjacent to my sleeping area doesn't seem to have a bed bug problem unless these guys are immune to bites.
And yeah I have installed climbup interceptors, haven't taken a look at them though since they already had a couple of dead bugs a few days back. Maybe I should clear it first and then see if there are any new ones ..
So I had a question regarding vaccuming the place. Should I vaccum my place like over the weekend ? They are coming for a treatment on Monday and my place really needs a vaccum or should I just leave it like it is for them to determine hot spots of bed bug activity ? On a different news I don't think I am getting any new bites after I captured that live one, its just hard to believe though that just one bed bug bit me in 6-7 different locations 2-3 bites at each location in one night, I think there might be more.
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