Typical to see bugs immediately after treatment?(6 posts)
First, just wanted to say everyone here is awesome. I was "diagnosed" with bed bugs about a month ago and this site has given me great information on how to proceed.
I have a question if anyone can help me out. I had my second treatment in my apartment on Friday last week. The PCO and my apartment manager both told me that the infestation was usually taken care of after the second treatment so I was hopeful that this ordeal was soon to be over. However, the next day (Saturday) as I was vacuuming the couch (the BB's were in both my bedroom and living room) I noticed a bed bug just sitting on the couch. This was in the evening at roughly 5pm. At first I just prodded it with a pair of tweezers to see if it was alive and it didn't move. However, when I picked it it up with the tweezers, it's legs did start to move, although rather sluggishly. I was thinking maybe the poison took a little longer with it and it was knocking on death's door? However, a few minutes later I saw another one just walking across the floor next to the couch (I have hardwood in the living room). This one was going absolutely nuts...it's legs never stopped moving when I picked it up with the tweezers. Both of the bugs exhibited signs of contact with poison that I had read about. The first bug because it seemed near death, the second because it seemed in a frenzy as if it had recently come into contact with the poison. So, after my long and drawn out explanation, my question is, is this normal to see this kind of activity after treatment? How worried should I be here that I saw two bugs so soon after the treatment? Thanks in advance for any help anyone can provide!
In my experience, I saw a ton of bedbugs after the second treatment--in my bathroom and on the tile. From what I understand, an infestation is typically cleared up after three treatments--two week intervals to allow the eggs to hatch and stop bugs from laying more eggs.
Are they coming in for a third treatment?
I will also say that my first treatment was done by someone terrible. He said "oh you have a light infestation" and then sprayed "with some stuff left over from a roach job this morning" around the baseboards only. He said "I've seen a lot worse" and "basically it's just alcohol" and I felt incredibly reassured. This was all a lie, and my second treatment was done right. This was an impossible amount of poison that I was thrilled to see and insisted on helping even though it hurt my lungs and that was a bad idea.
best of luck!
Yep, I actually had the third treatment done last Friday (June 18). So far I haven't seen any more signs. No cast skins, new fecal spots, eggs, or (thank God) live bugs. I'm still keeping all my stuff in bags though until I know for sure they're gone! Don't really want to go through the hassle of running all of my clothes through the dryer again. I have been noticing what I think are bites though. It's hard for me to tell because my skin is prone to acne anyway. Plus, I've read that there can be a delayed reaction to bites so these marks are possibly bites that occurred between my second and third spraying? Or possibly even re-flares of old bites? Not sure, but I'm trying hard not freak out about it. Definitely thinking about picking up some of the passive BB monitors to help confirm whether or not I still have BB's...
God. I so feel your pain right now! Long story short, I've been battling bed bugs in my condo for 10 months. Recently, dogs confirmed bugs in an adjoining unit (explaining why I keep getting re-infested). I have been through 6 straight weeks of treatment, with the 6th treatment this past Friday. I have also cleared everything out of the bedroom, ripped the baseboards out, sealed everything off from the adjoining unit, filled all cracks in between wood floor slats, and applied sealer to everything. Imagine my dismay when I found TWO DEAD BUGS tonight....even after all of this. I mean, at least they were dead, which leads me to believe something is working, but it still sucks. Where the hell are they coming from??? Everything was torn out, sprayed, replaced, etc. I am hoping and praying these are the last...again, at least they were dead, and I have read that it's normal to see dead/disabled ones after spraying, but Good God, 6 weeks later????
I also think I have bites, which prompted me to look for bugs, but my friend looked at them and insisted they were zits, not bites...am I going crazy? This blows. But the bugs I found were definitely for real.
If you're only finding dead bugs, that's a good sign. However, this can be a long process when you have one or more infested attached unit(s).
No one can tell by looking at your skin if you have bed bug bites. Note that people get everything from large itchy welts to small itchy marks to itchy red skin to nothing at all. I would not be surprised if your reaction looked like a possible bite mark but didn't itch, because many people don't get a reaction at all.
If you see more bugs, please post a photo so someone can confirm the ID.
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