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Feeding rituals

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  1. heebie_jeeb

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    Thu Jul 21 2016 15:22:07
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    The 3 PCO's I've talked to have all said if we have bb's we should be getting bit at least every other day. I haven't been bitten for 12 days, but we think my boyfriend was bit last night after 8 days of no bites, but I've seen a lot of people on here say they feed once a week.

    I don't know what to believe. In your experience, how often should we be seeing bites? If we've had bb's present in our apartment for 2 weeks, wouldn't there be some sign of them somewhere, like poop or cast skins? Wouldn't they have multiplied by now enough that we'd be seeing evidence?

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    Thu Jul 21 2016 15:35:33
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    I'm wondering the same thing! I thought they fed every night, but maybe that's only if you have a ton and it's different bugs feeding (dry heaving as I type this-disgusting). I also want to know if they poop immediately after feeding. My fear is that they are still there, feeding and pooing somewhere I can't readily see. This is making me so paranoid!

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    Thu Jul 21 2016 15:51:12
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    Me too.

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    Thu Jul 21 2016 15:59:28
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    I wouldn't base anything on bites. Unless you witness the bite you can't be sure of the culprit.

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  5. heebie_jeeb

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    Posted 1 year ago
    Thu Jul 21 2016 16:35:59
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    It's so irritating to possibly have bed bugs but not know for certain because we can't find any evidence and the bites are inconclusive. If I'm going insane over a rouge mosquito I will never forgive myself!

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    Thu Jul 21 2016 16:49:14
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    I'm right there with you! My apartment was heat treated on the 14th. I still have a LONG way to go until I can tentatively say they are gone. Right now, there are no signs. My carpet and tile makes it almost impossible to see cast skins or really anything. I'm relying on checking my bed, while I wait for a passive monitor I ordered. I feel like it's not good enough. My skin is really sensitive and I always get pimples on my back, arms, face. I agree that you can't go on bites alone, but what else can you do?!

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    They feed every five to seven days. Give yourself a 30 day countdown. For some people, 21 days without any evidence - bugs, poop, cast skins - can be an indication they are gone.

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    It's also very much temperature dependent. Warmer, feeding more often - so might be 3 days rather than 5.. Sometimes feces deposited a few minutes after feeding but almost never on the host but can happen.

    Professional entomologist/arachnologist. I consult on all matters dealing with insects and arachnids, including those of natural history and biology to pest management and forensic entomology investigations.
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    Thu Jul 21 2016 18:03:25
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    Thing is if you have climbups on bed and so they arnt feeding on you in bed, but you still get bites, it could be on the sofa. Then how do u see the fecal deposits. I'm assuming they will climb back down in the frame to poop. I've took the dust cover off mine and looked as best i could but didn't really see any spots. I feel for you all trying to find evidence. Is so frustrating.

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    Posted 1 year ago
    Thu Jul 21 2016 21:28:10
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    I put an encasement and climb ups on my living room futon too because I was thinking the same thing about possibly being bitten on the sofa. (even though the K9 didn't alert anywhere but our bed) The two fortunate things for me right now are that we're still young so we don't have any furniture that's not cheap crap from Ikea and I'm totally fine with leaving it all here and moving. Next order of business is researching Vikane treatments for moving vans.


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