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How long does it take you to react to a bite?

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  1. Buggybuggers

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    Posted 2 years ago
    Sun Apr 30 2017 5:50:41
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    I've been wondering this since we had our second treatment 5 days ago and I have not seen any signs of bed bugs at all. But today a bite appeared next to an old one on my arm, I'm not sure if it's a delayed reaction or if I've been bitten again. However there is no surrounding bites on my arm at all so I'm not sure. Help? Also how long does it take you guys to react to bites?

  2. Nobugsonme

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    Posted 2 years ago
    Sun Apr 30 2017 22:37:00
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    It can take hours, days, or a week or more. So it could certainly have happened before treatment.

    Keep in mind also that if they're treating with pesticides-- residual chemicals and/or dusts-- bed bugs have to cross the pesticide to die, and then it won't necessarily be instantaneous. So even if you did have live bed bugs five days after treatment, it does not necessarily mean treatment isn't working.

    Delayed reactions are the norm. Most people don't know how long they take to react, unless they've seen a bed bug bite them and recorded how long it took for something to appear on that spot.

    Bites aren't the best way to monitor so consider using bed bug monitors and searching for new signs (like new fecal stains) which will be present if bed bugs are alive. They will feed, they will poop, and you can learn to find those signs which are easier to find in most cases than spotting live bed bugs.

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."
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    Posted 2 years ago
    Mon May 1 2017 9:46:28
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    Yeah the pco said to leave the insecticide for 3 months so hopefully it will work. Thank you for your advice


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