How Long Does It Take For Bed Bugs To Reproduce

How fast do bedbugs reproduce ?

Wiki User
August 25, 2009 1:30PM

It depends. If you have a major infestation in your bed or

nearby they will reproduce and multiplyextremely quickly,

the more adult bedbugs there are the faster will they multiply

which is why the sooner you take action to get rid of the

infestation the better for you. But in the very early stages there

will be no reproduction. To explain this you need to understand

bedbug nymphscan not lay eggs nor reproduce. So after you

get your first bedbug eggs hatching in your home, (most likely as a

result of bedbug eggs being laid inside your luggage somewhere

where you stayed when you were on holiday after you unpack very

probably without seeing the tiny eggs in the luggage which will be

stuck to a hard surface out of sight in a crevice inside the

holdall or suitcase a few days after you get home the eggs will

first hatch. Each bedbug egg wherever it hatches in or near a home

produces a bedbug nymph in its first or smallest stage.After

hatching the newly born nymph will be able to detect the breath of

any person or persons asleep even50 meters or more from where

it hatches. So it will instinctively crawl and climb towards the

source of that because it already knows that is a source of food.

When it finds your sleeping place it will climb up or occasionally

drop down into your bed and bite you for its first blood meal and

it takes it about 3 minutes to complete that meal. although you are

very unlikely to feel anything when it is having its meal off you

because it injects a kind of anaesthetic into you which makes you

go numb. After its first meal the nymph will find a hiding place

such as in a crevice inside your mattress and come back for more

meals on subsequent nights. so an infestation of your bed is

progressing probably without you knowing. Each nymph goes through

5 nymph stages of moultingand growing in size, and it needs

a blood meal off you or somebody else asleep after each nymph

stage. So it will take 3 weeks after the eggs hatch before the

nymphs become adult bedbugs and you are unlikely to realise a

bedbug infestation has started in your bed during this period as

they only come out at night when you are likely to be fast asleep

and when it is dark. So once they have become adult bedbugs from

then on the bedbugs will be able to reproduce andfemale bedbugs

lay up to a dozen eggs per day! So in its first week one female

adult bedbug may lay 70 or more bedbug eggs in or nearyour

bed, usually in crags or crevices perhaps in nearby furniture

or in floorboards under the carpet or in your mattress near where

you sleep.So within 2 or 3 months after your holiday when the

first bedbug nymph first found your bed, you could well have a

thousand or more bedbugs and perhaps 500 females laying more

and more eggs in or near your bed and you are likely to get bitten

more and more every night and get red marks all over you . All the

beds in your home will probably soon become infested. as when one

bed is getting overcrowded bedbugs are likely to detect the breath

of somebody else asleep in your home and move there to set up their

base and have their meals on future nights when that person is

Bed bugs

Quick facts

You may not realize that you have been bitten. Bite reactions vary from no reaction to mild red spots to severe rash or hives.

The return of the bed bug

Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) were almost completely removed from North America due to mass treatments with highly toxic insecticides that are no longer in use.

Frequent travel, improved treatment methods that target other insects without affecting bed bugs, and a lack of public awareness has led to a rise in the spread of bed bugs.

Identifying bed bugs

Contact an expert to help identify any suspected bed bug specimens.

The "Let’s Beat the Bed Bug" campaign at the University of Minnesota found that 76 percent of samples submitted for identification are not bed bugs.

  • Adult bed bugs are oval, flattened, brown and wingless insects approximately 1/4" to 3/8" long (5-9 mm). They are similar in appearance to a wood tick.
  • After the bug has taken a blood meal its color changes from brown to purplish-red and it becomes larger and more cigar-shaped.
  • Young bed bugs resemble the adult in shape but are much smaller, 1/16" (1.6 mm), when they first hatch. They are nearly colorless except after feeding.

Life cycle

After mating, females lay white, oval eggs (1/16" long) into cracks and crevices.

  • An individual bed bug can lay 200 to 250 eggs in her lifetime.
  • The eggs hatch in 6 to 10 days and the newly emerged nymphs seek a blood meal.
  • Immature nymphs molt five times (they shed their outer exoskeleton) before reaching adulthood.
  • There may be three or more generations per year. All ages are found in a reproducing population.
  • Under normal circumstances adult bed bugs will live for about 2 to 4 months.
  • Bed bugs need to feed at least once before each molt, although they could feed as often as once a day.

    Young nymphs can survive without a blood meal for days up to several months. Older nymphs and adults can survive longer without a blood meal up to a year under favorable conditions.

    Bed bugs are also found in schools, retail facilities, office buildings, libraries and other public areas.

    Signs that you have bed bugs

    Look where you sleep

    Bed bugs typically group together in out-of-the-way areas. But some bed bugs will live by themselves, away from the rest of an infestation. The best way to check for an infestation is to look for bed bugs where you sleep or rest.

    In bedrooms, look particularly on and around:

    • boxsprings, mattresses, bed frames, tufts, folds and buttons on mattresses
    • furniture such as desks and chairs
    • behind wallpaper, clocks and pictures
    • cracks in wood floors and under the edge of carpet

    Be careful when you travel

    The greatest chance of finding bed bugs is while you are traveling. It is a good habit to check your room whenever on vacation.

    Check your luggage where you typically set it down when you enter your home and where you store it after travelling.

    While bed bugs are most commonly found in bedrooms, infestations can occur in other rooms including bathrooms, living rooms and laundry rooms.

    Look for spots or smears

    Bed bugs will sometimes deposit fecal spots (digested blood) while they are feeding. These are seen as dark (dark reddish or brownish) spots or smears found on bed sheets, pillowcases and mattresses, or in nearby areas.

    • Dark blood spots on sheets and bedding may indicate bed bug feeding.
    • In severe infestations, bed bugs may be more noticeable.
    • A combination of bugs, cast skins (empty shells of bugs as they grow from one stage to the next) and fecal spots will be very obvious when closely seen.

    Inspect carefully

    These insects are small (1/16" to 1/4") and very flat, so they can move into very tight corners and cracks. They have been found under picture frames between the glass and the frame.

    Bed bugs can be found behind electrical outlets and other wall plates.

    • Inspect all areas closely and, if in doubt, contact a pest control service.
    • If you find a bed bug stop inspection and begin control activity.
    • Bed bugs will move from their hiding places once disturbed. All further inspections should be accompanied by control measures.

    How to avoid bringing bed bugs into your home

    Traveling and bed bugs

    Inspect your personal items before packing and when you unpack

    You can only confirm that bed bugs are present by carefully inspecting each item. Pay attention to cracks, crevices, seams and folds of material.

    If you find bugs, then you have to be careful in containing the infestation.

    Bed bugs do not travel on people

    Bed bugs may hitch a ride on clothing, but they are not like lice and will not travel directly on a person.

    If you are concerned about bed bugs on clothing remove suspect articles and put them into a plastic bag.

    • Remove clothing in a place with a non-carpeted floor so bed bugs will have to travel before finding a hiding spot.
    • A wet cloth wiped over the floor will help contain any bed bugs that try to escape.

    Tips for reducing the risk of bringing home bed bugs

    If you think there might be bedbugs on your items seal everything in plastic bags until they can be laundered, washed by hand, heated or frozen.

    There is no need to throw away luggage and clothing after discovering an infestation.

    Before leaving the location, sort anything that can be washed and place in plastic bags.

    • Separate the laundry as you would if you were normally laundering items.
    • This will prevent escaping bed bugs as you try to sort the laundry at home.
  • Set the washer and dryer for the hottest setting that the fabric can stand.
  • If using a dry cleaning service, mention that the items may have bed bugs and that they can keep the articles in the plastic bags until just before loading into the machines.
  • Inspect suitcases and other items that cannot be placed into a washing machine and place them into plastic bags if you find bed bugs.
  • Suitcases may be hand-washed using soapy water and the hottest water possible.
  • Test the item to make sure it will not be affected by the hot water.
  • A temperature of 100°F to 120°F should be hot enough.
  • Use a scrub brush along the seams and folds.
  • Items that cannot be washed may be heated or frozen.

    • A two-hour core exposure at 120°F (45°C) is considered a minimum target temperature for heat treatments.
    • For freezing, a minimum of 23°F (-5°C) must be maintained for at least 5 days.
    • The exposure time can be reduced if the articles are flash frozen at a temperature of -15°F (-26°C), which would freeze the eggs instantly.
    • Most household freezers will have temperatures between 30°F and 20°F.
    • A 2-week freeze time is recommended if you are uncertain of the freezer temperatures.

    If you heat or freeze items, these conditions must reach the core of the articles being treated.

    Bed bugs on used furniture

    Used furniture is another potential source of bed bugs.

    • Do not pick up beds and furniture that have been left by the curb for disposal or behind places of business.
    • Bed bug infestations can be found on tables, drawers and even electronics if these items were located in a bedroom or another place that was infested.

    How to get rid of bed bugs

    Hire a professional exterminator

    We recommend that you seek assistance from a professional pest control company.

    • An exterminator uses specialty equipment to move furniture, take it apart and control the infestation.
    • They perform careful inspections along with non-chemical controls (heat treatments, vacuuming and steam treatments) and insecticide treatments.
    • The insecticides used are commercial products requiring special equipment and training.
    • Pest control services use heat treatment (118°F maintained for at least 70 minutes) in target areas.
    • All stages of bed bugs are killed when this is done properly.
    • Heat treatment does not prevent bed bugs from coming back into a home and reinfesting it.
    • Sometimes furniture is removed and heat treated in a container. But, it is not necessary to move or throw away your furniture or belongings, especially from an apartment or condominium.

    It is important to cooperate with a pest control service.

    To find a professional belonging to the National Pest Management Association, go to the Pest World website and type in your zip code in the search box under "Find a Professional."

    What you can do to help control an infestation

    When working with a pest management company there are some additional things you might have to do to help get rid of bed bugs.

    Using heat

    You can use your washing machine and dryer to kill bed bugs infesting clothes and other washable items.

    • Clothes laundered in hot water and/or dried in temperatures hotter than 122°F for 20 minutes will kill all stages of bed bugs.
    • This is typically the medium-high setting. If you are not sure what temperature your drier can reach, ask a professional to test it for you.
    • You can also heat curtains and other fabrics, rugs, shoes, backpacks, stuffed animals, toys and similar objects by drying them at medium-high for about 30 minutes for a full load.

    Using cold

    Cold temperatures can kill bed bugs if they are exposed to it long enough. All stages of bed bugs will be killed on objects left in a freezer at 0°F for 3 days.

    • Putting infested furniture outdoors during winter may kill some bed bugs.
    • Outdoor freezing temperatures will not always kill all of the bed bugs infesting an object. But, you can use the cold treatment to disable bed bugs until you decide what to do with the object.

    Encasements

    An encasement is a fabric covering that looks like a very large sack with a zipper and that completely fits around a mattress or box spring.

    They are useful when you want to protect a mattress you know is free of bed bugs (it has been heat treated or you have purchased a new mattress).

    • You can also use encasements on infested mattresses and box springs to trap the bed bugs inside them; you can keep using your bed as long as the encasements are not ripped or torn.
    • Buy encasements (from professional pest control services) that are specifically designed for protecting against bed bugs.

    Bed bug interceptors

    Bed bug interceptors are small plastic trays with an inner and outer ring. You can place them under the bed legs.

    Bed bugs that try to climb up from the floor to the bed become trapped in the outer well. Any bed bugs that try to climb down will become trapped in the center well.

    • Bed bug interceptors not only help to reduce the number of bed bugs that can reach the bed but also help determine whether bed bugs are present.
    • You can buy bed bug interceptors online, from pest management companies, or from retail stores.

    Insecticides

    • Do not try to treat bed bugs yourself. The insecticides available in over-the-counter products are not effective in controlling bed bugs.
    • Bug bombs (total release foggers) are not effective when treating bed bugs.
    • These products throw insecticide into the air and very little product comes in contact with bed bugs hiding in cracks and behind and under objects.
    • Bug bombs are potentially flammable if used incorrectly. It is easy for people to misuse or overuse bug bombs, and can result in unnecessary pesticide exposure.

    CAUTION:We strongly discourage you from trying to treat bed bugs yourself. But, if you decide to use a pesticide, it is very important to carefully read and understand the label before using and to follow all label directions. The product you use should be labeled for bed bugs.

    How do you get rid of bed bugs permanently

    Let’s get to the procedures.

    What’s important to understand is… persistence and following the protocols. A bed bug treatment must not end after one treatment. This is because of external sources out of your control, which we will explain in a bit.

    Below is a short and sweet process to follow every treatment cycle.

    1. Inspect entire property for evidence of bed bugs
    2. Collect removable linens, clothing, encasements & wash in high heat
    3. High heat steam clean bedding, carpeting, recliners, and furniture
    4. Spot treat all surfaces with bed bug spray
    5. Vacuum all areas of the property & seal bag and throw away
    6. Re-treat property with residual bed spray to prevent future re-infestations

    If you keep having bed bugs, find out which step your not doing. Don’t get lazy… be persistent during this treatment and you are guaranteed to get rid of these pest for good.

    Now, if you did the steps above but your still getting bed bug bites. You need to consider who or what has brought in a new colony of bed bugs. Review the external sources you need to be aware of that you are very likely getting bed bugs from even though your doing your treatment correctly.

    And yes… it can be a friend or family member.

    Please share this free guide with friends and family.

    Residual Bed Bug Treatments Used by Resorts and Pest Professionals.

    Looking for evidence of bed bugs

    Before diving into an inspection. Below is some common evidence of bed bugs. These are what most bed bug sufferers see or feel when they are unsure if its a bed bug infestation or some other pest like dust mites. Here’s a video of what bed bugs look like .

    • Bites on skin (normally in pattern)
    • Black and red stains in bedding (this is feces of bed bug)
    • Bed bug carcasses which look like shells
    • Black spots on walls
    • Actual little bed bugs crawling around

    Below is the most common areas you will want to inspect and most likely will find bed bugs.

    Inspecting the entire property

    It’s important to do a full inspection, if not you will do your treatment then miss a nest or hiding location. Below are the most popular hiding spots for bed bugs and should be your first inspection points.

    • Mattress
    • Boxspring
    • Mattress encasements
    • Pillows and pillow cases
    • Sofa and cushions
    • Recliners and furniture
    • Bed posts and wooden frames
    • Dresser drawers
    • Base boards
    • Electrical wall outlets
    • Window sills
    • Picture frames

    The above will be the most crucial points, but leave this page open while doing your inspection and refer to it every inspection cycle.

    You can also refer to this guide on how to do a more detailed bed bug inspection .

    Collect removable items linens, clothing, encasements & wash them.

    While you may have treated your bed or couch. What about the sheets that may have eggs which you can’t see. This is where a common bed bug infestation gets re-born again.

    So below is all the stuff you want to strip off and wash in high heat or steam heat.

    • Bed linens
    • Linens left in closets
    • Pillows
    • Mattress encasements
    • Couch cushion covers
    • Clothing in the dresser
    • Towels in bath

    I think you get the point… the reason this is important because we have customers whose husband was bringing bed bugs home from work.

    The husband was a mechanic but worked in a car which had sweaters in it… and these bed bugs jumped on to his flannel.

    Then the husband would come home and bring the bed bugs from work. The wife simply had to wash the sweater after discovering it was the cause of the daily re-infestation.

    Treating a bed bug infestation so it does not happen again

    The section below will explain the steps and tools to treat a bed bug infestation properly. If you wish for a detailed treatment guide, review our professionals bed bug treatment procedures . This was collaborated with pest managers to ensure bed bugs are removed entirely.

    Steam clean bedding, carpets, recliners, and furniture

    Don’t shy away from this step because you may believe a heat treatment is expensive. It’s truly not, and you can do it yourself if you choose.

    You will want a high-heat steam cleaner that is powerful enough to singe these bed bugs and eggs in seconds. Take a peak this specially designed bed bug steamer that is the most popular hand-held one out there.

    Of course, this is not a must… but when working with pest control managers, resorts, and health facilities they all found faster success by doing there bed bug treatment accompanied by the hand-held bed bug steamer.

    Just remember to use the steamer before using your bed bug spray. This way you do not wash away the dry residual from the bed bug treatment.

    Spot treat surface areas with residual bed bug spray

    I know what your saying… “I tried just about everything, but I still got bed bugs.”

    Yes, we hear that alot. The major reason this is happening is the product you are using and the treatment process.

    In reality… most products out on the market are simply contact killers and are using harmful pesticides which bed bugs are becoming immune to.

    This was why resorts and health facilities came to Green Bean Buddy to setup a discreet treatment which smelled fantastic, yet would kills all pests and have a residual that would prevent the bed bugs and other pests from re-infesting the rooms.

    There were multiple (11) month studies which were conducted in government run museum and multi room health facility using this true bio-engineered bed bug formulation. After the first residual treatment… the Entomological scientists monitored for a (11) period.

    Yes… 11 months. And there was not one sign of bed bugs. So… yes, residual is important and stop using off the shelf cheap contact killers. They will cost you more in the long run.

    It’s up to you, but consider a true non-toxic residual bed bug treatment that you can do yourself.

    Vacuum the entire property and seal bag then dump it

    Don’t sweep. Vacuum everything into a bag. We recommend this because you will have dead bed bugs after doing the treatment.

    You also may vacuum up eggs which you can’t visually see. This is another reason we recommend sealing the vacuum bag and disposing after the treatment.

    Re-treat with residual bed bug spray to stop future infestations

    Look… if any company claims its a one and done deal with their products… Be cautious!

    The reality is bed bugs can come from external sources. This is the most common way they re-infest your property. Using a residual bed bug spray allows you to literally treat while you sleep .

    Ohh… also spot treat, don’t drench this will give you more formula to spread thru your treatment.

    How can I get rid of bed bugs myself

    It should re-iterated… that you yourself are capable of getting rid of bed bugs. This is not some selling pitch or motivational statement… it’s entirely a fact.

    How else can resorts get rid of bed bugs so quickly or… how does a multi-room nursing home completely keep bed bugs away for (11) months.

    It’s the product and the process. Stick with treatments and spot treat with a residual bed bug spray to protect your property from bed bugs.

    Below is suggested items to help you in the process.

    • Residual bed bug spray
    • Bed bug steamer
    • Hypo-allergenic dust mite and bed bug detergent
    • Vacuum cleaner
    • Garbage bags
    • Tape to seal bags
    • Magnifying glass for inspection
    • Green Bean Buddy for questions (ask in comment section)

    What is the best way to get rid of bed bugs in your house?

    Getting rid of bed bugs for good in your house is very possible but you have to be diligent about it. Cleaning and treating your home properly using the correct bed bug formulas that actually work are extremely important.

    We have all spent a lot of money on bed bug products that just didn’t seem to get the job done.

    It is extremely important to use a bed bug killer that has some type of residual effect meaning it will stay active killing them even after it dries.

    If the bed bug spray doesn’t have a residual it is labeled as a contact killer meaning it kills the bed bugs you see but what about the ones you don’t see?

    This is the reason why the keyword here is “ RESIDUAL ” because the bed bugs will take the product back to their nest and start killing the nest as well. The residual product will kill the bed bugs you don’t see

    Why a residual bed bug killer is so important

    • Kills on contact… also allows pests to bring formulation back to nest
    • Creates a dry-clear barrier on surfaces preventing re-infestation
    • Prevents bed bugs from re-producing and biting

    Without a residual treatment you will simply be continuing a vicious and painful cycle. If you use contact killers, the expenses will be never ending as you will need to continually to re-treat.

    We’re here to help. just ask

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    Questions? We’re in this together

    We know this is a stressful situation and we appreciate you allowing us to help you thru this.

    In hopes of showing you are commitment and good faith as your supplier of pest control products. We are happy to offer any advice we can to help you.

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    Please feel free to ask us any questions you may have. We are here to help you finally get rid of these pests. Just leave a comment or questions and we will be happy to help!

    Does this product need to be reapplied every month?

    Hi Jennifer, it really depends on your infestation size. Here’s why…

    For example, to ensure you get rid of the infestation entirely you will want to spot treat every week or so initially.

    So in your case, when you use our product. We send procedures to follow. One of the first things we teach you is doing your inspection. Then from there you treat areas… but it’s possible you have external sources that cause a re-infestation (Like.. you have a guest come-over, or your neighbor brings them over… You went on a flight/taxi, You went to doctors office and one jumped on you…. etc.) The re-treatment prevents the re-infestation from occurring again from external sources out of your control.

    Also, at times you may have killed the female egg layer… but missed her eggs in the nest. So in about 7 days, these nymphs hatch. Thus you may be getting bites, but don’t see what the heck is biting you. This is another good reason to re-treat.

    It only benefits you to re-treat as this is the one way to ensure to get rid of the infestation entirely and prevent another infestation, simply because there are outside variables out of your control that can cause these bed bugs to come back.

    Now if it’s a big infestation and you had it for a while, it’s very likely you will need to re-treat a few cycles.

    Don’t worry… you would use theproduct to spot treat, and not drench areas.

    This way you can re-treat as needed and have enough product for that 30 day re-treatment if needed. Remember, the product will line a clear barrier on surfaces and this will prevent the bed bugs from coming back repelling and killing them.

    In summary spot treat, so you have enough if you need to re-treat.

    You still have not answered my question about heat/ all the other remedies include massive heat/ I am in the midst of doing treatment but have no source of heat.

    Hi Patty, we did not receive your prior question. But will try to answer here.

    Heat treatment is not required. It is helpful to use our steamers every once a few weeks during infestation, but no means mandatory.

    Now if you are referring to heating the entire room or home. This would require some massive heating machines usually done by professionals. In all honesty this may be overkill as we have testing showing treatment using green bean buddy on a weekly or monthly basis till infestation is gone will work. Here is the study of our treatment working in a government museum and resort.

    You will see the formula worked better vs using heat. One reason why is in these studies people could not afford to leave the work place or location for longer then 24 hours.

    So don’t worry about having no source for heat. Simply use re-treatment in common pest hiding locations on a routine basis till the infestation subsides. Do not OVERSPRAY… just mist around the your sleeping and living areas. Also spray directly on bed, linens, walls, neighbors adjacent walls, back of picture frames, and look up at ceiling. They will try to escape the residual by crawling up… Of course pick up bed and couches/chairs and look and spray there too.

    wht do youcall a bad infestation I started noticing them about May I think someone in theneighborhood had their house sprayed or something I have used almost 2 bottles of byue bye bugs and still have bugs seems like they r all mostly in my bed room I have seen up to 10 or more on my bed my partner sleeps in a different room and hasn’t seen any or getting any bites I am expecting your product soon sure hope it works

    first application and i slept like a baby bite free for the first time in months, ready to spot spray.

    Will the UV light find these bed bugs and what are you looking for when used? Will they glow and what color am I looking for?

    How Bed Bugs Reproduce

    In order to prevent the spread of bed bugs, it’s important to understand how they reproduce. Bedbugs reproduce via hypodermic insemination, also known as traumatic insemination. Male bugs use their genitalia to pierce the females anywhere on the abdomen, releasing sperm into the body. The sperm migrate through her abdominal fluiduntil they arrive at the ovaries, resulting in fertilization of the eggs.

    The mating process is traumatic for female bed bugs, and they are frequently injured in the process. The wound can result in infection and leakage of blood, which reduces the lifespan of the female. For this reason, female bugs will avoid excessive mating where possible. After mating, they prefer to move to a location where they can remain undisturbed with a guaranteed food supply. In a safe environment, a female bed bug will typically lay between one to seven eggs each day, following each blood meal.

    Bed bugs generally live for 12 to 18 months. During her lifetime, a female bed bug will lay up to 250 eggs. The milky-white eggs are roughly one millimeter long, and visible to the naked eye.The eggs are deposited in crevices and cracks on bed frames, baseboards, furniture and carpets. The female uses an adhesive layer to ensure the eggs remain in place.

    Because mating results in scarring, females that have mated many times within a short period of time will produce fewer eggs. Females that have time to recover from the mating process will produce more eggs. This phenomenon helps increase the proliferation of bed bugs, because pregnant females will travel to new locations to avoid male bugs.

    Eggs hatch within 1-2 weeks. The nymphs that emerge can feed on blood immediately, but are unable to reproduce until they have fully matured. Theyundergo five molting stages before reaching adulthood. During each stage they must feed at least once. The time taken to mature depends on the temperature – from three weeks in warm weather to four months in cold weather.

    A female bed bug may mate with any of her adult offspring, and will lay eggs continuously assuming she has access to a blood meal. Thismeans a single pregnant female can easilycreate an infestation of five thousand bugs within six months.

    A 2010 study discovered that bed bug nymphs release a pheromone that prevents males from attempting to mate with them. Scientists hope to eventually use this pheromone to disrupt bed bug reproduction and reduce infestations.

    If you really want to get rid of bed bugs today try SayByeBugs! It was developed as a safe and highly effective alternative among a sea of products that rarely deliver on their promises.

    How to know if Bed Bugs are gone after Treatment & what to do

    Treating bed bugs is not enough and you must therefore follow up to ensure the process was a success. Below is a discussion that explains how to know whether the bed bugs are gone, the possibility of bed bugs coming back, and what you are required to do after bed bug treatment to prevent a bed bug comeback.

    How to know if they are gone.

    Reports indicate that about 88% of bed bug infestation in America comes back. After you have carried out the bed bug treatment, you will need to follow up in order to determine if the treatment was successful.

    bed bug infestation

    In most cases, a proper examination of whether the bed bugs re gone involves looking out for absence or presence of bed bugs infestation.

    Below are the most common and effective ways that will help you determine if the bed bugs are gone;

    Gone Bed bug bites

    If you experienced bed bug bites at the time when your home was infested with bed bugs, it will be easy for you to tell if the bed bugs no longer in your house.

    This is because, if you stop experiencing bites on your skin, it is an indicator that the bed bugs are gone.

    No Live bugs

    Another way to tell if the bed bugs are completely gone is to look out for live bed bugs. When your house is infested with bed bugs, it is easy to notice the movement of live bed bugs especially at night.

    Adult bed bug

    If you no longer see any bed bugs in any part of your house, there is likelihood that the bed bug treatment was a success.

    No fecal matter

    When your house is infested with bed bugs, there is noticeable fecal matter in the house. During treatment, all the fecal matter is cleaned.

    If you notice that there is new fecal matter in the house, then the bed bug treatment process was not successful.

    On the other hand, if the bed bug’s fecal matter can no longer be traced in your house, you can conclude that there are no more bed bugs in the house.

    Before drawing a conclusion that there are no bed bugs in your house, you will need to know where exactly to check for the fecal matter. You should carefully inspect the areas below for any availability of fecal matter;

    • Your box spring’s wood frame
    • Along the seams of your mattress
    • On the edge of your carpet
    • The tops of baseboards
    • Wall or ceiling junctions
    • Behind pictures hanging on the walls of your house
    • On the curtain seams
    • Electrical outlets
    • Behind the head board[1]

    Casts skin

    When bed bugs are developing, they shed their external skin off. This is usually necessary if they are to develop new skin.

    The shed skin is used as one of the signs to identify the presence of bed bugs. Just like the fecal matter, such cast skin is cleaned during the treatment process.

    If you notice newly shed bed bug skin after treatment, it is an indicator that there bed bugs still present in your house.

    No Stains

    When you have bed bugs in your house, they are likely to get into your bed sheets and clothes. When crushed, they die and blood stains are left on the clothes.

    If you had cleaned all clothes and bed sheets during the treatment, you can monitor the success of the treatment by checking out for any new blood spots on the clothes.

    No eggs

    Proper elimination of bed bugs involves doing away with all bed bug eggs which in normal cases are a risk of continued infestation since they hatch in 6 days.

    When carrying out the bed bug treatment, you must ensure that all bed bug eggs are killed. The eggs are usually very small, in fact, the size of pin head.

    When inspecting to determine the success of the treatment process, you will need to look closely in order to find out if any new eggs have been laid.

    If no more eggs are seen in the house, you can conclude that the treatment process was effective. Do not just look for the eggs but check if there are any new eggs shells since that are an indicator new bed bugs have hatched.

    No Bed bug smell

    Sometimes, being able to recognize the distinctive odor of bed bugs is enough to tell that your bed bug treatment was or was not a success.

    While some people describe the smell of bed bugs to be a sweet musty smell, other say that the bed bugs smell like almonds, coriander or berries that are nearly over-ripe. [2]

    Can bed bugs come back after 6 months of first Treatment

    Can they be back after 6 months?

    The answer to this is yes. After eliminating bed bugs from your home, you should not just sit down and relax since these insects can return any time; even in as long as after six months.

    A review confirms that bed bugs can return after six months. From the review, the client explains how bad it is that after six months of no bed bug bites, the bites are back.

    The reviewer explains that an exterminator was used to get rid of the bed bugs and it was thorough enough for no bed bugs to be identified for six months. It is shocking that the bed bugs are back for the reviewer.

    One of the reasons bed bugs come back after such a long period of time is if you unknowingly brought them recently from a place that is highly infested with bed bugs.

    It is unlikely that those were eggs layer by the bed bugs of the previous infestation since they only take roughly six days to hatch. If that were the case, you would have noticed the new infestation after the first month of frequent infestation.

    What factors will determine the time they will take to return?

    There several factors that determine whether or not bed bugs will come back. These factors also determine after how long you are likely to experience another bed bug infestation. The factors include the following;

    Frequency of inspection

    How often you inspect your house for bed bugs following treatment plays a role in determining how long it will take before bed bugs infest your home once again.

    Usually, a regular inspection ensures that any bed bugs that may have escaped treatment are killed as soon as they are noticed giving them no chance to lay eggs and hatch into many more bed bugs.

    Level of bed bug infestation

    If your home was heavily infested with bed bugs at the time you carried out the treatment, there is a possibility that some bed bugs may have escaped and are still hiding in your house.

    In most cases, heavily infested areas are at a higher risk of experiencing another infestation within a very short time.

    Mode of treatment

    Some methods of bed bug treatment are more effective than others. Methods that involve repelling the bed bugs rather than killing the bed bugs expose you to a risk of another bed bug infestation within a very short time. You are therefore advised to avoid using repulsion a way of getting rid of bed bugs.

    How thoroughly the treatment was done

    Treatment is considered thorough if it eliminates all the bed bugs as well as any available bed bug eggs.

    Most people who experience bed bug come-back are those who used a treatment method that was not thorough enough to eliminate all bed bug eggs.

    Coby Schal, an entomologist from North Carolina University carried out a study on female bed bugs. From the study, it was found that female bed bugs lay about 500 eggs.

    When the eggs hatch, you will have a single infestation from just one bed bug. This explains why, to do away with the infestation, all bed bugs, must be killed and no eggs should be left in your house.

    What to do after bed bug treatment

    After eliminating bed bugs from your home, you may want to know what to do so that you are not faced with future bed bug infestations.

    This is because bed bugs are very good at hiding and they may also sneak into your apartment once again. Some people report that bed bugs still come back after treatment as discussed above. There are a number of things you will need to do.

    Inspect all locations in your house

    After bed bug treatment, you are advised to inspect all around your house to ensure all bed bugs were killed as well as bed bug eggs.

    Some bed bugs may have escaped during the treatment and it is these bugs that in the end multiply into many more and the infestation comes back. If you find any bed bugs, spray the bed bugs dead immediately. The areas in your house that you must inspect are;

    The bed room

    Here, you must check your mattress well along the edges. You must also check the box spring of your bed as most bed bugs hide here.

    Failing to carry out such an inspection puts your house at a risk of another infestation since a bed bug left can lay eggs which hatch into many more bed bugs. This in turn makes it impossible to get rid of bed bugs completely.

    You are advised to also inspect your bed sheets and clothes to ensure no bed bugs are hiding in them. If possible, wash them another time to keep them very clean and to kill any eggs that may have escaped the treatment.

    Inspect your living room

    Furniture in your living room need to be inspected after treatment since they may be hiding places for bed bugs that were not killed. Just like the case of bed room inspection, any bed bugs found should be killed immediately.

    Carry out consecutive treatments

    Most people fail to completely do away with the bed bugs since they think just one treatment will be sufficient to forever do away with the bed bugs.

    You should repeat the treatment in a span of approximately one week. This ensures any bed bugs that were left are killed freeing your house of any future infestation.

    Any eggs that were probably left out are also eliminated in the second or third treatment.

    Form a barrier around your home

    Sometimes, the reason bed bugs still come back is because you do not address the real problem which is the source of the bed bugs.

    If the bed bugs are for instance coming from your neighbor’s apartment, you will need to create a barrier that ensures bed bugs do not make it to cross over from your neighbor’s house.

    You should ensure such barriers are placed on your windows, doors or any other openings that are connecting your house with your neighbors.

    Vacuum floors, carpets, furniture, bed frames, crevices and cracks regularly

    You are advised to use crevices tools or a brush. After the bed bug treatment, vacuum the listed places and items at intervals of about three to five days.

    This keeps your house in check for any bed bugs that are still alive or have been hatched. Each time you are through with the vacuuming process; dispose the bag outside your home.

    Mattresses and box springs previously infested should be enclosed in a cover

    Such covers are labeled, ‘allergen rated’ and are specified for bed bugs. The cover should not be removed until a year is over.

    Monitor your house for any bed bug signs

    After carrying out the bed bug treatment, you must be on the watch out for any bed bug signs. The common signs of bed bug infestation are; presence of fecal matter or fecal spots, blood spots of crushed bed bugs, bed bug eggs or egg shells, and live bed bugs. As soon as any of the signs are identified, a thorough bed bug treatment should be carried out.

    Ask your neighbors to carry out the treatment

    Even though you may set up barriers that prevent bed bugs from infesting your home from your neighbor’s apartment, some of the bugs will always find a way to escape through to your house.

    The best thing to do would be ask your neighbors to kill bed bugs in their apartment as well. This ensures that the people around you do not expose you to future bed bug infestation.

    Always inspect your clothes or bag after coming from areas you suspect may have bed bugs.

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