How Do I Know If the Bed Bugs are Gone?

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Submitted by BedBug Central on Thu, 2011-04-21 00:00

In this episode, Jeff talks about different ways to help you determine if bed bugs are present in your home.  Many times people are dealing with infestations, their homes are treated and they want to know how to tell if the bugs are gone.  BedBug Central uses the “50-60 day rule” in that we want to see the people in the homes go 50-60 days without seeing any bugs or receiving any bites.The reason we use 60 days is that bugs feed every 10 days or so and eggs take about 10 days to hatch.  What we’re starting to see is that when you apply pesticides to control bed bugs, it can cause the bugs to act “odd” and sometimes not feed at their regular interval.  It has been documented that bugs may go into a “non-feeding”  period after pesticide exposure due to adverse conditions.  This 60 days allows the bug time to come out and feed, even if it has been affected by pesticide exposure.  You can also consider using interception devices or other monitors to help you determine if you still have a problem but keep in mind that there is no 100% definitive way to determine if you still have a problem.  That being said, if you know you react to bed bug bites and perform inspections on the beds in the home and use the 50-60 day rule, there is a good chance that the bugs have in fact been eliminated.

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