I have been thinking about the topic of time and how it relates to a bed bug infestation for a while now.I typically, after deciding on an article’s topic, begin to first mentally write it before I ever sit down to start.
For whatever crazy reason, for this article, every time I thought about the subject and how to best approach it the Rolling Stone’s song “Time Is On My Side”, began playing in my head. I finally decided the only way to make it go away was to run with it and in any event, it was as good a title, as any, for this article and I credit it accordingly.
“Time Is On My Side” was the Rolling Stone’s first top ten hit in the United States. It was released by the band in 1964 and it is probably safe to say the song writer (Jerry Ragovy, under the pseudonym of Norman Meade) really did not have a bed bug theme song in mind while penning the song. The fact is though that he well could have and would have been deadly accurate in the statement. Once a bed bug has been introduced into a home environment, time is most assuredly on its side; working to the bed bug’s advantage and not yours.The only way to turn time to your side and against the bed bug is to recognize the infestation early and begin effective treatment immediately.Ignoring the first signs of bed bugs, delaying treatment or using ineffective treatment methods gives the bed bug the time advantage they need to ultimately result in a full blown infestation.Depending on how many bed bugs are first brought in, this generally occurs within 90 days or so.At this point it becomes extremely difficult to eliminate and though great strides can be taken with effective treatment, it may take a few months for complete eradication.
The clock always starts ticking on a bed bug infestation, somewhere other than your home and then arrives at your front door, as a result of the bed bug’s proclivity for being one of nature’s most notorious hitchhikers. This is how they spread and multiply themselves and in that way ensuring their survival as a species. Perhaps you have brought one home from a hotel stay, a friend’s house, a public place, or mass transportation. Anywhere a bed bug can hitch a ride, in a suitcase, perhaps, or simply hidden in the fold of an article of clothing, even one you might be wearing at the time. Bed bugs are only apple seed sized and difficult to spot, as they will hide and ride.
We are often asked “how fast will a bed bug infestation spread, once introduced to a home?” That answer will always vary, depending on different variables in different situations.However you can certainly believe that time is indeed on the bed bugs side, even if only one has been introduced to a home. There are factors that will affect their spread, such as available mates, food availability (our blood), existing bed bug predators and even temperature.The very small numbers of bed bugs, at the beginning of any infestation, actually works to their advantage over time.Initially, just a few bed bugs are very difficult to spot, but most assuredly they are going about their bed bug survival business, of hiding in impossibly remote places and laying eggs, which will then hatch 10-14 days later. One pregnant female, present in a bedroom, can ultimately lead to the presence of 100 adults and 1,000 nymphs and eggs, within three months, and if there is enough blood to feed on, after six months those numbers could grow to 8,000 adults, 100,000 nymphs and 70,000 eggs*. We deal with many bed bug infestations from all over the country.Many have been going on for three months, some longer.When that is the case, it is almost fair to state that it will take about as long to entirely eliminate the infestation, as has been its duration.
It becomes obvious that the single most important factor in controlling and ultimately eliminating a bed bug infestation is to catch it in its early stages and to do everything possible so as not to allow it to reach the 90 day or longer period.After that period the population explosion becomes exponential.
What are the first signs of bed bugs? In many cases it might be seeing bite marks or feeling the itch that comes from having been bitten.Certainly seeing live ones would be at the top of the list. Rust colored or reddish stains on bed sheets or mattresses would be another. Often eggs, eggshells, or the pale yellow skins that nymphs shed, as they molt, might also be visible. When any of these obvious signs of a bed bug infestation are present treatment should begin immediately.You can turn the advantage of time to your side, by first recognizing a bed bug infestation and effectively dealing with it as soon as possible.
This is now where the rubber meets the road, as the saying goes, as the clock ticks on a bed bug infestation. You are now certain you have seen signs of bed bugs in your home, and you must take the bed bug’s advantage of time, away from it and place it firmly on your side.
How best to do this? Well if you have gotten this far along in the Lights Out Bed Bug Killer blog I am certain that you have already decided that you have no desire to spray a poisonous pyrethroid based insecticide, in your home, and are searching for an effective safe option. Please forgive my terrible pun, “but if this is the case you have come to the right place!”Webelieve that Lights Out is the most effective bed bug treatment on the market. Lights Out is the only 100% non-toxic to humans and pets bed bug killer, with true third party independent laboratory testing certifying both its safety and efficacy.
Please remember that the clock is on your side only if you begin by using Lights Out, an effective proven product.Many strains are now known to be highly resistant and others have been shown to be completely immune.Not Lights Out.It works on all known strains.You will lose precious time if what you are using doesn’t work.The clock just keeps ticking and the infestation just keeps growing.To compound the problem, when you use something that doesn’t provide an immediate kill, to whatever strain you may be facing and doesn’t do anything to deal with the hundreds if not thousands of unhatched eggs that are also present, you won’t know it until even more time has passed as you begin to realize you’re still being bitten, you’re still scratching and nothing seems to be really any better.
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*Pest Advice Blog, June 6, 2011
**American Academy of Entomological Sciences, J. Brown PhD, “Certification Documents For Lights out Product”, 2/26/14