We have been infested for the third time in a year and a half. I posted the other reports for this property. Until a building wide detection and treatment program is put into place our unit will continue to be re-infested.
FYI, the scientific literature has reported the following:
-adult female bed bugs travel up to 42 meters in a 120 hour period
-50% of interviewed residents who had infestations were unaware of bed bugs in their apartments
-53% of apartments adjacent to infested apartmen
I posted that last two reports on this address. We have had no incidents since our last treatment. I think that the management company treated other units in the building as per my advise. The infestation appears to have been eliminated. Because I react to their bites quite severely I'm like the canary in the coal mine. I'll keep my fingers crossed.
No news will be good news.
Anonymous on 12/03/2010
Maybe we weren’t so lucky after all. I found another adult bed but on November 17 and had the first treatment on December 3. We were also treated for bedbugs at this address in July and reported this to the bed bug registry. This resent infestation mirrors the one we had in July. I had been bitten once during the July infestation and once during this most recent infestation. I react severely to the bites so I know when I have been bitten. Bedbugs have never been found in our bed. I foun
d one adult on our bedroom wall in July and one adult in November. It seems likely that a neighbouring sweet is currently infested and the bedbugs are dispersing from there. If the building management company is good they will acknowledge this, and identify and treat all suits in the building that are infected.
Adult blood-fed female bed bugs can move up to 42 meters over a 120 hour period, a finding reported in:
Yee-Fatt H, and Cow-Yang Lee. 2010. Effect of life stages and feeding regimes on active movement behavior of the tropical bed bug, Cimex hemipterus (Hemiptera: Cimicidae). Journal of Medical Entomology. 47: 305-312).
The primary literature also shows that bed bugs move between units in apartment buildings, published in:
Wang C, et al. 2010. Characteristics of Cimex lectularis (Hemiptera: Cimicidae), infestation and dispersal in a high-rise apartment building. Journal of Economic Entomology. 103: 172-177.
We were lucky because we caught the infestation early. My wife and I were each bitten once. The building's management company quickly made arrangements to get the apartment fumigated, for which we are grateful. The first fumigation was on July 8th and the second on July 22. I am somewhat concerned that the infestation came from a suite below us because they had their box spring and mattress airing on the balcony for several days the week before I noticed the first bedbug.