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Angie Writes,
07/27/2011:

How do you know when the bed bug is completely gone? how long do you keep your clothes in plastic bags?

Getting bit at night. Got confirmation it's a bug, suspect bed bug. The exterminator and I have not seen one bug, no evidence. I went crazy, took everything out of closets, drawers, end tables - everything is in plastic now for a week. I can't live like this anymore. The Exterminator is coming back for a second dose on Aug 13 (that's three weeks), can't live like this. ;) At night, 4am, with flashlight, not one darn bug. No evidence of bed bugs.. I removed my box spring. just have a metal frame holding my mattress (no bugs on the mattress).... Thank you kindly.... Going Crazy... ha!!

Answer:

We understand that having or suspecting that you have bedbugs is enough to drive anyone insane. There is no surefire way to determine if you have eliminated the infestation. The basic rule of thumb is if you can go 30 days without receiving a bite or seeing any new evidence of this pest, you are then considered bedbug free. Bedbug follow-up treatments are typically done every 7-10 days until the occupants of the home do not receive a bite or see any evidence of new bugs for 30 days. At the end of this time period, it is usually safe to unload treated items. Untreated items either need to be discarded or kept in a sealed container for 1 year.

Answer last updated on: 07/27/2011

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