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Interceptors not seeming to work

Hey, we recently found out we had bedbugs (saw them and had a K9 inspection done). We were ready to pay for the heat treatment, but found out that with our house, it wouldn’t be affective as they would just hide in the insulation, then come back out once things cooled off.

So, they gave us tips on what to do for treatment. We got interceptors, new metal bedframes, sprays, and traps for the outlets and light switches. We kept the old bedframes in the rooms so they would migrate from the old frame to the new one and get caught in the interceptors.

Well, it’s been two weeks now and they’ve all seemed to have disappeared, not a single one in any of the traps. From what I’ve read, they feed every 5 days. So, even if they somehow waited the full 5 days and then laid eggs, those eggs would’ve still hatched by now and will have come to feed.

Does anyone have any idea as to how long this method usually takes before we’ll start seeing them?

Hello, and welcome to our forum. As long as the new frame is properly isolated (meaning the bed isn’t touching the wall or nearby furniture), then bed bugs should appear in the interceptors within roughly two weeks, but the window isn’t concrete.

Most bed bugs live for two to six months, though some can live for over a year without food by hibernating. Pregnant females lay three to five eggs per day, totaling up to 500 in her short lifetime. Those eggs hatch within two weeks, and the newborn nymphs will be hungry for a blood meal right away.

Bed bugs want to eat every 5 to 10 days, so any hungry survivors should start appearing in your traps around two weeks after your last follow-up treatment. If the traps go about 6 to 8 weeks without any signs of bed bugs, you can probably call yourself bed bug free.