If you find a bed bug infestation, you may be wondering if they’re still active after treatment. It’s important to know that their activity is not a sign that they’re still breeding, but rather a sign that they’ve been exposed to a pesticide. Since bed bugs use their senses to navigate their environment, if they detect a pesticide around their environment, they’ll seek out a new home.
While you’re preparing to have your house treated for bed bugs, it’s also important to make sure you’re removing any items that may have harbored the bugs. In most cases, bed bugs don’t originate in the home, and they probably were brought in by an unknowingly infected person or animal. In some cases, a home may be clean and have no pets, but an infected friend may have brought home their suitcase from business travel. Fortunately, there are ways to eliminate the problem in such a way that you can keep your home safe for bed bugs.
If you notice that bedbugs are more active after treatment, they may have been recently fed. Often, they will poop immediately after feeding. If you’re unsure if bed bugs have eaten recently, look for a blood spot or “drop of blood with legs” on the surface.