I’ll try to keep this brief.
In the last few days, a single bedbug was spotted in my apartment. We vigorously cleaned the place and found one more in the cushion of a chair that I often sit in to watch TV, a dead one in a drawer under my bed, and (gasp) one in a cocoon.
I have not noticed any obvious signs that I’ve been bitten, although the one in my chair has, apparently, fed. There is also no evidence (mattress or wall stains, weird smell, etc) of bedbugs, and the exterminator says we don’t have a balls-to-the-wall infestation.
We have cleaned the place vigorously, run everything through the dryer, and packed all our clothes away in vacuum bags. The above critter inventory is all that we have seen.
We are spraying tomorrow, and again in three weeks. I am hiring a cleaner to do the place once a week.
My questions have more to do with something that makes this problem much worse: before I was aware of the issue, I had visited my girlfriend several times (first time: new years eve). I am very worried about the possibility that she may also have bedbugs now (and yes, I have told her… she is needless to say freaked). Based on what I’ve told you, which is pretty much all that I know, can you tell me:
How long it takes from “spotting a couple” to being a dangerous transmitter yourself?
And before you have something uncontrollable on your hands?
Any way to reckon from this how long ago the bedbugs were introduced?
Most importantly, what my gf can/should do? Is it already too late for anything short of a professional inspection for her?
I’m scared, and can’t find much online that’s not witch-huntish alarmism or trying to sell you snake oil. So please, I just need some facts, no WAG’s and if possible some cites about the above questions.