Bed bugs can travel along pipes, infest bathrooms

by nobugsonme on January 27, 2007 · 7 comments

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A common myth is that bed bugs only infest the bed and the bedroom. Most of us have had them in our living rooms too. We often have to insist our PCOs treat the living room. And some of us have found bed bugs in the kitchen or bathroom or other areas– and less experienced PCOs will tell you this is impossible. It’s not the most likely place, and by no means do most of us need to worry about these areas, but it does happen. Canine bed bug sniffer Inspector Kody found bed bugs in an Ontario resort’s bathroom: they were using the pipes as a conduit to go from room to room.

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1 Bugalina January 29, 2007 at 8:50 am

i hope that people are reading this…my exterminators told me that bed bugs weren’t found in bathrooms….Yet I saw one on my shower curtain…So hopefully people will INSIST that their pipe chases are treated …this is where your pipes enter underneath your sinks..kitchen and bathroom, and where there are any pipes coming out of your walls for heating purposes…so please make certain these areas are treated…Bugalina

2 nightshirt January 29, 2007 at 12:22 pm

I was also going to blog aabout this b/c my pco came this past weekend for my final treatment and when he took off the switchplate behind my bed he found quite a few dead ones. In October of 2005 the apartment above me was totally demolished down to the beams and totally redone. then last september 2006 i had the bathroom off my bedroom demolished and remodeled. RIGHT AFTER THAT THEY INFESTED. He thinks they came from above and had the opportunity to enter when my bathroom was done. they slowly crept along the pipes (bug is right about getting sprayed there) until they reached me. remember – they can live 12-18 months in the walls waiting for an opportune moment to attack.

i would therefore also auggest if you have any remodeling done in your home have the area totally sealed and do the procedures of changing clothes, washing clothes, no two room contamination until the project is finished. then, as a precaution have your place sprayed. may be a bit crazy and costly but much better than an infestation, and less costly. add this cost to the amount of the renovation.

then amortize your sanity!

3 ICHEUMON February 6, 2007 at 1:39 pm

I will tell you from professional experience that I
have several times found bed bugs migrating along bathroom steam risers in that era building.The combination of warmth and humidity created by these pipes in a bathroom as well as the fact that they are usually adjacent to the hamper makes sense. You would want to seal these holes well, or use duct tape and check it to see if their is any activity. It might also be a place to dust but do not apply liquid or spray insectides as the heat will volatilize them,
break them down and create by products.

4 nobugsonme February 6, 2007 at 10:10 pm

Icheumon,
Thanks for posting that–we do appreciate your professional angle on this.
Just out of curiosity, is it safe to apply a dust like drione to heating pipes? Or just DE? (I am not into doing my own pest control, but am curious because another bedbugger said the PCO dusted lots of drione all over their radiator.)
Thanks!

5 Jennifra January 10, 2009 at 9:22 am

Yah..
I was just leaving my apartment because the place is infested upstairs and they keep finding me at random times. It really wasn’t a constant thing until the guy upstairs started vaccumming like a nut ( I heard him for 3 days straight). For some reason I think he’s startling the bugs and the are running through the pipes and walls into mine. I was just taking a nice shower before leaving til the end of the month (because thats what my stupid landlord said I have to do in order to treat the guy whose been neglecting to tell anyone of his infestation), and there was one right on the top of the wall in my shower.. I didnt think it was anything… “oh how could dirt get up there so high..” until it moved, and then i jumped out of the shower, got water all over the floor, grabbed some toilet paper which started to melt away in my hand instantly, went on my tippy toes and got it… I still didnt know.. til i looked.. and I saw he had a really clear yellowish body, with old blood in him or something (there was a darkish spot)… and the shape and everything was right.. it was a bed bug.. Dammit…
SO I got rid of all my furniture, I have just my belongings sitting at my house (minus the furniture) and waiting until they get the place upstairs sprayed.. When I can finally move back in, Im getting my place sprayed to seal the deal… and hopefully they will be gone.. I really cant go through another month of this… its been such a process… They hadnt treated the place upstairs and I had already gotten sprayed (Because my landlord hadnt checked above me and tried to blame it on me), yet I spent one night there after a week and my boyfriend got bit 5 times…
so they are definetly coming from upstairs.. and I just hope they can get rid of them…
but wont they just run into my apartment and hide.. will my treatment be successful? even after his place is sprayed… i dont want them to come back.. if I get one more itchy welt i may tear out all my hair….

6 nobugsonme January 10, 2009 at 3:05 pm

Jennifra,

I would not be surprised if the neighbor was already getting (or doing) some kind of treatment. I have not heard of bed bugs migrating due to vacuuming. He may have set off a bug bomb which is a bad idea as it causes them to spread.

The success of your treatment really depends on what is done, how, and whether it is done to all infested units.

If you want to discuss this further or have questions, please come to the forums: http://bedbugger.com/forum/

You will get more responses there.

7 anthony September 20, 2009 at 11:44 am

HI THERE I JUST COUGHT 6 ADULTS THIS MORNING ABOUT 5 AM AN BEEN UP SINCE SO MY MANAGER OF THE BILDING IS GOING TO HAVE IT SPRYED AND IT WAS ON MY SHEETS AND AROUNG THE MATTRES AS WELL I NOTICE IT BEFORE IT SPREAD TO ANYWHERE ELSE WE ARE MOVEING TO OUR NEW PLACE AND ITS A NIGHTMARE IF YOU GET THOSE BITES AN YOU ARE NOT SURE CHECK YOUR BED AND SHEETS AROUND THE TOP WHERE YOU PUT YOUR HEAD AND I TROUGH OUT AWER SHEETS AND PELOW CASES I HOPED THEY DID NOT GO NEAR WOOD THEY LIKE IT THE BEST I DID NOT KNOW THAT BUT VACULE YOUR CARPET AND SANATIZE YOUR BED AS WELL THIS IS MY FIRST TIME AN LAST I HOPE HOT WATER AT 3 DREGREE BOILING POINT WILL KILL THEM SO IF YOU GET RID OF THEM GOOD LUCK TO YA WE HAD TO SLEEP OUT IN THE LIVING ROOM CRAZY ..!

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