“In the Dark” writes,
I hope you don’t mind me asking for some advice here…after spending some time on the bedbugger site. I don’t know yet if I have bedbugs and have not seen any in my apartment on the upper westside, but have discovered bites on my upper body five times now in the past month. The most recent bite I saw was on my arm last night, which I noticed shortly after I got into bed.…this was after ten peaceful days of having no bites.
I thought I was through with this problem, but evidently not and I’m not sure what next steps to take.
Early on, I paid $300 to have an inspection from a top exterminator, but he saw nothing and doesn’t want to treat the problem unless I have more evidence. I spoke to another company on the phone who took a similar position. I have been vacuuming a lot and yesterday put my mattress and box spring in high quality encasements. I’ve laundered all bedding. I have been inspecting sheets and blankets, but not seeing anything.
I’m worried that if I keep waiting to see a bedbug, the problem will worsen. What are my options here?
Bedbuggers and Pest Control Professionals, what should “In the Dark” do?
(This comes up a lot and it seems like a good time to compose a FAQ, so let’s collaborate on this, shall we?)
Update 3/08: we do now have a FAQ on catching a bed bug sample.