Bed Bugs AND Carpet Beetles... HELP(3 posts)
I have a blended family of EIGHT people. Lots of STUFF, lots of BEDDING, lots of BEDS..... There have been lots of reports of the local schools (my children are all different ages and attend 3 different schools) having bed bugs. Also, my ex-husband lives in an apartment that had an issue with bed bugs a while back and has been consistently treated ever since. He assures me there are no bugs in his apartment, but I still have the kids head straight to the basement and put everything in the dryer when they return home after his weekend. They find it a nuisance and try to sneak things past me all the time, and when caught, they argue "DAD DOESN'T HAVE BED BUGS!!" -- so I'm sure there have been times things have gotten in without being dried. At any rate, my (actually my husband's/my step-daughter) eldest girl is 18 and just moved out. She shared a room with my 16 yr old (who frequently goes to Dad's apt). We moved the mattress out of her room and downstairs into the boys' room. A couple of days later someone moved it elsewhere. Then I moved it back. (This mattress has been ALL OVER THE HOUSE in the last week) While moving it I saw a bug crawling across it. I quickly captured it in a pill bottle and placed it in the freezer. 10 minutes later I came back to get a better look at the dead creature. From pictures I've seen on the internet I am 99.9% sure it's an adult bed bug. Brown in color, relatively dark, ridges on it's back - seed like - larger than I expected - and rather slow moving. I had time to go to the medicine cabinet, find a pill bottle, dump the contents into the trash, and return to catch the sucker before he managed to hide. I tried to photograph him but my camera blurs the image. I will try to post a pic when I get my hands on a better camera. Anyway, panic set in, obviously. I meticulously scoured the mattress for tell-tale signs of bed bugs - rust colored stains along the edges and seams, blood stains on the mattress itself... nothing. I stripped the bedding off of EVERYTHING and washed and dried it all. I went up to the girls' room and checked the box spring that this particular mattress had been on and I found a few little bugs along the outside/bottom edges. Some were very tiny, red colored, and I was unable to see them clearly enough to determine a shape of any kind. There were about 4 of those, total. I also found 2 or 3 very odd bugs - fuzzy as hell - that, from photographs I have determined to be carpet beetles. Odd, since we live in a house with hardwood floors top to bottom. Anyway - that was all the evidence I could find. I tore the other bed in the room apart, including tearing the cheesecloth from the bottom of both sets of box springs - and could find no other sign. I'm at a loss here. Large family, extremely tight budget, and A LOT of space and A LOT of things in this house -- I am overwhelmed. WHAT DO I DO?
If you use the "Macro" setting on your camera, it will turn out a lot better. Macro is usually found under a flower icon. Some cameras like my old one, have SuperMacro.. even better! If you don't have macro, you can borrow someone's camera that has macro on it. Also, most Canon cameras have a macro setting.
Good luck! I feel your pain. *hugs*
What happened? Did you have your house treated for bedbugs and carpet beetles? We may have a lot in common, seeing that we have 10 people in our home. If you had treatment done, how are you logistically dealing with it? If you did not, what are doing to rid your home of bedbugs and carpet beetles? Did you use a professional or DIY? Thanks for the reply.
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