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  1. SS864

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    So, what can I expect from these assholes in the winter? I drive my car roughly 30 minutes per day. The temperature has been roughly 10-15 degrees during the day and as low as below zero at night. Is driving with the heat on for 15 minutes or so enough to "wake up" the BBS of the temp rises above 60-70 degrees? What happens to their metabolism of my blood in an environment that is below freezing temps most of the day, just sporadically rising when I'm in the car? Would they try to hitch a ride out of the vehicle given the freezing conditions or head back to their established harborage?

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    I think (really a guess) is they wake up, feed, look for a harbourage.

    They don't like body heat but I don't know if they like cold less.

    Do you have reason to think they are in your car because car infestations are apparently rare?

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    I've read that car infestations are rare, but I suspect that they might be more common than realized. I wonder if some of the cases of people thinking their bed bugs are gone since they see no evidence but continue to get bites is due to car infestations. I mean, if bed bugs are willing to set up shop in subways, libraries, and movie theaters, why wouldn't they harbor in vehicles?

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    In my case, I only seem to get bites when I'm in my car. I treated my car with Nuvan strips a couple times to no avail, but received no new bites when I wasn't driving it. Within minutes of driving it again after removing the Nuvan strips and airing it out I got bits again.

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    Have you seen anything other than just being bitten? Reactions can be delayed and change over time (from my own experience). Without any other evidence it’d been tough to confirm they’re in your car (I *think*). I really feel like they would prefer to not be in a vehicle in such frigid weather, and thus would search elsewhere for food. Or just die/run away once poison was introduced, but I’m not a professional.

    I used a nuvan strip in my car and trunk for 7 days, vacuumed and sprayed it down with alcohol just in case but I wasn’t getting bites there. I’ve read about some people having their cars vikaned but know nothing about that.

    In the mean time, maybe bag your clothes and run them through the dryer before going into your home if you can to prevent them hitching a ride from the car, if that’s what you’re worried about. I bet a packtite monitor would work to help you confirm that they’re/not there..

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    bitethebullet - 4 hours ago  » 
    Have you seen anything other than just being bitten? Reactions can be delayed and change over time (from my own experience). Without any other evidence it’d been tough to confirm they’re in your car (I *think*). I really feel like they would prefer to not be in a vehicle in such frigid weather, and thus would search elsewhere for food. Or just die/run away once poison was introduced, but I’m not a professional.
    I used a nuvan strip in my car and trunk for 7 days, vacuumed and sprayed it down with alcohol just in case but I wasn’t getting bites there. I’ve read about some people having their cars vikaned but know nothing about that.
    In the mean time, maybe bag your clothes and run them through the dryer before going into your home if you can to prevent them hitching a ride from the car, if that’s what you’re worried about. I bet a packtite monitor would work to help you confirm that they’re/not there..

    BTB, I always change and bag my clothes as soon as I set foot in my place. I have not found any live bugs in my car, but I'm pretty sure I found cast skins under the driver's seat but they crushed when I attempted to retrieve them.

    I stayed at Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City a few months ago. My son had a blanket and a few stuffed animals on the bed in the hotel room, and after our stay these items remained in the back seat of my car for about a week. When the bites showed up after our stay, I inspected my luggage and found 2 dead bed bugs in the bag I had sealed our dirty clothes in. The last time my son rode in my vehicle he received bites in places that corresponded with where the seat belt was on his torso. All of my recent bites are on my lower back, sides of my abdomen, or on the back of my neck. Since I sleep with my shirt tucked in recently I have to assume I am receiving the bites in my car.

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    I also have found no recent fecal stains on my sheets, and have found no live bugs or cast skins on my bed. My car has jet black seats so spotting fecal stains is unlikely, and it is a very small car so my attempts at a thorough inspection have me contorting myself into very uncomfortable positions.

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    I think in your case placing a packtite monitor would be really smart. It’s basically a perfect harborage for them and I’ll bet you’ll know pretty quickly if they’re there.

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    Lou?? Can you shed some light on the behavior of these buggers in winter conditions in a vehicle?

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    I ordered a couple Packtite monitors, but where would I even place them in a car?? Under the drivers seat?

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    SS864 - 5 hours ago  » 
    I ordered a couple Packtite monitors, but where would I even place them in a car?? Under the drivers seat?

    I think there are lots of videos on YouTube of where to put them.

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    thirdusername - 3 hours ago  » 

    SS864 - 5 hours ago  » 
    I ordered a couple Packtite monitors, but where would I even place them in a car?? Under the drivers seat?

    I think there are lots of videos on YouTube of where to put them.

    Thanks Third, I'll check YouTube. I appreciate all the help and advice you provide on this forum!

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    The skin reactions might really not be from bed bugs. Just put a nylon pouch over the air vents and see what gets captured. You might have to get nylons/panties from a friend or buy them and then tape down over vents.

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    Thank you so much Lou!!!

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    Lou, why the vents ? What about carpet and seats ?

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    Bump.

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    Im in the same boat, if they are in our car I have no idea how to get them out. Our pest control service is going to steam treat the car and spray the chemical they have in it, which i read is a pretty good measure to take. I think it would probably to smart to change our clothes and shower after any semi-long car rides now that you mention it, but I still have doubts about them being in there.

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    It's supposed to warm up to the high 30's\low 40's later this week. If I had to guess as a completely inexperienced individual I would assume any bed bugs would likely be under the front seats. I think I am going to remove the front seats and see what I can find. Even if I don't find a bed bug harborage, it should be easier to complete a thorough steam cleaning with the seats out!

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    I feel so defeated. Took the seats out of my car, searched as thoroughly as I could without removing all of the plastic panels and found nothing. I would try to convince myself that all the little red spots and itching were a product of my anxiety, but I recently let my son ride in my vehicle again and he got more itchy red bumps on his stomach. He hasn't been in my apartment in a couple months, and has been mark free. Rides in my vehicle, itchy red spots again. He rode in my vehicle with no problems whatsoever before our trip to Great Wolf Lodge and finding the dead bed bugs in my dirty laundry bag. I literally think I'm gonna go crazy, lol.

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    jacksonsi - 1 week ago  » 
    Lou, why the vents ? What about carpet and seats ?

    Trying to rule out bed bugs and the way through which air enters (other than windows) is via the heating/cooling vents. Cars have cab filters but you have to change them since they filter out dusts and particulate matter. You can replace these, but using the nylon bag technique lets you see what might be coming out of the vents and going into your cab.

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    jacksonsi - 1 week ago  » 
    Lou, why the vents ? What about carpet and seats ?

    Trying to rule out bed bugs and the way through which air enters (other than windows) is via the heating/cooling vents. Cars have cab filters but you have to change them since they filter out dusts and particulate matter. You can replace these, but using the nylon bag technique lets you see what might be coming out of the vents and going into your cab.

    Thanks Lou, I'll buy some nylons and see if anything comes out of the vents. I'm willing to try anything to figure out what is causing the marks on my son and I.

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    I actually searched his clothing and coat after discovering the marks on his stomach and found a couple blood spots on his coat along the seam by the zipper. He's 5 years old so he could get blood on his coat pretty easily since he gets scrapes and bruises pretty regularly.


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