bed bugs in straw baskets?(3 posts)
On my sons change table I have 4 straw/wicker type baskets with removable cotton liners. While refilling his diapers today I noitced a black cluster and it dawned on me that it was probably fecal spots. I know its been there for awhile and all the liners have been washed and dryed as I have recently moved. However, I'm wondering if the bugs could live in that straw type stuff? It's not extremlely tightly woven and before moving I did spray them all down with 91% alcohol (though I know this isn't all that effective).
I am not a big fan of raffia, wicker or seagrass materials in peoples homes because its almost impossible to visually distinguish between a faecal trace and a reed spur which naturally occur with such grass based materials. A saliva smear test will confirm if what you see is faecal but its just a lot easier not to have such materials in your home.
Bedbugs can live on almost any surface but will only live in or near places where people spend long periods of time stationary.
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I should have clairified the spot was on the cotton liner and after being washed and dryed it remained there. To be on the safe side I'm going to throw them all out (by the end of this I'm going to have nothing left, ha ha).
Another question about fecal spots- I found a rather large cluster on two shirts at the bottom of my wooden dresser. The dresser was sprayed and is now being stored properly for 18+ months and all the clothes were washed and dryed on high heat for 60 minutes. Am I safe there? I now have all clothes hanging up in a closet in my new place and have not slept for 2 days as I am so petrified I've brought them again.
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