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Bedbugs hiding in clothing + bites during the day??

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  1. HazelL

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Sun Nov 30 2008 6:14:32
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    Long ranting post, please skip to the bottom for direct question. =)

    About 2months ago, I started noticing these multiple bites on my body. At the time, I dismissed them for misquitoe bites. However, I've noticed they are increasing in numbers recently, and in locations I don't believe misquitoes would have an easy access to (ie, my lower back, my stomach, etc etc)

    Anyways, I'm starting to suspect Bedbugs..I've searched high and low, but have seen NO signs of them. Yet, I remember about 8 or so months ago I remember seeing ONE nyphm BB crawling on my arm, which I killed. The 6 month time gap from the appareance of that first BB and my ravaging bites is a large one. Which makes me wonder...is that possible?

    I've noticed I would get these itchy and/or burning welts all over my body EVEN when I'm not anywhere near my bed, couch, or heck even at home! That brings me to my question:

    Is it possible for bedbugs to attach themselves on clothing being worn, and feed?
    Is common for bedbugs to biteholes into springboxes to infest?

    thank you.
    I've become so paranoid to even sleep on my own bed. It's frustrating.

  2. terry glasson

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Sun Nov 30 2008 7:33:15
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    Hi Hazel, first, are you sure it was a BB nymph??? But yes, depending where you are they can go dormant if the weather turns cold and that could be 6 months. Also, BB bites are an allergic reaction so a/ it could be that you were being bitten but only recently your body could not cope anymore and you started reacting and b/ this is why you itch/burn at odd times, some people take ten days to react. They don't normally get on clothes except by random nesting but would not bite when disturbed by movement. BB's have no teeth so they cannot chew into stuff but if there is even a tiny hole.....

    Look for the spotting and if you find it and/or bugs, get specialised help. Treat it right the first time and probably won't need this forum again, do it wrong and we will probably hear from you for a long time to come.

  3. SleeplessinChicago

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Sun Nov 30 2008 9:56:35
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    Hazell, people often do not react to bites until some time after being bitten...the main site stated up to 9 days after, I believe. When I was first bitten I know it was on my ex's heavily infested couch, but I did not react until five days later in my own bed. I did get bedbugs, but it was a very small infestation, and that night I had hundreds of bites all at once. Its very possible you are being bitten at home in your bed/couch, but are not reacting to the bites until some time later. I think its possible for BB to be on the clothing, but much less likely.

  4. arachne

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Tue Dec 2 2008 0:39:52
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    My bites begin to itch/appear around nine or ten at night, while I'm at work. I'm pretty sure it just takes me about 14-16 hours (after their presumed dawn feeding-time) to have the reaction.

  5. dagodess99

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Tue Dec 2 2008 15:56:10
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    Hi,

    Yes i have something similar going on the bedbugs were in mattresses in another room that have since being thrown out. We are being treated now by an exterminator but I'm getting bites during the day sometimes when i'm not even home which leads me to think they are in my closest and are getting into my clothes. I'm now begun the tedious process of pulling everything out my closest and washing it; going to have the exterminator treat my closest. I have checked my matress, headboard, footboard, high and low but can't find any signs of them in the bed. Good luck i hope you can get them under control before they take over your house. Check your carpet very well too.

  6. Raging

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Mon Dec 8 2008 6:16:30
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    For some reason, I react to bed bug bites really quick, usually 5-10 minutes after being bitten. One time I was playing video games, GTA (great game) and noticed my stomach was really itchy and was not itchy before. So, I grabbed my LED flashlight looking at the front of my shirt and the back (good thing I was wearing a tight shirt by Under Armour) like an idiot trying to find that critter. And thanks to my extreme good eyesight, I spotted him crawling on my shirt. I captured him and put him in a bottle.

    So yes, they do crawl on your shirt, pants, shorts, and even socks (yes I caught a couple that was in my socks).

  7. LosingMyMind

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Mon May 4 2009 21:02:15
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    What did you do with your bugs?

    Will you do any experiments with them??

    You often hear things like, "they can't climb plastic", or "they can climb plastic"

    or, "they can't walk over sticky tape" and then "they can walk over sticky tape"

    or how about "DE will kill them in about 1 day" and yes, you know "DE will not kill them".

    Have you done your own testing??
    JUst curious. Wish I had one to test with..........and then tie his tiny little legs up and light matches under his back........and torture him the way he and his have tortured me and mine and....and....... oooops, so sorry, I had a tiny moment of insanity there!!! lol

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    Posted 4 years ago
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    I had once sprayed a bug i caught with 70% alcohol. It did suffer. I sprayed it close range 3 times. My PCO at the time (we broke up, no he wasn't my boyfriend, just an ineffective spray jockey) came the next day to "treat" and when i showed him the bug on the paper towel that I had left sitting on top of a plastic bin, the bug jumped up on it's legs. It wasn't dead. Can you imagine my surprise!

    (I'm being very polite here)

    On another note, since vikaning my kitchen table, sofa, dresser, computer, sub woofer and throwing out my darling kitchen chairs, I have only had one obvious bite. I react and am glad. I've had some itchies that I am not certain, are not bites? But at least I can sit and post at this forum without doing what my grandmother used to call the St. Vitas dance. (I do not know this Saint Vitas, but I don't think we would get along).

    Packtite on, shoes, belt, purse, book for bus..check. It's bath time.

    Portland, OR

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    Posted 4 years ago
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    There has been some question about the effectiveness of Hot Shot Bedbug and Flea Fogger, but I am going to give it a try in an 11 x 15 x 8 bedroom and report the results on the forum. The box says to open closets, cabinets, and drawers. I am going to remove switchplates and outlet covers as well. One can treats up to 4000 CUBIC FEET per the claim on the can; the bedroom is 1500 cubic feet with the closet. So the coverage is 2.67 times more concentrated than the maximum. I am curious as to whether people are thinking that the product covers 4000 SQUARE FEET. The fog should then get into the clothing and kill anything there. You acn also wash the clothing in hot water over 113 degrees F (does not seem to afffect the clothes), or even run them through a hight heat cycle in a dryer for say 20 minutes. That should get the temperature over 113 and kill anything off.

    I'll have to monitor right away. The worst that can happen is that it will not work, and I am out a few dollars. Again, I am doing my best to use the product exactly as it is stated on the can.

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    Posted 4 years ago
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    Hi jg879mm,

    Before you rush to the shop please read this:

    http://www.ca.uky.edu/entomology/entfacts/ef643.asp

    If you still think its a good idea and have noted that this was knowledge in 1999 good luck.

    I see enough cases treated like this to know you WILL have your work cut out and for the sake of a few dollars having bed bugs for months and months longer than could have been needed is a vastly false economy.

    David Cain
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