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  1. encasement

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    Hi everyone,

    My girlfriend and I moved into our new apartment 2 weeks ago. We came from a building that had a problem. We were lucky enough that in our entire year there we only ever found a couple babies right at the beginning. My girlfriend reacts to them and I do not. When we were bitten they left just a couple very dark spots. A couple on the fitted sheet and one on the underside of the mattress on the encasement. We were treated regularly and didn't have anymore problems. We also heat treated most of our stuff, cleaned it, and put it way in air tight boxes for months.

    Fast forward to moving to this new apartment. My girlfriend and I have been sleeping on the couch the entire time so far because the first week we didn't have a bed at all. Now her mom and little brother are visiting us and have been sleeping on the bed for a week.

    We have had no issues on the couch. My girlfriend has no bites. Her mom and brother also have no bites. Today however, I lifted back the fitted sheet and saw all of these tiny spots all over the top of the encasement. They are not nearly as dark as the ones we had in our previous apartment. There also seem to be far too many for no one to have any bites and I also checked the frame, inside of the encasement, and the sheets and could not find fecal stains, skins, or any bugs.

    However, because we are semi-scarred from our previous experience you can understand how worried we are about the possibility that we brought one or they are in this building.

    I've attached a photo of one are of the encasement but it is representative of the other marks. It's also worth noting that all of the marks are not the same color. Some are black/gray, brown, red, or even kind of blue.

    Given all of these marks, I feel as though we would definitely find bugs since we found them at our old apartment when there was just a couple of babies. Also none of the marks are on the fitted sheet just the encasement which doesn't make sense as it probably would've rubbed onto the sheet if there were that many.

    Picture: http://imgur.com/a/UHNWI

    Thanks for the help!

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    Posted 4 months ago
    Sun Jul 16 2017 19:12:08
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    Follow up -

    Since we were paranoid about bringing anything over when we moved my girlfriend apparently steamed the fitted sheet while it was on the mattress encasement. Wondering if it could be mold/mildew from the moisture?

    We also have interceptors from home depot on the bed legs and the couch and nothing has been found in the traps. http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/productImages/1000/00/0076af6e-ed86-4b42-956b-439833f8f13e_1000.jpg

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    Posted 4 months ago
    Mon Jul 17 2017 7:38:52
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    Any ideas? Really starting to think it's just mold because there's probably 70 of those marks and not one bite on anyone. Can't find one bug and the marks are not on the sheets or anywhere else.

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    Yes, it could be mildew, especially with the varying colors.

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    BigDummy - 2 hours ago  » 
    Yes, it could be mildew, especially with the varying colors.

    I think so too. That's just one section of the mattress cover and they are just like that but all over the mattress cover. Surely on this brand new bed that's been on interceptors since it was built and only had 2 people sleeping on it for just a week that'd be wayyyyy to many bites to not see any bugs anywhere in the room let alone the frame and underside of the mattress right?

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    Yes, agreed, mildew is a good choice.

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    Posted 4 months ago
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    Hi,

    It's. it ed bug related.

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    Posted 4 months ago
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    bed-bugscouk - 15 minutes ago  » 
    Hi,
    It's. it ed bug related.
    David Cain
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    Hi David,

    Just want to make sure what yo meant since that seems like a type thanks!

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    Posted 4 months ago
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    It's not bed bug related.

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    Posted 4 months ago
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    Ok thank you that's what I thought you meant.

    Hanks for the help everyone, you all are awesome!

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    encasement - 7 minutes ago  » 
    Ok thank you that's what I thought you meant.
    Hanks for the help everyone, you all are awesome!

    Hanks?

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    loubugs - 18 minutes ago  » 

    encasement - 7 minutes ago  » 
    Ok thank you that's what I thought you meant.
    Hanks for the help everyone, you all are awesome!

    Hanks?

    Thanks**

    I'm making typos all over the place! Lol

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