Did they start in my home office or in my bed? Help me figure this out.(2 posts)
I have an office at home, and I spend nearly all day and night in it, in the same area in the office (desk!). When I first found out I had bed bugs, I saw the majority of exoskeletons and other signs in the corners of my bed, near my pillows. Disgusting, but that's besides the point.
I got rid of the bed and have been using DE and spraying BedLam all over the (bed) room. No problem, but recently found out that nearly every bed bug either comes to me, or leaves my sleeping area, via walls.
I found one BB just standing on the ceiling of a hall way that connects my home office to my bed. Scared shitless, I went to insect every wall in my office and every nook and cranny except the bookshelf (which I'll do tonight). I found evidence. They were sitting in the corners beneath my desk, and I have no doubt they were climbing the desk, because I found an exoskeleton behind my computer screen. I bought the corners with DE and alcohol.
So I was thinking.. I spend most of my time in my office, especially at night. I also primarily have people in my office and not in my bed room although not a lot. Just the same clients maybe once or twice a month.
What are the chances that the infestation began here, and then migrated to my bed room? I ask because the hall way separating both rooms is about 7 feet long and just clear wall with no crevices. A bed bug would have to travel the distance in its entirety to avoid being detected, no problem at their speed. But would the bugs keep going back and forth betwen my room and my office, or would they all migrate to my bed room?
I can't find ANY evidence of bed bugs in my bed room, as in NO eggs, NO shells, NO feces etc. I KNOW they're in my bed room, because of the blood stains on the blanket, bites etc.
I have sealed off the area with liquid DE (DE + water) so we'll see what happens, but I worry that my office is heavily infested. Books, couches, computers, stuff on the wall, it's a heaven for a bed bug that wants to hide and breed.
Can they be traveling back and forth every night? If I leave my office and remain in the bed room indefinitely, would they all begin migrating to the bed room or will they keep going back and forth?
You've mentioned in other posts that you don't react to the bites very much.
Bed bugs are routinely reported to have traveled 10 to 20 feet in search of food, and we know that if people move from beds to other rooms to escape their biting, the bugs will also move.
Especially now that you're seeing bug infestations in more than one room, it's really time to call in a professional pest control person. Bed bugs are some of the hardest pests in the insect pantheon to eliminate from a home or office, and the good pros have mastered both the science and art of how to do it effectively.
Trying to eliminate an infestation yourself often results in what it sounds like might be going on in your residence: an infestation that starts small in one room but eventually migrates to others. The larger the infestation the longer it will take even a skilled professional to get rid of it. If they're on your ceiling, you're already at that point.
Do the research and call in a pro in your area.
If you search the fora for your city name, you may find recommendations by other bedbuggers for good, experienced professionals in your area.
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