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First time bed bugs! Looking for feedback and guidance from the board.

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  1. tinypest

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    Posted 1 year ago
    Mon Sep 26 2016 16:40:12
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    Can anyone please read what I have gone through so far and suggest some steps for what I should do next for securing zones, starting a trap/kill process and anything else that would help?

    Its been aproximately 2 days since i found the first initial bug under my covers on my bed sheet around 4am after waking up itching. I initially thought it was a small beetle or something and smashed it. It appeared to be a stage 2? nymph. The next morning when changing my sheets I located another stage 2? nymph right underneath the comforter on my bed sheet. Later on through the day while going over the rest of the sheets and then mattress cover i found maybe 1-2 stage 1-2 nymphs when i came to the back of my bed to take the mattress cover off to check under the back side underneath my headboard. I found around an area 2inch by 2 inch give or take some .. with fece, blood stains, empty and full egg sacs, shed skins (at least 6 or so looking to be from instar 1 stage) and one large one around 4mm long with 2mm wide abdomen. Darker in color not translucent looking, thin abdomen with not much blood in it. Has a pointy end so assuming this is a mail adult..?

    I found one more small 1inch by 1inch area on the cover not more than half a foot over from the other. I found a stage 1 possibly 2 nymph, a few very small babies, feces, and few sheds of what looked like stage 1 nymphs. I have a small dime baggie (zipped plastic) with saved live and dead specimens, egg sacs, and sheds to show the Pest Control specialist if and when we get him out here. Plus i enjoy seeing them suffer while my eyes pierce down on them through my microscope.. Curious to see if any of the eggs try hatching and interesting to see the blood move throughout their abdomen shooting back and fourth. Want to get some better upclose images taken through my scope to add to this thread.

    Ok so today I am researching and trying to decide on what all I need to get. I have decided on a sealable mattress cover, the sticky traps with pheromones, a suitable dust with active ingredient that will get the job done (need to research this more), the aerosol spray for cracks and try to find a place around locally that will sell me what i need .. at least a mattress cover and the sticky traps. I think my best bet is to find the powder insecticide online and order it.

    The dust will go on my mattress, in the seams etc before sealing it. It will then be put around my bed on the floor (sucks because i have carpet too! what a freakin mess this will be!) and dust on the powder to headboard and a few other items. The aerosol will go in the cracks and i will try to seal as many as possible. I was going to put some of the sticky traps around the bed in another Then I suppose it will be time to sit back and watch and see what I find.. I am hoping I do not have a huge problem and that what little are left out there will die off. I would really hate to see these f*ckers hatching and an undiscovered cove of them appearing somewhere i least expected.

    What I have done -

    1) bagged up various clothing, the bed sheets, mattress cover, pillow covers and top cover to bed all bagged around the area (bed). Before doing so i made sure to go over everything i could and use tape to remove as much as I could and then ziplocked and threw away.

    So.. My next step is to check the whole mattress top to bottom for any more and look for any feces giving away living quarters. Then i am going to check my whole bed and headboard which is all wooden and sits on the ground all around. My bed mattress sits in a recessed area and i have shelves below on the wooden bed frame built in with a crawl space to fit items underneath the bed. Both of those will need to be checked. Baseboards need to be checked. I need to dustoff things and vacuum thoroughly then dispose of the bag safely.

    Thats my story and what I have planned so far. Is there ANYTHING I am missing? Anything else I can do as alternatives? Most importantly can someone give me some solid leads on what works best for the powder and possibly point me to some good discussions on the powders, their compounds and any other pesticides worth mentioning. I have already used up more than a whole evening and better part of my work day researching threads on almost everything. Id like to drop the ball and get onto eradication / treatment phase ASAP.

    ANY help, comments, shit talk.. I dont care the nature.. will be VERY much appreciated. Thanks for taking the time out to read about our little nightmare and I wish the best of luck to all those else on the board going thru this issue.

    Chris

  2. jim danca

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    Posted 1 year ago
    Mon Sep 26 2016 17:21:14
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    Cimexa is becoming more popular than DE. It's important to remember not to over apply it. I don't really use any aerosol products. You can make a low cost contact killer by mixing 5 ounces of 50% rubbing alcohol with 5 ounces of Murphy's oil soap mixed with 10 ounces of water. Be sure to start a 30 day countdown from the time you find your last live insect.

    PCO and inventor of a bio active bedbug trap
  3. Nasty bugs 1

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    Posted 1 year ago
    Tue Sep 27 2016 12:55:26
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    I washed and dried everything as hot of water and heat setting u have. Bag all clean clothes. I didn't have a bad case, but went ahead and threw out mattress, headboard, and frame. Cleaned my room from top to bottom. I had Terminix come out and they sprayed one time then I laid down DE powder. Got bed bug mattress protector and bed interceptors to go on my bed. I ordered some more pesticide off of Amazon and a pump and have sprayed my house again. It's been 45 days since I've seen a live or dead bed beg. Every time I cought a live one I would put it n a container with DE and it would die within 24 hours. The ones I cought n my bed interceptors was already dead the next morning. I sprinkled DE in those as well. I beat them on my own!!! It takes alot of patients, that's for sure! The stress is crazy! U feel insane looking for bugs, no sleep, crappy mood, just awful!! U can do it!! not sure how bad ur case is. Most people will contact a pesticide person.

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    Posted 1 year ago
    Tue Sep 27 2016 13:34:18
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    Congratulations!!

  5. Nobugsonme

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    Ok so today I am researching and trying to decide on what all I need to get. I have decided on a sealable mattress cover, the sticky traps with pheromones, a suitable dust with active ingredient that will get the job done (need to research this more), the aerosol spray for cracks and try to find a place around locally that will sell me what i need .. at least a mattress cover and the sticky traps. I think my best bet is to find the powder insecticide online and order it.

    Your best bet is to get a knowledgeable pro in to treat. You may not need to do everything you list and a pro is a good judge of that. Also, if you start treating and do not solve the problem, many pros won't treat after you've put stuff down. So better to start with a pro if you might need one.

    Sticky pheromone traps are usually not recommended by pros here. Many here have used Packtite passive monitors (which would be my choice) or Interceptor style traps. You can read on bed bug monitors and other useful products in the Useful Tools FAQ: http://Bedbugger.com/useful-tools/

    If you do self-treat, Cimexa (dust) has a good reputation. Use according to label. Dusts are basically a crack and crevic treatment (so probably not appropriate for around your bed on the floor.) Cimexa and DE are covered in the DE FAQ: http://bedbugger.com/2007/03/30/diatomaceous-earth-de/

    Steam is a very good treatment before applying dusts/residuals; here's our FAQ on that: http://bedbugger.com/how-to-get-rid-of-bed-bugs-bed-bug-faqs/pest-control/faq-killing-bed-bugs-with-steam/

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."

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