Help! Please! I have 4 dogs, how do I treat with them there(15 posts)
Please any advice...
This is the situation, I live in a very small and can't afford an exterminator even if there was one in town.
I suspected I had bed bugs a couple of months ago but as I had never seen a live one and found only 1 shell casing was not sure. At that time I put down DE food grade and sprayed (mistake I know now) all seemed ok then couple of nights ago I got 1 bite on night and another the next.
Last night pulled everything out again, vacuumed, removed any clutter. Turned over the box springs and found 6 very small casings! No bugs but casings so I know they are there.
Vacuumed everything in the bed again dusted with DE and sealed in encasments.
Here's the questions, issues
I have. 4 very small dogs (chis) which is why I went with DE.
Husband is like no biggie, me I am freaking out!
I am not sure of even what steps to take, to be honest the site is great but has so much info it is easy to getboverwhelmed and not even know where to begin.
My house is 2 stories, about 1800 sq feet.
If I have no exterminators (none in town too small) can I treat the issue myself?
If so basic steps to follow as I am overwhelmed by all on the site.
Long post I know but please help...no clue what to do at this point.
Gabedbugger and 4 worried dogs!
Hi Gabedbugger, Does the name stand for Georgia bed bugger? Just curious. If so I am assuming that you know what a roach looks like. Did you save the casings? I would first start by posting a pic of them just to be sure they are not roach casings. If they are in fact bed bugs I would start by washing all your clothes in hot water, and then dry them until they are hot to the touch.
first things first. Please take a picture of the evidence and make it available.
I would hate to hear of someone in your situation going to the effort of self treatment based on an misidentification.
Bed Bugs Limited
Hi Batbugger and David,
First, thank you both for your responses.
I did save the casing between two pieces of clear packing tape. I took pictures and will figure out how to upload.
Yes, ga is for GA.. And yeap very familer with roaches as I lived in Fl for 13 years. We do see them once in a while but my husband sprays monthy outside perimeter and inside to maintain all bugs as it is hot, humid here.
Thanks so much
I figured being from the south you would recognize a roach. I lived in Brunswick Ga for 5 yrs I hated how the roaches were wild. If you didn't treat for them you had them. No matter how clean your house is! Although, now I would much rather have the roaches instead of these blood sucking creatures.
I 100% agree with that statement Batbugger, used to them and they can be kept under control if you are diligent but this suckers...seems no.
I have the pictures on my iPad which is what I am typing off of, any clue how to get them to upload? I see the IMG above but seems I need to have them in URL format ? Not a computer or iPad guru so any advise how to load will be greatly appreciated.
There are detailed instructions on embedding a photo in the green stickies at the top of the index page
Got it, thank you for the assistance
Ok, I must be the dumbest tech person ever as I have spent over 3 hours trying to upload pictures and am now crying. I established a Flickr account but the whole thing is over my tech abilities. I am trying to do this on my iPad. Does anyone know if iPads are compatible with Flickr? About ready to lose my cotton picking mind!
I feel your pain. I'm originally from the south and remember never bringing grocery bags in the home for long 'cause the roaches love the glue...anyway...
If you bought your IPad at an apple store, you can set up an appt online and they sometimes help with these things (or direct you to a class)...or..you can do what I do..and ask a five year old (I'm laughin with you)..
Technical difficulties + possibility of bedbugs = tears
It will get better!
I think your iPad should be compatible with Flickr.
There are Apple based photo sharing websites that could be linked here as well... if you find an Apple site easier to navigate.
Be patient... Small dogs are more sensitive to chemical exposure due to low body weight and some breeds also have known sensitivities to certain types of products (ask your vet).
It is very important to properly identify the pest before starting any treatment to avoid any unnecessary pesticide exposure for your dogs.
I would also urge you re-think using a do-it-yourself approach if you have concerns about the safety of chemical treatments on your pet's health... Proper application is crucial for the safety of all household residents and the key to the success of the eradication effort.
Ok, thank you to everyone that has responded. I still cannot get the pictures to upload, my son is coming over this weekend and will snap in out in no time I am sure:-)
How quickly do these things spread?
Is there anything I can do until I get positive ID to help out or keep them in 1 room?
My husband and I are still sleeping there as I know we cannot move to another room as they will come after us. So no issue there.
As I have never seen a live bug and only have found 1 dead ( yes I tossed it out) i know, I know and about 6 very small casings what is a time frame?
If I can't get a positive ID with visual is it a good idea to order the passive and non passive (co2) monitors and see what I get?
Do I have time to go that route or will they spread all over in the time it takes to order, etc??
Active CO2 monitors like the BB Beacon and BB Alert Passive monitors can help you identify live activity and capture specimens for identification.
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