How can I prepare for guest who possibly have bedbugs(3 posts)
Hello After moving I have been bug free for a little over a year now(Yeah!) Before get to my problem I wanted to thank everyone on this site. Last Sat I stayed at a hotel and I ended up being bitten. I killed one bug in my sleep and caught the other and showed it to the manager. I could have brought them home but because I have read the posts on this site I was prepared. Before leaving I packed all of my clothes and items in gallon zip bags and my actual suitcase was always in a big garbage bag when I was in the room. So thanks everyone!
My problem :
I have foreign friends, a married couple, who moved into an apartment on the side of town where I originally got my first bed bugs. They invited me to their apt and we shared lunch. They then told me about how messy the apt was when they moved in and how they would get bitten at night until they used a fogger and they haven't been bitten for about a week. From the rest of the conversation ( with broken English and trying not to scratch my own recent bites) I figured that they had bed bugs (they had never heard of anything like them) and I told them that if they found any they should take it to their land lord. I then rushed to the nearest dryer
My fear then happened today when they asked me (according to their culture) when they could come to my home to share a meal. I will try my best to avoid it but they may end up here eventually.
How can I prepare for guest who possibly have bedbugs?
I have a couch, two plastic and metal chairs, and a carpeted floor. They will most likely bring with them two book bags. They usually where open toed shoes and other summer clothing; shorts and tee-shirts.
You guys have helped me so much please help me again!
You aren't sure they have bed bugs. It's possible they have fleas. Or perhaps something else.
As their friend, I would try and educate them about bed bugs. If they do have them, fogging is a very bad idea. In addition, if they're renting, depending where you live, it may be the landlord's duty to treat the problem. They have a responsibility to alert the landlord under such circumstances and not simply self-treat with methods which may spread the problem.
Some cities have materials available on the web in other languages about bed bugs. (If you PM me with the language, I can try to help.) If they are comfortable in English, there are many resources on our site.
Although it may be a bit awkward, I would personally try and have that conversation -- since they were open enough about the pest issue to tell you they were being bitten and did a treatment.
Once you get them on board with the possibility (which they may be able to confirm after seeing photos), then you can worry about the dinner.
If they have bed bugs, and you're able to help them get more educated about the problem, then you might agree that right now visiting one another at home is a bit risky.
You've been through this once before, so you know how awful it is. Your friends, until you told them about bed bugs, had no idea they even existed. I am sure once you explain to them what you had been through, they would understand why you don't want to have them over at this point in time until
they know what they are dealing with. You could tell them how to check their apartment and where to look (you don't actually have to be there doing it with them!).
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