How do you prevent BB when situations are out of your control?(2 posts)
I realize I am highly anxious about the thought of picking up bed bugs from some place. Never had them, had a scare that was ID'd here as not a bed bug.
There are situations that I can control.......a family member was staying in a hotel for work, I bagged and heat treated the items that were taken upon their return. I go to a movie, I can come home and do the same.
How do you manage situations that you really cannot control? For example, my car broke down and I had to get it towed to the repair shop and ride with the tow truck driver (who was rather creepy). I had to sit next to the back pack he had in his truck, and all I could think of was "I wonder what is on there and in this truck". When we got to the repair shop, and the car was unloaded from the flatbed, I had to sit in my car (to steer) as it was pushed out of the main thourough fare. All I could think of is that now I sat in the tow truck and then in my car and OMG what if there was something I just transferred? I totally second guessed everything I did to see if there was something I could have done differently (like wait 2 hours for a ride instead of getting in the tow truck).
I am so freaked out that I spent hours vacuuming my car when I got it back from the shop, and STILL and paranoid about getting in it.
So how do people deal with things where they cannot bag and heat and prepare? How can you prevent them if you cannot control the situation? Or do you just throw your hands up and get monitors and resign yourself to the fact that it is not a matter of IF you will get them, but WHEN?
The media and forums (as helpful as they are, I am not knocking this site by any means) are so full of stories that I have come to believe BB are everywhere.
I have spent the last four years of my life in the social services field doing home visits. 90% of the days I work, I come home and undress in my garage then immediately put my clothes in the dryer. The fear of bed bugs has been a huge force in my life for 4 years, and last week I got them in my car (still don't know for sure about the house).
I am so disgusted and exhausted! I am starting to think its more WHEN than IF. Sorry to sound all gloom and doom, but this is beyond frustrating!
My best piece of advice is that no amount of prevention is too much. Keep up the hard work and you will not regret it!
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