how I didn't bring bugs home....(1 post)
I have two BB experiences - the one I think I am going through now, and the entirely unrelated one I went through 2 years ago. I successfully dealt with being exposed to BBs while out of my house on a trip...and here's how.
Ok - so what happened is, I went on a relief trip to the Gulf Coast and stayed in a Habitat for Humanity/Salvation Army housing settlement for the week. Partway through the week I started noticing bites. We were working in a very shaded area near deep woods and, well, it was the summer, so assumed they were typical bug bites until the other people in my work crew said - bugs? I don't have any bites..... Uh-oh. I was the only woman there (it was a small crew because NO ONE in their right mind goes to Mississippi to do construction in the summer.) and I quickly figured out that the dorm I was in had BBs.
I freaked. I lived with the bites till the end of the trip. I came home. I washed and dried everything that could be dried on HOT HOT HOT settings. I threw away the luggage. I threw away all the clothes that couldn't be dried. I found one nymph on me on my way home (eww!!) but after a few days of bites showing up (which I think were bites I got on my trip)....nothing, except a year of fear and then finally relief.
Probably there are ways I could have done it without throwing so much away (but the Packtite wasn't something I knew about then). Still, the cost of luggage and some clothes is nothing compared to an exterminator, so....it was so worth it.
So it can be done. You can avoid bringing them home - especially now that there are things like the PackTite....
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