How worried should I be?(5 posts)
Thank you so much in advance for any advice you can provide.
I traveled 3 weeks ago in a foreign country, and spend most of one day at a relative's apartment. I have a baby, and at one point, I put the baby down on a bed to sleep, and lay down with her briefly to help her sleep. Then I noticed a bug near the mattress seam (they had a sheet sort of half on the bed, I think they stripped the bed for me) that at the time I didn't realize was a bedbug. I remembered its appearance and am now sure it was a bedbug. Anyway, that bug was making its way toward the baby, so I squashed it. I didn't see any other bugs, but I do remember some "stuff" in the seam, though it wasn't alive, I thought.
The baby slept there for no more than half an hour, then spent about an hour or 2 crawling around the (carpeted) floor of the apartment.
Later on, myself, the baby, and my husband, all fell asleep together on a couch (unfolded, we were sitting) in a different part of the apartment. We slept that way for about 2 and a half hours (we were jetlagged) with the lights on, it was early evening.
Our luggage, except for a purse and a diaper bag, weren't in the apartment, it stayed in the trunk of the car of the people we were visiting.
Anyway, the baby has had several bites, but until I started panicking about this, I assumed they were from mosquitoes, which are ubiquitous in that country. I also have a few bites on my ankle, but I have no idea where they are from.
How scared should I be that we have brought bedbugs with us on our clothes or in the diaper bag and purse, or on our luggage, which was in the people's trunk? Should we bring in the dogs now? I want to catch any infestation before it advances. Does the presence of that one bedbug in the daylight mean that the place is actually thoroughly infested, and the others come out at night? Or does the fact that there was just the one mean they are not very infested? It was an adult, i am sure, and looked unfed.
I should add that their place was very messy and they have a cat that they let outside during the day but that sleeps inside at night. (The bug was definitely not a flea though).
Thank you very much! I am just agonizing over this. If i knew it was a bedbug, I would have left immediately.
Please help! If anyone could just tell me if this is a high risk situation, I would be so grateful.
Have there been any bites sense your return home ? If your luggage stayed in the car and you where only there for one day you might have gotten lucky , you just need to be alert about the situation . Check the beds regularly . Sleep on white sheets so things stand out more like blood smears . If you've been home for three weeks with no signs that's a good thing , if you can afford 300 for a k-9 inspection and it help you sleep it wouldn't hurt but I might wait until I found something at home before paying that kind of money
Thank you, bugfreebed.
I have had bites on my ankle, but I think they are mosquito bites. I am not 100% sure though. I didn't really pay attention or think about the bug or try to look up what it was until my baby had a bite on her ear. It doesn't look like a bedbug bite, and we have been around a lot of mosquitoes, but who knows.
Does the presence of the one bedbug and the fact that it was awake in the middle of the day mean that they have a huge infestation?
Thanks a lot, again.
If the infestation was real bad you probably would have seen more than one , it's possible that you disturbed it when you laid down or when they stripped the bed
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