I think i found the source...(4 posts)
So yeah i was checking my parents bed and found that there bed might have been the "Main" source of the bed bug infestation. I found tons fecal matter on one side of the mattress at the bottom fold. Then when i checked the box spring found fecal spots and some old cast skins. Then when i checked the floor i found a BUNCH(prob 15-25) dead bed bugs. I suspect that the main infestation started in my parents room and then slowly spread to different areas of the house. Although i still see a lot more downstairs in their room and the room beside them. I from time to time see one bed bug maybe every other week upstairs.
I suspect that we carry them over from our old house as i learned that she was getting bitten and did not know what was going on. Therefore i have some question,
I see on average 2-3 bed bugs every other week in the WHOLE house. So what level do you think the infestation is?
Should we just get a heat treatment?
Also and suggestions and help would be appreciated
bumping this up for information and references from the members and experts
I'm not a professional, I'm a fellow sufferer.
These beastly bugs are the most dastardly sneaky things I've ever imagined could exist.
So I'd say if you've found one bug, you have a significant infestation, that will grow if you don't do something about it.
I've been getting bitten for possibly 2 months. Seems to be only in bed when I'm asleep.
Didn't find any bugs until a month ago. One in living room crawling up my SO's leg when we 1st arrived home from vacation, we left for another few days, and a few days after returning again, one in bedroom on bed (on top of the blankets) crawling up my leg.
We felt them before they got a chance to bite. I've been bitten - but only when asleep in bed.
To this date, after taking apart the whole apartment and meticulously inspecting & bagging all my belongings... and meticulously inspecting & cleaning all corners, crevices, and every piece of furniture in bright light, daylight, with flashlights... removed all electrical plates... Been treated once by Terminex (choice of landlord) - still being bitten (bites today).
I have found NO blood, no fecal stains, no bugs (other than the 2 mentioned), no castings, no smears, no signs of bed bugs at all.
I can't find them or their nests.
And believe me, I've been looking for it. My methods & exhaustive searches would, under any other circumstances, qualify as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder!
There's just no signs of them.
They came from the apt downstairs, and I think it likely that I never will find their harborages unless I want to throw my security deposit to the wind and risk a lawsuit from the landlord by ripping into the walls.
So all I can tell you is if you've found the bugs - you have an infestation.
What you do from there... start doing a lot of reading about it, contact and interview professionals.
I do NOT recommend Terminex, btw. I seem to know a heck of a lot more than they do about bed bugs!!! The inspector - who is really just a trained sales rep - referred to my ultra-sheer lace curtains as "draperies" saying "bed bugs like draperies". LOL You couldn't hide anything in these ultra sheer lace curtains, let alone bed bug harborages. Clearly he'd never seen a bed bug infestation in draperies & didn't know why bed bugs would like draperies, or he'd know why draperies could hide bed bug harborages - draperies, for those who don't know, are those heavy double layered curtains that hang to the floor and are heavily pleated, particularly when drawn open. They are NOT ultra sheer lace curtains you can see right through & couldn't hide a fecal stain, let alone a bunch of bugs!
If this were happening in my own home that I owned myself... I would be looking at getting a bed bug sniffing dog to inspect, and hiring a thoroughly interviewed & recommended pest control professional, who was willing to consider and cooperate with me on a variety of pest control products and strategies - which I would investigate thoroughly myself.
Hire a competent pest control operator. After inspection, he/she can decide the best treatment for you.
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