If I am looking, are the signs truly so invisible?(4 posts)
I am doing weekly inspections of beds and living room. I crawl around with a flash light, and I have a magnifyer, but I don't really use it too much.
I look for bugs, I look for skins, I look...and haven't seen anything new since April.
I am trying to do my 60 day countdown.
Then, I read on here, and people describe things like not seeing things for 7 months, and they describe finding eggs so small they can only be seen with a microscope, and they talk about how you can't even see nymphs with a flashlight, only by movement. They talk about how invisible these bugs are.
And, I get feeling like if this is true, I'll never know if they're gone. Never. We've found tiny white oval 'eggs' in the past (now I feel like, they must not have been if these eggs are supposed to be invisible, basically). We've found bugs, and clear nymphs in a climbup. A long time ago. They weren't invisible. Tiny, but not invisible. White/clear/beige with dark spot, but not invisible. We take apart the bedframes, look at every board and cross board with flashlights, and inspect the encased mattresses and boxprings, and we feel good when we don't see anything. Then...I read the forum and freak out again.
How can I, a non-professional, ever know they are gone?
thanks for 'listening' and for support on here.
I have the same problem , thinking I should do my countdown, and haven´t really seen much of signs in a few months after moving.
Still I´m worried, and I think it will take long time to feel 100% confident! Sad but true. For me I guess I am a little extra worried snce I don´t know if I react to bites or not. Makes it even harder...
Anyhow, one thing to remember and that I really try to consider is that I/you/anyone here on these forums doesn´t really know the other ones situation. So someone say they don´t see them, that it is impossible to see the signs, the bugs is invicible... but still, fact is we don´t have a clue about their situation.
- How do their homes look. Clutter, colour of carpets, floor, walls etc
- How thorough are their inspections, what tools do they use
- How much knowledge do they about what to look for
I guess you have to try trust yourself, but I know...It´s hard, that´s for sure
Haha, only the thought that you are crawling on the ground freaks me out. I can't even imagine that I can sit on the floor without the fear of being bitten.
Not that I'm afraid of insects, but I'm afraid of the *meaning* of a bite: "We are still here. We beat you. We are in charge. Here is our mark on your body! Take it! How could you ever think that you were smarter? Give it up!".
Every second or third day I see something on my body that *could* be a bite. And then I start wondering again what in my defense has failed. The coming 12 hours will be spoiled. I believe that I really should learn to live around those creatures, so that I can go on with my life again, no matter if they are really gone.
Grateful: That's a really good question....I think many of us are in the same situation.....I'm not seeing the obvious signs as I used to such as fecal marks, castings and dead bugs and haven't had bites for a few weeks but still nervously inspecting. I take comfort in the fact that experts say you couldn't still have live bugs in your home if you are not seeing signs. I know when they were here if I had known what to look for it would have been obvious to me but like you I am worried about stragglers and the whole thing starting up again. I'm going to leave everything bagged for a while and follow the laundry procedures.
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