Just moved -- did the bed bugs too?(2 posts)
So I just moved to a new apartment from my old infested one, and I was pretty thorough in protecting against bringing the bed bugs -- barely brought any furniture -- some music gear, a table, and two book cases, none of which were very close to my bed -- and got a new mattress and bed spring with new linens and laundered my clothes at hot temperatures. My new roommate was aware that I had bed bugs, so I didn't want her to go through the same experience that I did.
I thought I did a pretty good job, however today I found a single bite that was a bit bigger than the rest and I'm a bit paranoid that a few stragglers might have found their way to my new place. Right before I moved, it seemed that the bed bugs were targeting my left arm because that's where all the bites were. Today I noticed that there were a bite on my left index finger, the same arm that they had been attacking at my old place. I immediately doused the new mattress and box spring PyGanic dust and used it the baseboards and other moulding around the bed.
The bite isn't very itchy and isn't really red. Also, it's a single isolated bite, not in a row or cluster. I'm hoping that it was a bite that occurred at my old apartment which I just never recognized or occurred at a later time than the other bites which are mostly healed. BUT it has made me more worried that I could have brought some bed bugs with me when I moved. Since it's one solitary bite, I don't want to take any rash action because of my bed bug paranoia. I don't see any sign of them, so I don't think I'm infested, and hopefully the PyGanic dust will take care of the few that might have made the travel. Are there any cheap detection methods so that I can monitor my room? I saw bed bath and beyond has a product called bbed or something like that. Anyone have any experience with that product?
My name is Darin and I deal with bed bugs on a very frequent basis here in South Carolina.
Sadly, the likely hood that you brought bed bugs with you is pretty good. Even the most cautious person can carry them with them when bringing any type of furniture. It only takes a crack 1mm wide for an adult to hide in and even less than that for eggs.
I would suggest investing in a good quality set of bed covers for your mattress and box springs that are rated for bed bugs to help keep you from having to replace yet another set. There are also several diffrent companies that offer plastic traps to put under your bed post legs that can be filled with a talc powder to keep them from climbing out. It isnt a cure but its a pretty good way to tell if you have an infestation and if you do what direction they are coming from.
As far as one arm being bitten more than the other, bed bugs prefer to feed on exposed skin rather than having to climb on a person or under the sheets. This makes one side of the body more prone, especially if you sleep on your side.
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