K9 inspectors finding Physical evidence(4 posts)
I thought I'd add my interesting scenario in here - to see the various opinions.
I discovered bedbugs in my house mid 2008. Since I've had many many chemical treatments from various companies.
Then, over the last year I've had 4 K9 inspections in my 2bed house in Toronto. I've used two different companies.
The first company inspected and identified 4 places over two rooms - they could find no physical evidence however.
I then had a different company come in on three occasions over the course of 6 months. They identified bedbugs in every room in my house (including the garage and basement) - however they were again unable to find physical evidence during any of the three visits. I should mention that each time the dog came, it identified the same spots!!!
We had a similar scenario. Multiple treatments since in our small single family home (this is our first home, I remember being so excited to move in and start a family). Little did we know, it had some extra "amenities" we were unaware of: our little bloodsucking friends are top of the list.
A few weeks after moving in, we discovered that we had an infestation. There was plenty of evidence: stains on sheets, I was covered in welts, then found the bugs/eggs/casings-by the hundreds-my worst nightmare (and I've survived many). After the first few treatments and vacuuming every day for 6 months I found no evidence, and have not since (we've been battling over 2 years now). We destroyed virtually all belongings. We live on moulded plastic furniture and have a few clothes in plastic bags-that's it. I have respiratory side effects from the DE. One of our pets had cancer from the PCO's treatments. The only "evidence" I have now are bites (not welts like initially).
1st visit by K9 company. We treated all identified areas. Tore up walls and baseboard, saw nothing but treated and resealed just incase. Retreated and had another visit by different K9 company (1st one ripped us off by charging us directly AND charging the PCO they were sent through for the same visit). Their dog identified most of the same areas (with a few additional). Treated same areas again as well as additional areas. Same dog came back and identified the same areas. Sigh. Don't know what to do next, except stay quarantined from my family/friends, keep buying snake oil and wait for a miracle cure. May as well be in prison, at least then the bills are paid
If there is no physical evidence found, then it's not conclusive that bb's are the cause. My story is long and I will tell it after we move (kharma), but I have been diagnosed by an immunologist with a skin condition called papular urticaria - which can be triggered by among other things, insect bites. And yes, we did have a confirmed infestation.
Go to a dermatologist/immunologist and have a biopsy done to determine cause.
Look into some of the inexpensive bed bug monitoring systems such as the BB Alert, Bed Bug Beacon, Interceptors or the Rutger's dry ice design to see if you can capture a physical specimen.
Some PCOs will rent a commercial monitor.
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