Locating Where the Bugs are Hiding & Cat Question(1 post)
For the last few months I was getting bites, which I thought were mosquito, but of course ended up being bed bugs. I know they are in the bedroom because I'm the only one being bitten (my boyfriend tends to fall asleep on the couch and doesn't come to the bed until the early morning).
Once I realized it was bed bugs we put a case on the mattress and that's when I saw one bug. The mattress didn't look too stained or anything so I thought maybe that would solve the problem. I didn't put the box spring in a case, but we wrapped it in plastic (now I realize that we really need a case so I'll get one tomorrow).
I threw out tons of stuff, washed everything, sprayed (with bed bug spray) everywhere, but I never saw signs of more bugs....except that I keep getting bit and it seems to be getting worse.
Are there any tips to help me identify where they are coming from? I live in an old building and there are cracks everywhere (too many to be able to caulk, but I sprayed) and I have wood floors with cracks in them (sprayed in all the cracks). I know I may need to call an exterminator, but I can't really afford to right now. I'd like to try and take care of it myself if at all possible.
ALSO - I have a cat. I know he could be making it a more difficult situation and I'm not sure how to prevent him from acting as a bedbug vehicle. I've been bathing him, but are there any special shampoos I could use? Or, do we know if Advantage (for ticks and fleas) works for bedbugs?
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