Lots of questions (sorry about the long post!)(2 posts)
First, the story-
-I have been getting bit for about a week (14 bites on the first night, has been declining slowly and is now about 5-8 a night). I was hoping it was an allergic reaction bc I am very prone to those, but I've accepted my fate bc I live in Brooklyn and also bc my bf stayed over and got 20 bites (he had bed bugs about 5 years ago so he knew what it was). I have a PCO coming in a few days to inspect, but I have searched every inch of my mattress (piping, inside pillow protectors, underside of the bed), curtains, cracks in walls and have found no evidence whatsoever. I know this is not uncommon, but I'm afraid they will not treat my apartment if they do not find anything. I washed every single article of clothing and linens I own in hot water then dried for an hour + on high heat, put into sturdy trash bags, taped them up and they are now in the hallway of my building. I have also ordered an aller-zip mattress encasement but am waiting for the PCO to see when I should put it on.
Now the questions:
-I have to travel tomorrow for 3 nights, I can't get out of it, I'm the Maid of Honor in a wedding. All the items I will be bringing to the wedding were part of the loads of laundry I washed on high heat, bagged and did not bring into the apartment. My roommate has a professional garment steamer so I steamed the crap out of my suitcase and plan on doing another round tonight. I still plan on bagging my clothes in the suitcase and putting my toiletries in ziplock bags and only opening them when I have to (not sure what this will do but I'm so grossed out by this whole thing). I did read the travel FAQ, but was wondering if anyone else had advice of how to not spread these little monsters to the hotel? Also, since I will be gone for 3 nights, should I be worried they will spread to my roommates rooms? My room is pretty far from theirs and they have had no problems. Probably a bad idea, but should my roommate sacrifice herself and sleep in my bed while I'm gone so they don't move (and take crazy precautions on washing her pajamas etc...)?
-I visit my mom upstate every other weekend, but am afraid to go up there now for two reasons, 1. spreading them (duh) and 2. she has a very weak immune system bc she is undergoing chemotherapy and on a million drugs associated with that. I know bed bugs are said to not harbor disease, but what about for those who are very sick? She is on blood thinners and I'm not sure if having bed bugs in the house would affect that at all. The thing is, she is not going to be alive in a few months and I am having a hard time dealing with the fact that bed bugs are keeping me away from her. Also, the PCO said the type of pesticides they use require people and pets to be out of the building for 6 hours. I'm not sure what kind it is, but based on knowing that, would me visiting her after having pesticides put down hurt my mom at all, say if there was residue on something I brought home?
-Based on the fact that I need these things gone because I can't spread them to my mom's house and I want to visit her, if the PCO could not find any evidence of bugs, do you think there would ever be an exception to treat them without evidence outside of bites? I mean, besides slipping him a $20...
I am only now going through my own battle with the bugs so I am not that knowledgable about how they 'work' per say. HOWEVER I am on blood thinner myself (almost died 1 1/2 years ago to a blood clot) and being bitten by these insects. It doesn't do anything out of the ordinary with me - I don't notice any abnormal bleeding, nor do I have any bleeding at all on my sheets in the mornings. My PT/INR rating is between 1.9 - 2.6 if that helps any (I don't know how high your mom is required to be) and I am 34 years old. I wake up with red welts (some are moquito like when I awake) that die down in about 1 - 3 days, and don't itch very much save for the first few hours. Keep in mind though that everyone reacts differently to the bites.
Also I have been sacrificing myself on my bed each night to keep them out of other places, but it has failed. They have moved to the living room (where I almost never am) and have staked out the sofa now. For this reason I will say that staying in your room or having someone else stay there in your stead won't keep them from spreading - the females are going to leave to escape, blood source or no. It may delay their exodus though.
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