My complete story up to today(3 posts)
I am just not sure what to do at this point. Here is my story... I recently found a bed bug in my living room curtain near a sliding glass door. I promptly removed the curtains and laundered them in hot water and dried them on high heat. Sadly this ruined the thermal backing so they will need to be replaced but that is beside the point. I can only think of two instances that I could have been exposed. 1) I was working in an office that had an infestation on the other side of the building. 2) Afriend of mine stayed with me for 3-5 weeks while waiting for his new place to be ready. Though he stayed in my guest room is clothing were in bags in my living room and he often was in the living room until very early in the morining.
That being said. I bit the bullet and alerted my employer, as this is the only place that I know I was in that had them. They set me up with a company to come and inspect. Upon inspecting they could find no signs of an infestation, and the inspector took the bug to the county office to have it identified as most of them in their office thought it could be a bat bug. Sadly, I got the call that it was not only a bed bug but a female. The company sent in a team to begin treatment, as I was already prepped and ready to go.
The first treatment was on August 28 (about a week after I found the bug and about 2 weeks after my friend had left). The technicians went through the house with flashlights and explained the process to me, and stated they too could not find anything. This particular company has 3 two men teams that deals strictly with bed bugs. The treatment schedule of one treatment a week for 4 weeks was began. In between the first treatment and the second treatment again I found no signs of anything nor did the techs on the second visit as they inspected and sprayed. However, Saturday evening (3 days after my second treatment) I received a shock. I looked into the empty basket that used to house my dogs toys, again by the same slider, and saw a rather large bed bug (roughly 4.5 mm) and it was alive. I promptly caught it and sealed it inside two double lock ziplock bags. The only difference between that week and the last is that I had opened up the windows and the slider as the temps had cooled.
I am now not sure what to do. I have phoned the company doing my treamtents and they said they will inform the techs that I have a bug that they need to see on my next treatment (two days). Is it possible I only have these two? There is nothing in my room or anywhere else in the house. Is it possible that the first one was misidentified as a bed bug and it was really a bat bug? Bats are pretty common in my area, and both sightings were after the use of the slider and after fairly heavy rains. Is there anything else I should do except sit and wait?
Hi. So sorry you are going through this. If you post a picture asking for an ID I'm sure that one of the experts will reply.
I'm 95% sure that it is a bed bug, as it looks just like the other one that was said to be. I have also been told that it is very difficult to tell the difference between the two without a microscope, however, of this I am not sure. I guess I am just not sure of what I should be going at this point. Is there anything else I should be looking for. I have been trying to keep everything vacuumed to make new detection easier. Though any dectection at this point would be new since there has never been any physical sign of them except the two that I located. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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