My progress to remove BB's(11 posts)
A week ago I purchased a Haan Steamer, some DE, and captured 2 BB's from work to bring home for testing and monitoring purposes. I now clearly know what BB castings and feces look like. My problem started in one bedroom. I applied DE along the 2nd bedroom border first, then in all electrical, lighting, cable and phone receptacles. Steam cleaned the rug in infested bedroom and turned on dehumidifier. Applied DE to infested bedroom border and lightly to one BB test subject's new home.
I then Steamed the 2 bed frames. Steamed the mattresses and straightened out the room. Since I work nights and everyone else is afraid to sleep in that room, I had purchased some dry ice to put on one of the beds to try and keep any BB interested in staying in the room. No sooner than it took me to place the dry ice, pour some water over it and blow the resulting fog about did a BB move out of its hiding place in the bed frame between adjoining boards where I had missed steaming, because the two beds are slightly different since one is the top the bunkbed set. ( A lesson in being thorough)
I bottled my 3rd test subject in a jar more heavily powdered with DE (Since he was the one I assumed to be biting us). Man that stuff sticks to them. I think every little bit of DE he's come into contact with is sticking to him and it's now whitish in color instead of they're normal reddish, rusty brown.
It's one week later, nobody has slept in the room yet, but I'll have 2 nights off starting tomorrow and will recruit 1 if not both kids to sleep in there with me. If BB's still present, I need the kids since I don't reveal evidence of their work, but the kids get nice nickle to quarter sized red marks. My two test subjects are still surviving their DE dormitories, but I understand it is slow acting and can take 2 weeks or longer dry them. I'll update you as to their fate as fate happens. My third test subject has sadly lost his life when a steamer ran over the towel he was set free in.
I'm thinking, or praying, that we only had the one BB who got by my earlier, less careful scrutiny, and took a ride home with me from work. So far, no BB's have moved to the adjoining bedroom despite nearly a month of no one sleeping in the infested room after their first signs of feeding detected.
I'll update after we sleep in the room plus 2 days for red marks to appear.
I brought 2 more bugs home from work in case I need to test anything else.
The updates will be interesting...
Not to sound odd or judgemental...but are your kids little? It sounds like they are willing to be part of the experiments...I have to admit I am just shocked when people say they see a BB come out of somewhere..they seem so small and quick...
I'll have to read your backstory..sounds like it is from work....
goodchicken - 16 hours ago »
Since I work nights and everyone else is afraid to sleep in that room, I had purchased some dry ice to put on one of the beds to try and keep any BB interested in staying in the room. No sooner than it took me to place the dry ice, pour some water over it and blow the resulting fog about did a BB move out of its hiding place in the bed frame between adjoining boards where I had missed steaming, because the two beds are slightly different since one is the top the bunkbed set.
I would be a bit concerned about leaving dry ice out like this when children are present. Even if they aren't supposed to be in the room.
Note that if you are sleeping in this bed in the daytime, the bed bugs will feed on you just fine. It's a myth that they won't feed when it's light out. They prefer to feed at night but will feed in daylight if that's their opportunity.
I don't think they'd have reason to relocate to a night-sleeper's room if they are getting fed just fine, unless you were away for a while. Believe me, they will feed on you during daylight if that's when your bed is occupied.
My kids are 4 and 6 yrs old. They usually sleep with mommy at night, but when daddy gets a night off, they keep track of who's turn it is to sleep with me. It will be crowded and uncomfortable for me, but I'm sure they will both jump at the chance to sleep in the room with me together (I'll give my daughter a 5% chance of saying no).
Thanks for the advice on feeding during the day. I will start sleeping in that room in the afternoons to try and keep them contained. I really do hope it was just the one bug, but as my son had 10 bites in one night from head to ankle, I suspect the problem is a little bigger. I've caught it early so I hope to eradicate the problem quickly.
Do you work somewhere with a known bed bug problem? Is treatment ongoing?
Yes, I am a pediatric home care nurse. one pt live in an apartment bldg and had roach problems. They were treated for roaches and the next week I found a little bug that did not quite look like baby roach. Same time, family was getting some kind of bug bite at nights. 2 weeks later discovered we had carpet beetle larve in baseboards next to beds big time, but also discovered in my search that the little bug at work was a bed bug and let the office know.
I cleaned the clutter out of our rooms, vacuumed, wet vac'd, and sprayed for our carpet beetles, got new mattresses (ours were 20 yrs old and need replacing anyway), left original plastic on and put BB protectors on just in case.
It took 3 weeks b4 my patients apt was finally treated. After almost a month of no bites on the family, they started getting them again. I was going to do another treatment for carpet beetles again, even though I could find no more larvea, and low and behold an adult BB was sleeping on the wall next to an electric outlet. A day later when the kids bites started to finally down swell, I could see they were different than before because they had a central puncture mark.
I take better precautions now at that patients home. They still have BB's and are scheduling their second treatment.
Well, this sucks.... I was hoping it would be easy, even though I knew it wouldn't. I have yet to read a post on the site where someone took care of their BB problem in one simple treatment.
My daughter has bites from sleeping in the same bed we've been having problems with and where I saw the BB crawl out between boards of frame. My son slept in the other bed last night, no signs yet but I'll give it a day or 2 before I confirm.
Here is my new thoughts: I have some home winterizing plastic which will likely cover the whole bedroom floor, or most of it. I'll lay it out on the floor, take apart the bed frames, trying to pay attention for bugs, and get rid of them.
Please give opinions on next step: Should I put the mattresses on the floor, or buy metal frames to put them on?
Any other suggestions welcome.
Son still doesn't show signs of any bites this morning. I inspected the bed,..... nothing. I took off the fitted coverings,.... under my daughters bed sheet I found a nice juicy adult BB. Added him to the collection. How did he escape my steam cleaning? Steam seamed so promising, guess its only as promising as the steamer and the engineer.
Wednesday, I steamed the mattress' and bed frames again making sure to get every possible crack and joint on each of the two frames. I have also seen 4 or 5 adult carpet beetles in the house over the last 3 days and am thinking I need to spray again for them. Thinking.......thinking...... I grab a paper towel and tear off 2 small pieces, spray one with Deltamethrin 0.03% and one with Pyrethrins 0.10%, Piperonyl Butoxide 0.50%, Permethrin 0.20% and let them dry over a couple hours (These are the 2 sprays I used for the Carpet Beetles). I put the towel pieces in separate pill jars, label them and add 1 test subject each.
I have that night off work, so the kids and I slept in the room together, no bites ( I still need to check my son this morning to be sure). That is nowhere near conclusive they're gone, but at least its a positive sign, maybe.
Thursday, we have 3 dead bugs. Our dear test subjects in the poisoned jars have departed this life. After 2 1/2 weeks, our dear DE tester has suffered a fateful departure as well. All is looking good, well....., maybe, anyway.
Though I work tonight, it's only orientation to a new patient, so I think I have the kids talked into sleeping in the "bug room", and I'll join them when I get home around midnight. I will also have Sunday night off, so I hope to get 2 more good nights of no bites, then I'll feel better about the situation. Of course, if it goes the other way, and we do get bit, I'll probably start to feel like there is no way this is ever going to come to an end.
Hopefully by Monday or Tuesday I'll have a positive update.
Good News: The kids show no sign of bug bites
Bad News: While we were sleeping bug bite free in the "bug room", mommy was bit twice in the clean room. What a lousy turn of events.
Hopeful News: Could not find any bugs or signs of bed bugs on or near the bed. I did find one dead carpet beetle larvae which was about 1/2 full size. Wasn't near the bed, but we've had a lot of carpet beetles in the house lately, maybe eggs have been laid and hatched and that's all it is. It's been since Feb when I last sprayed for them, though the dead larvae and one dead adult beetle found are evidence treatment is still effective. I went ahead and sprayed for them again.
I was really hoping it would be over, but now it's all up in the air. It feels like were back to day 1 when we first started getting bites and we don't know what's biting us.
Good Chicken, Hope you can give us the conclusion to your story and hope it is a happy one. Are you finally free of the bb prob??
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