My, what an interesting decorative object!(11 posts)
I went to a party the other day.
It was fun!
And when I was leaving, I noticed they had a Packtite set up in one room of the house.
Now, it may be that it was set up to decontaminate luggage after travel (after all, this was the original idea behind the Packtite).
Or perhaps someone in the family attends a buggy school or has a buggy workplace.
Alas, it turns out they "recently" had bed bugs. Just as I feared, the enemy was "within" rather than without.
And knowing what I do about how infestations can linger, and how long it takes people to be sure they are 100% bed bug free, I got the creeps.
At least we did not stash coats on their bed. However, had I known, I probably would have had mine running in their Packtite the whole time...
Horrible and you made me remember something...that years ago when we visited friends and there was a largish gathering...where did we toss our coats and bags, etc? On the freakin' bed! Ohhhhh my...
I certainly hope you didn't pick up any little "friends."
Maybe we ought to ask outright when we're invited somewhere: "Do you have now, or have you ever had, bed bugs, carpet beetles or their larvae or mites of any stripe."
and maybe we out to get it in writing...
Do you have now or have you ever had any bites...Let me see them...i need to measure and take photographs of them..
(okay...now i'm being silly...i think)
OMG Nobugs, what an ending to what was a nice evening. I would totally freak as well. How could they have not told you, you of all people! (or did they maybe not know what you have been thru in the past?)
Well, I'm sure you took precautions...like stripping naked in the hall and throwing everything in the packtite and jumping in the shower?!?
funny, no one who hasnt been afflicted would know what that is. No one who has would want to see one again!!!
Maybe it's the BB equivalent of the "chicken pox party".
That is a nightmare for us!
Did you end up having to ask them why they had one?
I think it was probably a bad idea to have a party so soon after an infestation. But my reaction to the reactions is a bit different. As someone new to this, still waiting on an inspection tomorrow to be sure, is that "us" is everyone. If I visited someone and saw roach traps under their sink, I wouldn't think "oh no". Because roaches are everywhere and everyone has to deal with roaches, whether currently infested or to prevent infestation. From everything I'm reading, bed bugs are so prevalent that instead of seeing ourselves as a minority who have been through hell, we need to start figuring out how to live with the reality of bed bugs, from keeping our homes less cluttered (a big issue for me) so that if we need to treat it isn't so hard, to personal protocols we can live with comfortably around transitioning from public to private space and to how we entertain, have parties, etc. and protect ourselves and our guests. I haven't seen a packtite (yet) and am not sure where I'd put one in a small NYC apt., but we adjusted to recycling and having to keep three different types of garbage separated, maybe a packtite in every apartment should be a goal.
I can't tell you how many times I went to a party and threw my coat on the bed. I guess those days are long over.
If I went to a house I strongly suspected had bbs(like you did), I would strip all my clothes IMMEDIATELY when I stepped foot in my front door and place them in a garbage bag until I could launder them.
StillLiving - 15 hours ago »
I haven't seen a packtite (yet) and am not sure where I'd put one in a small NYC apt., but we adjusted to recycling and having to keep three different types of garbage separated, maybe a packtite in every apartment should be a goal.
You can fold up the Packtite between uses if you need to get it out of the way, but my daughter keeps hers out all the time since she uses it every night. Because it's beautiful only to those whose sanity has been saved by its utter wonderfulness, she just tosses a cotton throw over it when guests are expected. It looks like a covered-up trunk and no one even gives it a second glance.
I don't know, the thought of being suspicious of everyone I visit depresses me. The thought of them being suspicious of me depresses me even more. I know when I told a friend who I had visited recently that I had bedbugs, she looked at me like I was a leper. I told her that I did check my purse out thoroughly and had washed and dried my clothes just before visiting (which I had), and it isn't likely I gave her any, but I still feel odd and contagious.
I'd like to get to a point where I have a reasonable plan of action for every situation to minimize my probability of getting or giving BBs. Making frequent use of the pack tite seems like a start, but do we do that even for casual visits? How long should I wait after I think I'm BB free before I visit or an visited by anyone?
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