Need some advice! Please help!(2 posts)
I could use a little advice. I may as well start from the beginning:
Back in February, at my old apartment, I have discovered a bed bug in my bedroom. Contacted main office, got the prep sheet and packed up my apartment (living room items such as DVDs, video games, books, etc were packed in bins after carefully inspected, furniture carefully thrown out since old and damaged anyways, etc)... Since I didn't know of any resources and whatnot, I didn't realize that one could move with the pests. I was treated twice (had to bed for the second treatment for they said something about one treatment should do the trick plus they couldn't do a second spraying without bed bug activity proof due to legalities or something of the sorts) three weeks apart. No signs of bed bug activity afterward and no bites.
Moved into a new apartment in April new bed brought with me encased, bins which were sealed airtight, etc...everything was good, but got odd blood streaks on sheets (please note that I also produce body acne however these streaks didn't always match up with a body part). A month later of uncertainty, called in a bed bug sniffing dog. She alerted to one bag of items during the whole search (was told she could smell through bins and bags, especially since all was packed up tight since February). I then proceeded to treat my bins with DDVP strips (I live in Canada so vikane, thermal, even a packtite are not available in my area) as per suggestion found on these forums and from the guy handling the dog. I forgot to add the items that were in the bag that the dog alerted to, so I went to safely dispose of the items instead, and noticed that the ziplock bag was not airtight... So I called the dog again in June, as a precaution, and got the all clear. It was a warm day and she was panting a little, but the handler reassured me that it would not impede on her inspection (she's done over 1000 inspection in the last couple of years with a great deal of success).
Back to the bins. The bins stayed on my balcony, sealed airtight (taped all holes and around outer edges with duct tape) from May until tonight (had to remove them since they are having balcony inspections due to concrete wear and tear). After having brought the bins in (after having aired them out for a couple of days) I noticed a dead bug on the ground (no head, just lower half of body). It looks like the lower half of a bed bug...Same colour, same ridges, etc. I don't know if this was stuck to the underside of one of the bins all this time, or if it fell out of one of them as I brought the bins in... heck, for all I know it could have been on the carpet for the past week and I didn't notice until tonight...
I have no other signs of bed bugs in the apartment, no fecal, no castings, nothing. I do get bumps on my body from time to time, but lets face it, it's summer, all kinds of creepy crawlies are out and about, and I have found small spiders and small black flies in here... Plus the bumps I have are nothing compared to the reactions I had at the other place...
So my question is this... Do I alert the land lord of the dead bug that I found (they do not know that I moved in here from a place that had the bed bugs and I made sure that I was in the clear before I moved) or should I call in the dog again for a third inspection to see if I get an all clear?
I'm so nervous and scared and could really use some advice in the right direction. Should I take action or should I wait and see? I really don't know what to do.
EDIT: Boy do I feel like an idiot. I looked at the other small piece connected to the body and it had spots... forgot that I found quite a few dead lady bugs in the track of my patio door...looked back where I found the body and found a speckled wing and for further comparison, found another dead lady bug to compare the size of the body under the wings, the size of legs, etc... turns out what I found was a dead lady bug with a 3/4 severed head (which fell off when I picked it up) and wingless...I guess I can finally breathe a little and it would make sense that I would accidentally track in a dead lady bug body since I have to climb a ledge to get outside and feet/bins would have tracked the body in. I do apologize if I wasted any of your time with this story, but it goes to show how long it takes for some of us to mentally recover from going through a BB infestation... I still have yet to buy a new couch and am a little nervous due to what ifs.
Would still like some advice though as to what to do should I ever *knock on wood and hopes that it never happens* need to face this type of situation and it being VERY real.
Have you been able to sort through the contents of the bins to see if you see any further evidence of bbs in there? Can you have the dead half of suspected bb identified by a professional?
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