New to this. Wondering best plan of attack.(3 posts)
Here's my story briefly and if anyone has any suggestions, I'd HIGHLY appreciate it!
I came back from a trip overseas where I had been staying in hostels on June 23rd. Around July 20th or so, I noticed a few bites on my back randomly. Within a week I had about 10 bites on my backside with two sets in the 'breakfast, lunch, dinner' pattern. I checked my sheets, mattress (which already had a hypo-allergenic cover on it), box spring, carpeting, etc. Nothing. Then about a week ago I found a part of a dead bug at the foot of my bed and took it to a place that identifies bugs. He said it looked like a bed bug torso. It was ribbed, brown, but not flat like I've been reading, more round-ish. I bought some bed bug specific sprays from Home Depot (Bayer Advanced Home Pest with Germ Killer & Hot Shot - are these a waste of time?), sprayed my mattress, box spring, baseboards, closet, etc. Vacuumed. Cleaned. Washed. The night I was doing that I found what looked like a brown and black potato bug (not exactly looking just like a bed bug, but maybe it was?) in my clothes basket (it was dead) and a tiny brown bug, which would have been a baby bed bug, if it was a bed bug. I squashed the little bug while trying to tape it to get it examined because it was so delicate. I also found a single bug cast behind my dresser. It was a light brown, kinda like a spanish peanut shell, but lighter. Would that likely be a bed bug molting? All my clothes are in the basement in plastic bags and I'm washing and drying them. I hadn't noticed any new bites since that night last week and am not certain I have bed bugs, but this morning I noticed a few bites on my feet. I was at a picnic last night wearing sandals, so I could def have mosquito bites, but I'm wondering what all of your suggestions are for best course of action. Should I just get an exterminator automatically? Should I just keep waiting? I put plastic bowls under the legs of my bed frame and filled them with mineral oil (I read that somewhere), but now I'm thinking maybe I should just lay on the floor tonight and see if I really get bit up so I know for sure if I have them or not. Any help would be greatly appreciated! I live in a complex, too, so I certainly don't want to spread them unnecessarily. Thanks!
The place you said that Id's bugs should of been able to tell you 100% if it was a bed bug you had. If you can take good photos of anything you found (providing you still have samples) and post them to the web, people here can ID them for you. Try using a digital camera on a macro setting and we can go from there. Getting bites are just that .. bites. You need more solid evidence because other insects can be the cause.
Good Luck, KQ
Unfortunately they kept the bug, but thank you. I will try to get a picture of any future bugs.
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