One bug mean there are more?(2 posts)
I just need to know if I am overreacting. I have been trying to be carefull with the whole bed bug epidemic. When we go to movies we come home and place or clothes in the dryer. When out in groups, I don't allow my children to put their jackets in piles with other kids. My eldest went away for a skiing weekend. Made him place clothes right in washer, and put his bag and jacket out the back door. His bagg still has not come in the house and it has been two weeks. Any public place I go where i think there might be a bed bug, clothes get thrown in the washer. We clean our sheets every week like most people. Had the flu virus go through the house two weeks ago so every blanket and bedding in the house was all washed in hot water. Tuesday morning went to get my socks out of the bottom of my bed since they come off every night and I found a bug in my bed. I quickly ran and got a paper towel, picked it up and placed it in bag. I went on line and looked up bed bug picture. It matched the picture of a nympth. I called a pest control expert right away and made them come to my house that afternoon. They confirmed it was a BED BUG. They asked if we had been bitten, no one in the house, there are 5 of us, have any bites. He then searched all the bedrooms-nothing, no evidence of anything. No blood marks or anything. Since I had the actual bug, really didn't need any other evidence. Had the first treatment done on the house Thursday. The technicians didn't find anything-not even any other bugs. This is costing a lot of money, but i had to have it done for piece of mind, or at least i thought peace of mind. I am scheduled for two more treatments. I do have a few question:
1. Should i not go to other peoples house to visit, not stay overnight, until all treatments are done?
2. Should people not come to my house?
3. Could i have caught the one bug that came in my house?
4. what if the kids got it from school- am I over reacting checking their bags before the come in everyday?
5. In order for it to get in my house, did it have to come from an infested place? meaning like a hotel or house that i was in for awhile or could it just fall off one person and climb on another say at work?
6. Any spray you can use on clothes when you go places or other repellant like they have for lice now?
7. If I got it, and I feel I am more carefully then lots of other people, why doesn't everybody have it?
8. am i overeacting paying thousands of dollars to have house treated? Should i have waited for more evididence?
Hi, O. We've seen stories oe people who had "real" infestations, but did not see bugs for months. But, as every infestation starts with one (or a few) bugs, I have a hunch that it's possible to have "one". The best thing is to learn, monitor and inspect. There are some monitoring tools on the market, like climb up cups and bbalert passive monitors. Also, the Michigan Guide has some good tips and techniques.
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