One Month and No Bites(12 posts)
I'm pleased to report that my elderly monther-in-law with Alzheimer's has been bite free for the past month. We had her move out of her apartment for the month of September while her apartment was treated three times. She had a severe allergic reaction to the bites and we didn't want her to keep suffering. We are keeping our finger's crossed and hoping that they don't come back.
We disposed of her infested sofa and mattress and bagged the rest of her belongings during the treatments. She now has a new mattress and sofa. When she returned to her apartment a month ago, she took all of her belongings and clothes out of the bags.
When will we know for sure if they are gone for good?
According to Coopers Site it's 55 days of no signs and no bites you should be clear. Best wishes.
That's really great news, beach. One month bite-free is definite progress!
This is good news!
I would wait a bit longer in this case, considering that you may have removed MOST of the bed bugs via the furniture and treatment, but some may remain. If there are few, you may notice few bites.
But if you have de-bagged the washed clothing, then nothing will really change once you feel she is bite free, right? Since she is in a multi-unit and it is likely others are infested, they might well come again, sadly. Hopefully the management will be very vigilant now. You might consider some fresh water DE carefully laid in the cracks esp. around the perimeter, to help deal with any that might come in, or might remain.
I am REALLY glad she is not suffering right now. And I pray they do not come back.
She was so excited when she got to move back in after being out of her apartment for a month. She took turns staying with two daughters. Because she has poor short-term memory, she thought she was moving into her apartment for the first time. Even though we told her to leave her clothes in the sealed bags for awhile longer, she couldn't remember. She took all of them out and put them in the closet and dressers right away.
I have become so paranoid about bed bugs that I refuse to sit on anything whenever I visit her. I hang my purse on the back of a kitchen chair so it would be less likely for a bug to crawl in.
One strange thing we've noticed is that her cat is getting bald spots that it never had before. This just started over the past month. Any chance that bed bugs might be causing this?
I just got back from my mother-in-law's apartment. I found 4 tiny spots of blood on her pillow encasement, which leads me to believe that the bugs are back again. She hasn't complained about any bites yet. We gave her white sheets to use, but she took them off the bed and is now using sheets with a very busy pattern which makes it difficult to see if there are any blood spots on the sheets. What should I do at this point? Should I notify the senior housing manager in hopes that they will send the PCO out again?
Yes, get the PCO back out as soon as possible. I hope it's just a false alarm.
The cat might be getting bitten, or the poor thing could be losing his hair due to stress. Did he also move twice? This can be traumatic for a pet. You might want to get him checked out to be sure he is not being bitten.
what color were the blood spots? were they dark?
The blood spots that I found on the pillow encasement were a dark red color (like dried blood).
"Yes, get the PCO back out as soon as possible. I hope it's just a false alarm."
I will have to notify the apartment management, because they are the ones who contact the PCO. I hope they take me seriously.
Blood spots on the bed are a sign of bed bugs. They need to take that seriously. Keep us informed, beach!
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