Only one live bug, k9 detects scents on beds but nowhere else.(5 posts)
I have a slightly unusual situation. For the past couple of years I have obsessively checked my apartment for bedbugs and never found anything.
This last weekend I had a visitor and on the third night of his stay, he found a live bedbug on bedding that he brought with him. I bagged it, searched for more (couldn't find any) and then called to have a k9 inspection. The dog detected a scent on that bed and on the bed in my room but nowhere else in the entire apartment.
I have had both of these mattresses for more than 10 years, and they belonged to a relative before that.
Is it possible that this is just a coincidence and that the bed bug was brought in by my friend and that the beds are false positives because of mites or something else?
Otherwise this seems like an incredibly odd coincidence, seeing as I never have guests.
The mattresses have been trashed and I've been sleeping on the couch until I figure this out. If I have a k9 come back and no scent is detected, does that mean I definitely don't have a problem?
I should note that no one has had any bites.
It's hard to say where you got them. Many people never figure it out. Just because you don't have guests doesn't mean you can't get them. There are plenty of ways.
If the K9 was properly trained (did you check references?) it should only alert to bed bugs and mites would not cause it to alert. However, just as there are bad PCOs out there, I've heard of improperly trained K9s & handlers. So the question about having the K9 come back will depend on how reputable he/she is.
To be honest, I did my homework and found one with great references and the K9 did not find any evidence, but there's still a small voice that wonders if they're not all gone. Even really good ones aren't 100% so you can't say you definately don't have a problem. To be on the safe side, I would continue (as I am) looking for other evidence.
Just because no one has had any bites doesn't mean they didn't get bit. Some people don't react at all and others have very delayed reactions. I estimate mine were delayed about 3 weeks....so you just never know.
NYBUG2, was a visual inspection of the alerted areas done?
If so was any physical evidence found?
We have not been able to find any physical evidence, no mattress stains, no carcases etc - only the one live bug. It's quite puzzling.
I guess we could always try to find a different k9 unit to come out and check. I just hate to spend even more money (of course).
Thanks for the advice on this everyone.
We had a PCO come out and we showed him the bug that we caught. He said that because it is a stage 2, he thinks it is not as likely to be a hitchiker, and he would advise treating both rooms (Temprid and Alpine Dust).
He was not able to find any current signs, but possibly this is because unfortunately we had already trashed the boxsprings.
I guess we are going to give this a shot. Thanks for everyone's advice here.
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