Our bed bug story(1 post)
I wanted to share our story with bed bugs.
We live in a single family home in a suburb of LA.
Our last travel was at the end of December.
We do not know the source of getting bed bugs but sure enough we had them.
I started to notice bites on my back the end of the first week in May. By the 3rd week in May, upon the 2nd mattress inspection, we found an adult bed bug, confirmed by pictures on this site and by the 2 exterminators that I interviewed. One of the exterminators also found a nymph bed bug under the mattress pad when he was inspecting. There were no other signs such as fecal stains, castings etc.
We chose to have a whole house fumigation last week as we had termites as well. I just hope the fumigation worked on the eggs. The exterminator was clear that we were fumigating for bed bugs and the tent was left on longer, Fri - Tues Morning. The gas was by Masterfume, the sufuryl flouride (sp?). We also tented our cars.
Now, I still have bites that are taking a while to heal and itch sporadically. It's difficult to feel relaxed when I read that bites can take up to 14 days to show reactions. Plus, the bites are ugly.
Now, especially since we can not pinpoint the source to avoid, and it seems it occured from a normal daily activity, I want to take precautions. Yes, bed bugs can happen to anyone.
I like how David Cain understands bed bug behavior and has developed the passive monitor to provide the ideal harborage for any accidentally introduced bed bugs to the home. When checking regularly, this provides a way to catch them early. Since we do have a box spring for our CA King bed, I do want to cover/encase this as this could also be a good harborage. I have another post asking questions about the best way to encase CA King box springs.
I am relieved the treatment is over and the problem is hopefully gone. But now I have a whole new level of awareness about bed bugs.
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