Please help me count...(2 posts)
I need some support, because I can't seem to shake these critters.
I used to live in a different apartment where I had bed bugs. It was confirmed, and I still keep a dead one as evidence. The apartment was treated with thermal, I moved all my freezable stuff to a giant freezer, packed everything in giant ziploc bags, then moved away or other reasons. ...and of course I still brought some bugs with me in my bags, because apparently they were smart enough to get into the stuff that couldn't be treated.
So again I called the exterminator. They came to my new place, flipped the bed over, sprayed it with some kind of repellent, and when the bed bugs didn't come running out all at once, the exterminator decided I don't have any them anymore.
So what I did was I bought more ziploc bags, got a Packtite, sprinkled DE along all the baseboards, moved my bed away from the wall and taped the underside with double sided tape (the bed cannot be encased because of its shape). This almost did the trick. I wasn't bit and didn't see any fecal stains at all for some weeks.
Thinking I was now safe, I put my bed up against the wall yesterday. However, as I was sleeping, others were eating, and today I woke up to find three tiny, new fecal stains on my sheet, as well as at least one bite.
So here's my question: <b>how many bed bugs could I possibly have at this point?</b> If I haven't seen a single bug since moving, and if I haven't been bit in weeks, shouldn't that mean that the infestation is really, really small? (The answer I'm looking for is "yes.") I think I may have been bitten on the sofa occasionally, but this has always been during the evening, not at night, and my skin is really sensitive in general. I'm thinking that wouldn't be bed bugs, since… I don't want them to live on the sofa.
The only good exterminator in my town thinks I'm crazy and won't return my calls, and none of the other exterminators around here use thermal. Their method is to spray and pray. We have lots of dogs in the area as well, but none that care about bed bugs. So I'm basically on my own, and I guess I'm still OK with fighting, but for now I just need you fellow bedbuggers to tell me that I don't have many bed bugs left at all -- because it's not possible! -- and that everything will be just fine…
1. Your bed bugs survived thermal, freezing, etc. -- which means these things were not done properly! Or they survived In those mysterious Untreated items.
If they survived thermal, that means you did not necessarily use the only good PCO in town. I am not saying your thermal failed, since you did have things which were not treated in that way.
2. You have been re-exposed. Maybe even got them again the same way you got them the first time. Other possibilities-- it is not common to infest a workplace, car, etc., but it is possible you did so and are re-exposing yourself.
3. You don't still have bed bugs. (Can you post a photo of those fecal stains?). Passive bed bug mnitors may help you confirm if the problem persists, but they may not work well with the bed isolation setup you have in place.
(Can anyone add any other possibilities?)
If you do still have them, they are likely biting you near where they poop -- so the bed, right?
If you do have them, then you can worry about more treatments. Keep in mind, there should be other options besides thermal. Many good companies also use sprays and dusts, or Vikane.
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