Precautions to avoid infesting others: adequate with a light infestation?(4 posts)
I set up a desk with ClimbUps under the feet, so we can have a place to put our backpacks that bugs won't get to. I got a coat rack and dusted the legs with talc. I got a shoe tray and put furniture sliders under it so it's bug height above the carpet. That's bags, coats, and shoes. The other obvious possibility is clothing, but as I understand it bugs don't normally stay on the host after they're done filling up with blood (or at all when the host is moving around): bugs that did so, over the millennia have tended to get found and squished.
We've only seen a handful of bugs, one egg, and no early-instar nymphs. As long as we're not traveling, just regular errands and work, is that enough?
Well, it's a very different approach than the one I have used. I think of climbups as monitoring devices only and don't assume that desks and other pieces of furniture are bed-bug free. The climbups really only alert that something tried to pass thru them, not whether they are somewhere above them. I simply either packtite or dry everything I am wearing or carrying before I go out, whether to work or to someone's house, etc. The assumption is that bugs could have been on ANYTHING, so heat is always freshly applied before I leave, or I wear something that was dried earlier and secured in a ziplock bag.
They are probably not likely to be on clothing, but they could be if they were on ME when I got dressed. That's a hard one. I have always believed they get in clothing because they were feeding prior to departure, say from a hotel. Awful thought, but possible. As far as I am concerned, they can be anywhere, and only heat and a shower just prior to getting dressed makes me feel confident.
Read the "FAQ: How can I avoid spreading bedbugs to others when I travel or in daily life?"
In case you want to follow up health's recommendation: Travel FAQs.
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