Recommendation for bedbug dog in Metro DC area? Can cats spread the buggers?(3 posts)
If you don't want to read my rambling tale of woe below, I'll cut right to the chase and ask that anyone please let me know of any good bedbug dog recommendations in the DC Metro area. Otherwise, read on...
I've posted a few times on here to report our ongoing status with the dreaded bedbugs. We're in a 2 story rowhouse in Philadelphia and we are pretty sure we picked up bedbugs during a trip on the west coast where we stayed at 4 different hotels along the way. This, of course, before we were educated like we are now in the ways of prevention and awareness. Sigh.
At this point we have had four treatments from our PCO, most of which involve Phantom. The first visit included steam, Gentrol and DE as well. The next two were Phantom only. The PCO brought out the whole suite for the 4th visit, since he was shocked that we still have them.
We're totally in one of those we haven't seen a thing, we have no evidence except random bites phase. Because of our cat, we have had to get out of town for the treatments and have spent that time going down to Maryland to stay with family. We took extra precautions each time, wore freshly washed and dried clothes, packed in giant ziploc bags, etc.
The biting activity seems to have really died down, but we have suspicions that with all the residual pesticide in our home that things are actually improving here, but now we are getting really concerned that we are getting bitten from visiting our family in MD. We went down 2.5 weeks ago while we got the 4th treatment, a day or two after returning, my boyfriend had 5 bites on each arm showing up on different days. This was extremely rare, normally he gets one bite only, and he rarely gets the breakfast, lunch & dinner thing. We chalked it up to some bugs slowly dying off, or bites showing up late from our house.
We went down to MD again this past weekend for an entirely unrelated social event, practiced the same precautions, and even more rare, I got bitten this time. I've barely gotten any visible bites during this whole experience. Only 2 that I know of, the night before our first treatment. I managed to get 2 bites on my abdomen that are itchy and bright red and quite frankly, totally bizarre.
We are kind of freaking out (yet utterly exhausted and just kind of over the whole situation) and want to make sure that we did not spread the bedbugs to our relatives. We figured the best thing for us to do was to have a bedbug dog come in and inspect the room where we stay. We are hoping that since we stay in a finished basement on the total opposite end of where their bedrooms are (it's a ranch house) that maybe the problem is contained and can be treated easily. We're really hoping that it's just nothing and any weird bites are coming from our house and that they will one day actually go away.
We're getting REALLY tired of living out of plastic bags, not having friends over, not being able to just freaking relax in our own home. We certainly don't want to have to put anyone else through the stress that we have gone through.
One last question, what's the deal with cats? Do they carry bedbugs? Is it possible that we could have created a major problem by bringing our cat? We did keep her confined to the room that we were staying in, but they have cats too and those cats go in that room and all over the house. Really afraid we might have created a monster.
This sucks. I guess you already knew that.
So, final question, same as the first... any good bedbug dog recommendations in the DC Metro area?
Connor's Pest Control works in MD and has a couple of dogs. http://www.connorspest.com/ I have used them because they were recommended here. I know there are other companies with dogs, although I have not used them.
Everything I have read here says that it is highly unlikely cats or dogs would transport bedbugs, because the bugs don't want to harbor on something that moves. I think it would be more likely they would harbor in the carrier. I have also been told that a good, thorough brushing should get rid of any bugs that would be on the cat (unlikely though that would be).
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