Stop cleaning?(3 posts)
I've been diligently vacuuming and steaming every day, and I'm wondering if that's why my landlord "doesn't see any bed bugs" and refuses to do anything about a second treatment even though I'm being bitten multiple times every night -- the same bites i had before -- and I sleep with every inch of me covered. Should I stop cleaning so any bug feces or shells can build up and be visible? Thanks.
Also, is it normal to reach a point where you're just worn out from dealing with it. For me, this has been going on for 5 months.
A few things to consider:
- If you're covered when you sleep, are you "reacting all over, only on covered parts, or only on uncovered parts? (If you are reacting on covered parts, then you are likely not being bit in your sleep by bed bugs. You might be getting bit elsewhere -- when that part is exposed -- and reacting later, or you are reacting to something different.
- As you clean and steam, keep your eyes out for visible signs, like fecal traces. Fecal can be cleaned off hard surfaces, but are difficult to clean out of porous materials.
- You can do the "knee-high" trick when you vacuum (See Page 35: Vacuuming of this guide) to trap anything you suck up for identification and evidence.
- If you choose to stop cleaning, note if your reactions change.
Well, I figure they're climbing up through the ends of my sleeves. Even though I go to bed wearing cotton gloves, I seem to pull them off during the night, which gives them access to my hands and arms, where most of the bites are so far this time. I've been sleeping in my jeans tucked into socks, but those come loose or get gaps too. I work at home so it's highly unlikely I'm reacting to something somewhere else, and the bites look just like the bites I got before when I kept finding bed bugs and the inspector verified their presence before the extermination.
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