Transfer from clothes?(3 posts)
Okay, so I haven't had an infestation, but the bride of a wedding I'm in has. Apparently she's had one since January and failed to tell anyone. She hasn't gotten a professional extermination (as far as I know). Supposedly, they are isolated in the basement where her and her fiance live.
I have a few questions about this, because I'm not finding anything in the FAQs.
- Do bedbugs transfer on clothes? Like, if someone that has been living in a house with an infestation hugs you. Could they attach to your clothes on that brief moment of contact?
- Is there such thing as having an infestation isolated to certain place in the house?
- If it's not, I'll be escorting the junior bridesmaid (who also lives with the bride, but on the top floor) to the wedding. Is there a chance that they'll infest my car? What's the damage to cars?
- I'll be staying a hotel the night before the wedding with the bride. Is there a chance that she could spread an infestation to me and the other bridesmaid then?
Like I said, I'm starting to panic, and I really can't afford to have this happen. Any helpful answers would be greatly appreciated.
Sorry, but yes -- someone with an active infestation could spread them accidentally in the ways you describe.
It's possible for you to get them from having someone with bed bugs in their clothing or bag riding in your car, sharing your hotel room, or even sitting next to you. The odds of it happening in a brief moment of contact (the hug) might be slimmer, but she doesn't have to touch you for bed bugs to spread to you during the same time period. They can walk away from her purse, for example, and climb onto someone else's.
That said, try not to panic.
We have Travel FAQs on how to avoid spreading bed bugs to others. I would recommend sharing them with your friends.
There are also precautions in those Travel FAQs you can take, even if they won't, to avoid getting bed bugs and bringing them home.
Also, yes -- you can have bed bugs in one area of your home. However, it's normal for some bed bugs to alight for new harborages in different areas of the home. If she's had bed bugs since January, this may have happened. If she is not taking care not to, she may even have spread them around the home herself.
Bed bugs can multiply a lot in six months without treatment. Even if she's getting treatment, and still has bed bugs, it may not have been consistent or aggressive enough.
(Note: I am not an expert.)
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