Ultimate aftertreatment monitor to prove BBs are 100% gone? (small infestation)(4 posts)
Hello you there
Having been reading this forum for weeks now, I do need to state that it has been valuable input in the fight against both the critters and my own anxiety. So, first of all, I'd love to thank you all contributors.
In November we found bed bugs in our flat/apartment. Did research, contacted a PCO. He treated the whole place with insecticides twice (3,5 week interval inbetween).
Bites seemed to stop.
However, about a week after 2nd spraying I found little stabs/crusts on my forearm which I scratched impulsively though it never itched even a bit.
It had no redding around the "tops" prior to contact with my nails - scratching.
(Picture after scratching, taken the following day).
On one hand the pattern looks dreadfully suspicious, on the other the "bites(?)" look and feel nothing like the ones I had had earlier (itched severely):
On one hand people do have different reactions to bites over periods of time, on the other due to some circumstances I had been wearing a top with embroidery just in the place where the "dots" appeared for some 36h nonstop. On one hand I have been having some dermatological issues (not related to bed bugs!) for years, on the other my forearm was never affected by that. On one hand the PCO specialist gives 6 months warranty, so he believes in his methods, on the other I can't look at my forearm anymore...
“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown”
― H.P. Lovecraft
Do you get me?
Trying to balance between the notions of paranoia and living in denial the only reasonable approach seems to be learn the facts.
How to check whether we still have a misborn inmate or two within our dwelling or not?
Catching a live sample is the only way, isn't it? Any found faecal matter and shed shells could be weeks old.
WHAT ARE THE ULTIMATE METHODS OF CHECKING IF SOME BBs SURVIVED THE TREATMENT? ESPECIALLY THE APPROACHES THAT DID WORK FOR YOU!
Few further factors to help you help me solve the problem:
- bites (initially thought to be mosquitos) started in late August, BBs found early-November
- second spraying/insecticides two weeks ago (initial 3,5 weeks earlier)
- suspicious marks on my forearm a week ago
- nothing else suspicious afterwards (I have only one
- over the whole period of time we had only found about a dozen live samples and corpses, so if there is anything left the numbers must be really small [on the initial reckoning visit the PCO said that if we did not show him the samples he would say our place (two bedroom appartment + living room with kitchen) was not infected]
^really small infestation
- interceptors would seem like a sollution, but our bedding excludes that option
- in 10 days we are going away for 12 days, and would deeply hate do drag possible hitchhikers along
- so, we need a quick method prior to setting off
- for now, I just need to know if we still have any, diagnosing not eliminating
The best help would be particular verified/proven detection solutions that you used found the evolutionary monsters in small infestations.
In other simplified words, let's say:
I HAVE ONE BUG, HOW DO I CATCH IT?
Any help will be much appreciated.
Firstly look in the FAQ section on how to avoid spreading and that covers your vacation packing plan.
Secondly, if you do still have an ongoing issue consider running a Bed Bug Beacon while you are away as the CO2 luring may help trap some out.
Thirdly, although it's tight on your time scale, Passive Monitors to confirm if you have an issue and to aid any treatment by harbourage relocation, i.e collect the bed bugs in the monitor and dispose of them with it as needed. We usually say 7 days clear is a good sign and 14 days clear is all clear. You will be tight for time on this one as it may take a few days to get to you but it will also give you ongoing early detection if needed.
They have been validated in our field work, independent tests, by academics and even the self-treatment protocol called TbyPMR has success stories.
Hope that helps.
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bed-bugscouk - 2 hours ago »
[...]if you do still have an ongoing issue consider running a Bed Bug Beacon while you are away as the CO2 luring may help trap some out.
Thanks for answering.
A question arised. Been reading about dry ice monitors which are hard to handle, however, it said in one scientific article the amount of co2 produced compared to a human (can't find the link now). Will you be willing to share what you know in reference to co2 emitted per day and the Beacon in comparison to a person?
Rather than quote CO2 production rates I would rather just link to images that show it works because I took the images.
They all come out of case studies where the beacon was used to assist in the treatment process either as a QC or supplement in an vacant property.
While academics may argue over the rate of CO2 needed to be detected by bed bugs I would rather go by how many were in the well.
Hope that helps.
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