Unconfirmed & getting bites. Don't want to spread them, next steps? esp. UK POV(2 posts)
I had an inspector and K9 in a week and a half or two weeks ago, they couldn't confirm anything. I have spent a lot of time on the site, and have absorbed the message "Show me the bugs"...I do want a confirmation, but the steadily increasing number of bites (from 1 or 2 every 5-7 nights to 1-3 almost every night) makes me want to do *something*.
I'm wearing ziplocked clothes, no jacket, and flip-flops when I go to work or my boyfriend's house.
I ordered two BBAlert Passive on Friday, and they're coming Priority Mail, so I'll have them in a few days. But I have time this weekend, and since I've encased my mattress and boxspring in Allerzips, I examined them on Thursday and saw nothing. I have no bed frame, they are just both on the floor. My PCO advised me to get a metal bed frame and climb-ups, but I think that was mostly because I communicated to him how upset I was about getting bitten.
After reading this forum, and stories about how people who isolate the bed seem to spread the infestation and have a harder time getting rid of it, I decided to just put two white sheets on the bed and continue sleeping there with no bed frame. I am using no pillow or comforter, and i have seen small (1-3 mm) blood stains on the sheet corresponding to some of the bites. I'm still terrified of the bugs, but I am actually managing to get some sleep finally. I think I'm more terrified of them spreading out to my clothes, books, records, and CD's. Luckily the bedroom that I sleep in is not where I store those things, many of the things in the bedroom closet are already in plastic storage tubs, so I'm not opening those and hoping for the best right now.
Question: The most likely harborage area in the bedroom is a large bedside table/cabinet. It's from the 70's and has lots of cracks in the wood. It came from a thrift store years ago, and I've always thought it was ugly and intended to replace it when I move. I'd like to get rid of it this weekend, after getting some pallet wrap from Home Depot, and thoroughly wrapping. Is this a mistake that will spread remaining ones further into my closet and possessions?
If I do this, I'll also be getting plastic covers for the electrical outlets next to the bed.
Also thinking of further decluttering and throwing away some things in the bedroom & closet that I can easily part with.
Is this OK? Or am I going to be making it worse? It certainly would make me feel better this weekend.
Honestly, throwing difficult to treat things away helped me a lot. I wasted several months trying to save my bed and a few other furniture items. By carefully tossing them (after several treatments), things improved. However, I would have the passive monitors placed first to give stragglers something to move into (other than walls, etc where you don't want them!)
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