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What are you doing about friends and social events?(5 posts)
What have others done about friends and social events while trying to eradicate bb? I have stopped seeing friends in person, talking to them only on phone, and cancelled out on a number of social events, as i don't want to spread this. Is social isolation going too far? If I sit far apart from friends in parks, how likely would they get them? After the first of two chemical treatments by PCO is it safe(r) to be with friends? Do i have to wait until second treatment to be with friends? Until i hope i'm bb-free? What about work?
You don't need to stop going to social events if you follow the protocols under the Travel FAQ's strictly before you go out. Bed bugs don't harbor directly on people but you can take one with you if they are in your clothes or belongings when you leave. That's why shoes and purses should be treated and bagged when you get in your door so that you don't unintentionally take any with you when you go out. People have to go to work and school but I know you want to protect your friends. Just do your best to follow the protocols...............
I would think, after washing the cloths that you go out with, put them into zipped bags. and put them on before going out? It's easy for this time of the year. Not sure about the winter. Hang those coats outside? I hope nobody is in the office around 4am, 'coz that's the time the bugs are supposed to come out and bite.
My understanding from all the reading I made is that the tricky part are the eggs. You can't see them, they can be on anything, all the surfaces etc. And when you are out somehere, 'pop' they hatch out, and drop wherever you are at. So, that's my question, how long can those just hatched thing live without a meal? So far, I haven't found any lab test result yet.
I have been fighting bed bugs for a few months now and I still try to socialize as much as possible. This is mainly to get out of my house. You have to take certain precautions, but I feel there is a point of going overboard.
For example I keep all of my closes in ziploc totes. As soon as they are out of the washer/dryer they are folded and put away. However, I am not about to check and bag my belongings as soon as I walk in in the door of my place everyday. I feel that is just excessive. The key I have found to dealing with bedbugs is to not let them drive you insane. This may be hard to do, but it will only make the situation worse if you spend every hour of the day worrying.
My advice to you would be to try to live your life as normal as you can. Though bed bugs can be spread, if your clothes are clean and kept encased you shouldn't worry about going out.
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