What do you think?(8 posts)
Can it possibly be over? So far so good. I wanted to add some possible positive info for the new warriors.
I have not seen a bed bug since January 2007 and it was dead. I finally received a new mattress and boxspring and sealed them in bed bug proof covers. I have not seen any signs of bugs anywhere. We have been sleeping on our new bed for five weeks and all seems to be clear. When I had the new mattress delivery I made sure that items were sealed in factory plastic. I flipped the delivery guys a few extra bucks to put the encasements on, all of this done outside. I spray with Bedlam once in a while.
The legs of my bed sit in stainless steel bowls with DE in the bowls. My wife started to use the bedroom closets again but I have not. I live in a single family attached row house and neighbors claim they have never been bitten or seen a bed bug. What should be the next step in my war?
Comments from all welcomed.
nobugsonme would you be so kind to add a comment?
Please note that Bedlam spray and DE has been killing other bugs. I have been occasionally finding centerpedes, silverfish, beetles and an American dog tick.
Something seems so comforting about your post, like a sigh of relief.
According to the Bedbug conference in Boston, your next step should be to absolutely continue thorough, educated inspection on an on-going basis. They did not believe in preventative spraying and said it didn't work for bedbugs, but they did believe in continued, careful ("vigilent" was the word they used)inspection. For example, I'd say when the aggregate pheromone detectors come out and are available to the public, we will all probably keep them in our homes for the rest of our lives just as a way to monitor the possibility of bedbugs returning. So if the do show up on the market this fall, that's a good next step.
Whatever you do yourself to feel safer, whether or not it has scientific merit, might be worth it to continue for a while until you can let it go. So for example, if you don't have bedbugs, you don't need to spray with Bedlam, but if that is reassuring you, I'd say do it.
Where can I get the DE and how much does it cost? My bed post are currently sitting in bowls of water/tea tree oil mixture with vaseline on them and sticky tape on the bowls. The water is evaporating. I would like to put in something that will stay around longer.
Put baby oil...or mineral oil in them.....do not mix the oil with water...just pour some oil in there ...it should last a long time...
dirtworks.net is a friend to the site and they sell food grade diatomaceous earth (DE). you may be able to buy it in feed stores if you live where they have such things. just make sure it's food grade DE, not pool grade.
Keets is right--you need to be vigilant. You haven't seen a bed bug since January. Have you seen any little black specks? Blood spots? Cast skins? In my experience, a good sign of live bed bugs is fecal specks. They eat, they ... you know.
It sounds like you don't have new bites either, though I understand you had some skin issues that may have been lingering signs.
I have not seen any signs including fecal spots. Sometimes I experience as we all do a black mark that I am not sure of.
Once I became worked up over a couple of small black spots on a piece of paper and then realized that it was printers ink.
No cast skins found.
My bite mark experience is probably similiar to all of your experiences. Get a mark of any kind and you automatically think it is bed bugs. I cut myself shaving and thought that I was bitten.
When I read all of your comments I sometimes wonder what stage of the war you are all at. Would anyone care to make a post on that. I would like to hear more updates.
I think that I will be vigilant to some extent for the rest of my life. I am sure you all feel the same.
I found an inexpensive pesticide that work really works for other insects but not labled for bed bugs. Ortho House and Garden.
I sprayed the outside of my house and the next morning I found beetles, moths, bees etc... dead. I know our major concerns are with bed bugs but I like keeping all bugs out. Just thought I should share this.
I just want to caution anyone that you should using pesticides according to label directions. What LtDan did may be fine, but you can get into lots of trouble.
Yes of course please do be careful. Most of this already mixed stuff seems to be simple to use but always read the label.
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