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Advice re treatment with no bug evidence better ssfe than sorry?

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  1. VeryScared2FindOut

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    Posted 1 year ago
    Thu Oct 18 2018 14:48:40
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    So... I am unnerved by the idea of bed bugs. I don't know why but, pests with more than 4 legs really freak me out. I have been searching and cleaning, found no evidence (other than things that look like weevils of some sort and box elder bugs) but, am contemplating getting something to treat anyway that would leave a residual just in case. I want all pests gone anyway...do bed bug sprays kill all other bugs too? Thanks!

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    Posted 1 year ago
    Thu Oct 18 2018 15:26:17
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    Cimexa can last for years if undisturbed.

  3. VeryScared2FindOut

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    Posted 12 months ago
    Wed Oct 24 2018 11:52:32
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    If I were to use those supposed home defense type sprays on my base boards as a precaution (I got it to kill the box elder bugs but, it lists bed bugs too) would that be a possibile barrier against infestation? I have been looking for a few weeks actively and months passively (aka when I change the sheets) haven't found anything but, with all the horror stories...I am having a hard time shaking the phobia. I don't think that they would prefer to live in my unfinished basement and would always be trying to come up for a meal so would then have to come in contact with my spray that claims to last at least 6 months effective. Thanks in advance for any advice. My husband doesn't want to hire pest control until I can prove we have an issue but with kids...I don't want an issue and I always think an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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    Posted 12 months ago
    Thu Oct 25 2018 18:46:31
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    My husband doesn't want to hire pest control until I can prove we have an issue
    What makes you think you have an issue?
    What is a PCO supposed to be treating for, if there's no evidence?

  5. VeryScared2FindOut

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    Posted 12 months ago
    Thu Oct 25 2018 20:28:26
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    Visited and had visits from some one who has an issue. They thought it was contained but recently found it to be more rampant than tjey had thought. They are diy treating so I am just very afraid. I found two little grey dots on my babies mattress pad (but not on her sheet directly above) about a month ago. I have not found anything else. I am the only one itching although it may be the cleaning products and the warm dry air now that we have started running heaters. I am just so afraid that I am going to miss something and end up with one of the never ending nightmares that are posted everywhere. Family thinks I am crazy and going way overboard.

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    Posted 12 months ago
    Fri Oct 26 2018 0:10:05
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    I'm sure my family thinks I'm crazy.
    I actually had a light infestation.
    I think being cautious is wise.
    Good luck.

    I am NOT an expert.
    My opinions are just opinions, they may NOT apply to yours or any situation.
    My advice is to always do a LOT of research.
    A lot of what I read contradicts other stuff on the Interweb.
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    Posted 11 months ago
    Sat Oct 27 2018 6:28:48
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    I have been everywhere that I can even think of, have stuck playing cards in every crack and searched high and low. No bugs and no skins and nothing that looks like a harborage. Family claiming no bites, any dots on baby face are drool rash or her scratching herself with her scraggy nails (which has been remedied) and my scratching is most likely because I have been bleach scrubbing sans gloves and showering in the hottest water possible. I am hoping that I am in the clear but, I will always do a quick check with every sheet change forever so that if I do end up with an issue I will catch it quick. I am still a little skeeved by what I did find in some of those nooks and crannies that you don't think to get with normal cleaning (I never realized how unclean an average cleaning was!!) AND have a new dedication to decluttering! I am trying to be super hopeful so that I can stop driving my family insane...hopefully I can do it...although I really wish I could revert back to thinking that bed bugs were only in nursery rhymes and not REAL!!

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    Posted 11 months ago
    Mon Oct 29 2018 20:43:18
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    So...I am still paranoid but, have my monitors on the way. I am going to do a little dust to see if I can get rid of all the beetles I have found. I am feeling good that I am not totally dusting out of sheer paranoia...only partially. I am sure hoping that the monitors that I ordered end up as empty as the glue boards...figuring since I am still having a hard time totally convincing myself that we are most likely in the clear...hopefully this extra layer of precautions will help.

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    Posted 4 months ago
    Tue Jun 4 2019 7:22:39
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    I feel your pain! We are in the same boat, having just a few days ago been told that a frequent visitor has bedbugs, and it's been a very bad infestation for at least a month. Well, this frequent visitor is also mentally ill and in taking to her, found out she isn't doing her end of the due diligence to control a rampant outbreak.

    Up until a few days ago, I had never given bedbugs a second thought. Now, my family thinks I'm completely paranoid. But the likelihood that she brought bugs or eggs into my house on her clothing or shoes.... extremely high. She stores her clothes in the floor near the bed, and can't afford to regularly launder them.

    Ugh!! We just can't be too careful when we know we've been exposed to someone whos careless about how bedbugs get carried in pockets and shoes and handbags.

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    Posted 4 months ago
    Tue Jun 4 2019 7:34:02
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    Hi,

    Simply put, it's a no.

    To treat without confirming an issue reinforces a negative behavioural loop and one that its almost impossible for some people to break free from.

    There is a reason why we always insist on confirmation first and foremost, its ethical.

    In some cases, as I have shown through TbyPMR monitor can itself become treatment of light cases.

    I hope this makes sense and helps others reading later.

    David Cain
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    I am happy to answer questions in public but will not reply to message sent directly or via my company / social media. I am here to help everyone and not just one case at a time.

    In accordance with the AUP and FTC I openly disclose my vested interest in Passive Monitors as the inventor and patent holder. Since 2009 they have become an integral part in how we resolve bed bug infestations. I also have a professional relationship with PackTite in that they distribute my product under their own branding. I do not however receive any financial remuneration for any comments I make about pro

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