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  1. Westside777

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    Posted 1 year ago
    Mon Sep 3 2018 6:58:18
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    I noticed my problem earlier this summer, the ink-colored/stained patch on one corner of a box spring that was directly under my mattress, sitting right on the floor and not in a frame, but I did not know what the mark on the box spring was.

    I did not see a bug until later, on my sheet when I awoke one morning - figured it may have crawled in through the window where I have a portable window a/c placed - and I did not know that it was a "bed bug." Then I noticed two on my sheet when I woke up another morning - exact same kind of bug. I killed them, but noticed that there were blood smears on my sheets. I lifted up the mattress, found a few more and killed them too. I had no idea what I was in for. I awoke another morning and found them on my sheets, realized I had bed bugs.

    LESSONS LEARNED AND WHAT WORKED FOR ME:

    Don't use a bunch of store-bought sprays all over your box spring and mattress and the room(s) and think it is going to solve your problem. That was a waste of money for me. When I continued to see them on/in my bed, then also saw one on my couch, I knew they were infested to a degree that was not visible to me, so I discarded of my box spring, mattress and couch professionally, and I think that was biggest contributor to my success: those places are where 90% or more of them were living/hiding. I took everything out of the rooms that they had been in, inspected and cleaned everything (I used 91% Isopropyl), took caulk and sealed all along the window frames and baseboards where there were small openings/cracks that bed bugs could fit in, any cracks in the walls, etc. I covered the carpet with diatomaceous earth, the one room where there was carpet, rubbed it in a little then applied a little more on top, and lived like Bedouin (like another poster said) for three weeks in another spare room. I also dusted diatomaceous earth in the other room where the couch was. And waited ten days, was going to clean up, then saw another bed bug! Killed it, waited another 3 days, then saw another baby one. That kept happening for about 18 days, then I did not see a single nymph or bed bug, not even in a monitor or with my flashlight and magnifying glass in the middle of the night. I vacuumed and shampooed the carpet, cleaned thoroughly, and life is back to normal. I applied a light remnant of diatomaceous earth between the carpet and walls in that one room and still have monitors here and there, but they have been clear for a while. No sign of bed bugs.

  2. Westside777

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    Posted 1 year ago
    Mon Sep 3 2018 7:03:08
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    I meant it was three weeks total with the D.E. on the carpet and me living in the other room, including the '18 days' I mentioned, all told, about 23 days after cleaning.

  3. loubugs

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    Posted 1 year ago
    Mon Sep 3 2018 8:03:19
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    You have to be careful with DE. Just because it says it's food quality, it means to digest not inhale. It does contain a small percentage of crystalline silica and that's not good to inhale. CimeXa dust has no crystalline component, totally amorphous silica compound.

    Professional entomologist/arachnologist. I consult on all matters dealing with insects and arachnids, including those of natural history and biology to pest management and forensic entomology investigations.

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