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  1. helppp

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Mon Feb 25 2013 6:24:49

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    I have been noticing I've been gettings hives or bites lately, but I've had hives from the past from food allergies and when it's cold and dry out, my hives get worst. I would never suspect it to be bed bugs because my apartment is very clean and I thought I had a scare a few years ago in a different apartment, but turns out it was just my food allergies.

    Well I was just in bed on the computer when a bug crawls onto the bed. I freaked out, immediately got a paper towel and killed it. PICTURE HERE

    I started freaking the fuck out and googling everything. Lifted my mattress and found near the zipper this: PICTURE HERE
    *OF NOTE, that picture is after I took a lighter to it because I know that heat works

    After lifting my mattress, on my platform bed I noticed: PICTURE HERE which looks like shell casings.

    I AM FREAKING THE FUCK OUT. I am 99% sure this is a bedbug. I immediately started burning with a lighter everywhere there was a sign of the bedbug, and then saran wrapped and tapped down severely the point of entry. I am pretty sure they can get to me another way but NOW WHAT? What do I do? Do I have to get rid of my entire bed? This is the first bug, ANY kind of bug I've ever seen in my apartment. Do I notify my landlord?


  2. bed-bugscouk

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Mon Feb 25 2013 6:50:01

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    Sorry yes this looks like a light and recent case of bedbugs.

    Try not to panic and grab a pen and paper so you can take notes as you work through the FAQ's and work out what to do next.

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  3. theyareoutthere

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Mon Feb 25 2013 7:01:36

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    Please stop with the lighter. Convection heat works. This is not what you are doing and you are risking a fire.

    = TAOT
  4. loubugs

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Mon Feb 25 2013 10:26:12

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    Read the FAQ section on this site. Don't use a lighter, not a smart idea. You should contact your managing agent about the infestation (unless there is some reason we don't know about why you shouldn't) and proper remediation.

    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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