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Are they ALWAYS in the mattress?

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  1. bedbugweary

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Fri Oct 23 2015 10:40:01
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    I have been dealing with an infestation for some months now and now feeling like they're getting under control- only finding dead ones, and those babies. I live in Nepal where many of the suggested solutions on sites like this are NOT possible, including mattress encasements- simply don't exist here.

    However, I keep inspecting and have not seen any sign of bedbugs actually infesting my mattress. It is a very simple foam mattress- nothing like what you use in the west, well sewn, though I'm sure it's not impossible for bedbugs to enter. I had to throw out a comforter that was horribly infested, and I have found them hiding in every possible crevice of the wood bed frame. A fellow American here insisted they are ALWAYS in the mattress today, and now I'm worried. There are no spots, feces or anything on the seams or anywhere on the mattress. Any thoughts?

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    Fri Oct 23 2015 10:45:19
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    It could be you're dealing with something else at this point. I'd post a photo.

    I don't know if they have bird or bat bugs there, but those closely related species may not leave the same signs in the same places as bed bugs.

    Also, "only seeing babies" suggests it may be something else, so I'd post an image on that count also.

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    Fri Oct 23 2015 11:09:47
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    Americans will speak that way.
    It's possible to have an infestation without being anywhere near a bedroom. A standard mattress has piping, a tag and could have other flaps if it's a pillow top that may provide a safe harborage for a bed bug. If your mattress lacks these possible harborage spots bed bugs would be safer to congregate in a different area, like a box spring or frame or passive monitor.

    It takes mature bed bugs to create offspring, so if you're only seeing little ones it might not be bed bugs as noted above.

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    Fri Oct 23 2015 11:18:10
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    I agree. But also strong air currents from an air conditioner unit, floor fan, or if there's central air conditioning and the register is under the bed, could cause the bugs to nest further from the bed.

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    Fri Oct 23 2015 20:56:20
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    BTW in direct answer to the topic question, no in fact in residential environments the box spring ofr frame are the most frequent spots. In hotels it is the headboard and night tables.

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    Sat Oct 24 2015 4:28:41
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    As other posters have mentioned, no mattresses don't have to be prime infestation sites. Your wood frame and the comforter served them well. These were more hospitable places than anywhere else so far examined.

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    Sun Oct 25 2015 11:24:26
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    bedbugweary - 2 days ago  » 
    ... and I have found them hiding in every possible crevice of the wood bed frame...

    Same issue we had, they weren't in/on the mattress. But they really set up home in the wooden frame. Way too many nooks and crannies for them to inhabit, and did they.

    Wood glue was helpful in this regard, caulk could also be used. This seals in any that are there along with preventing further harboring.

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