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Baby and possible bed bugs - what to do?

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  1. chicken

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    Posted 10 years ago
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    Last week I woke up with a bite, in the following days I accumulated a total of 4 bites, only the first one was itchy and it was bigger than the others. I have not since had any bites though I had a rash this morning, not sure if it could be related. My husband and daughter do not have bites. I have been spending time outside in the garden.
    When I got the second bite, I immediately panicked and called an exterminator who assured me I had bed bugs with only a cursory look at my bites. He did not find any evidence of bed bugs. I have torn my bedroom apart and can find neither bug nor conclusive bug evidence. Of course, I am itchy all the time now and feel like I'm being bitten constantly, despite a lack of new bites to prove it. I am reluctant to engage an exterminator as I have a young baby (7 months), but for the same reason, I don't want to wait and let the situation get out of hand.
    I have installed carpet tape on my mattress and want to try the glue traps but have to figure out how to cat-proof them.
    Can anyone offer any advice? Also can anyone recommend a PCO in Queens, New York? Thank you.

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Tue Jun 10 2008 23:41:39
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    We were treated with chemical pesticides (deltamethrins) by a PCO three times while my baby was about the same age as yours. We were told to have her out of the apartment for 24 hours following treatment (for just adults, the recommended time was 4-6 hours). All three times we stayed away for about 48 hours, though my husband came back to open the windows 6 hours after the spraying. Obviously I can't comment on any long-term possible effects, but there were no short-term adverse affects to her that I witnessed. Best of luck.

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Wed Jun 11 2008 0:42:20
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    Chicken,
    Some PCOS use steam where a newborn is present.
    CLICK the tags above (NYC, NYC PCOs) for prior discussions of local PCOs).

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."
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    Posted 10 years ago
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    Send me a PM with your contact info and I'll inspect your home for free. I have a soft spot for children =) And I'll tell you for sure if you have a problem. *Note* for no reason other than caring about your problem, do i want to inspect your home. I live 10 minutes out of queens, so it's really no trouble. Not looking for your business. I'm leaving my company in about a month to go out on my own. Just giving you the heads up about me. PS. I'm also a board certified bed bug specialist

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    Posted 10 years ago
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    KillerQueen,

    I haven't heard of board certified bed bug specialists. Can you tell us who certifies them, and how?

  6. chicken

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    Thank you. I have contacted both Freedom and Standard. If we confirm bugs (I found two teeny, tiny things and am waiting to have them identified)both firms recommend steam (or freezing?) for the baby's room. Both Freedom and Standard have been very nice on the phone. I have seen feedback on Freedom but not much on Standard on this site and would welcome more feedback on both firms, PM is fine.

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Wed Jun 11 2008 13:30:24
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    Hi,

    I was going to just post to say please identify what it is before getting any treatment. Bites do not = bed bugs as others will testify.

    Have the samples identified by either an investigational pest control or entomologist, there are many other things that it could be other than Bed Bugs until you find either faecal traces, cast skins or live samples.

    If you can get a good quality picture of the samples post an address for it on the site and I am sure there are a few of us who will be able to look at it and tell you what it is likely to be.

    If you suspect fleas do not use chemical try a plug in flea trap. Much better for the environment and everyones health.

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    Posted 10 years ago
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    I am just back from a visit to Standard Extermination and am much relieved to report that my two teeny-tinies are not bed bugs but a sophid (likely set loose by the repairs being done to my water-damaged roof) and a book louse (the louse part being a misnomer, I am assured). The people at Standard were very nice, helpful and took their time with me. We still don't know what's biting me but so far, no bed bugs.

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    "I haven't heard of board certified bed bug specialists. Can you tell us who certifies them, and how?"

    Well, I have been through countless training seminars, read thousands of pages from both books and the internet. I have also taken classes at both Perdue and Cornell University. But as for who certifies as "Bed Bug Specialist" New York City Professional Pest Management Association. Here is a link http://www.ppcanyc.com/Bed%20Bug%20Specialists.htm

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    But I would also like to say that I have about 300 Bed Bug treatments under my belt, and it is this hands on Experience that I have learned the most. The above mentioned is nice, but unless you are passionate about what you do, those mean nothing. The above mentioned was all elected, I was not told by my boss I must attend any of that.

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    WOW ... First time I ever looked at that website. That is 1 hurting website. lol

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    Hi,

    Although book lice or Pscocids do not bite some people can have a "bite like" reaction to them, particularly if you have been sensitised to insects in the past. It comes under the heading of chitin hypersensitivity which is more a medical issue than a pest control problem.

    I would suggest that you consult a dermatologist if the reaction continues so that you can have this confirmed or ruled out.

    It may still be worth testing the area with a plug in flea trap because fleas are notoriously hard to see and confirm in a property unless it’s literally hopping alive.

    David

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    Posted 10 years ago
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    KillerQueen,

    Thanks for explaining about the board certification you describe.

    I note that MANY reputable NYC pcos who know their bed bugs are not listed. Not sure what to make of that.

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    David, Thank you. I am going to try a plug in flea trap as I have yet another bite (on my foot) this morning. I have two cats who stay indoors but we have lots of strays in our garden and it wouldn't be the first time they've given our guys fleas. That said, they are not scratching nor have I seen any flea dirt. As far as the possibility of bed bugs goes, I wrapped my mattress in carpet tape but have come up with nothing so far.
    Can you recommend a flea trap or are they all about equal?
    Thanks again.

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    Posted 10 years ago
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    KillerQueen,
    Thank you for the offer. I am going to wait and see how things go but may be in touch with you soon if I don't figure this out.

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    Dear chicken, there are flea traps that have a small bulb and those that are just glue traps. Either works well with a little time.

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Fri Jun 13 2008 10:29:56
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    There are some plugin flea traps on the shop page:
    http://bedbugger.com/usefulstuff/

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    Posted 10 years ago
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    Killer Queen,

    I am not trying to discredit your said bed bug certification, but, after checking out the website you posted (for personal reasons) I am shocked to see numerous spelling errors on that website. It looks like it was quickly thrown together and does not seem to represent a professional pest management assocation.

    There is a legitimate National Pest Management Association (NPMA), however, and their website is http://www.pestworld.org, which has no spelling errors.


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