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Bed bug harbourage? And small little brown balls [a: flea]

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  1. borderingonobsessed

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Thu Feb 25 2016 8:42:58
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    Me again....

    So two weeks tomorrow since the day we moved from old apartment where we found an infestation at the start of Dec and I'm getting increasingly anxious. Currently sat in our room crying my eyes out because I have three new bites today (completely different to the bed bug bites I got during our infestation in the old apartment I should add) and I'm super paranoid.

    The lovely community here have already helped me ID a flea this week, I then found ants crawling round the right hand side of the bed frame by the headboard last night and have now had a bit more of a check around and found a few things that are worrying me:

    Right hand side of the bed near headboard where I saw ants yesterday: https://flic.kr/p/DwdEAF
    https://flic.kr/p/Ei9ShU (In the top of this photo you can see a weird encased moth thing I'm dealing with too....)

    The below photos were taken at the left hand side of the bed around halfway down:
    https://flic.kr/p/DwdCrv
    After dabbing sellotape in the area: https://flic.kr/p/DV7Eui
    Close up of a little spider thing(?!): https://flic.kr/p/ErhpK5

    In the first sellotape photo there's a small round brown thing next to the Spider/black dot and I have been finding a lot of these randomly around the condo since moving. I found one on my fitted sheet top corner and here's photos of it:
    https://flic.kr/p/EknAXr
    https://flic.kr/p/EtB7qz

    A couple of these seemed to fall off our cat onto the bed the day we picked her up from the shelter, I can't see any legs on them or anything and they don't look bed bug related but I just don't know anymore.

    I know bites aren't an indicator but here's the new type of bites:
    https://flic.kr/p/DwgvBn
    Compared to the old ones from Dec: https://flic.kr/p/EicMDE
    You can see they're totally different!

    I am losing my mind here and would appreciate any advice or IDs.

    Thanks!

  2. jim danca

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Thu Feb 25 2016 9:22:17
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    Recommend that you scrub down that wood bed frame. I see a lot of debris in the one picture. Especially clean the areas where the wood intersects.

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  3. borderingonobsessed

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Thu Feb 25 2016 9:30:08
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    Yeah the frame on the left hand side is thick with dust and debris - the whole condo was thick with dust behind or underneath anything, I don't think the owners cleaned in almost 3 years.

    So far during my cleaning efforts I've found: three small German cockroaches, ants, loads of small spiders, encased moths everywhere, a flea and a tonne of dust. I guess this could be causing my skin reaction?

    What is your opinion on the black dots on the wood? There was a few other black dots of varying sizes near the bottom of the bed on white painted wood that is constantly exposed to light and no hidden by the mattress.

    Thanks for your input, I'm honestly going insane here!

    I was meant to be leaving the Philippines in July but we just committed to stay until October and I don't think I can do 7 months in an infested apartment

  4. jim danca

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    Thu Feb 25 2016 9:33:28
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    Do the black dots smear? If you do a good cleaning it should allow you to stop second guessing.

  5. borderingonobsessed

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Thu Feb 25 2016 9:53:09
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    I brushed my finger over the ones on the painted white bit of the frame and they didn't smear, they felt like little lumps under my finger. Wiped over them with a damp piece of cotton wool and they just came straight off onto it as little flecks of black - no smearing at all.

    Definitely going to give it a good clean so we can start monitoring properly. Thank you!

  6. Happyhippychik@gmail.com

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    Wed Dec 28 2016 17:17:13
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    Looks like bedbug egg case, BB poop stains, and BB carcass with spider. Also in the 1st pic, there is a BB hatchling.

  7. CleaningToDeath

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    Wed Dec 28 2016 19:28:22
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    Please wait for expert to ID or advise to get better view. Jim offered some good advice of cleaning the dust debris.

  8. borderingonobsessed

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    Posted 2 years ago
    Sun Jan 1 2017 12:28:35
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    Happyhippychik thanks for your comments but this post of mine is 10 months old and I installed passive monitors on the bed after cleaning the debris in the photos away with hot water and bleach.

    We actually found nothing bed bug related while in that apartment after this scare! Now dealing with trying to identify a totally unrelated BB issue all these months later in a different country! I can't escape them.

  9. loubugs

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    Posted 2 years ago
    Sun Jan 1 2017 18:54:23
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    Some of those pictures do have a flea.

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