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  1. bugginagain

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    Posted 7 months ago
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    Hello,

    A few weeks ago I stayed at a guesthouse and noticed what I thought was mold on a chair (possibly from guests laying damp towels over it). A couple days after I returned home, I noticed bites on my wrists...a few days later I had them on my ankles, elbows and hip. I've experienced bed bugs before and some of the bites were exactly like what I had before. I did a thorough 4 hour search of my bedding, frame, and walls around my bed. There was no evidence of bed bugs.

    Now, 10 days later, I woke to find what I think is a bed bug (not adult) crawling up the wall next to my bed. I grabbed tape to catch it. I do have a photo, but it's small. I also tried to get another photo and accidentally squished the sample. There was definitely blood. I'll post both images. I haven't noticed any bites this morning though.

    Thanks!

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    Hi,

    Only the top link seems to work and it’s a little out of focus but appears to be a bedbug nymph that has recently fed.

    If it’s connected with the recent trip there might not be many signs and I would suggest monitoring rather than visual inspection and you might be looking for “needles in haystacks” otherwise.

    Hope that helps.

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    bugginagain - 8 hours ago  » 
    Hello,
    A few weeks ago I stayed at a guesthouse and noticed what I thought was mold on a chair (possibly from guests laying damp towels over it). A couple days after I returned home, I noticed bites on my wrists...a few days later I had them on my ankles, elbows and hip. I've experienced bed bugs before and some of the bites were exactly like what I had before. I did a thorough 4 hour search of my bedding, frame, and walls around my bed. There was no evidence of bed bugs.
    Now, 10 days later, I woke to find what I think is a bed bug (not adult) crawling up the wall next to my bed. I grabbed tape to catch it. I do have a photo, but it's small. I also tried to get another photo and accidentally squished the sample. There was definitely blood. I'll post both images. I haven't noticed any bites this morning though.
    Thanks!

    You could have a delayed reaction to having been bitten when you stayed at a guest house. The mold on chair possibly could actually be fecal droppings on the chair from bed bugs living in it. If you left clothes on the chair, bed bugs could have crawled on them. The pictures you attached indicate bed bugs as David noted, a recently fed nymph.

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    Posted 7 months ago
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    bed-bugscouk - 3 hours ago  » 
    Hi,
    Only the top link seems to work and it’s a little out of focus but appears to be a bedbug nymph that has recently fed.
    If it’s connected with the recent trip there might not be many signs and I would suggest monitoring rather than visual inspection and you might be looking for “needles in haystacks” otherwise.
    Hope that helps.
    David Cain
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    Thank you for your response. What is "monitoring" vs. "visual inspection"? Thank you.

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    bed-bugscouk - 3 hours ago  » 
    What is "monitoring" vs. "visual inspection"? Thank you.

    There are in essence three ways to detect bedbugs:

    • Visually - looking for them and their signs , detection rate increases with experience
    • Monitoring using devices - not all approaches and devices work as well as each other
    • Scent detection - usually using training K9 with visual confirmation but some people can also accurately detect them

    Even when you hire experience visual detection at low levels and through recent introductions it can be a challenging task.

    The FAQ and useful tools sections will help you out with more details.

    David

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    Posted 6 months ago
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    bed-bugscouk - 3 hours ago  » 
    What is "monitoring" vs. "visual inspection"? Thank you.

    There are in essence three ways to detect bedbugs:

    • Visually - looking for them and their signs , detection rate increases with experience
    • Monitoring using devices - not all approaches and devices work as well as each other
    • Scent detection - usually using training K9 with visual confirmation but some people can also accurately detect them


    Even when you hire experience visual detection at low levels and through recent introductions it can be a challenging task.
    The FAQ and useful tools sections will help you out with more details.
    David

    Thank you. I have purchased some monitors.

    What can I do in the meantime?

    I'm living in S. Korea in a tiny one-room apartment. I've seen two dead bugs...both not adults. Dead, not shed skin. (I have gotten bites since seeing these two dead bugs.) I have to wait for a family member to ship the monitors to me as the company doesn't direct-ship here. Getting info for exterminators here is difficult, specifically ones who have dealt with bedbugs. I'm trying to not get stressed about it, but I also feel that time is a factor. I plan on taking my bedding to a laundromat with a dryer this weekend. And some of my clothes. Beyond that I'm feeling pretty helpless. I hate to say it, but I'm even putting off alerting the landlord until I can find an experienced exterminator. Exterminators here throw fumigation at everything, and I have found that, generally, people are unaware of how to treat for them here. It's common here to be told that bedbugs don't exist in Korea....It feels like a rock and hard place position...don't alert landlord, potentially spread...alert landlord, cause a panic and spread.

    Any chance you can recommend a service in this part of the world? (I will also pose this in the forum). Thanks.


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