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  1. bed-bugscouk

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    Posted 5 years ago
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    Hi,

    There are a significant number of myths and phrases associated with bedbugs.

    The aim of this thread is to compile a list of myths with some expert input to explain why it's not accurate. Hopefully we can edit it into a green sticky or part of the FAQ's.

    It's a long term communication project of mine to isolate and correct these myths even if at times it takes years to see results.

    All input appreciated.

    David Cain
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    That a fungus whichy may be working in a lab conditions under ideal circumstances should be used off label in someone's house. Someone just posted another article about it. The Smithsonian article makes it clear that it is not for current use, to me. But, I've slept 8 hours and am not battling bugs.

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    Myth 2: They live in your hair. I hear that's not likely.

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    Myth 3: Bedbugs are in your bathroom (or kitchen) because they are thirsty. Just read that management told a tenant that in a thread.

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    The threat should probably include:
    They only live in the bed.
    They only bite in rows.

    But perhaps also: Put your clothes in any dryer for twenty minutes and its fine. Perhaps it would be better to say: Buy a meat-thermometer, find out how hot the dryer gets, and if it gets over 120F out your clothes in the dryer for twenty minutes and its fine.

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    My pest management professional/dermatologist/doctor/friend-who-worked-in-refugee-camps-and-has-seen-bed-bug-bites says these marks on my skin are from bed bugs.

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."
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    Bed bugs aren't really a problem in my village/city/state/province/country.

    (I'm looking at you, South Korea, Montana, Eau Claire, and Nunavut.)

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    And to add to Kater's post: breakfast, lunch, and dinner, baby.

  9. bed-bugscouk

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    Ahh I miss the days when saying BLD was not true would get more heated than who was the best Star Trek captain.

    David

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    Did anyone say they are only nocturnal yet?

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    Another myth: they jump or fly.

    They do sometimes end up in ceiling junctures or on the ceiling. I better let the experts talk about the reasons for that.

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    They only appear in low income or dirty houses.

  13. BugsInTO

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    We just need to bring back DDT

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    I have bed bugs and termini came out and sprayed and i washed all my clothes. Two weeks exactly after first treatment i got bit twice in my buttocks. My room is very cold. Could the bed bugs be somewhere else warm and waiting until temperature rises or they still in my box spring? I'm waiting on termini to spray again.

  15. bed-bugscouk

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    Hi Chris u,

    This is a specific thread to collect bedbug myths, if you want comment on your case it would be best to start a new topic.

    David

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    Another myth - they live IN your mattress so the only way to get rid of them is to toss it out.

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    Good point, Buggy: It's a myth that you have to throw everything out.

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    Another myth i have heard is they can't live in cars because the interior gets too hot when they are parked outside on a sunny day, but there are in fact still cool spots under the seats, e.t.c. that they will find refuge in.

    .....I am NOT an expert.....

    Any advice i give here is based solely on my own personal experiences in dealing with bedbugs & other household vermin.
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    Another myth is if you live in a really cold climate, you put items outside. One of the experts has talked about bedbugs in Antartica. Sure hope Prince Harry is ok.

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    True!

  22. Nobugsonme

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    chris u - 12 hours ago  » 
    I have bed bugs and termini came out and sprayed and i washed all my clothes. Two weeks exactly after first treatment i got bit twice in my buttocks. My room is very cold. Could the bed bugs be somewhere else warm and waiting until temperature rises or they still in my box spring? I'm waiting on termini to spray again.

    Chris, this thread has a pretty specific theme, so I recommend reposting this to a NEW thread so more people will see it and respond, and it won't derail the thread.


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