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Bedbugs in makeup and toiletries

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  1. Death2bugs567

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    Posted 1 year ago
    Wed Feb 22 2017 2:21:33
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    Hi everyone!
    I've returned home after possible exposure to bedbugs in NYC. We saw one live bed bug (100% positive) but didn't see any other specimens where we were staying. Still, I'm not about to mess around with these nasty things, and all my stuff is doubled bagged and hermetically sealed outside the house.
    How should I deal with my makeup and toiletries? I have a ZappBug heater which is ready to use, but I'm afraid to do a heat treatment on pricey makeup that could melt or get ruined in high temperatures. Is a visual inspection and thorough cleaning of the makeup tubes and brushes with rubbing alcohol enough to treat these items? I'd really rather not throw everything out, that would be sad
    Thanks in advance!

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    Posted 1 year ago
    Wed Feb 22 2017 2:41:21
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    Can you share pictures of the items? Other than brushes, which can be boiled briefly, I'm not clear on what it is that you want to treat.

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    Wed Feb 22 2017 8:00:56
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    Hi,

    Generally they are very low risk items.

    Place in a dry sink or bath. Separate and process the bag if feasible or continue with a hand inspection. A magnifying lens and going slowly will help.

    It is not something that needs to be given much anxiety though as its a low probability event even though it is possible. There are many more attractive things to bed bugs that make up such as worn clothes and the handles/seams of bags.

    Also more importantly please spend the time to watch the inspection videos so you know what to avoid in future.

    Hope that helps.

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    Wed Feb 22 2017 13:02:33
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    Thanks David!

    It's a great idea to do the inspection in a bathtub. The bugs themselves are easy to see for the most part, but I'm mostly concerned about eggs/nymphs, which are much harder. Do you have any inspection videos you recommend?

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    Hi,

    There is nothing I can recall in the public domain and its hard to create universal tools for such applications.

    The best advice I can give is take your time, do things slowly and if that means doing a few items per day and resting your eyes with a walk outside in between. We do not realise how much of a strain it can put on your eyes to focus that closely until you start doing it.

    Hope that gives you some pointers.

    David


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