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Bedbugs in my clothes, too [a: adult male bed bug]

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  1. tmac

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Tue Mar 1 2016 13:10:33
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    Well, as I think I've said before we had a badly infested sofa bed (cheap fabric one, like a futon) we had bites for weeks before but weren't sure what it was until we found them. wanted to get a pro to do the job but it was way too expensive.. didn't bother asking more to see if there's anyone cheaper (big mistake 1)
    Got rid of sofa & bought plain metal frame and sprung mattress (no headboard) and started vacuum cleaning the room+mattress once a week and check the bag for any "samples".
    Getting rid of the sofa was great, but in a week or so we were getting bites again, but not as bad as before. Went to see an exterminator again , this guy was much cheaper but still (big mistake II) thought we'd try foggers first.
    First fogger seemed to kill quite a lot, no bugs at all after the 2nd one, but then I started getting bites again, first finding them on my pajamas early morning, and then on my clothes and my bag (only because i left it on the floor, probably) during the day. First there were just medium-size red ones, which were very easy to catch, but went on to find different sizes. Still no big ones as the ones we had on the back of the sofa, though. The weird thing is, that when they just started I had bites on my arms and feet and now mostly under my clothes,like socks,pants and bra.
    I haven't use anything on my skin, just some astihistamne cream and tea tree soap?
    Also, we are using mattress spray, the type that says it would keep them away, not kill them and it smells quite strong. Could this be the problem?
    Don't mind getting really bad bites again if they go back hiding whehere they used to be..
    Thank you for reading!

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Tue Mar 1 2016 13:45:48
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    That's an adult male bed bug pictured.
    tmac:

    Getting rid of the sofa was great, but in a week or so we were getting bites again, but not as bad as before. Went to see an exterminator again , this guy was much cheaper but still (big mistake II) thought we'd try foggers first.
    First fogger seemed to kill quite a lot, no bugs at all after the 2nd one, but then I started getting bites again, first finding them on my pajamas early morning, and then on my clothes and my bag (only because i left it on the floor, probably) during the day. First there were just medium-size red ones, which were very easy to catch, but went on to find different sizes. Still no big ones as the ones we had on the back of the sofa, though. The weird thing is, that when they just started I had bites on my arms and feet and now mostly under my clothes,like socks,pants and bra.
    I haven't use anything on my skin, just some astihistamne cream and tea tree soap?
    Also, we are using mattress spray, the type that says it would keep them away, not kill them and it smells quite strong. Could this be the problem?

    Foggers only kill on contact and use of them causes the bed bugs to get into places they normally don't get into. They will crawl away from the aerosol insecticide that is in the room and then crawl back when all clear. The mattress spray might very well be doing this too. You are actually making them behave in a non-normal way and in doing so makes it more difficult to get control.

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  3. tmac

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Tue Mar 1 2016 14:12:49
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    Thank you, loubug. So is this irreversible or will just take time?
    Any chance they would go hiding in the monitor if we stop using the spray for couple of weeks?

  4. jim danca

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    Tue Mar 1 2016 14:30:04
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    You exacerbated the situation with the use of foggers. I was at job recently where so many foggers had been used, there were bedbugs nesting in the egg shelf along the door of the fridge.

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Fri Mar 4 2016 13:36:49
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    That's disgusting! I didn't realise they could go in the fridge.

  6. tmac

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    Fri Mar 4 2016 14:03:02
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    Well, I probably shouldn't have said anything, as was going to get the cat from under the bed and a few minutes later got a couple of really painful bites on my arm , just like the ones I had a few months ago.
    went to the bathroom to apply antihistamine cream and there it was one top of my shirt, the biggest one I've seen, round shape and very slow and lazy, it didn't even bother running like the small one do. Could it be a very old one? I didn't want to touch it so just thew the shirt in a bucket and poured hot water on top of it.
    As soon as I did this a small white lump popped up. I should have taken a photo, probably, but could these be eggs?

    And also, is this the right time to call an exterminator or wait until I find more?

    Thank you.

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Fri Mar 4 2016 14:46:03
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    Time to call in the PCO. The bed bug problem will not go away on its own. It will get worse and a light infestation will turn into a heavy one. Keep the next bedbug you find in a plastic ziplock bag for the PCO to see. It is easy to be in denial BUT you have to deal with it.

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Fri Mar 4 2016 16:07:23
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    If you start treating for bedbugs, make sure the cat doesn't become a host. I'm doing a job right now, where the woman has been keeping the cat in the bathroom at night because there were bedbugs in two bedrooms and in the living room.

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    Hi Jim, She's not allowed (other rooms seem to be clean) , but sometimes sneaks in. Well defo keep her away when DE is applied on the floor.

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    lol i'm not the one in denial, i'm the panicky one with "bug obsession" and will definitely bag some bugs to show people.

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    Tue Mar 8 2016 7:19:03
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    jim danca - 3 days ago  » 
    If you start treating for bedbugs, make sure the cat doesn't become a host. I'm doing a job right now, where the woman has been keeping the cat in the bathroom at night because there were bedbugs in two bedrooms and in the living room.

    What are you talking about? Pets can't become hosts to bed bugs, and neither can human by the way. They just feed on ours and our cats' blood.

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    martianmaggie - 1 day ago  » 

    jim danca - 3 days ago  » 
    If you start treating for bedbugs, make sure the cat doesn't become a host. I'm doing a job right now, where the woman has been keeping the cat in the bathroom at night because there were bedbugs in two bedrooms and in the living room.

    What are you talking about? Pets can't become hosts to bed bugs, and neither can human by the way. They just feed on ours and our cats' blood.

    And you have described what being a host is. Bed bugs are external parasites, temporarily feeding on us and then leaving. Ticks stay on a lot longer and in some don't leave after feeding. Some mites have a more intimate association as do head lice. Body lice behave like bed bugs, attaching and feeding and getting off. Some flies are parasitic: mosquitoes get on, feed, fly off. Deer and horse flies take blood and fly off. Some fly maggots infest only dead tissue, but some live and all are termed parasitic. They might seem like blood predators.


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