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Bug ID - Fear they are back

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  1. ithoughtlicewerebad

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    I am fairly certain this is a BB. Found it crawling in my lights out interceptor under my bed.

    http://imgur.com/a/snzjj

    My back story. Discovered BBs December 13. Have had 5 treatments. Between Dec 27 and March 17 we found no live BBs and only a couple of dead ones in January. March 17 found a barely living BB in the interceptor under the center of my bed. Thought it was something that escaped a bag of random things I had left in my room when I first was treated. PCO had me use Nuvan strips in the bag and moved it to the garage.

    Since then, no signs at all. He gave us the all clear in late April. Came back to inspect my daughter's room in early May because she had some weird bites around her waist band. But found no signs.

    Tonight, I found the bug above.

    I am really beside myself again. We had finally started feeling normal. We let the kids watch TV in their pjs on the weekends. I didn't scream at my husband if he left his room in the clothes he slept in. We started keeping our clothes in our bedrooms again. I still checked, but not obsessively every day. And now this.

    There are no fecal stains and other than my daughter's weird bites/bumps (which could be folliculitis, as she has gotten that before. She is also outside all the time so any spring bugs could be getting her), I found one welt this morning. I thought it was a mosquito because we had eaten outside last night. But it was gone this afternoon which worried me. I had heard that is a classic BB bite sign.

    Worst part is we got a dog. We had been promising the kids before this started. And his ordeal had taken its toll on our family. We wanted to do something for them. When we got the all clear, we got a puppy. Her crate is in our room near our bed at night, but I move it downstairs during the day so she can stay there when I go out to work or to take the kids to activities. I am now panicking that I spread the BBs.

    Now I'm worried they are crawling all over me right now since I just inspected my room.

    I am really, truly beside myself here. I don't know what I'm asking, but I feel like I can't cope with this again. I'm at a total loss for anyway to feel like there's a light at the end of the tunnel. I was looking forward to a normal summer.

    Help.

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    Posted 2 years ago
    Sun Jun 4 2017 19:16:11
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    I'm sorry you're going through this again. I hope an expert answers you soon but that does look like a bed bug. I will keep up with your post, hopefully an expert can also weigh in on how to proceed given your past experience with these evil little bugs.

  3. ithoughtlicewerebad

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    Thanks, stardog32. I'm pretty sure it is one. Question is where are they hiding and why are they back? Perhaps a tear in our encasement? The box spring was pretty bad, but the PCO treated, removed everything he could find, and encased it. I can't see a rip, but the mattress is too heavy for me to lift on my own and my husband is on a business trip, so I can't check right now. This is killing me.

    I've had no other signs. Fecal, dead bugs or anything else.

    Kids rooms still look clear.

    We got a puppy. I can't believe I let my family talk me into that right now. And I finally got a new duvet because I figured we were done and I wouldn't be ruining it by washing and drying on hot every week.

    This is just too much.

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    I'm not a expert but yes it looks like a bed bug..So sorry your dealing with this again.I'm also going through my second time with them.

  5. Proudmommyto3rottenboys

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    Here's my story:I have been dealing with bed bugs off and on for 3 years.The first time I caught them I was unaware that they were real.Well my landlord paid for 3 bug sprays which didnt really help at all.May have been because he uses the cheapest place and the bug guys didn't do a good job.So after that I finally talked him into going half on a heat treatment.We would have to pay back the half he paid to him but not right away.So we paid $2,200 for heat treatment.It came with a 3 month warranty.Thought we were in the clear.Nope right after our warranty was up we found more.So again we paid $2,200 for another heat treatment.This time getting rid of our brand new couch.It was really really thick and sewed really good so the heat couldnt get in the middle of it.This time the heat treatment worked.We were bug free for 2 and a half years.The whole time I was still really freaked out and it took me forever to stop getting up in the middle of the night searching for them.For the longest time I made my boys strip outside after coming home from school,a friends house or just about anywhere.I disnt let anyone come in at all.Not even my brother or best friend.Well my brother and friend would always complain that I was rude for not letting them come in.Or because I would make them change outside before coming in.Well after 2 years bug free I finally gave in and thought its got to be hard to catch them from someone just coming in your house.So I started letting my brother and friend come in again.My brother lives in apartments and had bed bugs.Swore his apartment was treated and that he didn't have them anymore.But apartments are very hard to get rid of them.My best friend had them in her trailer and she moved to a little shed cabin thing.Taking all her stuff with her.She swore that last summer her shed got so hot all the time that it killed all the bugs.I knew both were full of crap but like I said I thought it would be really hard to catch them off someones clothes like that.So I started letting them come back in.Well a few weeks ago I was sitting on my bed and seen a bug crawling on my shoulder.It was a bed bug...I freaked out and started crying...Not again,not again!!!!We have a hard time paying our bills the way it is let alone having to pay for all these treatments.I get really freaked out by the bugs...The first time I had them I was outside in my back yard in a tent for weeks in the winter...It was 20 degrees Outside...I froze but I wasn't going to sleep in my house with them.It doesnt bother my husband or our 3 boys like it does me.So again we had to come with $2,200 for the heat treatment.My husband sold his truck that he loved so much just so we would have the money for the treatment.So now we are $6,600 in Treatments..We just got the treatment done a week ago...I SWEAR with everything that is in me that I will NEVER allow anyone in my house again..Never Ever...I hate living that way and never having company over for game night or dinners together.But I will NOT continue to go through this...I can't...I already have problems with depression and panic attacks and this bug drama is making me worse.....I pray that the treatment worked this time and if it didnt that I am able to know before the 3 month warranty is up.Its just hard to tell within the 3 Months.I'm pretty sure we just caught them again and I got really lucky to see that bug crawling on me.Most people dont know until they have had them for awhile...I dont think this whole bug issue is ever going to go away in my head...Its really messed with me.I wouldn't wish this crap on my worst enemy!!!

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    Do you live in a house or apartment?Did you have sprays done or heat treatments?

  7. ithoughtlicewerebad

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    proud mommy, I am so sorry to hear you are going through this 2-1/2 years later. It is so hard to deal with.

    We live in a house. The issue was contained to my room, except for one random bug found in my daughter's bed in late December. My PCO is a local exterminator with a good track record who promised me he would tell me if he didn't think he could handle it, and needed to call in BB specialists. He treated with spray only. Many on here told me to use Cimexa as well, but we haven't under his advice. He worried about it with our pets. We have cats as well as a new puppy.

    We had been so careful. Now I fear that we missed something, tore something or my husband is bringing them back from business travel. I just really don't know how to deal. Especially with a new puppy that the family is completely attached to, but is making the thought of dealing with all of this so much harder.

    I just wanted my kids to be able to have friends over again. I don't want to walk around like a zombie anymore. I was finally not feeling like things were crawling on me all the time, and BAM they are back. This is awful.

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    ithoughtlicewerebad:
    Yes, a bed bug nymph.

    Professional entomologist/arachnologist. I consult on all matters dealing with insects and arachnids, including those of natural history and biology to pest management and forensic entomology investigations.
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    Thanks, loubugs. That is what I thought. Can I ask you, or any of the experts, your thoughts on whether this is a new introduction, or a zombie that's emerged from a deep, almost 3-month sleep? I know that's not how bedbugs behave. I would think if there were some we'd missed, we would have found signs much, much sooner. I also don't think it's the only one because I saw a tiny white bug last week that I totally squashed to the point where I couldn't find it to ID. I really, really thought it was a tiny white spider as I've seen them around outside the house. But I never got to look at it closely.

    I need to get help to inspect the encasements for rips. I have a call into the PCO or have to wait for my husband to return from a trip. Any other advice on next steps? I am beside myself and didn't sleep at all last night. We have so much going on with our kids and the end of the school year. And a new dog. I just don't know how I'm going to cope.

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    Get the PCO back. Also check the dogs bed very carefully.

  11. ithoughtlicewerebad

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    I immediately threw the dog's bed in the wash and checked the crate and saw no signs. But the crate is black, so it's hard to see for sure. It is new, however, which I think gives us an advantage. It is no longer moving around our house, but my husband is worried about the dog moving them around the house.

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    I personally think that it is probably just that low level bed bug issues with regular spray treatments may be hard to knock out 100% sometimes, so it makes lots of progress, just not 100%.

    I wonder if you would give any thought to asking your PCO to use Cimexa this time.

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    livingagain, I love that you changed your screen name. It is so hopeful.

    I do suspect the same thing about this being the result of us not 100% eradicating them with spray. But to have no signs for almost three months... where were they hiding and why did they take so long to feed? There has been nothing!

    I just posted in another thread about how my PCO is coming back tomorrow and I'm going to push Cimexa with him again. He really was not receptive the first time, and I may just do it myself. He was very concerned about my cats - and now my dog. We have wood floors, with a throw rug in the living room. The puppy noses around in everything. I'm just not sure how to do this safely for her. I will look up the instructions and posts on here to get advice. Why did we get a puppy until we were clear for a year? What was I thinking?

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    ithoughtlicewerebad - 1 hour ago  » 
    I immediately threw the dog's bed in the wash and checked the crate and saw no signs. But the crate is black, so it's hard to see for sure. It is new, however, which I think gives us an advantage. It is no longer moving around our house, but my husband is worried about the dog moving them around the house.

    Bedbugs do not like hair/fur so they will not be living on the dog. If the dog's bed and crate are now clean that should be ok but keep checking it. Perhaps examine the area around where the crate has been to ensure that there aren't any bedbugs lurking in the carpet etc.
    You will get through this as you are addressing the problem.

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    Thanks! Yes, it makes me happy, too.

    You can throw the dog's bed in the dryer regularly so that's not a problem. I have cats, and when I had a freakout a few months ago and put Cimexa everywhere the cats didn't seem to really sniff it or be bothered by it. Keep the kids out of rooms you put it in for a few hours so it can settle. I seems really noticeable for the first day, and then you don't notice it. It's supposed to be very safe.

    Cimexa is a pain with wood floors. I cut up some indoor outdoor carpet to put under bed legs to use it there. But some people put it in their interceptors, I just wondered if it would blow around there, too. You can put it in walls by inserting the duster into the hole next to the outlet box. I put it under baseboards, but that seemed to blow around. Cracks and crevices of couches was pretty easy. I did under the mattress and a little up the sides of the boxsprings. If your hand touches it just wash your hands and apply lotion.

    You should look up Ombugsman's current thread (minus David's posts) he has his success story using Cimexa. Poiqm gave people advice about it, too. I think on the reddit bed bug subthread, and it's side bar some people have told about using Cimexa. Even the Amazon reviews have some interesting details. You can ask other questions later.

    I'm pulling for you!

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    Thank you, Livingagain, Frightened, Lou, Stardog, ProudMommy and all who have supported me through this. I do afraid I come off as a crazy person. I am usually a rock. This is really testing me. Not something I ever imagined having to deal with. And I had made so much progress. 3 MONTHS!!!

    Even my PCO was super bummed. He was wondering if we brought something new into the room to introduce them. Only thing was the dog and a duvet cover that I washed and hot dried first. That is the duvet cover. Can't imagine this dog's reaction to being hot dried.

    Does anyone know if the fact that this was a nymph, and not an adult bug, makes any kind of difference or indicates source at all?

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    Quick update. PCO just left and found nothing else in my room or any of the rooms. Said the kids rooms were pristine. Our box spring encasement had a tear, and he covered with duct tape. His theory is a re-introduction or something got out of the encasement. He seemed skeptical that it got out, bit me, and then fell into the interceptor, but said it was always a possibility.

    He treated our bed and baseboards again. He is still saying he doesn't think Cimexa is necessary, and he worries about it getting all over around my kids and pets. He said if we hadn't made so much progress, he'd go for it. But he doesn't think it's a bug that just emerged from our wall or dresser after 3 months of not feeding. But I'm still going to talk to my husband about using it in our room.

    Anyway, somehow I'm feeling better. Still going to be incredibly careful, check my bed daily, etc. But this does make me feel better. Is it OK that i feel better?

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    Happy that his response helps you feel better. I sure hope he knows his stuff. We're always rooting for you!

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    Glad your pco didn't find anything else! Hopefully this is it and your bb days are over! I also find it hard to believe that it was just sitting around for 3 months. Was it a fed bb or have you had a recent bite?

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    If your husband travels frequently, I would invest in a portable packtite, you can easily heat up his entire suitcase if he travels with a carry on. It will eliminate the risk of him bringing any live bugs with him from his trip. I also would ask him to check every room for signs of infestation and run away from anything that shows any signs, like little dots of fecal matter or skins and especially live or dead bugs! Even if you don't have signs, there could be bugs, as they are great hiders. But the risk is low when you don't see them. If you stay in an infested place, the risk is high. I think you would want him to be vigilant.

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    bbmom, I have been nagging him about this since the whole thing started. He swears he checks the rooms, and he has to immediately toss his clothes in the dryer and we store his suitcase in a contractor bag in the basement. Last night, I convinced him it was worth buying a packtite.

    living again, I hope he knows his stuff as well. He has gotten us from a pretty bad infestation in our room to this point. I still want to use the Cimexa, however. Will talk to my husband when he is back tonight.

    justwantthemgone, it looked like it had fed, but I don't know how recently. The PCO said he didn't know. Not sure if anyone can tell from the photo. I thought I had a bite on Sunday, which is what prompted me to check and find it. But it's hard to know what's a regular bug bite (mosquito), and what might be a BB bite. I never had major reactions and didn't even realize I was getting BB bites until I found the BBs in December. I thought it was late season mosquitos. And for the 3 weeks before I woke up and found one in my bed, I really didn't have any bites. It's all so hard to say.

    Thank you all for your support. I'm still being vigilant. But having him check really helped ease my mind. I mean, if there was a major hiding spot, wouldn't they have come out already? I really think it had to have come out of the tear in the encasement. I really want to get rid of this bed, but I fear ripping it while moving it out and starting this madness all over again. Ugh.


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