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  1. neveragainCDMX

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    Posted 7 months ago
    Thu Mar 21 2019 6:25:10
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    Hello there. Looking forward to your knowledged guidance.
    My family just returned from holiday in Mexico City. We stayed at a high end hotel apartment in a very posh area of town (Condesa). Still, there were bedbugs. I was bit a few times each night. Blamed mosquitos the first couple of nights because windows were open (no screens) even though I didn’t see any. Third night I noticed stains on bedding and found a small nymph and what looked to be an exoskeleton in bloodstain. I have photos if requested.

    After speaking with hotel management, we left behind all our luggage, and clothing and all personal items other than medication, jewelry, passports, credit card and cash. They offered to treat and send the remaining items to us but I refused. I have very high anxiety ans would rather take the financial loss.

    We purchased new clothes and left the old ones behind and checked into a new hotel (comped by original hotel). We flew home the next morning and went to Target from the airport to buy another set of new clothes and shoes (were wearing our old shoes until this point but never wore them iniside the 2nd hotel room). We showered and changed into 2nd set of new clothes, ziploc bagged our personal items, and cleaned jewelry and electronics with rubbing alcohol before we arrived home. Everything except for essentials cleaned with alcohol went immediately into the freezer when we walked in the door.

    Even in my heightened state of paranoia, I really felt like we covered all of our bases as thoroughly as possible.

    Night one at home: One bite popped up on my face overnight.
    Day two at home: bought and set up box spring and and mattress encasements on all bedding. Also bought white sheets to facilitate inspection and ordered passive monitor but it hasn’t arrived yet.
    Night two: no bites or any indication of any activity
    Night three: one new bite in my face. No evidence of bugs in my bed. All other beds are clear.

    When should I start to worry about these new bites? I know they could still be a delayed reaction, but for how long? We do live in Texas so mosquito season never ends but it’s hard for me to believe that it’s not related! The rest of my family did not react to the bites in Mexico so I am the only test subject.

    When can I allow myself peace of mind?

    Thanks in advance for any guidance that you can provide.

  2. neveragainCDMX

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    Posted 7 months ago
    Thu Mar 21 2019 15:06:59
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    Somehow I missed this on my quilt on my first check this morning. It is black, not brown or reddish brown like the stains that we saw in Mexico. Thoughts please? I’m losing my mind here.

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    Posted 7 months ago
    Thu Mar 21 2019 15:08:39
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  4. neveragainCDMX

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    Posted 7 months ago
    Thu Mar 21 2019 15:11:01
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    And I threw the bedding in the wash as I walked out the door. After reading more that was a bad idea?

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    Posted 7 months ago
    Thu Mar 21 2019 15:11:33
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    I'll let someone else field the fecal spot id since I still haven't figured those out yet. As far as your original question, the monitors will greatly reduce the amount of time needed to see a new infestation but it could still take weeks before they make their presence known. In spite of what a lot of myths would have you believe, they don't instantly start multiplying when they enter a home. It takes a while before new bugs can complete all of the stages of growth to get to maturity and be able to reproduce and but when you get to the point where you have several adults, especially females around, they grow exponentially. Seems like you've taken a lot of precautions though so hopefully you'll not need to find out about bed bug population growth.

    "If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles."
    Not an expert. Just a survivor who's still learning.
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    Posted 7 months ago
    Thu Mar 21 2019 15:40:49
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    Definitely not a fecal stain. Post an image of the nymph if you have it.

    I can't imagine anything surviving after all the steps you've taken; monitor at this point but I wouldn't trouble yourself with any other steps, I would be amazed if anything survived.

  7. neveragainCDMX

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    Posted 7 months ago
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    My apologies for the delay in responding. not only did we possibly pick up bedbugs on this trip, we are also being tested for intestinal parasites.
    I feel like we are on an episode of “Vacation from Hell” on TLC. I don’t know if that is a real show or not but it should be.

    Thank you both for your thoughts, which are encouraging. I’m hoping the stain is a transfer from the dye on the other side of the quilt. It is relatively new and was just washed for the second time.

    Photos of bug (screenshot from video) and stains in Mexico: see link below. Can someone please verify that it works? Thank you.

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    Posted 7 months ago
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    https://imgur.com/a/8tQoEDC

    Is there a way for me to post the video?

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    Posted 7 months ago
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    So the hotel just emailed me that the room was inspected and treated by a pest control specialist “as if” there were bedbugs even though there was no indication of bedbug activity. They did not explain what the stains, live and dead bugs or bites were related to. I imagine that this is a typical response?

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    Posted 6 months ago
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    If that last picture of the bug walking on the sheet is supposed to be the bed bug that you found, it looks more like a louse than a bed bug. It's blurry and far away so it's kind of hard to make out but it looks very long and slender to be a bed bug and the head and body segments look wrong. Paging Lou...

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    Posted 6 months ago
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    I don't see anything bed bug related in those images.
    I would imagine that was the proper response, if the insect you believed to be a bed bug is not a bed bug there doesn't seem to be a point to take it any further. As for them explaining your bites, you're asking the impossible.
    That's a damn fine hotel, sounds like they bent over backwards to keep you happy.

  12. neveragainCDMX

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    Posted 6 months ago
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    Yes. I agree that the hotel addressed our concerns appropriately. They did indicate that there had been bedbugs in that room at some unconfirmed time earlier, however. With the bug carcass with blood trail and stains on three beds in two seperate bedrooms, in addition to finding a live bug crawling on the bottom sheet at 4am, I don’t know how any lay person could have drawn a different conclusion under the circumstances. I have traveled all over Mexico probably for a cumulative year or more and have never had a similar experience before.

    My family will sleep better tonight based on your informed comments. Thanks for taking the time to share your knowledge and to the founder of the site for this forum! It is an an amazing resource.


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