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  1. NotGivingUp

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    Posted 2 years ago
    Sat Jun 24 2017 22:46:36
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    We discovered our uninvited guests in late May so have been dealing with them for about a month. We believe my husband brought them home from a hotel on a work trip. I first noticed one crawl across my ipad while reading in bed in the dark. This happened again a couple of nights later and I began to wonder what they were. When my husband mentioned a line of bug bites on his ankle I got worried. We lifted the mattress and I saw nothing but upon lifting the box spring we discovered their lair. Our sheets were dark red so we never noticed stains on them.

    We really can't afford a PCO, but here are the steps we have taken so far and current results. Luckily we did a lot of research here first and and believe we have avoided a lot of mistakes. First we ordered mattress, pillow and box spring encasements and interceptor cups for our bed and our daughter's bed on Amazon, next day delivery. We sprayed the bed down with Murphy's Oil Soap and wiped it down thoroughly. We then used a professional clothing steamer to steam the wood side rails where the majority of the infestation seemed to be located. We also steamed the mattress and box springs and then encased them in fabric encasements. We tied the pillows in plastic garbage bags and put them in the garbage. The new pillows we placed in the encasements. Sheets and blanket were washed in hot water and dried at high temp for 60 min. We placed interceptor cups on all 4 legs of the bed and moved it a foot from the wall. (We needed XL because we have a large sleigh bed.) We sprayed the side rails and any unexposed raw wood with a bed bug spray. Finally we replaced the mattress and box spring (putting a layer of DE on top of the encased box spring before replacing the mattress) and made the bed.

    First we sprayed the entire carpet with a bed bug killing spray. (Wearing masks.) Next we pulled back the carpet and laid down a line of DE along the baseboards. (Wearing masks.) We removed plates from the wall plugs and applied DE there. Then we sprinkled DE on the carpet throughout the room and vaccumed it up and then emptied the cup into a sealed bag and threw it away. We applied new DE on the carpet behind and under the bed and nightstands and it remains there for now.

    So here is how we are doing so far. For the first 10 days or so we were collecting 6-8 bugs every morning in the interceptor cups, some adults and some nymphs. Always in the outer section meaning they were not coming from the bed. However on day 10 I found a nymph in the inner chamber, so we again stripped the bed, washed and dried the sheets, and resprayed the bed with the Murphy's Oil Soap and Bed Bug Killer. I found 2 more nymphs during this process. (They probably hatched from eggs in a crevice.) Now 15 days after this second bed process we have not had another bug in the inner chamber and my husband has had no more bites. (Apparently I do not react to bites.) When collecting bugs from the cups I use a small dixie cup with a small amount of rubbing alcohol and remove them from the cups with a q-tip dipped in the alcohol. It has now been about 30 days since beginning the battle. I am still finding bugs in the outer chamber of the cups, however we have been down to 1-2 a day for about the last week and they are always adults. I'm hoping this mean any egg laying activity has ceased. They always seem pretty weak and half dead, probably from crawling through DE to get to the cups. They are almost always in the cups at the head of the bed.

    We decided not to bag up clothing and rip apart the closets and drawers because 1) we do not want them to spread and 2) we want them to be attracted to our bed.

    We found no sign of bugs in my daughters bed upstairs but check the interceptor cups every couple days and thank goodness still no sign of them up there.

    Sorry for the long missive. I feel like we have really made progress but don't want to delude ourselves. My husband has not had signs of new bites in a month. I know they can live a long time without a food source, but at the same time I don't think they would voluntarily go without food while we are lying there sleeping away and tempting them. Shouldn't they be getting really hungry by now? I keep hoping I am finding the last bug. We have even had 2 bug free mornings but then find one the next day. We would really welcome some input and comments.

  2. NotGivingUp

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    Posted 2 years ago
    Sat Jun 24 2017 22:55:46
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    P.S. I should probably add we do live in a single family home. Also, my husband plans on checking future hotel rooms thoroughly. We almost feel like experts on what to look for now.

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    Posted 2 years ago
    Sun Jun 25 2017 7:37:40
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    No bugs at all his morning!

  4. Livingagain

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    Posted 2 years ago
    Sun Jun 25 2017 22:03:51
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    Checking is good at hotels, but I also make my husband keep his suitcase in the bathtub when he's in hotels.


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