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Help! Bites, but cant find bugs & moving

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  1. MovingMama

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    Posted 3 months ago
    Fri May 11 2018 21:51:27
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    I've been getting bit for about a year. Initially once a month, now every 2 weeks or so. I cannot find the bed bugs. I saw ONE about 18 months ago, and at that time my roommate was getting bit. She has since moved out. My daughter has been bit once, my son 3-4 times.

    I cannot find the bugs but there is a lot of clutter.

    I am moving in 5 weeks and only taking clothes (I'll wash, dry, pack them in bags), my Tv's and gaming system and my daughter's bunk beds. My mattress will be tossed, as well as couches, books and all other furniture.

    Am I missing anything? I don't think we're infested because we never see bugs. This all started when people moved in downstairs.

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    Posted 3 months ago
    Sat May 12 2018 1:44:18
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    I would maybe get some canned air and puff at your electronics a bit just in case, but if they were far from your bedding area, hopefully they weren't too interesting for the bugs to harbor in. I've read that bed bugs don't often like harboring in electronics unless they're pretty close to the bed. (Like a laptop left on the bed or an alarm clock directly beside it.)

    Someone on this forum advised for me to get Cimexa when I moved and I think if anything it at least gave me some peace of mind to lay down a perimeter around my new home (not too much, and follow the instructions on the label.). It helped me feel a little safer.

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    Sat May 12 2018 3:16:43
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    I was instructed to wipe down the TV screens with Windex and just visually inspect and vacuum the electronics. We're in the same boat thanks to a hoarding neighbor that refuses to declutter. Or allow treatment because of her kitty. We were clear just to get them back. Saw a live one coming out of the wall socket last Friday 😭 Thankfully We're out next Friday. Only taking clothing electronics and the crib. We were instructed to steam it first. Id steam the bunk beds. The kitchen items if you're taking any just need to be ran in the dishwasher or handwashed. I've double bagged all fabrics so I can peel the outter cover off right before we move.

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    Someone on this forum advised for me to get Cimexa when I moved and I think if anything it at least gave me some peace of mind to lay down a perimeter around my new home (not too much, and follow the instructions on the label.). It helped me feel a little safer.

    Completely agree. we're dusting with DE (safer for my 8 month old) and setting up passive monitors before we move in.
    Is Cimexa a better choice?

  5. Pattycake

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    Sat May 12 2018 21:40:25
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    Cimexa is supposed to be better and kill bb faster than DE. There are some studies and some links on this forum.

  6. MovingMama

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    Posted 2 months ago
    Sat May 26 2018 21:43:26
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    Thanks everyone. My son's TV is close to his bed. I'll wipe it down and vacuum it. I'll put the bed bug interceptors in the legs of the bunk bed.
    I'm hoping that as I move I find them...then at least I'll definitely know it was bed bugs.

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    Sun May 27 2018 10:50:48
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    I think if you had bbs for 18mos-a year you would definitely be seeing them and getting more bites. But it sounds like you’re taking all the preventative steps! I hope your move goes well.

  8. MovingMama

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    Posted 2 months ago
    Sun May 27 2018 19:39:38
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    With everything I'm reading... could I have mites? We had a bad mouse infestation. Last April/May I caught 40 in just one week! That was in snap traps. Then, I put down poison. I saw 2 this past November and I haven't heard or seen any since.
    Last night while packing, I went into my closet. The closet and my bedroom are in a converted attic. I looked up and saw duct tape that was peeling...and inside the walls are t-shirts. They used t-shirts and duct tape to create/insulate the walls!!!
    Between that and the mice..I'm thinking it must be mites!


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