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  1. Makaylaxoh

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    We confirmed BB two weeks ago. Treated all 3 units in my house, and I threw out my mattress and box spring (which were just on the floor, I never had a bed frame) almost the day after we confirmed. We had been getting bitten for 6 months with zero signs, then we finally found 3 bugs. I encased my mattress and box spring in plastic before transporting through the house to minimize spreading. The last in the first floor has also been getting bitten (I'm on 2nd floor). So I have 2 more days until terminix comes to do the 2nd spray (yes, every floor did the massive "prep list" and followed all directions specifically). During the spray and inspection they only found ONE BUG and no signs of them (they think maybe in the walls so they treated our walls very heavily). So we decided to order our bed frame and mattress and.get back to a normal life (we've been sleeping on a $20 air mattress in the living room, I'm losing my mind!). Okay so I got a metal bed frame, and I have a carpeted room. Here's my question: I'm really paranoid about this happening again to my new bed so I took a small paint brush and applied DE to to the carpet around each bed post. Put it down decently heavily but not too heavy around the accessible posts because I have 3 toddlers). I also got a mattress protector, and a bed frame that eliminates the need for a box spring. I bought new bedding, new pillows, pillow protectors for every single pillow in the house, mattress protectors for my kids beds, and a crib protector for my youngests crib. Will the def be useful barrier to prevent them getting on my bed of any more come out of hiding? I've also made sure the bed is 2-3 inches from the wall and no bedding touches the floor. Anyone else have any more tips? I want to best this!!!!

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    Will the DE* be a useful barrier, is what I meant to say!

    Also, the lady* on the first floor

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    Wow. 6 months and no signs worries me. I'm sorry the bites ended up being BB's but at least you know you're not crazy like many who have bites but still no signs. Sounds like you're on the right track with treatment. Good luck and hopefully you won't ever have to deal with these horrible things again.

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    Hi,

    DE works best when used highly, heavily has a negative effect and disperses bedbugs.

    I would strongly suggest you read the static content on the forum and the link below:

    https://www.bed-bugs.co.uk/de

    Although I have not inspected your case I am extremely doubtful of the claim “they are in the walls”, that does not fit with bedbug Behaviour, especially in such a light infestation.

    Hope that helps.

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    bed-bugscouk - 24 minutes ago  » 
    Hi,
    DE works best when used highly, heavily has a negative effect and disperses bedbugs.
    I would strongly suggest you read the static content on the forum and the link below:
    https://www.bed-bugs.co.uk/de
    Although I have not inspected your case I am extremely doubtful of the claim “they are in the walls”, that does not fit with bedbug Behaviour, especially in such a light infestation.
    Hope that helps.
    David Cain
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    Thanks so much for your response! They just assume they're in the wall because myself and my.neighbor have been bitten horribly but when they inspect they can't find them anywhere. Aside from the few live ones I've found, and the one they found (and after the first treatment my neighbor found a few too, she says). But we've been getting bitten REALLY bad and haven't found the source! They were extremely thorough when they sprayed, the one they found was hiding in a crack on the bottom of my kids wooden toy box, and he managed to find it. A tiny little think in a tiny little crack. They did a great job. And there were a few fecal spots in my neighbor's house but no other signs. This whole situation is insane!

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    I should also mention there's one main wall that connects my bedroom and the bedroom downstairs and they're both close to our beds. I think that's where that assumption came from, that they travelled and are meeting in that wall.

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    I don't know if there's something that's been left out of your information but this is not characteristic of a bed bug infestation. Any chance you snapped a photo.? After six months of unchecked growth I would expect that infestation to rank in the hundreds, not just one or two.

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    BigDummy - 11 hours ago  » 
    I don't know if there's something that's been left out of your information but this is not characteristic of a bed bug infestation. Any chance you snapped a photo.? After six months of unchecked growth I would expect that infestation to rank in the hundreds, not just one or two.

    Honestly it is the strangest thing any of us have ever seen. There was zero fecal matter, zero casings, absolutely nowhere to be found. Just some fecal matter on the mattress of the lady on the first floor, but nothing else. I was here during the spray/inspection and they literally looked EVERYWHERE, flipped every single piece of furniture in my house and checked every crack and crevice of everything. They said they think they may have been hiding in my box spring which was in bad shape and was already discarded, but when I did my own inspection of it before discarding I found absolutely nothing. I do not have photos, but I did save the bugs and MULTIPLE people verified they were 100% bedbugs. I started getting bit in October, my neighbor said she had only been bit for a month but I didn't believe her because she was bitten way worse than I've ever been, and post spray there were a few that came out of hiding in her place but not in mine. There are many things that could have been the source of the infestation that I discarded, being my bed, box spring, pillows and blankets. The 4 that I found were on my bed, and they found one in my child's room in a crack of their wooden toybox. It's really a crazy situation but we've seen none since getting rid of the bed and nobody has been bitten. The next spray is tomorrow and the exterminator thinks he will find more downstairs now that their hiding places were sprayed and they're surfacing, but we've literally only found a handful and very very few signs of them.

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    Do you still have the samples?
    It would be worth it to have a look and make sure you're not dealing with bat bugs. The differences between the two are so subtle that bat bugs are often mistaken for bed bugs.
    The information you've posted just sounds off to me. Bed bugs, and most creatures for that matter, prefer to live near their food source. They would have to pass up perfectly suitable refuge each time they fed; it would be like driving two towns over just to buy a bag of chips.

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    They're definitely bed bugs. On the morning that they surfaced, one was even "red" after having just fed on me, and it was found right under my pillow, the bites that surfaced within those hours were right on my arm that rests under the pillow. When I crushed it (while I saved the others live in a plastic baggy to show the exterminator) it was legit blood that gushed from it. I've been getting bit in the classic bed bug pattern, in a row, as well as the neighbor. Like I said, I believe the infestation came from my bed but they travelled to the neighbor through the wall that connects our bedrooms (which conveniently our beds rested right up against).

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    I will get on my laptop to upload some pics I sent to a friend, to peak your interest further! I'm not sure they'll be the best quality but you can have a look, just give me an hour or so.

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    How frequently were you getting bit prior to discovering them? That could give an idea of how large the population was. It seems like a very slow growth rate if they've been there since October as you stated. So you think it started downstairs in your neighbor's unit since they were getting bit worse than you? Did they remove the outlet covers from the wall to inspect behind them?

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    You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it kill a family of six from Iowa and bury them in a shallow grave on the side of the highway.

    Or however that saying goes...

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    I remember reading your other thread, and thinking GREAT finally someone who has mysterious "bites" but has found a cause other than BBs. So sad to see BBs are finally found as the culprit, but at least you have your answer!

    May I ask HOW you finally found the bugs? It was just chance that you found them on your bed one day? Was it day/night? Were you specifically looking for them? Any other details you can provide for those of us users who are in the "mysterious bites but no signs" stage?

    Thanks, and good luck with your remediation!

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    SalsaVince - 2 days ago  » 
    How frequently were you getting bit prior to discovering them? That could give an idea of how large the population was. It seems like a very slow growth rate if they've been there since October as you stated. So you think it started downstairs in your neighbor's unit since they were getting bit worse than you? Did they remove the outlet covers from the wall to inspect behind them?

    They removed all the wall plates and treated heavily in the walls. And yes, that's my suspicion that it started downstairs. I just found my first baby bed bug on my brand new bed. We've been back in our room for 3 nights, and the second spray was yesterday. I haven't seen a bed bug since the day I found them, and then that ONE bug during the first spray. It's so upsetting and frustrating! Also, I was getting 1-3 bites every day or two. It wasn't a lot but enough to make me wonder what the heck is going on.

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    Scared88 - 1 day ago  » 
    I remember reading your other thread, and thinking GREAT finally someone who has mysterious "bites" but has found a cause other than BBs. So sad to see BBs are finally found as the culprit, but at least you have your answer!
    May I ask HOW you finally found the bugs? It was just chance that you found them on your bed one day? Was it day/night? Were you specifically looking for them? Any other details you can provide for those of us users who are in the "mysterious bites but no signs" stage?
    Thanks, and good luck with your remediation!

    One morning (February 17) my husband woke up, and woke me up to ask what kind of bug was on the wall right next to our bed. I knew immediately. We then inspected and found 3 more. There was still zero fecal matter anywhere, zero shells. Just 4 live adult bugs. Honestly it is all so damn weird. The guy from terminix said when I first suspected BBs the landlords pest control should have laid down traps (good professional grade ones that "breathe out" CO2 like a human does to really attract them) and then checked it 4 weeks later. If even one bug had been trapped, my apartment could have been treated. I suggest you send some good money on the traps, I'm not sure where you can find them but do some research. Again, even after all these months and all of this headache we still had VERY VERY little signs of BBs. We had our 2nd treatment yesterday and bought a new bed 3 days ago and moved back into the bedroom. Just found a baby BB on the new bed, the size of a the ball point of a pen and had a whole emotional breakdown. This is absolute torture and I wish this could have been handled months ago.

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    nina - 1 hour ago  » 
    try John Price on 0203 285 7399 UK London number. you can face time or skype him.
    he put my mind at rest. went through nightmare for 4 /5 years.
    let me know how you get on

    I am in the US and don't have international calling.

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    Found another adult bug on my bed. I'm so depressed. I've already been bitten twice. They're gonna come again and spray again on Wednesday (will be 3rd spray). I bought climb ups for my bed posts and the the bed is a good 4 inches away from any wall and I re-dried my bedding. Should this defer bugs from getting on my bed? I'm so freaking over this. I'm also sleeping fully clothed to prevent bites, which is incredibly uncomfortable for me. I'm so depressed, and I have a 1 year old, 2 year old and 3 year old to tend to, I'm absolutely drained mentally emotionally and physically. Someone please tell me the climb ups will trap them and the pesticide will work...

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    Isolating your bed isn't full proof for stopping bites since they could be in other places in your home or hitch a ride on your clothes or a hanging sheet. Wearing clothes to bed also wont completely protect you unfortunately. They can still bite your hands or even your face. I decided to sleep with short sleeves on so they could get to my arms instead but still not a great option. The treatments will work. You've got to endure a little more. Don't lose hope. Keep living while your dealing with this. Play with your kids. Watch a movie. Go for a walk. Although it's hard, don't let bed bugs become your life.

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    I read many reviews of climbups and it seems the consensus is that they are not perfect. They need to be cleaned to be kept smooth.
    I'm guessing a determined bug (ie. hungry) will keep trying until they get to the food.
    They are worth doing IMO but don't expect perfection.

    Good luck.

    I am NOT an expert.
    My opinions are just opinions, they may NOT apply to yours or any situation.
    My advice is to always do a LOT of research.
    A lot of what I read contradicts other stuff on the Interweb.

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