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I think I have bbs, advice needed

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  1. thecat

    Joined: Feb '17
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    Posted 2 years ago
    Tue Feb 28 2017 17:08:28

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    Last Friday after work I noticed 4 bites on my forearm when I took off my sweater. I didn't think anything of it until Monday when I noticed two more on my hip. I googled bed bugs and my bites are textbook. I should also mention that we stayed in a hotel in Vegas last weekend and my husband placed his bag on the extra bed.

    After spending hours learning about bbs, and waking up to two more bites again today I'm convinced. I've developed a plan to try to combat them even though I haven't found excrement, casings or even a bug.

    I bought mattress and box spring coverings
    I bought alcohol and spray bottles and will spray down all surfaces and crevices
    I will wash all my sheets and clothes in hot water and hot dryer and utilize plastic bags with clips
    Clothes I cannot wash I will keep in plastic until I can store them in my car on hot sunny days to bring them to a heat killing temp
    I bought the catch trays for the bed, dresser and night stands
    I'm buying a better vacuum with a HEPA filter

    What other things should I do now? Any tips for someone who is freaking out. Thanks in advance.

  2. Livingagain

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    Posted 2 years ago
    Tue Feb 28 2017 22:25:10

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    You should prob try to find evidence first. Either a live bug or fecal matter or she'd skins. Good ideas so far, but you should probably find out about Cimexa, in case you have to treat

  3. bed-bugscouk

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    Posted 2 years ago
    Wed Mar 1 2017 11:00:59

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    Skin reactions are notoriously unreliable and given the fact that bed bugs bite exposed skin I would say that bed bugs is not likely here.

    However, the advice stands that at this stage they are an easy one to rule out. Reading the site and the FAQ and useful tools sections will help you to understand what to look for, namely:

    • Live samples
    • cast skins
    • Faecal traces

    If bed bugs are present so will these.

    An example/reference image is included below:

    Slide3 by David Cain, on Flickr

    Only if you have a confirmed case should you look at treatment options and then the local regulations will indicate what are your best options.

    Hope that helps.

    David Cain
    Bed Bugs Limited

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