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Is talc dangerous? Is baby powder an ok substitute for ClimbUps?

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  1. FoundASpot

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    Thu Apr 7 2016 0:36:14
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    Hello,
    I'm still trying to determine if we have bedbugs. (I've posted my history at the bottom if you're curious.)

    I put ClimbUps on the bed legs 10 days ago, and no bugs so far.

    It's nearing time to clean them, and I'm wondering about talc vs baby powder. Just did a search for talc and talcum powder, and the headlines about it are alarming.

    Can I use baby powder instead? Or is it really better to go with talc/talcum powder?

    Thanks.

    History:
    1st week: Clusters of itchy welts every 2-3 days, on legs and hip. No evidence of bugs or skins on bed, one suspicious fecal spot on sheets but couldn't be confirmed. Bed has no box spring, just a memory foam mattress on a wooden bedframe with slats (no drawers).

    2nd week: Installed ClimbUps on bed. Went out of town. Husband slept in bed. (He has never gotten bites.)

    3rd week: Bed's ClimbUps have been empty for 10 days now. Bed sheets look clear. I've been home for three nights since my trip, and just found an itchy welt on my hip, sigh.

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Thu Apr 7 2016 7:27:11
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    I don't use climb ups all that much, but medicated powder or corn starch would also work.

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Thu Apr 7 2016 7:32:17
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    I'm no expert but check your couch also removing the dust cover from the bottom. Another place to check is the computer chair if you have one

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    Thu Apr 7 2016 10:57:59
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    I use the Walgreens baby powder that has talc in it. So far no bed bugs but have caught spiders and ants in it so im assuming it's working with baby powder

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    Thu Apr 7 2016 11:56:46
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    So the climbups are working but you still need to search to find the origin of the bites unless they have stopped

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Thu Apr 7 2016 13:25:46
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    Thanks all.

    @frightened: I'm curious why you suggest checking the couch? I've wondered why my suspicious bites seem to be limited to calves and two spots along my waistband, when I don't wear pants to bed.

    Wouldn't bedbugs prefer to take up residence in a bed instead of a couch?

    I'm in a 1 bedroom apartment with no walls (except for the bathroom), basically one large open room. The bedroom is on a balcony that overlooks the rest of the apartment, so the bedbugs wouldn't have difficulty navigating to the bedroom, I think? Though I don't really know anything about bedbug lifestyle choices.


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