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isolating the couch?

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  1. OooohNooo

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Fri Sep 12 2008 22:51:59
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    Has anyone ever isolated a couch? The PCO came today and we have isolated the bed. I'm afraid they will get desperate and venture downstairs to get us. I haven't gotten any bites while on the couch so I'm fairly sure they aren't nesting here yet. I thought I could get some pie plates and fill them with mineral oil. Then rub Vaseline on the couch legs. I just don't want to have to throw my couch out if they infest and I can't get them out. I dunno... any thoughts?

  2. TT

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Fri Sep 12 2008 23:41:54
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    I would say better do so, if you had been felt asleep on the couch.

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Sun Sep 14 2008 2:09:30
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    Here's the problem: do you know there are no bed bugs IN your couch?

    If you isolate a piece of furniture with bed bugs in it, you are not going to get rid of bed bugs in that piece of furniture. They can stay in it forever and bite you.

    AND

    If you ever sit in another (non-isolated chair) you can carry bed bugs to the sofa.

    AND

    Do your feet ever touch the floor when you're sitting in the sofa or other isolated chairs?

    If so, there's no point isolating them. Bed bugs can crawl up your leg.

    I am sorry to be discouraging. I just want you to think this through.

    Has the sofa been professionally inspected and found bed bug-free?

    If not, it may need treatment.

    If so, you might want to avoid sitting in it right now.

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."
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    Posted 9 years ago
    Thu Oct 30 2008 8:39:59
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    Tonight is The Night ...

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    Posted 9 years ago
    Thu Oct 30 2008 9:28:35
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    Well Marixpress,
    Here is plan A: I guess we should all come and build a giant bonfire outside your apartment. Sure the neighbors will be suspicious, but we will all get together and Jim will hold the fire extenguisher and the rest of will throw that infested sofa straight into the fire. Then of course we will all get to know each other in jail when the police arrest us for making a large fire in the city. Best go to plan B:

    Plan B: We all cheer you on and hope that the final stronghold of the demon bedbugs is disposed out of your apartment and that you finally get relief from the monsters.
    We will all hold a silent thought that things improve quickly in your direction.

    Best wishes to you and bye bye sofa!

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    Posted 9 years ago
    Thu Oct 30 2008 11:15:20
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    that was beautiful. Thank you so much.

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    Posted 9 years ago
    Thu Oct 30 2008 13:52:02
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    I'll hold the extinguisher but can I light the initial fire too?

    Then we all get to cheer as we hear BBs popping like popcorn.

    Jim

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    Posted 9 years ago
    Thu Oct 30 2008 16:34:14
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    I have the feeling Marix will let you light the fire and pour the gasoline...lol

    spideyjg - 2 hours ago  » 
    I'll hold the extinguisher but can I light the initial fire too?
    Then we all get to cheer as we hear BBs popping like popcorn.
    Jim

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    Posted 9 years ago
    Thu Oct 30 2008 17:07:52
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    I'd be upstairs pouring glasses of wine for everyone

    *mental note* pick up a bottle on the way home tonight

  10. Marixpress

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    Posted 9 years ago
    Fri Oct 31 2008 15:17:22
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    *thinks this belongs here too*

    Couches are gone! I'm posting pics later It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Luckily my brother came over like superman and helped wrap and remove everything. With box cutters and knives in hand, we stabbed and slashed the leather while quoting Scarface. After the room was bare, we inflated air mattresses, cracked open beers and watched The Orphanage in the dark. All in all, a fun night actually! Go figure lol

    We have to realize that everything we own is just stuff. The truly important things in life (health, love, family, peace) are what bring JOY and HAPPINESS. I am a wealthy woman even though I have little furniture and hardly any money in the bank.

    A [wo]man's gotta do what a [wo]man's gotta do.

    So no one would rescue the couch:

    http://i358.photobucket.com/albums/oo28/MariRiver/1.jpg

    Warrior's Cry:

    http://i358.photobucket.com/albums/oo28/MariRiver/2.jpg

    Resting on the job. Quitter!
    http://i358.photobucket.com/albums/oo28/MariRiver/3.jpg

    Got about 3 or 4 trash bags from the super. With a scissor, packing tape and extra hands = Viola!

    http://i358.photobucket.com/albums/oo28/MariRiver/4.jpg

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    Posted 9 years ago
    Wed Nov 5 2008 19:58:55
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    Nice one, Marixpress.

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    Posted 9 years ago
    Wed Nov 5 2008 20:05:56
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    Marix, I missed the photos, how awesome you took pictures to chronical this. Someday in the not distant future I'm sure you will be glad that the bedbug condo (your sofa) was destroyed and gone!

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    Marix dear you obviously don't understand the depths a felines ability to supervise. It just "appears" as laziness because all that concentration wears them out.

    Jim

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    Thu Nov 6 2008 16:47:53
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    !!!! I don't think I would be smiling if it weren't for this site. Thank you Nobugs and everyone. Seriously.

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    Awww, right back at you, Marix.

    jim: LOL. Defer to our cat overlords!

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    Posted 9 years ago
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    spideyjg - 3 days ago  » 
    Marix dear you obviously don't understand the depths a felines ability to supervise. It just "appears" as laziness because all that concentration wears them out.
    Jim

    Don't let him fool you. He's a slacking lush. In fact, he was still nursing his hangover from the night before. Exhibit A:

    http://i358.photobucket.com/albums/oo28/MariRiver/Avatars/hangoverkitty.jpg

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    Marix, your cat is adorable!
    So tell me, are things improving now that the sofa from H$$$ is gone?

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    bitten123 - 1 minute ago  » 
    Marix, your cat is adorable!
    So tell me, are things improving now that the sofa from H$$$ is gone?

    I'm not sure if it was the couch or the 3rd treatment but so far so good

    (I think a new avatar is in order. I just love that photo of Scamps hahaha)

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    Ok, this thread is pretty old. But I somehow came across it, checked out the pics, and gotta' say - LOVE the 'kitty hangover' shot - SOOO cute! : )

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Fri Oct 15 2010 12:27:30
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    You could use something like "ClimbUp" interceptors that in theory will not only capture incoming bed bugs but will also capture outgoing bed bugs -- the latter which should help confirm your suspicion that the couch is not infested. There is also an item being sold called "couch safe" (see ad on this page) that would help protect a couch from infestation or seal in an infested couch, similar to a mattress encasement, assuming you can live with the aesthetics it being covered for a year. At the same time you might want to give the couch a thorough inspection for bugs, cast skins and fecal stains. But until you do isolate the couch, my suggestion is simply to stay off it if practical and basically hang out in your bedroom until treatment. As I see it, the more you do to keep the bed bugs in a single area (the bedroom in this case) the more effective will be the treatment. Along this line of reasoning, after encasing your mattress and box springs, you might want to do away with any isolation devices on the bed legs. Some suggest that isolating the bed can actually scatter the bed bugs to other places as the captured bugs send out alarm pheromones.

    Richard

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    Posted 8 years ago
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    I was wondering how I missed this post. ah, it was a year ago. Anyway, great shot of the cat! love it!


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