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Lesson Learned - ALWAYS identify before treatment

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  1. suckitbbz408

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Tue Jun 16 2015 12:41:55
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    Hi Everyone,

    I wanted to share this with others so they don't make the same mistake I did. I woke up with bug bites all over my body. I was hit bad. So many bites, I couldn't even count. I was miserable. All of my body was hurting and I went completely nuts. Like most people, I got a bite and thought BED BUGS! I had just stayed at a hotel a few days before so I just assumed I had them. I did a quick search for a Bed Bug Exterminator. I didn't research them, I just saw a 5 star review on Yelp and called. HUGE MISTAKE. They came, didn't inspect anything, just covered my mattress and put the risers on then sprayed the house with this non-toxic soy-based solution called CimiShield. I paid them $1,000 and thought it was over. Everything was in bags, dried, washed, etc. I thought at minimum my bed was safe. I followed all of the standard protocol of making my bed a safe zone, etc. That night I was watching a movie and BAM a bug was on my arm. In a panic I smashed it, I didn't really get a good look at it but I got up -- game over -- I was up until 4am researching. First thing I did was research this CimiShield (they product they used) and found it very interesting that it wasn't a standard; no one was praising it or using it as a standard solution. Red flags. I read the reviews on Yelp again and noticed a lot of people had no photo and few other reviews. I became suspicious. I got my house inspected by a dog and they said I have no bed bugs. I'm still not where I need to be with this situation but I already have ONE HUGE LESSON LEARNED: ALWAYS, ALWAYS, get proof of the issue before exterminating. ALWAYS, ALWAYS, research the exterminator and their protocol properly. Don't give way to panic, remain calm and take the right steps -- most of which is located on this amazing site --> http://bedbugger.com/2007/01/20/faq-think-you-have-bed-bugs-some-dos-and-donts/

  2. loubugs

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Tue Jun 16 2015 14:01:57
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    ONE HUGE LESSON LEARNED: ALWAYS, ALWAYS, get proof of the issue before exterminating. ALWAYS, ALWAYS, research the exterminator and their protocol properly. Don't give way to panic, remain calm and take the right steps
    Great lesson for all. Did you call them to ask why they treated for something that was never identified as being there? You certainly could have reacted to having been bitten while at the hotel. It doesn't mean they had been carried by you back home. Or there were very few and the treatment killed them. The thing you found crawling was not a bed bug or it was the only one that was still alive post treatment and you cornered it and dispatched it. From an entomologist point of view, please keep specimens for review no matter how squished they are.

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Tue Jun 16 2015 16:23:35
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    It's a very important lesson and thanks for the shout-out to our "bed bug dos and don'ts".

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    Tue Jun 16 2015 21:13:07
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    Thanks for sharing your lessons learned.

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Wed Jun 17 2015 5:51:44
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    Hi,

    Thanks for sharing. You certainly picked up the lesson faster than others have and in some cases the non bedbug issue is effected by spraying liquid so "treatments" can mask the actual reason for the issue.

    The worst case I am aware of involved 2 complete home moves taking only sim cards and credit cards with them. The cost must have been vast and yet it was a reaction triggered by Pscocids on each occasion.

    Its why we always try to start off with confirmation because it also helps you to see the extent of the issue when its present.

    If you send me a PM I will arrange to post you some things that will help ensure you can confirm immediately if there is an issue.

    Thanks again for sharing it really helps educate others.

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