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  1. estevito

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Mon Apr 27 2015 17:54:32
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    We are moving on Friday. Will bed bugs follow us?

    The situation:

    Our upstairs neighbour had bed bugs and they eventually came into our apartment. It's a three story building above a nail salon in downtown Toronto.

    We were treated in February 2015 twice. The upstairs unit was vacated and treated. On March 12th, 2015 we had bites again. We had another treatment then in the bedroom only.

    We have not had bites since March 12th, 2015

    In early April, 2015 a K9 identified possible bed bugs in our bed, but no where else in our apartment.

    - our mattress is encased in a bed bug proof cover
    - we are throwing away our bed frame (it sucks anyway)
    - our clothes have been in bags since March 15th, 2015
    - we have steamed our couch
    - we have vacuumed many times

    We are moving in five days into a house that has no history of bed bugs (we know the current tenants). Here are the precautions we are going to take before we go:

    - dry on high heat clothes that have not been sealed
    - use alcohol on wood furniture
    - steam upholstered furniture
    - steam luggage and items too big for dryer

    Since we have not had bites for six weeks, our clothes have been sealed, and our apartment has been treated professionally three times, are we in the clear?

    Would anyone recommend anything else, or are we being super paranoid?

  2. Nobugsonme

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Tue Apr 28 2015 23:02:29
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    In early April, 2015 a K9 identified possible bed bugs in our bed, but no where else in our apartment.

    Did the k9 handler inspect following the dog alerts (per our FAQ on bed bug dogs) or did they just "take the dog's word for it"?

    We are moving in five days into a house that has no history of bed bugs (we know the current tenants). Here are the precautions we are going to take before we go:

    - dry on high heat clothes that have not been sealed

    If you do this properly, it should work fine.

    - use alcohol on wood furniture

    This kills only bed bugs hit directly.

    You should also very carefully inspect (and know what to look for).

    - steam upholstered furniture
    - steam luggage and items too big for dryer

    If done thoroughly, and properly, steam kills bed bugs and eggs. See our FAQ on steam.

    Chances are good you don't have any bed bugs left. If you still have any bed bugs, (which is a big "if"), there is some risk (eg with wooden furniture), so I would be sure and monitor in the new home. Bed bug monitors may be more reliable than skin reactions.

    If you do detect anything in the monitors, responding quickly to a very small bed bug problem is your best chance of getting rid of them entirely and quickly. Hopefully it won't be needed, but monitors are the best way to be sure.

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."

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