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  1. Katienobug

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    Posted 7 months ago
    Wed Feb 20 2019 18:33:41
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    https://www.flickr.com/cameraroll

    I just found this on my daughters stuffed animal. Is this a bed bug skin? It wasn’t hidden it was out in plain site. Idk if maybe it’s one we killed on the stuff we brought back into the house or not.

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    Posted 7 months ago
    Wed Feb 20 2019 18:50:09
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    Hi,

    You have added the generic link to your FlickR feed not the specific URL of an image to share.

    Please adjust so we can help you.

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    Posted 7 months ago
    Wed Feb 20 2019 18:58:26
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    https://www.flickr.com/photos/168458522@N02/shares/6p20Z9

    It doesn’t look like normal skins to me. Instead maybe a dead bug we brought back with us and killed when we washed and dried our clothes? I obviously don’t know anything about these things though...thank you so much for your help!

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    Posted 7 months ago
    Wed Feb 20 2019 19:02:28
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    Hi,

    Yes it’s a dead bedbug. As the head is missing I can assure you it did not die of old age, in fact bedbugs and not become brittle enough to fall apart once very dessicated.

    I would take this as confirmation that washing was the correct precaution but not something to be overly concerned about.

    David

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    Posted 7 months ago
    Wed Feb 20 2019 19:06:21
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    Thank you so much! It is very hard and was just laying on top of a stuffed animal in the middle of the floor. I’m guessing when we unpacked everything from our potential move almost 2 weeks ago it must have fallen off the clothes or a blanket. I did a little research on the shapes i don’t know how true it is but are the males more pointed on the ends?

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    Posted 7 months ago
    Wed Feb 20 2019 21:15:01
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    Hi,

    Yes males are more pointed at the top of the abdomen while females are more rounded.

    I would generally advise that the gender is a level of detail you are best not obsessing over. I am sure you can appreciate while there is a range in people responses and anxiety levels to bedbugs when you have seen tens of thousands of people you start to see how some steps that certain personality types should not take.

    Celebrate dead things, they are dead and longer things of concern. The deader they appear the better, it means something was effective in their demise. This way you stay on the positive side and avoid the unnecessary ups and downs of the emotional roller coaster.

    What I love most about my job is the people who truly get it and who become stronger people because of facing and dealing with bedbugs. One of my early cases when I still worked for another company was a social housing property in North London. The room with the issue had a 15 year old child who was lethargic and depressed, no great surprise given the 2000 - 4000 bedbugs in their bed. I treated and passed comment to the parents about iron supplements and thought nothing of it. A few years later I went back to dona block treatment for pharohs ants and met the mother again. She was so grateful because what I had not know is the previously successful student was failing and that following the treatment they was a massive turn around and they were on target to go to university and predicted to do well.

    A specialist head lice business was set up by a client after I made a passing remark about 3 stream triage and now it’s the UK model for such clinics. Light treatments, intensives and “shave and start again” but by removing the emotion and making it fact based you actually have the greatest impact in the issue as a community.

    Equally if you can keep composure during this sort of crisis nothing from normal life will rock you.

    David

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    Posted 7 months ago
    Thu Feb 21 2019 2:18:58
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    Thank you so much for your words. The male female question was more because I like to know random things? Haha things like that always fascinated me I’m not sure why.
    When you had told me it was dead and most likely from the dryer because it was headless and hard it actually sparked something in me and almost all of my anxiety over the subject melted away. We are almost 2 weeks post move and the only real issue may have been what we brought home on the toys and I feel like they would have found their way to us by now so I’m feeling much more confident and comfortable in my home.

    Thank you so much for responding to my post, your words were very helpful to me and calmed me a lot. It means a lot that you take time out of your day to help people!

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    Posted 7 months ago
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    Hi,

    Thanks it helps to know it resonated and it’s OK to take a little time out of my 2am insomnia.

    David

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    Posted 7 months ago
    Thu Feb 21 2019 8:09:21
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    Just one final question so I know for sure. We slept in our bed all last week. Then the mysterious rash showed up on my leg one week after being in the infested house. Since then me and my family have been sleeping in the living room, not because we are scared, but because my daughter likes “camping” so we’ve been hanging out in the living room a lot. It isn’t far from the bedroom, if we brought any would they have come to find us in the living room? We’ve “camped out” for 4/5 nights. This was also due to needing to unpack and being in the living room was easier than being in rooms full of boxes.

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    Posted 7 months ago
    Thu Feb 21 2019 8:17:37
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    Hi,

    Sorry the first two sentences are not clear.

    The key information is where have you been sleeping since the potential exposure. Might be clearest if you write is as:

    Day 0 - exposure
    D1 - Room
    D2 - Room

    When you want specific answers its best to give as much information as clearly as possible.

    David

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    Posted 7 months ago
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    It’s been 12 days since exposure. Days 1-7 we slept in our bedroom. Days 8-12 we slept in the living room. The things I’m worried they may have come home on are my daughters toys or our bathroom things, both rooms someone is in multiple times daily. On day 7 I noticed a weird line of bumps on my leg they never itched and are almost gone haven’t seen anymore. I wasnt sure, if they were potentially in our bedroom, would they have came to the living room to feed since we hadn’t been sleeping in the bedroom?

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    Posted 7 months ago
    Thu Feb 21 2019 12:15:28
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    Hi,

    Given that scenario I would expect anything brought in to be int he bedroom and to not yet have ventured through to the living room.

    My recommendation to to try to reinforce the fact that camping is a treat and try to occupy the bedrooms on at least a 3-4 nights on basis then only a night or two off.

    If you do confirm bedbugs in the bedrooms they MUST be continually occupied until the issue is resolved.

    Hope that clarifies.

    David

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    Posted 7 months ago
    Thu Feb 21 2019 12:38:56
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    That does clarify thank you. All of my daughters toys are in a toy room which she does not sleep in though. Should we occupy that room or would they have ventured to our room? All 3 of us sleep in the same room.

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    Posted 7 months ago
    Thu Feb 21 2019 17:39:55
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    Hi,

    Because the toy room is not occupied at night it’s most likely that they would be relocating from there by now if there were an issue but unoccupied rooms are a f low interest to bedbugs and by occupation I mean someone in the room for any extended period of time. For example an office chair is occupied as a worker is likely to sit there for long stints but an office canteen chair would not be classified as occupied as the time it’s sat upon over the course of a day is not significant compared to other seats.

    David

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    Posted 7 months ago
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    Okay. Thank you so much for all the advice. We are almost 2 weeks in at this point and as far as I know we are still in the clear. Our exterminator told us 2 full weeks to a month for us to find out if we had them. So far so good.


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