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No bedbugs in the mattress seams

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  1. bugged_25

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    Posted 6 months ago
    Fri Apr 12 2019 6:53:57
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    If the mattress edges are like this: https://johnryanbydesign.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/mattress-edge-support-700x467.jpg with plenty of hidden dark space in the seams, and there's no bugs or larva in there, is it safe to say that we don't have bed bugs? Or is that not necessarily true?

    Thanks.

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    Posted 6 months ago
    Fri Apr 12 2019 12:46:03
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    That's definitely a good thing if your mattress is clean but they do gravitate towards other places nearby also such as the box springs if you have one, the bed frame and headboard and even the wall, especially near the head of the bed. I assume you're experiencing bites or something that makes you worried about bed bugs? If so, keep monitoring like you are doing and consider those other locations as well as living room furniture. Passive monitors could help easy your mind too. If you have no signs of them for several weeks but still experience skin reactions, consider other causes.

    "If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles."
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    Posted 6 months ago
    Fri Apr 12 2019 13:17:25
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    Box springs offer better refuge than mattresses in many infestations. The piping of the mattress isn't as rigid as the framework in the box spring.

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    Posted 6 months ago
    Fri Apr 12 2019 13:57:51
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    Thanks, SalsaVince and BD.

    It's actually a pull-out sofa bed (metal frame). But I did find bugs (couldn't confirm ID) in the floorboards last year, so I'll keep monitoring there as well.

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    Posted 6 months ago
    Fri Apr 12 2019 14:45:22
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    The El Camino of the furniture world; those things should be outlawed.
    There are plenty of more attractive spots on a sofabed, and a search is painful. We've actually banned them from sectors of our shelter.

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    Posted 6 months ago
    Fri Apr 12 2019 14:57:39
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    I thought it'd be easier to find them in it, not harder.

    I'm guessing inside the pipes is the more attractive place?

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    Posted 6 months ago
    Fri Apr 12 2019 15:13:19
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    Pipes?
    It has a lot of extra framework.

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    Posted 6 months ago
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    I don't know what they're called. Yes, the framework.

    Anyway, thank you very much for the tip. I wasn't checking it because I thought metal isn't attractive to bedbugs. Will start.


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