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No sightings. No Bites. But a vicious case of untreated OCD. Questions.

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  1. paranoidmom2b

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    Thu Jul 20 2017 14:53:47
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    I'm in the throes of "nesting" for our first baby coming in a few weeks. It occurred to me, after seeing my husband's gym bag lying in our closet (he uses it 3-4 times a week) that he's never washed it in the year or so he has owned it. Cue my internal panic. I never gave much thought to bed bugs hitchhiking home from gym locker rooms, but being off my SSRI for OCD and Anxiety..all I've been doing the last few weeks is imagining the possibilities when it comes to picking up bed bugs. Much to his annoyance, I'm now asking him to keep it in a plastic storage bin near our front door. But since he works out before work, he puts clean work clothes in bag, changes into those clothes after his workout, and when he's done wearing them at end of day, those clothes end up in a laundry basket back in our closet.

    My solution..I think...is to wash the dang bag on a more frequent basis and beg him to hang it up on a hook in the gym locker. I have some questions.

    1) If he continues to hang the bag up in a locker (which he promises he does) what are the odds of a bug/eggs attaching to the bag? Is the gym a reasonable place to worry about with BB's?
    2) the bag is a canvas type duffel that I'm reasonably sure will hold up in a hot wash and hot dry.
    I've read here that a washer is often not hot enough/sufficient to kill bugs and eggs. But I can't imagine putting this bag in my dryer without washing it...that makes me shudder. COULD THE BAG CONTAMINATE MY WASHER...and leave behind bugs and eggs to attach to the next load of items?
    3) I'm also worried my dryer won't get hot enough.. So I ordered Thermaspots (arriving next week). But what if the following happens: I throw a thermaspot on the bag after it comes out of wash, dry the bag for a hour on high, and the thermaspot shows it still hasn't heated to sufficient temps..HAVE I JUST CONTAMINATED MY DRYER?

    And if you're wondering why don't I just ask him to throw out the stupid gym bag and start with a less penetrable carrying device..it was a personalized gift with his initials on it..and he's rather fond of it.

    My OCD is raging..but it helps to be talked down. Hoping someone can lend an ear and some support.

  2. bed-bugscouk

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    Posted 2 years ago
    Thu Jul 20 2017 17:48:05
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    Hi,

    Try reading these:

    http://www.bed-bugs.co.uk/anxiety

    http://www.bed-bugs.co.uk/occamsbedbug

    The nesting along is enough to bring entophobic to the forefront.

    The sensible solution is to monitor and to do so because its sensible not through any current concern.

    As stress is not good for the child if it helps to have a chat with someone who has encountered pre-partum entophobia more than a few times get in touch with my office via the website and I will find a slot to chat on Skype.

    Hope that helps.

    David Cain
    Bed Bugs Limited

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