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One dying bed bug?

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  1. Croydonbuggy

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    Posted 1 week ago
    Thu Oct 11 2018 8:05:33
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    Small panic..

    Last night I was horrified to notice a (dying?) bedbug on a towel that had been left on the floor our spare room. I assumed it was dead, and this morning I went to squish it to see how dry and dead it was. It wriggled a bit when squished, and when we drowned it in water. It had stayed still overnight.

    We looked in our bedroom in the mattress, bed slats etc and found nothing. We are frequent travellers and tend to leave luggage in the spare room. Are we hopelessly optimistic to think this is a lone traveller who was starving to death?

    We had a bedbug scare 6 months ago from blood stains on the mattress. The pest control guy said we had no bugs, but for peace of mind we got him to heavy duty spray our room. He said this should give us ongoing protection, am I right?

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    Thu Oct 11 2018 14:10:47
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    https://m.imgur.com/7olZt29

    Here's a picture of the horrid thing

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    Thu Oct 11 2018 14:29:23
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    Yep, that's an adult. Could be one that hitchhiked. Are you in an apartment or single house? Row house?

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    Thu Oct 11 2018 14:31:05
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    It's a terraced house. It was moving very little, only when we tried to kill it. Could this mean it's starving?

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    Thu Oct 11 2018 15:54:51
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    Croydonbuggy - 1 hour ago  » 
    It's a terraced house. It was moving very little, only when we tried to kill it. Could this mean it's starving?

    Starving, but could be from it not feeding (as opposed to dying), could be from previous insecticide application.

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    So what should we do? Apply DE and wait and see?

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    Croydonbuggy - 46 seconds ago  » 
    So what should we do? Apply DE and wait and see?

    You can use various monitors, inspect. I'd use CimeXa dust rather than DE. Follow label instructions.


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