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Mysterious spots on bed + marks on leg. Called pest control...

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  1. meowstoria

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    Posted 1 month ago
    Mon Aug 12 2019 15:48:21
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    Hi, I hope someone can help me following recent pest control visit.

    Two issues make me suspect bedbugs.

    I spotted these marks on my white comforter, there are 2/3 others elsewhere but these three are close together.

    https://i.imgur.com/oF1fQW1.png

    I also noticed these marks on my legs, around one week apart. They heal within a day or two but seem to be in the typical arrangement. Even the pest control guy said "hey yeah that's the shape you'd expect from them"

    https://i.imgur.com/UX4sszb.jpg / https://i.imgur.com/16APQ5u.jpg

    I got an inspector in but I'd already tossed my mattress sheet in the trash so he couldn't find any poop marks on there even if there had been. He looked for poop stains on mattress but couldn't find any, and no evidence of bugs on the wood slats under the mattress. But, it could also be early and hard to find. He didn't check my wood floors, and wasn't very thorough with curtains/side table etc.

    This whole fear came about since my sis and daughter stayed for a week in the bed. Spending each day in NYC tourist hotspots etc

    I'm moving in 3 days and terrified of taking anything into my new place. My current plan is to get rid of most of my existing furniture and clothes, and do a 2x weekly regimen of spray/powder/vacuuming in the new place. I've spent about $100 on stuff so far to fight them.

    Is this a sensible plan of action, or an overreaction?

  2. meowstoria

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    Tue Aug 13 2019 8:03:29
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    Just wanted to politely bump this as I have to make a call on all my furniture todya.

  3. bed-bugscouk

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    Tue Aug 13 2019 8:06:21
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    Hi,

    Nothing in the images confirms or makes me suspect bedbugs.

    A better action plan would be:

    • Stop panicking
    • Stop panicking
    • Monitor for bedbugs

    Repeat above until you actually confirm bedbugs via:

    • Live samples
    • Cast skins
    • Faecal traces

    In the meantime getting better educated about an issue removes its fear and control and enables you not the panic and do all sorts of costly things that are not needed until you actually confirm you have an actual real issue with bedbugs.

    Your mantra and meme for the day is:

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    Hope that makes sense and please consider paying forward a small percentage of what that will have saved you or at least spread the word to reduce the stress for others.

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    Posted 1 month ago
    Tue Aug 13 2019 9:00:56
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    Thanks David. I know a lot of homeless shelters struggle with the issue out here so I'll send some $ their way.

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    Posted 1 month ago
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    Ty, it’s sadly a global issue.

    David


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