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  1. OhNoo24

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    Posted 1 week ago
    Mon Mar 11 2019 1:27:45
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    Hi everyone!
    I was hesitant to post a success story up until now, and now I know why.

    So, we've had our last of 4 treatments every two weeks at the 30th of November. Ever since then, I've had some itching and some scares here and there (as you can see in my last post, haha... )

    But these last few days, I could barely sleep from the itching. This morning I woke up to this:
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/162522915@N03/edit

    I know this is a bad and probably useless Photo, I'm sorry. But it's an ink-like little black spot in our sheets. Maybe I can manage to get a better image later in the day.

    So. My question is: is we have bedbugs after they seemed gone since november, how likely is it that they spread from other apartments? How likely is it that we just never got rid of them? How many bedbugs would we realistically have by now if we never got rid of them since November?
    We life in an apartment building with one neighboring unit and two above and two below. We originally got them from the flat next to us, that has been empty and getting renovated for the past 4 months.
    If they spread from neighboring units, we probably have to move out.

    Thank you so much for any opinions!

  2. bed-bugscouk

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    Mon Mar 11 2019 2:12:40
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    Hi,

    I can’t see the image at the second because FlickR is not behaving in Thailand.

    However, my initial thoughts are that it’s either:

    • A local source infestation (you have previously mentioned neighbours)
    • Post bedbug skin sensitivity

    The later can give the impression of an ongoing issue without the confirming signs which is why the forum is so adamant about focusing on confirming. Without that essential confirmation you end up shooting at the wrong target and failing in a spectacular fashion.

    I will check back later to see if the images are accessible but if you recap on my previous reply you will know what signs I would be looking for.

    Hope that helps.

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  3. OhNoo24

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    Mon Mar 11 2019 10:33:01
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    Thank you David! I hope you have a good time in Thailand.

    I am aware of post bedbug skin sensitivity and I know that I have it. My boyfriend and I even have some sting-like skin irritations and some blood spots on our sheets, but I really tried not to worry about it too much.
    I think "Bite proof is not Bug proof" is great advice!

    I went to bed yesterday and couldn't sleep I was so itchy, but I kept thinking "Until I have some actual proof, this must in no way be bedbugs. I'll keep looking for dark spots."
    Then I woke up this morning to a dark spot. I tried to get a better picture:

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/162522915@N03/40384631893/in/dateposted-public/

    Can we rule out the possibility that they somehow survived the last four treatments in november? Would they be too many/too noticible by now? I haven't seen a bedbug since the beginning of november.

    Thank you!

  4. OhNoo24

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    Mon Mar 11 2019 10:43:44
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    Oh, and if you stay in Thailand for longer and would have a look, I can upload the image on imgur/somewhere else

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    Mon Mar 11 2019 10:47:08
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    Hi,

    The new picture is not bedbug related, when that mark was left there is was not as liquid as bedbug faeces is.

    The problem with “looking” is that unless you have experience and know where to look on different types of furniture your skill level is not a factor you can rely on. It’s better to monitor using reliable methods and confirm from there.

    Leaving Thailand in the morning after a much needed rest, all I can say it’s what an awesomely hospitable country and bathing elephants is every bit as amazing as you would assume although now I know what it’s like for an elephant to stand on your foot, thankfully not at full weight.

    David

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    Mon Mar 11 2019 13:03:49
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    bed-bugscouk - 2 hours ago  » 
    Hi,
    The new picture is not bedbug related, when that mark was left there is was not as liquid as bedbug faeces is.
    The problem with “looking” is that unless you have experience and know where to look on different types of furniture your skill level is not a factor you can rely on. It’s better to monitor using reliable methods and confirm from there.
    Leaving Thailand in the morning after a much needed rest, all I can say it’s what an awesomely hospitable country and bathing elephants is every bit as amazing as you would assume although now I know what it’s like for an elephant to stand on your foot, thankfully not at full weight.
    David

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