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  1. JCW

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    Posted 8 months ago
    Thu Dec 7 2017 23:22:28
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    Hi there,

    Bit of a back story. I rent a condo, and have been here for 5 years bed bug free. Recently, I’ve had new neighbours move in who have/had bed bugs. Joy. They were treated shortly after moving in according to the landlord.

    About a month and a half ago, I woke up with a couple bites on my leg. Didn’t think anything of it as I wasn’t aware of the problem next door. Then.. I found one adult bed bug crawling on top of my duvet a few weeks ago (first pic attached). I immediately got on the phone and had an inspection done, to which I was apparently “cleared”. No sign whatsoever. While the inspectors were here they also looked at the neighbours place and apparently found nothing.

    Fast forward a few weeks... two new bites on my arm and am finding these teeny bugs in the monitors the inspectors left.

    Can someone please indentify? The photos aren’t the best, but hoping someone out there can properly indentify. Booklice? BB?

    Thanks!




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    Posted 8 months ago
    Fri Dec 8 2017 10:56:35
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    The first picture is an adult bed bug, not sure what the other bits are.

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    Posted 8 months ago
    Fri Dec 8 2017 11:19:42
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    Small bugs seem to be booklice. First is a bed bug.

  4. JCW

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    Posted 8 months ago
    Fri Dec 8 2017 20:49:49
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    Thank you, HifromChi and Mawiwala!

    Is there any way of determining whether the adult BB was a female or male just from the one photo? I’ve read that the males are a little longer in the body vs females but I’m not an expert

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    Posted 8 months ago
    Fri Dec 8 2017 21:58:03
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    Its male. Do you live on the top floor by any chance

    I'm not an expert. Just sharing what I learned from my experience.
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    Posted 8 months ago
    Fri Dec 8 2017 23:17:28
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    Well, that’s a good sign. Thank you bedbugsbugme.
    No, it’s a walk up style with neighbours on either side.

  7. thirdusername

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    Posted 8 months ago
    Sun Dec 10 2017 19:17:47
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    You're not alone.

    After the 1st treatment, my LL didn't know the PCO should come back.
    I had to insist.

    My landlord's PCO also didn't want to come back after the 2nd treatment because he didn't find any activity.
    I found live ones so I insisted.

    I insisted on a 3rd treatment.
    I'm hoping I don't find any more live ones and have to insist on a 4th treatment.

    I don't know how many units there are in my building, over 100.
    I don't think my LL is useless.
    I think it is a matter of hiring a not-so-great-but-cheap PCO company to treat any pests in the building.
    I can see why it would cost a lot with the high turnover and many units.
    Add to that ignorance by tenants and building workers (superintendents).

    I can also see it being expensive for a small building landlord.

    You probably need physical evidence and then insist on treatment.

    Best of luck.

    I am NOT an expert.
    My opinions are just opinions, they may NOT apply to yours or any situation.
    My advice is to always do a LOT of research.
    A lot of what I read contradicts other stuff on the Interweb.

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