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Please help with car options. I have been to a paint shop.

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  1. mysterybite1

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Tue Apr 30 2013 17:53:45
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    I have been registered a few months now and have still been getting bites. my history is not typical in that I have not been able to confirm the presence of bb but continue to get bites. This has been going on over a year.

    I had a negative inspection by a local PCO whose experience with bb is questionable. He checked my bed and said that if I had them for so many months I would see signs on my bed.

    In the car I drive in it about once a week for an hour and a half, and every day for shorter trips (5-20 minutes). I wear protective clothing (long sleeves, pants tucked into shoes) and that seems to prevent bites, but I will still get one when skin is exposed.

    My issue is: without a positive ID of the pest biting me, I have not had any PCO help. I've been monitoring my car for many months with sticky traps, which have all come out negative for bb or any other biting insect. I finally found a paint shop which would agree to bake the car, but this was for two sessions of 45 minutes each, which I don't know is enough to heat the interior (the oven gets to 150-180 degrees). Afterwards I tested the treatment by driving with exposed skin on my feet and shoulder; the next day I had two bites on my shoulder.

    I am not sure what to do at this point. I considered Nuvan strips but I believe that you need to be a PCO to order them and poison attacking the CNS is just scary. Can any expert please weigh in on how to get a PCO to fumigate or help me with this? I am going insane and want to start my life again.

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Tue Apr 30 2013 18:28:21
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    to at least make this post helpful to others, perhaps someone could just state whether they know how long a heat transfer takes to penetrate car seats/ trunk. I know that bugs are supposed to die instantly at around 120 degrees. Would it take longer than an hour and a half in an enclosed space? Cars don't clear by sitting in the sun, but outside temperatures of 100-110 is lower than an oven temp of 150-180.

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Tue Apr 30 2013 18:38:30
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    And also, if someone could chime in and let me know what would get my posts more likely to be responded to, let me know.

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Tue Apr 30 2013 23:35:36
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    I would ask David Cain (bedbugscouk) about using a passive monitor in the car (where to place it, etc.). You need a confirmation that bed bugs are present before you worry about treatment. That goes for the home also.

    As for the heat questions -- I suspect you've asked a paint shop to heat your car. Is that why you're asking for the details? I am not the one to advise you on this.

    I don't think you're doing anything wrong in terms of getting questions answered. But everyone is a volunteer here so it can take some time to get a response.

    If you find a question does not get a response in 24 hours, respond to the same thread again so it gets refreshed and others can see you're still waiting. I hope that helps!

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."
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    Posted 1 year ago
    Tue Oct 31 2017 17:07:37
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    There is an update - this ended up being a flea problem most likely, as fleas were found and a possible source identified, local feral cats on my car. I had the car treated by a PCO for fleas and I believe (this was a long time ago) that I used a regular flea fogger as well. That, and moving from my previous apartment seemed to solve the problem as I wasn't getting bitten after that.

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    Posted 1 year ago
    Tue Oct 31 2017 17:09:31
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    I updated to show an example of the importance of getting an actual sample to correctly identify if your problem is actually bed bugs or not.

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    Posted 1 year ago
    Tue Oct 31 2017 17:12:27
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    Although, I am not sure why all the treatment I had done (including heating the car, even if it was not hotter than 120 degrees) did not kill fleas.


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