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  1. loninappleton

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Thu Jan 22 2015 14:50:08
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    My first post to BB.
    I had a professional heat treatment about a month ago. It is cold here and so there is some delay in removing bedding but the box and mattress are in full BB encasements.

    Yesterday I was reading a book and a tiny runner went upwards across the page. Reflexively
    I made it a small red spot on the page where it ran. It looked to be a spider but my reflexive action got it without a lot of inspection.

    I tried to look up book lice book spiders and other possible crawling things found in books. The book is a library book checked out since the heat treatment. I believe the heat treatment was effective and have seen no activity. I have continued to use the dryer heat treatment for clothing and low setting on the oven for some items. I used the oven treatment (lowest setting) on this hardbound book in question.

    After 30 days the Wilkil says their guarantee is up. What is the opinion here? If a red spot is made and the insect is smaller than the adult, what is the verdict?

  2. loninappleton

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Wed Jan 28 2015 12:14:58
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    After numerous discussions and lookups I found this today:

    https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080913203950AAS8JKx

    It described my experience exactly: no previous sightings until the red dot ran across the
    page. The writer had the same automatic reaction I had to get rid of it.

    But what I did today was ask my library what they are doing to minimize the
    probability of book bugs.

    Will report back with any answer they might have. As a professional organization they are no doubt aware of the problem. But reporting of these events is important in this so-called "non reporting State" of Wisconsin, USA.

    [Also thanks to bed bugger for adding tags which I don't know how to do well.]

  3. thranta

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    Posted 1 year ago
    Wed Feb 21 2018 11:37:04
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    How did the library respond? Just asking as I also live in Wisconsin, and two of the larger cities with busy libraries (Green Bay) and (Appleton) recently had the local news calling them out on bed bugs, and I think that a couple locations were closed to deal with the issues, including dogs coming in to sniff out any leftover bugs.

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    Posted 1 year ago
    Wed Feb 21 2018 12:10:29
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    Original post is 3 years old and possible the person is no longer active on the list. So you might not get an answer.

    Professional entomologist/arachnologist. I consult on all matters dealing with insects and arachnids, including those of natural history and biology to pest management and forensic entomology investigations.
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    Posted 1 year ago
    Wed Feb 21 2018 15:42:33
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    Thranta, thanx for posting. I looked up the news and saw the recent library infestation in Racine. Definitely another cautionary tale we need to be mindful of.

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    Posted 1 year ago
    Thu Mar 1 2018 12:03:55
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    I have seen heat treatments not work done by a PCO. They run from the heat, and can run fast!

    Work in a group home, have delt with these nightmares for years.
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    Posted 1 year ago
    Thu Mar 1 2018 12:31:23
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    buckfedfugs - 26 minutes ago  » 
    I have seen heat treatments not work done by a PCO. They run from the heat, and can run fast!

    Actually they run/become active when the heat hits a point that is around or slightly above our body temperature. At a higher point is when they try to find harborage areas.


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