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  1. Mclauglm

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Mon Aug 1 2016 16:13:22
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    I stayed at my friend's house on Friday night and helped her pack (to move to a new apartment). I woke up Saturday and later in the day developed itchy spots. By nighttime, these spots had turned into welts and I counted over 50 of them. I react strongly to mosquito bites and last time I stayed there had been bitten so didn't think too much of it. Saturday my welts continued to grow so I went to a clinic to get them checked and get some super strength itch stopper. The Dr. said they didn't look like bed bug bites so I didn't worry. My friend had an exterminator come to check her house this morning (Monday) and found she had a mild case bed bugs. I am now worried bc I have my clothes and bag in my room of my apartment for two days and they were previously on her bed and laying against her bed overnight. I called a PCO and they said it's not worth them checking it out at this time and I should wait. Is there anything I should be doing now? I plan to wash/dry my clothes and backpack (in high heat) and vacuum as soon as I get home from work. Additionally, I am getting a mattress and box spring encasement. Should I put a light dusting of Diatomaceous Earth to stop them in their tracks or no?

  2. jim danca

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Mon Aug 1 2016 16:27:50
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    You could probably hold off on the DE. Start inspecting on a weekly basis for the next three weeks. Bedbug control isn't that complicated if you catch them early enough.

    PCO and inventor of a bio active bedbug trap
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    Posted 3 years ago
    Tue Aug 2 2016 9:22:52
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    Thanks, Jim Danca! I washed and vacuumed everything last night as I said and didn't see a single one so I'm going to cross my fingers and keep checking.

  4. vjayasha

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Wed Aug 3 2016 17:40:56
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    Maybe this might be a perfect example where getting climb ups or other passive detectors can give you more of a peace of mind? It is helping me though you will start to catch other things that you never noticed but at least will help catch a problem early if there is one? I'm totally in this stage.


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