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Question about sofa infestations

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  1. thissux

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    Thu Aug 29 2019 20:52:07
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    In occurrences of sofa infestation, how likely is it for harbourages to be on the exterior vs the inside framing? I've inspected the exterior a few times and found nothing, but there are multiple ways to the inside framing: where the backrest/armrests meet the base there is a gap that seems to lead to the inside and the underside has a fabric cover that is fairly tightly stapled, but I'm sure there are gaps that bugs could get through. It would be a p.i.t.a. to open the bottom cover.

    Photos of my sofa -- the back is about 10 inches from the wall, so it's fairly exposed/bright:

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    Thu Aug 29 2019 22:55:52
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    If I were a bed bug I might set up shop where the arm meets the back, right there in that nice little gap. I would think that where the arm meets the front piece the gap would be similar, close to a host and rigid enough to offer good protection. The dust cover on the bottom should tear off quite easily, alternately you could check under the flap that is formed where the dust cover is stapled to the frame, especially at the staples.
    You've still not found any confirming evidence, correct?

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    Correct, still no evidence. Bites and needling sensations persist.

    Have seen three doctors - no indication of a medical explanation. Allergist didn't think my symptoms are due to an allergy, but he didn't have a particularly investigative attitude imo. Tested positive for common seasonal allergies (already knew this) and negative for dust mites. Medical route hasn't yielded much concrete info in identifying or ruling out possible causes.

    At this point I'm heavily leaning towards a K9 inspection to at least confidently address the lingering bedbug concern, especially as I have concerns of possible multi-area exposure. I've already done the research (found a company that uses 2 dogs + visual confirmation); I just need to clear it with my landlord.


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