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Shoe treads harboring bugs?

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  1. rjp

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Fri Aug 9 2013 13:34:29
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    I was reading an article online (sorry, I did not keep the link) that involved bed bugs and work and prevention tips to keep you from bringing them home. The article mentioned inspecting your shoes before leaving the office, specifically, the shoe treads. To me, inspecting the shoes makes sense but I question the treads. I can see how bugs could hide in the treads initially, but wouldn't they come off when you started walking? I seem to remember this advise in more than one place online and it did not make a great deal of sense to me. If anyone knows something about it, I'd love to know. Thanks

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Fri Aug 9 2013 13:48:24
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    Hi,

    If you are working in a heavily infested location then yes shoe treads can be an issue.

    If you are working in the "average" or "normal" working environment then its not a priority step in the approach to not taking bedbugs away with you.

    If you always check and visually inspect the items you interact with then you avoid them in the first place.

    The single "rogue" bedbug is never going to jump onto your shoes like a Star Wars rebel scaling an AT-AT on the planet both. That is actually a very silly battle front to try and fight on because it feeds and fuels obsessive behavioral rituals and unless you can harness them as a job and career its not very healthy (not even sure it is in the work context).

    I cant wait till such articles are scare mungery of the past but I fear someone is preparing to market a scented shoes spray as we speak.

    Hope that helps,

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Fri Aug 9 2013 14:02:11
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    Well, I have a photo of a single rogue bedbug that almost got into my car by hanging onto my shoe! I admit I don't check my clothes after being in a house I have seen no evidence of vermin in, but definitely check them now if I have reason to suspect or actual PROOF. In this particular house I found an adult female walking across the floor...

    Now on office days I never check myself for bed bugs. Ain't nobody got time for that!

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Mon Aug 12 2013 8:29:47
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    Yes, thank you, that does help and it makes sense. Everything I take into my office stays in a giant zip lock bag all day. We have not had reports of bed bugs in my area at work (thank god) but the zip lock makes inspection exceptionally easy.


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