Bed Bugs -- You Better Take Preventative Measures Now

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  1. pustelniakr

    pustelniakr Silver Miner at Large Staff Member Super Mod Moderator Subscriber

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    Essentially eradicated in the 40s and 50s, they are back, and with a vengeance. Most folks are walking around in code white. The day is coming when all will again have these little vampires.

    Exposure is much more frequent than hotels. Now you can get them from someone else's backpack next to you or yours, movie theaters, auditoriums, workplace, clothing stores, etc.

    Once you get them, the price and effort to rid yourself of them is very high. To get rid of them, you will have to strip yourself of pretty much all belongings. It all needs to go. If you store it, it cannot come back in until you have been determined to be clean completely, AND you have treated each item, or you will have to do it again. They create what is known as harborages, or places where they hide between feedings. This is anything from the thickness of a credit card or more. Your music collection makes an excellent collection of places to aggregate. Where you sleep is where they will hide. They are lazy but relentless. A few short months and you will be screwed, regarding getting rid of them any time soon.

    These are no respecters of persons. They go for rich, poor, clean, and messy. All you need is one inseminated female, or a few eggs and you are done. All they want is your blood. Infestations have risen 1000 fold in a few short years. They are developing resistance to control chemicals as fast as they are developed. The tendency to tell no one is a plague facilitator. Anything from the home of someone else could be your ground zero.

    We have just comedown with these and it is very much like dying, slowly and surely. I am becoming a specialist, so, if you want info, let me know. I will share with you what I have learned. I am a paralegal and self-taught engineer (multiple disciplines), so learning is my specialty.

    One bug, and a comfortable life is over, at least for now. Heads up people.

    Rich P
     
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    That sounds absolutely terrible. Nightmare :( I hope a complete resolution comes asap for you and your family.

    Any idea how the investigation began?
     
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    Nightmare is a serious understatement. Believe me. I can't imagine what someone with many thousands of record albums would have to do.

    A cluster of 3 bites, or a line of bites would be your first indication. 30% to 50% of people show no signs. The rest show some allergy to the bites.

    Delay or denial is NOT your friend. DIY is NOT your friend. Let them get entrenched and you are screwed. Good PCOs (pest control operators) will know just how to look to find. Initial inspection, with good PCOs will be free. You will rarely be able to find them on your own, unless the infestation gets way out of hand. If you can capture some, that will definitely be in your favor.

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    Oh my, I've thought about those evil things before and in the back of my mind panic. Do they flair up more in the summer or time of year doesn't matter?
     
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    I bought a turntable form Craigslist. I had a friend return to my town. I had a couple who had left an apartment because of bed bugs. I am a pastor and our facilities qualify as a place for these effective hitchhikers, my wife flew in a plane relatively recently, who freaking knows?

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    Time of year does not matter, since your home is kept at relatively constant temperature.

    Homes with clutter are harder to treat. That means us gear stockpilers.

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    Looking at some pics now and really starting to squirm! Did you first notice after bites? Are the bites normally on lower extremities?
     
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    These are among the most lazy bugs. They don't want to work. They want to harbor within 2 feet of their food. They hate movement, so they will harbor in hard areas, like seams behind the sofa, or in your box springs.

    They will go to exposed areas. They will not mess with areas covered by clothing.

    Mine were on my arms and along my sweatpants waistbands. If you sleep naked, all bets are off.

    My wife has yet to manifest any bites. I am sensitive, so I show bites right away. I looked for them for 3 months before I found one, but I was apparently a great smorgasbord..

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    Are they related to chiggers by chance (same class pests)? Those nasty devils were chewing me up during the summer here. They look similar, but bigger?
     
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    They have several nymph stages, but they look like this as adults:
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    They are about the size of a small apple seed.

    Here are their various stages (the top one is an adult that has fed):

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    They don't hang out on you like ticks. They feed, in 5-10 minutes, and get off to go hide in their harborages. They need a bloodmeal to move from one stage to the next, and they need a bloodmeal to lay a batch of eggs.

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    I always strip down and put shoes and suitcase into the freezer for overnight and then walk into shower when home from a trip. It has been keeping them out so far. I still worry about having to fight it someday.
     
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    Cold must be profound and long to affect them. I have seen them stop and revive after exposure to cold.

    Be careful.

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    Rich I read where heat kills Bed Bugs.

    http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/pdf/bb-heat1.pdf

    Aren't you in the Desert??
     
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    They are horrific predators and the trail of "bites" left during a night's feeding hurts, itches, and oy so much more. And it happens over & over & over until they are eradictaed from one's domain. Ppicked up (one?) in the early 2000s, probably during a 2-week business stay in Lower Manhattan (NYC). In any event, brought one from somewhere back to LA County and within a week the "sores" started to
    manifest daily (morningly, actually). Oh it was a miserable time. We had to vacate the premises, remove A LOT of possessions and, as Rich P. pointed out, stash everything in a common place where they, too, could be "treated". And thus the bombing began at the maison and @ the place of possessions storage. Three-four days of "treatment", then a week of detoxification, then return to residence (sans possessions) for a couple of "test nights" sleeping on hiking cots, then gradually restoring the treated possessions. Oh, and tossing the used bedding (mattress & box) and replacing w/ new. Frightful, frustrating, tedious, and expen$ive. You cannot be too careful or thorough when it comes to dealing with these critters.
     
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    Which makes an infestation in SoCal or where you reside all the more precarious, my friend. Now a good ol' Chicago winter, that's another matter.
     

     

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    Truth be told: I spent years outdoors "in the field" doing military and other stuff, places where ticks were (are) rife, but ticks are much more easily "handled" than these voracious (bedbug) monsters. Just my opinion.

    P.S. But I'll be the first to admit that a single "bite", undetected, by "the wrong" tick, can lead to health complications of an alarming, and lethal, nature.
     
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    130 DegF is the key. Not easy to achieve without special gear, which I have on order. There is no magic bullet, except maybe Vikane ($$$). I have a an integrated program in force. Let's see what is effective...

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    @pustelniakr (Rich),

    I no longer recall, but since we're on the subject: are bedbugs, like ticks, "known vectors" of any particularly debilitating disease(s)?
     
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    We just had our initial treatment. The front of the house was treated, and that was a nightmare to get ready (prep). Basically a stripping of all I own. The back of the house would be 3 times worse. The hope is that they will be attracted to my wife and I, into the treated area of the house. I have discarded at least 1/3 of my personal possessions, gathered over the many years of my life. This is simply hell.


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