Be gone, bed bugs.
June 5, 2011 10:08 AM Subscribe
Bed bugs after two and a half years?
posted by anonymous to Home & Garden (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I recently reclaimed my things from storage, after having bed bugs in the fall of 2008. At that time, I stored my things in all plastic, and all belongings were treated. This is a fact: my things were well-sealed, and nobody in the place where the things were sealed and stored ever had bed bugs or got bites in those two and half years. I've also been away from my belongings for over two years (it will be three years this November), and reincorporated (with some post-bed bug experience trepidation) with a few exercise things and clothing, as well as a suitcase.
Everything was either treated, laundered, dried for two hot cycles (once to remove dampness, the second on high heat to kill any bed bugs), all inspected, and then sealed (sometimes twice) in plastic bags, and finally stored.
Yesterday evening, I got a bug bite while watching a movie. Now, I get random bites sometimes. But, it happened in the context of being in the company of recently "rescued" items from when I had bed bugs. I don't have a lot of my own things in this space (unique temporary housing situation), but: could it have been a bed bug bite?
Because of worry and doubt, I sealed the clothing I was wearing in plastic bags, and tried to feel the bite for the tell-tale line. As far as I can tell, it's only one bite, but maybe it's two, I can't really tell. I remember what the bites felt like, and they were usually very swollen for several days, but the bite today is down, however its itch last night was very similar to the bed bug bites I remember having.
Could it have been a bed bug bite? Is this even possible? Doesn't anything ever kill these things? (Time, no possible food sources, an over 18-month period of time in sealed plastic, etc.) I don't want to wait to get more bites, and I'm okay with just throwing everything away...again. Storage was sort of like throwing everything away, after two years.
Please email the mods if you'd like more details. Entomological experts, people with successful bed bug eradication experience, pest experts all welcome to chime in! I just want some peace of mind, and if there's no possible chance of it being bed bugs, I'll gladly assume it was just some random bug that didn't like the fact I was sitting where it was mucking about—as long as it's not a bed bug!