I think I may have bed bugs, pics inside!
July 30, 2011 10:11 AM Subscribe
We caught this bug
on my bed and I have a few questions...1) So this is a bed bug right? Google images
pretty much answered this question but I'm still hoping somebody's gonna say "no dude, it's something else, totally harmless!" But FYI, we were
bitten a few times several weeks ago and just assumed it was unusually persistent mosquitoes.
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2) Does one bed bug mean there are many bed bugs? Is one bed bug sufficient evidence for us to hire a professional exterminator and nuke the house from orbit? We set up a DIY trap
last night on the same bed where I caught the one and only bug. So far nothing else has been caught - tonight we'll put it on a different bed where others have experienced mysterious bites.
3) How can I find an exterminator that really knows his stuff when it comes to bed bugs? I'm in northern New Jersey, in Bergen County.
4) We can stay with our in-laws while the house is sprayed but are there any additional steps we should take? Should we wrap the mattresses in plastic like some sites on the web suggest?
5) We have a 2.5 month old baby. Should this impact the choice of pesticides or the amount of time we stay away from the house after spraying?