April 4, 2012 5:35 PM Subscribe
I just had a run-in at work with two adult bed bugs. What do I need to do before I go home (heck, before I get in my car) to ensure they don't infest my stuff?
posted by saguaro to grab bag (17 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I accepted some documents from a customer, and when I set them down on our marble counter top an adult bedbug came crawling out from under page one. I immediately smushed it with the end of my pen, and used the pen to move it across the counter and directly into the trash can. A few moments later, I lifted page one and found another adult bed bug sitting atop page two, already dead. I used the pen again and scooted it to the trash can.
I didn't ever touch the bugs with my bare hands, but I continued to use the murder weapon/pen and likely rested my elbows/forearms on the counter where I killed the first bug. I didn't put the pen in my mouth or anything, but I also didn't wipe it or the counter off. I have a change of (gym) clothes in the car, but I can't change for another couple of hours.
I work with the public and handle lots of regularly-circulated materials, but this is the first time I've ever been squicked out. Please assure me that my minimal encounter with these horrible beasts wasn't substantial enough for them to propagate into my life, and/or give me stuff to do to ensure they won't live on past that trash can.
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