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Old 22.09.2010, 20:52
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Another good way to keep your mattress clean is have it cleaned by a professional we do this, and you should see the water after
Yuck! I'd also be interested in what such a professional is called. Methinks it might be time for a cleaning.
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Old 22.09.2010, 20:58
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Re: Bed Bugs!!

There was an article on the BBC recently about how there is an explosion in the population of bed bugs & one of the things to blame is people washing their bedding on a cool cycle. YOu need to wash bedding at 60 degrees to kill them, the new trend of washing at 20 degrees just does not cut it.
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Old 22.09.2010, 21:04
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i would happily offer you a can of my spray but as you have a cat (i assume by the photo) it may not be the best idea just "in case" something happens.
Thanks, I still adore my cats so I'll have to pass .
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Old 22.09.2010, 21:12
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Re: Bed Bugs!!

They don't live in the bed as their name implies. They come out from hiding places like behind a flap of wallpaper, elec socket, curtains, bedhead etc.
So you need to concentrate on the whole room. And as they last ages without feeding (6 months +) you need to get even the ones that are hiding. Just replacing the matress and washing the sheets isn't going to do it. Hence why the professionals spray the room.
They are good travellers and cling to folds in luggage etc. I saw a plot of cases around london and there were two lines following the route from Heathrow and Gatwick to Central london.
Angela - you are sending out clothes aas part of your home business aren't you? If so I would double/triple check in detail what you send out.
Some report bulls eye rings around the bite developing which is a symptom of Lyme disease which can cause lifelong neurological issues if not caught early. So take it seriously.
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Old 22.09.2010, 21:18
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Angela - you are sending out clothes aas part of your home business aren't you? If so I would double/triple check in detail what you send out.
Some report bulls eye rings around the bite developing which is a symptom of Lyme disease which can cause lifelong neurological issues if not caught early. So take it seriously.
Thanks Glendyn, I am taking it seriously, I am going to see a specialist
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Old 23.09.2010, 00:27
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Re: Bed Bugs!!

Sheesh Angela, I am sorry to hear that. Are you positive that its bed bugs? Whilst you do get a rash sometimes, the most typical sign is a small welt after being bitten. TERRIBLY itchy once being bitten and even for days at random after.

If its really bed bugs, I seriously will ditch that mattress ASAP and wage war on those effers by calling in professionals for the rest of the nooks that you cant reach. Bed bugs will really make your life hell and they multiply like crazy.

I suffered bites for a week straight when I went for a school camp, staying in a hostel that was infested and it was enough to still make me terribly paranoid about them. I usually wash my sheets at high temp (90 degrees!!!) and sun the pillows / duvets weekly or whenever the sun's out. High heat kills the eggs and even the bugs.

I hope you get it sorted soon.
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Old 23.09.2010, 08:24
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Thanks Glendyn, I am taking it seriously, I am going to see a specialist
Keep us posted. I hope really that it's not bedbugs and that you caught a little Waldschaben the other night instead.
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Old 23.09.2010, 08:28
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Keep us posted. I hope really that it's not bedbugs and that you caught a little Waldschaben the other night instead.
Well, so far what my husband has was food poisoning from eating a prepared soup I brought from Peru that had expired .
About what I touched, we have been looking around and only found a knot of black thread . We searched everywhere no signd of bedbugs, the only thing I can remember is that I have changed detergents ....
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Old 23.09.2010, 08:37
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Hi Friends!

is there any powder,spray available which can cure these creatures.
What seem to be the symptoms of the little creatures?

Good morning EF!!
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Well, so far what my husband has was food poisoning from eating a prepared soup I brought from Peru that had expired .
About what I touched, we have been looking around and only found a knot of black thread . We searched everywhere no signd of bedbugs, the only thing I can remember is that I have changed detergents ....
A little knot of thread misinterpreted as "Ack! A bug!" in the middle of the night would be an even better explanation than a forest bug! I'm voting for the black string. The detergent could totally have caused your rash. Maybe switch back?

So sorry for your husband - food poisoning sucks. Chamomile tea helps a little bit. As does lots of sympathy and coddling.
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Old 23.09.2010, 08:41
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A little knot of thread misinterpreted as "Ack! A bug!" in the middle of the night would be an even better explanation than a forest bug! I'm voting for the black string. The detergent could totally have caused your rash. Maybe switch back?

So sorry for your husband - food poisoning sucks. Chamomile tea helps a little bit. As does lots of sympathy and coddling.
Thanks Serafina, I feel quite dumb at the confusion but hey it was the middle of the night I am very atopic, so almost anything new makes my skin itch...even those thread bracelets (must be the coloring or something) that children make, still tomorrow to the dermatologist, I am happy
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Re: Bed Bugs!!

Apparently bed bugs are becoming a worldwide problem.

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Some report bulls eye rings around the bite developing which is a symptom of Lyme disease which can cause lifelong neurological issues if not caught early. So take it seriously.
And the source for this is?

Here is factsheet from the Mayo Clinic.
There is no reference to Lyme disease.
In the section under complications, it says the following:

By feeding on infected people, bedbugs can be infected with some bloodborne diseases. However, there is no evidence that bedbugs can transmit these diseases to other people.


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Some report bulls eye rings around the bite developing which is a symptom of Lyme disease which can cause lifelong neurological issues if not caught early. So take it seriously.
Are you sure you are not referring to ticks (Zecken) which are also rampant in NW Switzerland. Tick bites can indeed cause Lyme Disease if not treated immediately.
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Re: Bed Bugs!!

Bit too warm at the moment, but in Winter if temperatures fall to below freezing point you can leave the mattress outside for a few days and this should kill them off. Alternatively if you have access to a cooling room or chest freezer.....
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Hi Guys,

So went to the doctor, what I have is dermatitis (a few types actually ), I am allergic also to changes in temperature so that is why I am a bit itchy, he said no bed bugs as there are no signs, and we checked the beds...Poor husband though did have an allergic reaction to food.
As for Lyme disease in bed bugs that is nonsense, it is ticks that spread it not bedbugs...
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Old 26.09.2010, 19:15
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That's great news about the no bed bugs!

The rest you can manage.
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Re: Bed Bugs!!

has anyone had experience with this clean maxx device:
http://www.weltbild.ch/3/16043567-1/...ml?wea=2220249
I realize its for dustmites and not bedbugs, but wondering otherwise if its a good way to clean a mattress, or is some marketing genius trying to trap me into buying another useless contraption?
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Never had this problem - but we regularly steam clean the mattress when the weather is hot and sunny (so it will air dry afterwards with window opened)(a steamer is not that expensive) - wash the mattress cover - and like many Swiss (yeah I know, lol - but it does work) hang duvet and pillows out in the strong sunshine.
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Old 09.10.2010, 23:11
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wait,what strong sunshine??
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Been absolutely stunning up here in the Jura lately - only 24C but we had many days at 28/30C this Summer. If you live by a lake- enjoy the Summers but stay in the fog most of the autumn/winter. Sorry.
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