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Thread: BED BUGS

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    When you buy fabric etc. at goodwill, garage sales, etc. worry about bringing home these little pests? I love going to these places also, but wonder if I could bring them home.

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    Goodwill & garage sales are not the only places that the bedbugs hitch a ride. Major department stores are having to deal with this issue lately. They are transported from place to place because of our shipping industry. It reminds me of when I was a kid & you had to check the paper grocery bags for roaches.

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    When you buy fabric etc. at goodwill, garage sales, etc. worry about bringing home these little pests? I love going to these places also, but wonder if I could bring them home.

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    My laundry is in our garage. I wash them before bringing them in the house. I'm horrified by the thought of bedbugs too.

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    I'm glad you brought that up. The bed bug issue is all over the news these days. I will be extra careful now to throw any new fabric into the machine right away. I don't even really know what a bed bug is, but I don't want them!

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    There was a report on the news that said it is become a huge problem. Warning that motel and hotel are breading grounds for them. I think I will sleep in my car. lol :lol: :lol:

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    They are a HORRIBLE thing.... my niece has them in her apartment and just had it sprayed for the 3rd time. It has nothing to do with how clean/dirty you keep your house - they love it anywhere. It is a complete nightmare to prepare your home to be sprayed and you have to get rid of furniture that is infested. She is extremely allergic to them and has been fighting a terrible rash and finally discovered them in her apartment. I feel so bad for her - all I can say is wash in hot water if in doubt.

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    I'm so glad that I have a steam cleaner which puts out really hot steam. I sanatize my mattress and furniture frequently. The steam should be hot enough to kill them. So far I haven't seen any! I'd freak out if I did!

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    You can also bring home moths and carpet beetle larvae. Keep everything in a plastic bag (don't be eco-friendly and reuse a bag here) and wash and dry it on a fairly high heat asap.

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    The librarian in our area found 2 in a book. No place is safe!

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    I have a big chest freezer so I put fabric I ordered from online or from thrift stores in a plastic ziplock and freeze them for several days or until I remember about them. It may do some good. I do this with rice, meal and flour too. I do not need weevils getting a foothold. Also bedbugs can get in alarm clocks, furniture, shoes, eyeglasses, anything that is around where they are. I am very Leary about motel rooms. Even the extra nice ones get bedbugs.

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