When Waywardson gets home, he's bringing a product for treating bedbugs and a hypo-allergenic mattress cover and we're going all-out-war on these things. Wish us luck!
Wishing you luck in killing whatever they may be.
This is it. The darkest day. The blackest hour. Chin up, shoulders back. Let's see what we're made of, you and I.
- The Doctor
Good luck to you. **shudder**
Sweet dreams, nik!
I have a plan: take off mattress cover and vacuum anything we can see, steam my bed using my shark steamy thingy, spray, treat mattress cover in dryer (heat kills them), spray the headboard and the carpet, replace the mattress cover, and cover with the hypo-allergenic cover Waywardson is bringing home. Anything left will starve because they can't get out of the second cover, so I'll repeat the treatment every couple of weeks for a couple of months and, hopefully, that'll do it! Should take care of any dust mites, too!
Those things are a b*tch to get rid of. Never had them and don't want them. Good luck with what ever method you decide to use!
I edit because I think much faster than I type.
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Well, probably, nik! It doesn't have a pic, just describes them and how they live. If I had wanted to throw a pic at you, I would have just put it in this thread, but I'm not going to do that to you because *I* hate it when I click on a link and it's a big, nasty, unexpected spider!
This AM, I had a single itchy spot on the inside of my arm- still itchy, BTW. From what I've seen, so far, that's probably what it is. We'll know more after Waywardson gets home and we pull that mattress cover off. I'll keep y'all posted!
ETA: It's full-coverage mattress cover, but it's soft (not plastic) and I think they are biting me through the cover and the sheets. SOMETHING is in there because I saw the 'lumps' they made in the cover and I felt them- and they moved.
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If I find them, I'll take some pics for y'all! I'll warn nik before I post them, though!
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I started waking up with tiny bites all over my arms. FWH wasn't getting bitten at all. Just me. I assumed it was a spider of some kind..then one night I happened to get up to use the bathroom, and by the light of the moon I saw something on my sheets. I turned on the lights..it was this tiny bug. I captured it, without smashing it..and on a whim, I googled bedbugs.
It took a few weeks to get rid of them. I swept, steam cleaned the carpet, used the plastic cover on the mattress,etc. But what really seemed to finally get rid of them(I was still being bitten during the clean up process) was Bedbug Bully. It's a spray...I found it on the internet. It's a bit pricey..but it did the trick. We had tried the Raid for Bedbugs, and a few other sprays..they did nothing but stink up the house.
Once we used the spray, the bites stopped. I really wish I had found it sooner..or figured out WTH it was...those little blood suckers are nasty..and the itch is unbelievable.
It also helped that we knew where they came from. My mother had recently moved, and had given me a loveseat. We checked the loveseat and yup..gross.
Lesson learned...no more old furniture.
..that feeling you get in your stomach, when you heart's broken. It's like all the butterflies just died.
We took ALL of the steps I outlined above even though we saw absolutely nothing when we unzipped the cover. The mattress was propped against the wall and I saw something on the bottom of it and pointed it out to Waywardson. He went after after it and it started to run- it was the tiniest spider ever! I'm still confused as to what those lumps were.
My xSO had them and we did battle for a good month plus, but defeated the bastards. He still monitors as he lives in an apartment building and knows very well that if he had them others do too. I second the diatomaceous earth around the bedposts. He also put tape on the walls a few feet up so they cant climb on the ceiling and drop on you (I know right?) and keeps the bed in the traps. They can live for up to a year with no food so breaking the cycle is key. Steaming is good, running anything fabric through the dryer for 30 min on high.
He caught a female and it laid eggs in the jar he had her in and 4 babies hatched. It was disgusting and cool all at the time time. And man those babies are tiny!
Good luck, I hope you turn out clear.
it was the tiniest spider ever! I'm still confused as to what those lumps were.
Charlotte's kids in their spider sac? *shudder*