Human-sized bed bug and Purdue University entomologist at U St, NW, Columbia Heights and Gallery Place Metros on Thurs.

From an email:

Thursday, June 9
7:30-9:30 a.m.
Columbia Heights Metro (14th St and Irving St NW)

10:00 a.m. – noon
Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro (7th St and H St NW)

1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
U Street Metro (13th and U St NW)

Dr. Gibb, an entomologist, has been studying bed bugs for years and can discuss their habits, how they work, and identifying an infestation. (He has tips like putting your suitcase in the bathtub, checking behind headboard for bugs, how to check mattresses and sofas, etc.)

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  • seems a little stiflingly to don on a full bug suit. Although no one would claim anyone associated with Purdue were playing with a full deck. (a little down-home Hoosier humor for the boys and girls out there)

  • I would like to know if he has any advice for people with a lot of bedbug anxiety.

    For example, *I* might put my suitcase in the bathtub but what the if the person in the room next to me doesn’t, and a bedbug crawls into their suitcase and then their suitcase is next to mine on the plane and it crawls from theirs to mine and then I get bedbugs anyway?

    Being inside my head hurts sometimes.

    • Having lived through bed bugs, I spent a lot of time researching their behavior. It is very unlikely bedbugs would travel between suitcases on an airplane. They don’t really move around unless they’re looking for a meal — and they’re attracted to CO2 and heat — so your suitcase full of clothes and toiletries is not a draw.

      (PS — you can also buy a packtite if you travel a lot or for peace of mind, which we did. It basically cooks your luggage so if you picked BBs up on a trip, you kill them in all of their lifestages before you even open your suitcase.)

  • watch for the CARPET BEETLES too people. we’re dealing with a recurring infestation and we’ve seen them outside around town too. Google image for identification: the adults (live 2-3 weeks) look like small, black and white lady bugs. The larva (which will eat hair, wool, etc. and live 1-2 years) look like mini catepillars. Inspect your cut flowers and your box springs. They’re not nearly as bad as bed bugs (no biting, no ), but they’re nearly as difficult to deal with (can hide in the smallest nook, like inside picture frames) and for people who mistake them for bed bugs, perhaps as psychologically draining.

  • Spider Beetle also look like bedbugs

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