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Bed Bugs at Home

BoyRoger

BoyRoger IOW England
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I completed my Camino at the beginning of May this year , I didn't sufer any bed bug bites on my camino and took all the precautions when I arrived home but today my wife has a line of bites on her ankle. We have thoroughly examined our bed for bugs or signs of bugs but found nothing. What I'm wondering is how long after arriving home would any bugs I'd transported home start to bite? I would be grateful for any advice please.
 

basquelady

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CF (2013), CF Pamplona to V del Bierzo (2014), Baztanés, then CF (2016), CF Sahagun to SDC (2017)
I completed my Camino at the beginning of May this year , I didn't sufer any bed bug bites on my camino and took all the precautions when I arrived home but today my wife has a line of bites on her ankle. We have thoroughly examined our bed for bugs or signs of bugs but found nothing. What I'm wondering is how long after arriving home would any bugs I'd transported home start to bite? I would be grateful for any advice please.
Sure they're not just midge-type bites? I've had a lot of these in the last week or so (in Lancaster, UK). I'd been doing a lot of gardening in the wonderful dry weather. VERY itchy!
 

C clearly

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Camino Frances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016). Seville-Astorga (Mar 2017). Mozarabe (Apr-May 2018)
I believe that bed bugs can survive quite long (months) without food, depending on circumstances. However, I'd guess it is very unlikely that your wife's bites are from a bedbug brought home in May. Fleas would be my first guess. Fleas can live in grass lawns outside, so it is possible even if you don't have pets.
 

Tia Valeria

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Pt Norte/Pmtvo 2010
C. Inglés 2011
C. Primitivo '12
Norte-C. de la Reina '13
C. do Mar-C. Inglés '15
Yes, dog fleas are not fussy and will enjoy humans too. They also, same as bed-bugs, like breakfast dinner and tea. (3 bites in a row) If you see one a damp bar of soap is a good flea trap.
 

SYates

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Before panicking (understandable!) you really need to know what kind of bug bit your wife. http://bedbugger.com has a lot of good information regarding this - Be prepared to spend hours reading/navigating that website as it is a bit disorganized, but the information on it is usually sound.

Also, bed bugs can enter your home via a lot of ways, not only the camino ...

Buen Camino, SY
 

BoyRoger

BoyRoger IOW England
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2014) Apr-May
Camino Frances 2016 End March to May
Camino Ingles 2018 April.
Thanks everybody, I guess we have to give it time to see it there are anymore bites, none today :)
 

Annie Little

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Frances Sept-Oct 2016
Oh dear the bed bug paranoia ... I totally understand .... got home two weeks ago and have spent two weeks washing , rewashing after leaving everything in black plastic in sun for five days .... live in unit so neighbours think I am mad :D:(..... I also threw out things that I probably did not need to .....
 

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