I researched bed bug interceptors, purchased the materialand on DIY interceptors, and now have them installed under my sofa legs, and table legs.
This morning I checked for possible trapped bugs, but didn't see any.
Arthur woke me up at 6:30 as he was being extremely noisy. I couldn't find him, at first, but found him behind the bins by my front window, scratching at the heating vent, and floor board.
He stayed stationed there, even after being offered breakfast. I wondered if his tiny toy mouse was stuck, and couldn't see one. I offered Arthur another of his favourite cat nip filled mice, but he wouldn't leave his station.
So this is interesting. Is it a site of bed bug activity? In the past week I have noticed Arthur sitting and intently staring at certain areas of interest, under the bathroom sink, where there is a panel with a wide gap; and the heating vents in both the living room, and bedroom. There are dogs trained to detect these bugs, and show where they are. It's not unreasonable that Arthur may be able to smell, or see them. However as a feline, I think he would be disinterested in any attempt by humans to train him.
And yet, my Arthur provides me with company, and a fairly willing listener.
It's reassuring that he seems to know about these terrible bugs. As usual Arthur keeps me company in his amiable manner.
I move slowly in the morning, needing coffee, before up to doing anything.
But that will be the starting place for my inspection today. I purchased a good flashlight, this week and diatomaceous earth, so plan to look very carefully at potential hiding spots first, and then apply the powder carefully in all these areas.
I had a lovely video chat with Paul and my grandson, Jasper. Observing Jasper cheerfully climb the stairs; lead a tour of the kitchen, go back downstairs, and repeat this whole process and also talking with Paul - while having morning coffee, gave me a lift for the day.
A few moments after our visit, I looked at my arm, and in disbelief saw what looked like a bed bug. I say disbelief, because it's said that it's unlikely to actually find them eating, because they move extremely quickly if disturbed.
It looked somewhat like a freckle, or mole, or age spot. I have all of those on my arms and legs. But it was darker, and more perfectly shaped than my freckles and moles.
I tried first to lift it off. Then just scraped it with my thumb nail. It resisted, but did come off in pieces, leaving fresh blood.
So another piece of evidence, I would rather not have. I would prefer to find my bed bug evidence in my new interceptors.
So this weekend, I'm continuing my eradication plan. Inspect. Vacuum. Dust with diatomaceous earth.
I return to work in 10 days. And I need to feel confident about this situation before that.
The pest control person provided me with a 6 week time-line. If I still have bugs then we need to have another treatment. But I believe 14 days is also considered the length of time for the treatment to be effective.
I want to feel that I've done what I can to help get rid of this bed bug infestation.
Even though I do worry they will return if other adjacent areas are not inspected, or treated.