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Old 01-24-2012, 11:23 AM United States
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Recently discovered, is an infestation in my home of bed bugs. The exterminator has not investigated the house yet so I am unsure how bad it is, or if it even reached my room (where chins are) yet.

I have a question, I know fleas cannot inhabit chinchillas, but can bedbugs? What if there were to be eggs on my chins?
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Old 01-24-2012, 11:49 AM United States
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Bed bugs do not stay on the host. After taking a blood meal they harborage somewhere close to their feeding areas (which is generally on or around a bed where a human host would sleep), mate, and lay eggs. They do not harborage on the host. They could biteand feed on your chin though and be harboraging on or around the cage. I work at an entomology lab and I'd say 80% of my work last year has dealt with bed bugs... including rearing them. If you have any questions about them, feel free to PM me.
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Old 01-24-2012, 11:52 AM United States
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Did you ever do the experiment on the chinchilla dust and bed bugs?
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Old 01-24-2012, 11:57 AM United States
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Unfortunately, no, we've been so busy with bed bug work for our clients, I haven't been able to do it yet!
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Old 01-24-2012, 06:46 PM United States
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The bed bugs should leave your chins alone, when they attack, they like areas that do not have hair. This is why most bite marks will be on the neck or arms (if you are not hairy). This being said they will leave chinchillas alone because they are covered in hair.
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Old 01-25-2012, 07:44 AM United States
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Okay thank you so much for your help

The exterminator came in and said we were in the extremely early stages, if we were to find two bedbugs we would be lucky (not). Hopefully this isn't a rip off!
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Old 01-25-2012, 09:25 AM United States
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They would be able to bite the ears, tail, and feet of a chin easily. Hair on other animals (not dense like a chin's) does not deter them... trust me... their mouthparts can still manage to get past the hair and pierce the skin. If they couldn't do that, I wouldn't have the numbers I do in my colonies... They have even bit my coworker on his extremely hairy (we're talking gorilla-like!) arm.

By the way, I have a colony collected from an infestation in Jersey and these bed bugs are highly resistant to a lot of the common pyrethroid pesticides. What is he going to treat with? Steam treatments work well too as long as the exterminator is very thorough.
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Old 01-25-2012, 09:50 AM United States
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I am TERRIFIED of getting a bed bug problem. I hate even thinking of going to a hotel/motel and maybe coming home with bed bugs. I don't know what I would do with 40 + chins even if the chins don't have the problem. I understand the WHOLE house has to be treated and that is not good for the chins.
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Old 01-26-2012, 10:19 PM United States
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I also am terrified of the bed bug infestation!! I did recently stay at a hotel and I ripped the whole bed apart looking for them! lol!
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Old 01-27-2012, 04:05 AM United States
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Does anyone know how to 'protect' one self from the possibility of bed bugs in hotels/motels
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