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Question DetailsAsked on 7/9/2016

could woodstoves be a source for carbon monixide unused in the summe,r how ?

i came home with bedbugs in my dreadlocks , despite leaving all of my belongings and clothes outside when i got home after traveling , i soon later found them on my skin...

started bathing with bleach and bleaching my locks...
i washed all of our bedding.

none of them were adults they were all newly hatched barely visible to the eye , but recently while cleaning off a wood stove that my dad has closed off mainly to animals through a chimney . ..outside and because its summer...
there were bedbugs all over the stove , and they were farely larger than the starting stage when theyre newly hatched .... and i tried killing them all by hand ...

just wondering if this wood stove could be a source of carbon monixide... and why if its connecte d to the outside but just barely closed off right now at the moment..

i have heard that bed bugs are attracted to carbon monoxide on humans and thats how they find their place .

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Assuming this does not have a gas pilot light running all the time, it would be putting out carbon monoxidse during the off season if the exhaust flue were connect to some other device that is running in the summer - like water heater or boiler - which would be an illegal connection BTW.

Could be bedbugs are attracted to the oils and creosote in the partly burned wood - I have no idea.

Actually, a touch of web research says warmth and carbon dioxide, not carbon monoxide, attract them.

BTW - on animals in the wood stove exhaust flue - be sure to get it cleaned and properly capped with a screened cap before using it, because it could now be blocked off by a nest or food stash.

Also - research bed bug treatment - what you have done if more like lice treatment - bedbugs hide under furniture, in mattress and mattress pad, under baseboards etc in the daytime so just cleaning uyourself and bedding does not solve the problem.

One other thought on the stove bedbugs - could be they are thriving on some critter nesting in the chimney, so actually two groups in the house - chimney feeding station, and you ?

Answered 3 years ago by LCD


It turns out there are psocids crawling out of tiny holes in our Woodstove by the hundreds .. we live in an 1918 mill house low to the ground and there's a lot of mold and leaks . I told my dad fire that mess up haha it's summer I live in nc USA appreciate your help and the corrections made me snicker

Answered 3 years ago by corsettingadvocate

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