Need advice?

by nobugsonme on March 24, 2007

Most of us Bedbuggers are just fellow sufferers (though some folks here are PCOs and entomologists).

If you have questions or need support, please go to the forums and post a new topic in the appopriate forum. You do need to register to post there, but no one will see your email (except the administrator, Nobugsonme–and I won’t share it).

Please read the FAQs thoroughly before posting a question at the forums.
There simply isn’t time in the day to answer all the questions we get, and lots of them would be better answered by the FAQs. And don’t assume someone else will have an answer to every question; we can tell you what we’ve learned, but it may not work for you.

A warning: this is a public forum. Anyone at all can come in and post their suggestions. Take it with a grain of salt, listen, ask more questions. Some suggestions may be dangerous and may even make your problems worse–you must use your judgment and decide what to do.

And please suggest to others only those solutions you know to work. If you read it elsewhere, it’s great to share a link.

Please do not post commercial messages. If you come in out of the blue and tell us a few sprays of your miracle liquid alone solved all your bed bug problems, we are not going to believe you. We may bill you for the advertising space, too: be warned! We did not fall off the back of a truck yesterday and are fairly intelligent people so please do not try our patience with this. You know who you are!

If you don’t want to read through all this again, click the big blue button with a bug on it on the right sidebar (it says “forum,” but I’m told it’s in a spot that’s hard to see.)

Remember, don’t comment below if you want advice or support; click here to go to the forums.

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1 November 6, 2007 at 1:33 pm

My mom has an adjustable bed that has bed bugs. I don’t think they sell encasements that would fit it. It cost a lot of money and she doesn’t want to get rid of it. Anybody have any suggestions?

2 jeannie November 9, 2007 at 4:47 pm

she can go to wal mart and buy the sipper up plastic mattress cover they will not survive in there and please get exterminated

3 Chris November 12, 2007 at 1:23 am

You might take one of the high quality Mattress covers to a seamstress and ask if it can be altered to fit your mattress dimensions.

4 Liz D'angelo November 13, 2007 at 8:02 pm

My cousin has bedbugs and he wants to stay with while he works on getting rid of them. I have a tiny nyc studio and I am nervous he is going to pass them on to me. what should i do??

5 hopelessnomo November 13, 2007 at 8:28 pm

Your fear is not misplaced.

Read the FAQs.

Ask your cousin to read the FAQs. And discuss and reach a decision together.

Please visit the forums (see blue bug on the upper right) to ask any other questions.

6 quinmelle November 30, 2007 at 8:16 pm

i have the early life of bed bugs in my couch , i can’t sit on it or lay on it i am itchy as hell. these couches are only two years old. how cna i get them off my couch

7 nobugsonme November 30, 2007 at 8:29 pm

quinmelle,

Read the message ABOVE. It links to the FAQs which tell you what to do if you have bed bugs. There are photos to help you identify them if you need that. There’s also a link to the forums if you want to ask questions.

8 beccanyc December 4, 2007 at 9:26 pm

three weeks ago a noticed a cluster of pink bumps that looked like strange bug bites on the back of arm but they weren’t itchy so i didn’t think much of it. but last night i noticed new bites on my shoulder and chest. these were bigger and itchy and look exactly like pictures on the site. however, i checked my bed and couch exactly as you suggested and couldn’t FIND any of the signs of bed bugs. also, my parnter hasn’t had any bites. is it possibly to have bedbugs with only bites but no other signs?

9 nomorebugs December 4, 2007 at 9:31 pm

If you have BBs, you will eventually get other signs. So be on the lookout.

Typically BBs feed every week, even the nymphs (?). So a three week between interval is not typical BB behavior, but I know they slow down in winter.

10 sandy schrader December 6, 2007 at 8:57 pm

If you own a hotel and a room has bed bugs, does each tenant who sleeps in the infested room get bitten until the bugs are removed?

11 nobugsonme December 7, 2007 at 12:07 am

Sandy,

Yes!

Many may not even have reactions (itchy bites) but are still probably being bitten. And they may all take them on to other hotels, their homes, cars, etc.

12 BedBugHater December 9, 2007 at 3:43 pm

Montgomery County, Maryland – My fiance and I are both police officers and work in some of the worst low-income areas in the Washington, DC Metro Area. As we were told, apparently one of us picked up a hitchhiker on our uniform from a home while working. In late September/early October, my fiance began to notice what appeared to be mosquito type bites on her arms, legs and hands. They became extremely itchy and swollen, and normal remedies such as Benadryl and related medicines were not very effective. They were recurring every few days and there seemed to be no pattern to her getting them. One night a couple of weeks ago, one of our faithful little pugs captured a “bug” on the couch what has since became known to us as a bed bug. After doing some research online, I located the bed bug in an Army field guide and confirmed its identity. Instant paranoia set it. A few nights later, I spotted a fleeing bed bug near my head on the same couch. Within hours, a small team of exterminators were on site. Indeed, we had a beg bug infestation in the couch. After an inspection, consultation, forking out a hug sum of money and subsequent treatment, we felt a little more relaxed. We followed the treatment plan, washed clothes, emptied dresser drawers, pulled matresses and vaccuumed. We were advised that the solution to ridding our home of bed bugs would not be an overnight solution. After five days and nights, we began to feel more at ease and even attempted to sit on the couch again (apparently the only location found infested). Hence, our faithful little pug once again captured a live bed bug darting for cover on the same couch. I further inspected the couch and located additional live bed bugs, eggs, blood spotting, etc. Needless to say, a call was placed to the exterminator to return. The couch is an expensive Lazy Boy, however I am prepared to burn it in the back yard if necessary. At this time, we are awaiting the follow up visit by the exterminators (hopefully to do a more thorough job this time). Not everyone is affected like my fiance by the bites. I see and feel no effects. However, these pests are an extreme annoyance, disgusting, psychologically damaging burden that I would only wish on my worst enemy. Bed bugs do not go away easily, even with the assistance of a professional exterminator. This note is an outlet to vent our frustrations and to warn the public that bed bugs are not merely a spoken child’s bedtime warning. They are real and they are here.

13 nobugsonme December 9, 2007 at 3:58 pm

Thanks BedBugHater!

You are in good company here. Your story is one I have heard hundreds and hundreds of times. Keep at it–getting retreated every 2 weeks until they are gone. And give your pug a nice pig’s ear–what a trooper!

We’re in the forums (button top right) if you need us.

14 tony December 13, 2007 at 6:42 pm

Hmm where to start. About a month and a half ago my partner started breaking out in welts on his arms and ankles the dermatologist thought it was from mosquito bites and prescribed an antihistamine and cortisol cream and they went away. A couple weeks later they came back then I started breaking out in what the dermatologist thought was an allergic rash to something. At this point I was dubious of this and asked if it could be from something like bed bugs as we were both having rash/welt problems and was told no as they looked different. He then prescribed me a different cream. A week later I found a small bug the looked like an appleseed (you already know ehere I’m going with this don’t you). I hate it when I’m right. I checked the boxspring and there they were bed bugs. I just want anyone out there to realize people have different reactions to being bitten. While mine were just small red bumps my partners were large welts.

Here’s where it gets good. I called my landlord (I live in a 6 unit building) who was poositive I brought them with 6 months ago when I moved in. I was never bitten at my old place neither was my partner. He seemed to be very hesitant to check out the other units or hire an exterminator. I ended up getting bed/boxspring encasements and usinng Results dusting powder on my own, he then came and sprayed my place only with an Ortho product. I emailed Ortho and the product is not recommended for bed bugs. I kept usinng the Results as it did seem to lessen the number of bites. Today I received in the mail from the landlord Thwart bed bug repellant. Sure 2% tea tree oil is going to help a lot. On top of that he still has not checked anyone else’s unit and insists I’m the only one with the problem. I have since found dead bed bugs in the lint trap someone forgot to clean out in the laundry room. I am sticking with the Results every week and am getting less bites but without treating the building I think I’m going to lose the battle.

Anyone out there know if the local housing authority would be of any help with this. I need to find out my rights as a tenant. Any suggestions? I’m also pretty much living out of ziploc bags as I fear spreading them to other people’s place so I wash everything in hot and dry at high setting then right into ziploc’s and befoer I leave shower then dress and leave without sitting anywhere or touching anything. I come home and immediately put the clothes & shoes I wore into seperate ziploc bags. Am I being to crazed about this I don’t want to take them to another place.

Thanks I needed to get all that out.

15 tony December 13, 2007 at 6:49 pm

Sorry I meant to put this with the last post. Anyone familiar with cedarcide and does it actually work?

16 persona-non-bugga December 13, 2007 at 6:53 pm

Hi tony, in which city or town do you live? There are FAQs on the blog about housing laws and bedbugs for some places. But if your area isn’t included, maybe someone else will know.

17 tony December 13, 2007 at 7:37 pm

You think I would have thought of that. Can’t seem to get my mind off of this situation with the bed bugs. Wilton Manor, FL (think Fort Lauderdale).

18 hopelessnomo December 13, 2007 at 8:21 pm

Tony, as suggested by persona, there is a section on Florida landlord/tenant law in this faq:
http://bedbugger.com/2006/10/22/faq-tenants-landlords-owners-and-bedbugs/

There are also a ton of other FAQs that may be useful.

As for the precautions you take not to spread bedbugs to others, they are typical among many who suffer from bedbugs. I recognize that deep wish to protect others. You are not alone. Remember that it won’t last forever and you will return to your normal life one day soon.

Feel free to ask additional questions in the forums (blue bug above).

19 nobugsonme December 13, 2007 at 8:45 pm

I would say that you need professional help–and so do any adjoining units (top, bottom, and sides)–which must be inspected by the PCO.

Read the FAQs as others suggested. Try to get your landlord to take this seriously. Results may be helpful but it is inadvisable to try and treat this on your own as multi-pronged approaches available to good pest control operators are generally more effective.

The company that makes Cedarcide has not been willing to share any of the data they claim to have on effectiveness with any of us who have emailed them. It may be a good product, but I would want to see test results or at least hear from trusted parties that they have seen it work.

20 nomorebugs December 13, 2007 at 9:27 pm

I think people in the 50’s/60’s were saying that bed bugs were developing a resistance to DDT. Currently, they are developing a resistance to the pesticides approved by the EPA.

I would not put hopes on anything that a PCO does not use.

Probably the only thing the cannot develop a resistance to is DE because it’s mechanical. But I think the bug has to drag it’s sorry body across DE well and/or several times before is can even start drying out and dye.

21 tony December 13, 2007 at 10:33 pm

Thanks guys I’m hoping with some of the info I’m mailing to the landlord (so I have a copy of everything also & instead of talking on the phone) that he may come to his senses and realize this is more than just one tenants problem. As much I hate it I need to talk with the other tenants even if they end up not liking me very much.

Hopefully if will not come to the city housing authority or lawyer point as I really like my apartment and my landlords. I just don’t think they realize how bed bugs move through apt buildings. As much as I like him I’m very frustrated at this point as of the 21st it will be a month since he was informed.

Thanks for letting me vent and the info and links. I got more reading up to do on the site. Thanks again.

22 tony December 16, 2007 at 8:31 pm

Ok so I’m driving myself mad and trust me it’s not that far of a drive to begin with. I think it’s time I start my own forum about all this.

I am still seeking advice on this part though. Ok so bed bugs are attracted to the heat from your body and the carbon dioxide you breath out while sleeping. So would it be possible to try to attract them out by using say a heating pad and mixing vinegar and baking soda to create carbon dioxide?

Hey I said I was going mad. I find myself in a position of possible needing to catch a few critters for proof of them being here and in my mad state had this thought. Anyone know if this would be feasible?

For further updates my forum may be titled ravings of a madman (or I’m buggin’ out)

23 hopelessnomo December 16, 2007 at 9:30 pm

Hi Tony, I don’t know anyone who has used such a trap successfully, but the idea has floated around. I do know someone who used a different kind of mechanical trap and posted about it in the forums. The forums are where you should be posting these questions after you have read the FAQs. Click the blue bug above right. Also, read this. Your best friend may be a red LED light and some detective work if you need to capture a bug.

If you post in the forums, I’ll direct you to the post with the trap discussion.

24 Ricardo December 17, 2007 at 12:19 am

Hello,

I found bedbugs in my bedroom about 4 months ago. I have had 3 pest treatments that my landlord readily paid for. The pest guy sprayed around all the base boards and fogged the apartment. It seemed they were gone but I still get allot of itches and what seem like bites.

I have put carpet tape along all the baseboards put the bedlegs in plastic containers with carpet tape around them. I also put tape all around the edge of the top sheet on my bed. I have found absolutetly no bed bugs on the tape but still seem to get bites? I cannot figure out how they are getting me in my bed but donot get caught on the tape. I read the bit on the possiblity they are dropping from the ceiling.

Can bedbugs crawl over double sided tape or is it impossible for them to get past tape.

I have read so much about these damn bugs i am lost in the information now. Please I need some help here.

25 nobugsonme December 17, 2007 at 12:35 am

Ricardo,
Scroll up. Read the instructions and click the link to the forums where you can copy and repost your question. There are a lot of people who can help you in our forums.
There’s also a link at the top right: blue blue that says forums.

26 hopelessnomo December 17, 2007 at 2:25 am

Hi Ricardo,

Don’t overlook the bed frame. And I assume you have encased. But come to the forums to discuss it.

Here’s a link to a relevant conversation to get you started:
http://bedbugger.com/forum/topic/monitoring-with-double-sided-tape

27 shergil December 20, 2007 at 5:22 am

I am only in NY to attend graduate school but school is ending soon, so I plan to move out of the state. I am afraid of taking bed bugs with me. I only saw one live bug after it bite me on my pants leg. I bagged it in a ziploc to identify it. No live bugs on my mattress or near walls and no fetal stains. My roommate said she didnt have any bites or bugs. But then found two baby bugs on her mattress. I have only lived in my brownstone row house apartment for 3 months. I think it may have begun when I had one random bite I thought was a spider. It may have been a small crop as I only had 4-6 bites once a week for several weeks. I believe it may have been only for a few months??? Not sure when it began cause I thought I had mosquito bites for awhile when it was warm. And not sure if there are more in other apartments. I have washed as said and bagged my clean clothes in ziplocs and trash bags. I have had the exterminator once and he is coming a second time this Sunday. My furniture was treated. The exterminator didn’t see any bugs or fecal on them but what if they missed it in the corners? I plan on getting a new bed. Can I take my furniture with me? books? electronics? How do you know what you can bring with you?

I wish I had gone to school anywhere but NY. The housing here sucks. I looked at 33 apartments–a frick’in rat race and all for what? I still ended up with a dump with bed bugs. My first apartment in NY was also a dump with a crazy roommate. MA has cheaper better housing with safer roommates. I came here to study not to have a nervous break down and lose everything I own.

28 nobugsonme December 20, 2007 at 7:37 am

shergil,

As the post above explains, please repost your message in the forums where you are bound to get many responses:
http://bedbugger.com/forum/

If it is any consolation, MA is crawling with bed bugs, especially Boston and for miles and miles around. If you never heard of them it’s because they were not widely known before the last few years.

29 bugbasher December 21, 2007 at 6:20 pm

Hey, I really liked Tony’s idea! the only thing I would do in addition to the heating pad and fake co2 is plop a nice big ,bloody steak on the heating pad! OK,here’s my question: I got diagnosed yesterday and haven’t slept since.I can’t afford to have a pro come out,but what I lack in money I make up for with friends and family.I haven’t done anything except stay up all night to see what I could see.P.S.- I caught 3 bugs coming out of my pillow? At least they were crawling on it.I have to say they are not very fast,thank God.I have them in pill bottles encased in a plastic bag in the freezer.I’m awaiting my shipment of chemicals:Phantom,an industrial strength quick kill(D-force I think is the name), a growth regulator,and drione dust.It should be here in a couple of days.The problem is I’m afraid to go to the bed after what I saw last night.Can I vacuum the bed tonight or do I risk having them scatter before the chems come?I want to do this right,not thwart myself.To vacuum tonight or not?My dogs are always in the bed.I hear they taste like chicken,lol.Please someone get back to me cause if I shouldn’t vacuum,the dogs will be in the bed and I’ll sleep in the bathtub!I’m doubting they will find me in there…

30 nobugsonme December 21, 2007 at 8:07 pm

Hi bugbasher,

As the post above explains, please repost your message in the forums where you are bound to get many responses:
http://bedbugger.com/forum/

That said, I would ask where you live? Unless you own your own home, there’s a good chance someone else is responsible for paying (namely, the landlord). Moreover, if you are in a multi-unit building and a neighbor gave you bed bugs, they will keep coming unless the other units are dealt with. Please respond in the forums/repost there, and we can chat more.

31 ann2 January 7, 2008 at 2:36 am

I’ve been reading some of these posts and I wonder if you know that Boric Acid kills ALL bugs. roaches, everything. You can buy containers of it at Home Depot and many other stores………sprinkle it on matress’s, floorboards, where ever there is a bug problem………

32 nobugsonme January 7, 2008 at 3:03 am

Actually, no, ann2. Entomologists who study bed bugs tell us boric acid does not work well on bed bugs. It kills roaches when they ingest it; bed bugs won’t eat it because they only eat one thing: your blood. They do not lick their feet.

Diatomaceous earth does kill bed bugs (see FAQs–>treatment for a FAQ on that). But it can take a long time and professionals usually use a combination of pesticides and dusts to fight them more efficiently.

Thanks for trying to help. If I sound grumpy it’s because bed bugs can be difficult to treat–much more so than roaches, ants, everything else. (Think termites and you are getting there, except termites don’t crawl into your bed and feed on you.) If it were as easy as boric acid, do you think this website would even exist?

33 ann2 January 7, 2008 at 3:15 am

Deleted.

Editor’s note: ann2, I deleted this message because you are simultaeously posting duplicate messages in the forums. Please do not post duplicate (copied) messages in two places on the site. I am asking you nicely for the second time (the first was in the forums where this message was duplicated by you).

The conversation and ann2’s comments can be seen in the forums if you click here.

34 nightvison007 January 16, 2008 at 4:27 am

need help to find a lawyer in Hawaii for my bed bug infestion

35 nightvison007 January 16, 2008 at 4:30 am

Does sleeping with the lights on stop the bed bugs form bitting me

36 nightvison007 January 16, 2008 at 4:39 am

is the land lord liabale for my bed bugs in my apt unit and can i sue owner of apt unit

37 nobugsonme January 16, 2008 at 1:22 pm

nightvision007,

We can’t help you find a lawyer, but reading some of the past cases in this FAQ might help you find out about past cases, and get some names of lawyers involved in them.

Bed bugs will bite whether the light’s on or not. They will even bite in the daytime if you are not there at night.

We have a FAQ about who pays for treatment, but it does not cover Hawai’i yet. You need to call the local housing department or a local tenants’ rights group. Ask for advice. Local news articles often mention this aspect of the issue, too.

If you have further questions, please come to the forums (as per the post above the comments): click here.

38 nobugsonme January 16, 2008 at 10:51 pm

I am closing the comments to this thread. As the post above states, you need to click here and come to the forums for advice. Thanks!

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