Anniversaries: Still Gone Almost a Year Later(7 posts)
An article about BBs appeared on Jezebel this morning, and the comments section included a lot of the things one hears here -- people just don't understand about prevention and about how making you feel dirty doesn't actually help, it seems like it will never be over, etc.
I just wanted to say hi, thanks again to everyone who gave me advice before, and say that it DOES get better to the people currently dealing with this. It's just awful, and nobody gets it unless they've personally experienced it. I started getting bit nearly a near ago, but I didn't realize what it was until about a month in. I live in an apartment building and it's almost certain that they came from a neighbor who set off a bug bomb (!) so part of my concern was that other tenants wouldn't be as obsessive in treatment, and that I'd never be free of this. Our landlord really cracks down though, and inspects to make sure that tenants who are being treated are complying with the directions.
I was treated by Pioneer Pest Control. They steamed my bed, sofa, and chairs. They put bags on the mattresses of both the bed and the futon couch. They used DE in the cracks, wall plugs, and under the carpet where it meets the wall. I slept only on my futon, which would allow use of climb-ups. I kept the clothes, towels, sheets that I used in airtight ("airtight," I know, but they did seem to work) bins from the Container Store, and zip-lock bags. My boyfriend still wanted to come and see me, and for me to visit him, so we had a routine involving plastic bags and the dryer. Sexy times.
The first few days of washing and bagging truly seemed like they'd never come to an end (you never realize how much stuff you have until something like this happens!) but following the directions was absolutely worth it. Once the treatment started, I only got two more bites -- I let my blanket fall on the floor one night and that's how they got to me -- and I saw my last bug/sign of a bug one month after treatment started, two months after the start of the ordeal.
So, I overcame it with the help of Pioneer Pest Control, DE, washing and bagging, and trying to still enjoy things like going for a walk and reading a book. I definitely had people in my life who didn't understand and who were negative and unhelpful, but this forum, an understanding boss, a non-grossed-out BF, and a landlord who took responsibility are not taken for granted. I still worry that they'll come back, but even that has decreased with time. At this point, I'm careful but not paranoid.
Great success story! Hope that I'll be able to post one someday too.
Thanks for sharing your update! Good to hear...
Many folks have success in the treatment of their bed bugs and move on.
Thanks for the success story. It's nice to read.
Congrats Abbey! Me too, free a year now (still super careful). This site and all old timers are awesome lifesavers. Much love to you all.
You gave me hope, just starting with DE. I have to get a small steamer and DIY as not much cash. But I love a happy ending like you had. I dread going to bed because the homemade bed can not use climb ups. I think they are in the head board anyway, homemade with rough lumber and cracks between boards. DH is married to this bed he roughly threw together so I just have to treat it and wait. He will not get rid of it. Hopefully still can be salvaged.
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