Any suggestions?(1 post)
My boyfriend and I moved into a new apartment last Wednesday. The second night sleeping here I felt a bite and grabbed an adult bedbug (kept the bug stuck to tape on a card). I immediately got out of bed, we got rid of the boxspring and put the bed onto posts that are in bowls of mineral oil and soapy water. We have caulked and taped off all crevaces, nooks and crannies in the bedroom and living room (while doing this I found a dead adult carcass) after vaccuuming the heck out of everything. We also covered the bed and new boxspring in plastic. Furniture is vaccuumed and either has posts resting in pools of mineral oil and soapy water or is surrounded by double sided tape. All clothing and linens are in the process of being washed and dried on high heat for two hours and then sealed in plastic bags. We have two cats that are being kept out of the bedroom (but still go onto the other furniture. Also, we have a huge amount of books that were in boxes beside the bed for the first two nights living in this place. The books have been put up in a shelf surrounded by double-sided carpet tape. Since moving in we notice a bunch of little black things floating in the mineral water traps every morning (about eight or nine specks). A couple of them kinda look like bed bugs but most look like little black beetles. I haven't found any signs of infestation except for finding the one live bug and the one dead one. We have carpet and wallpaper in the basement (far away from the bedroom but the last people living here had a bedroom down there and the cats sleep there) which I have peeled away but see no signs of bedbugs (no bugs, feces or shells). I also heated all of the baseboards with a steamer because someone told me that they would come out and I would see them but none came out.
So, my questions are . . .
Does anyone have any idea how large the infestation may be?
Is there anything that I have missed doing that should be done? (We haven't sprayed any poison because our landlord hasn't gotten back to us and I heard that spraying yourself can make the problem worse, also, we will probably try to avoid poison if at all possible.)
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