bedbugs and moving(8 posts)
Hello! First and foremost, I'd like to say that I'm very thankful to have found this website. Its been quite helpful in the recent past, but now I have a few concerns that aren't already in the forum.
Let me start off by explaining my predicament. My boyfriend and decided to be nice and babysit for a woman in our apartment complex during the night while she went Christmas shopping for her children. I am pregnant, and it was pretty late at night so I decided to take a nap once the children were asleep. She was gone for about five hours (ridiculous shopping, I know) and when she came back my boyfriend and I left to go back to our apartment and resume sleeping. For the whole next day, I was completely fine. But the next morning I woke up scratching like mad, and discovered a trail of bites on my shoulder, and then on my arm, and then on my other arm, then legs, ankles, ect. When all was said and done, I had at least 50 bites all over myself, and my boyfriend had about eight. (I later learned that she usually sleeps on the couch I slept on, hence how many bites I got versus how many bites my boyfriend got.) And through research and the knowledge that bedbugs sometimes made themselves present in our apartment complex, I knew they were bedbug bites. My concern then was wondering if we had brought them to our apartment or not, as I had an open bookbag next to me while sleeping on the couch and from the looks of it, her apartment was completely and utterly infested so I wondered if they may have climbed in there, as well as into our clothes. That was three weeks ago, and I have since then discovered a few new bites, and I am guessing that we have a couple travelers with us, which will no doubt turn into an infestation.
I know from a lot of research that moving is a big no-no when dealing with bedbugs. But I have no choice, since our lease is up soon and we have already made plans to move and cannot afford to live here any longer. So I need advice on how to make this work without bringing them along with me. Keep in mind that I am pregnant and cannot exterminate too much (plus that apparently does not do too much.) My boyfriend and I are also purchasing a plastic bed-cover that will eventually suffocate the ones that are residing in there and also washing all of our clothes in hot hot water before we move. Diatomaceous Earth is also in our plans. Also, we aren't taking anything other than our bed, bedding, clothing, kitchen appliances and some plastic containers in which we keep most of our clothes. And what about pillows? Should I purchase new ones? With a baby on the way, I cannot bring these bugs with me because I will not have my child being eaten alive once it is born. I will very much appreciate any advice given, and I thank all in advance.
Unfortunately, it is possible that you brought some back with you but it is also possible to deal with this situation successfully. Here's some tips/comments for you to consider:
> Learn as much as you can about BB inspection and control by reviewing the information & resources on this site.
> That you're bringing a limited quantity of stuff with you from your current apartment will make your BB prevention work easier.
> All your clothes may be successfully be treated either by laundering in hot water and/or running through a hot dryer. Note that clean garments that do not need to be washed may be run through the dryer alone.
> Those garments run laundered or run through the dryer should be sealed into plastic bags and or suitable plastic storage contaners.
> Avoid usng boxes an containers that provide cracs & crevices (C&C) where BBs may hide or be difficult to find.
> If you must use luggage or gym bags, inspect them carefully to assure that no BBs or BB eggs are present. Seal such bags into plastic bags.
> Search this site to find various photos of BBs so you will know what you're looking for.
> You may wish to purchase a packtite unit to heat treat your luggage.
> You may wish to purchase some ready to use (RTU) insecticide spray products to treat the exterior of your luggage. Such products will kill BBs on contact.
> Avoid using any foggers for BB control. In fact, do NOT use foggers for BB control.
> Many folks use DE for BB control however, it works slowly and can take many days for it to successfully kill BBs. As such, you should consider this as it may not beyour best option for your circumstances.
> Appliances may be successfully treated in a packtite unit. If you can not afford a packtite you will need to consider other options.
> As you are pregnant, using heat is a viable option for you. t is also possible to use certain insecticide products if these are used in accordance with label directions and with care to minimize potential risks.
Please advise if any additional questions or concerns. Hopw this helps ! paul b.
Thank you for your response, Paul. I found that the part you wrote in which clean clothes need only be put in the dryer most elating, since I never even thought about that and it will save me $1.50 for every laundry load that has already been pre-washed before moving day. I've already decided against any bedbug treatment that involves bombing because A) I am pregnant and B) from extensive research I've come to understand that it only makes them seek out harder-to-locate hiding places. The apartment management only does bombing so I'd have to hire an exterminator which I do not plan on doing. I've yet to see a bedbug yet (although I've been looking at the mattress like crazy, picking up every speck of black I find and thoroughly looking it over, lol) so hopefully we only have a few and can part with them without any dramatics. :p
OK. Bombing/Fogging does not necessarily make them seek harder to reeach places and this may be a "myth-conception" (all due respect to Mr. Katz !).
This is so because the aerosol be killed by the "fog" emitted from the fogger kinda-sorta (that's a technical term) falls like rain in the area that it is applied. Those BBs that are hidden in cracks & crevices under furniture, bed frames, etc. will not be contacted by the aerosol fog and consequently will not the fog application. As such, these well hidden BBs will not need to move anywhere because they are virtually safe from the fog already.
Hope this helps ! paul b.
Very true. But I must ask this question: if I were to decide to bomb, would bombing relieve us of any bed bugs right before the move, also taking the rest of the precautions afterwards? If we have them, surely there would only be a few and they're most likely inside of the mattress or more out in the open since they've only had a few weeks to spread out. Or am I completely wrong?
Do NOT use any total release aerosol foggers (aka bombs) for BB control.
Targeted applications made to specific harborage areas are the key to successful treatments.
Aerosol Bombs = BAD ! ! !
Targeted Applications = GOOD ! ! !
We're clear, right ?
lol, yes we are. And again, thank you for the much-needed advisement. Next paycheck I'll get this show on the road and hope for success. (:
You're very welcome !
ok, I gotta get some sleep now ! pb
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