Christmas with bed bugs infestation at in-laws - ADVICE please.(3 posts)
I have recently learned of a bb infestation at my in-laws. This is a situation that has been going on for some time now, I would guess 4 months if not longer. They threw out their mattress, tried self treating and still have the bugs. They are now seeing them in the bedroom and living room which obviously means they are spreading.
I called some local POC's to ask for advice and treatment options and was told that after this long, the entire duplex should be treated as there are probably many generations of bugs and the infestation is probably high and throughout the building at this point. (ew, ew and ew)
Every Christmas we go over. This year we do not want to go. We feel that this infestation is just too much at this point to even risk it. Are we right in thinking this? I do not want to hurt anyone's feelings, but I also do not want to be dealing with the same problem. Also, we are not very keen on receiving gifts from them as we really cannot be sure that they are not carrying any hitchhikers and the gifts we typically receive are clothing, socks and underwear for the children, pj's for us and such.
Again I do not want to hurt anyone's feelings, but I am not prepared to put myself and my family at risk by entering a house with a known high level infestation, just for the sake of the holidays.
Any advice, tips, opinions are welcome.
Personally, I would not judge you for not wanting to spend the holidays there. Of course, there are precautions you can take, but why risk it? Having BBs severely impacts many people's lives and can affect your mental health as well. It is a struggle and so much work (washing/drying everything you own basically) and constantly being paranoid. I would not wish it on my worst enemy.
For that reason, I think your in-laws should understand why you don't want to risk exposing yourself to BBs. They cost a lot of money to treat and are notoriously one of the more difficult pests to get rid of. Why put yourself through that?
I would explain to them that you don't want to be mean but that your family just cannot risk getting them at this point in time. Tell them to save their money and not get you gifts this year so that they can spend that money towards a PCO. And explain that you understand how expensive an infestation can be and would prefer if they used money towards that. Also if you usually get them christmas gifts I would suggest maybe giving them cash this year instead, and maybe that could help contribute to helping them towards having a professional come in.
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