claiming victory or staying in fear: please help(7 posts)
hi yall. i need to tell mystory and get perspective:
12/28/11 found live bb on wall. 2 human inspections found nothing and my building almost did nothing but then agreed to bring in a dog which positively signaled bugs on my bed.
they sprayed 1/18/12 with phantom.
10 days later a inpector came and said "clear" again i did not trust a visual inspection since they found nothing both times previously. i found 2 bed bugs after the spray confirming the dog was right and the humans were wrong.
they gave me climbups and said to monitor them.
i had de all around my floor and under my bed an on the slats.
one bug looked cut up from the de
2 mos after the spray after much back and forth with my building who contrcts a pco, they FINALLY agreed to bring in the dog again.
it took a lot of finagling
as i was clearing the apt for the dog ie moving my stuff to dog level so it could smell my belongings i found another dead bb. ( 2 mos post spray) granted: dead is good but was it dead for months and i didnt see it? (possible)
the dog came and cleared my apt. i was happy. but cautious. at this point i dont trust anything. but that dog did not fail me the first time.
that night in the middle of the night my foot started to itch and woke me. im worried.
then the next day i checked the climbups very closely and found a tiny bb fully dusted in talc or DE. again: is this new? did i just miss it because it was so tiny and blended in with the powder color? it also means that a bug was alive 10 days after the spray which i know is possible because phantom can take 14?days an i know dead is good but im back to feeling more acared than ever because i feel that my building did all they could. they finally brought the dog. my pco keeps saying your fine. but i keep finding dead bugs and getting "potential" bites.
unpack accept and move on. or live in Big Bags "aka Bed Bugs" indefinatley.
bring in another dog and pay?
i have the active monitor and nothing.
what disturbs me is that all of the bugs i have found are OFF of the bed not on it.
are they dispersed? other apts have been checked but like mine they found nothing despite mine having sonething.
please give me yourthoughts
Posting so experts can weigh in.
yes, please weigh in experts! to clarify: all bugs with thr exception of the first finding were dead.
I'm not an expert but I have devised an overall plan since my battle began in October. I've taken a very aggressive conservative approach. To me that means I've literally done everything that was suggested and I mean everything. However, I do not and will not consider my situation a victory for a while. Last time we went 40 days with nothing. There were no signs whatsoever then one pretty big bugger got me on my bed. Not a good move on his/her part as I captured "it" and let it rot to death in a ziplock (it was also evidence for my PCO). I've had several Phantom treatments. My situation is better. However I'm literally living out of ziplocks and it's very tough. Have you removed clutter, checked for harborage locations near your bed, moved your bed away from the wall, made sure your bedding doesn't touch the ground, put your bedding in the dryer on hot for an extended period, and encased your mattress and box spring? These are the things I did first. Then I began to caulk. I've caulked for weeks. I look at it as it's them or me and I want my life back so I'll caulk any spot I can find. Good luck. I hope to hear others respond to your post.
ns. ive done all but caulk. i think emotionally i was ready to say: when the dog clears me, i will move on. and te dog cleared me but im scared im not done.
ive found 5 bugs so far since dec (only 1 alive) 2 of the dead ones were in the last week.
because i was moving furniture/bags around.
the more i find the more i think: wow, maybe this wasnt the tiny infestation ibthought it was plus: i must only react to some bites. ive have some bite marks but not enough to get 4 bugs to the adult life stage ( i assume they are adults) the dead one in the climbup was very very small so not an adult. Its hard to know when all is done.
i wish there were a safe human substance/ drug for humans that make our blood toxic to the bugs and kill them. like oregano oil or something they'd die from that was nontoxic to us. any chemists out there: ?!
i think im the most nervous ive been the whole time because i feel there is nothing left to do (ie i will get no more help from my building or pco now that dog cleared me and so its my "crazy" choice to stay in bags.
im more anxious/ depressed than ever. waiting a month for a dog was more comfortable. i feel like dead bugs are not a sign and bites arent either and those are the only signs i have. also some old bites resurfaced which is very weird. my photos showing exact spot.
i feel it itchier lately. again: not a sign. never surrender: how many live bugs have you found?
is it bad to toss all nightstands for fear that they will take up residence in more expensive things like my sofa? ( if they are here and assuming they arent already in my sofa)
please chime in people! thx!
killdienow - 7 minutes ago »
i wish there were a safe human substance/ drug for humans that make our blood toxic to the bugs and kill them. like oregano oil or something they'd die from that was nontoxic to us.
Me too. I've been dreaming up all sorts of fantastical ways to kill them. I'd be happy with anything at this point that would be effective without needing multiple visits by a PCO; and something that isn't financially devastating.
im devising an idea to sleep on the floor on a white sheet with a glue trap border so i catch the f'ers. double sided tape border ?
any other ideas!
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