Complete horror and paranoia(3 posts)
I live in an apartment building with thirteen units and i am on the top floor. About three months ago, my super knocked on my door to inform me that my next-door neighbour was dealing with a "slight" issue of beg-bugs. ...Creepy. He said that it was under control, but that he thought it would be wise to spray my doorframe with pesticides as a precaution. I was very disturbed because I had never even seen bugs in my apartment and I have lived here for over two years. A few months went by with no word. Two weeks ago I was away on business and upon my return, a strange occurence started happenening. I would wake up and throughout the day, notice one or two mysterious bites (like mosquito bites) on my arms and ankles. Entirely mysterious to me, because I could not find one mosquito or even spider in my apartment. Two days ago i woke to to more similar bites and started to freak out. I was entirely paranoid and hit google to see if i could find any info. All of the characteristics of my situation suggested bed-bugs. After three hours on the internet doing research i was already starting to look for a new apartment! Lo-and-behold, moments later the super-intendant rang my bell only to be accompanied by an exterminator!?!!!? He said that the bed-bug problem in the next apartment needed to be dealt with and that they would also need to fumigate MY apartment as well. They informed me that I would have to place all of my clothes/fabrics/bedding etc into plastic garbage bags and have them washed while they went through with the fumigating process. Obviously, I am completely horrified by this; I couldn't even sleep last night. I have spent the entire day organizing and placing EVERY SINGLE ITEM OF FABRIC THAT I OWN into garbage bags and labelling them likewise. Also, i have completely torn my entire apartment apart in doing this and still cannot find any evidence of these bugs. Research shows that these F^&KING little vampires will crawl over 100 feet to find their host. (EEWW UGGHH) I believe that my apartment shows no evidence of infestation and that these bites are the result of a "spill-over" from the apartment beside mine. I have slept only six hours in three days; tonight i got home from work to my "clothes-quarantined-pre-fumigated-home" and lined the floor around my bed with double-sided tape. Sadly, i ran out of tape with only three feet to go and decided that a line of goo-ey shampoo straight from the bottle might to the trick. Now it's almost 3 am and im getting tired but refuse to get into bed yet. For the past two days i have waited until the sun rose and then turned all my lights on before having a two hour nap. But almost every morning i wake up to a new bite. This is absolutely horrific. Even the notion of picking up and moving out tomorrow seems no consolation at this point because there's a chance that my clothes, furniture etc. is now host to these f&*king little vampire eggs. Worst part is, I can't even find one of these little shits. Haven't even seen one yet. Might have to make another pot of coffee or crack a bottle of wine to get through another sleepless night. Shit. Anyone have any war tactics while i wait to be fumigated?
I'm so sorry you're here with us! I totally understand your situation. I don't want to discourage you but I've found that you have to be real selective when choosing a PCO here in Montreal. I was not, and I believe my problem is simply getting worse and worse. Your landlord will probably hire a cheap PCO, but you may have to do some research for yourself; I know I did. I recommend Debbie Expert. Unfortunately, I was too late and too broke to hire her, but nevertheless she took time to answer my questions and address my fears. You can reach her at email@example.com
Another Montreal member on the forum here seems to have had success with Extermination Centrale. Sorry, I don't have their number. However, you could look them up.
Slow down,take a deep breath and then stop hunting for a new apt.You stand a good chance of taking the little demons w/you.I would advise getting treatment first and make sure you're bug free before moving.If there's vikane fumigation in Montreal, then that's an option,but don't just run.You stand the chance of infesting another building if you do.I'm in NY and especially in the early days(before much was known about what great hitchikers these vermin are),that's probably how this city became so overrun with them.People would just chuck stuff and run only to find out they had taken the problem w/ them anyway.Good luck and start doing reseach before making any decisions.The better informed you are the better to beat them.
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