Cute dog found bugs that weren't there(12 posts)
We returned from vacation in August and started getting bitten on a nightly basis. First thought was — did we pick up bedbugs on vacation, on the subway, elsewhere? We were inspected by a young man who started a new business and found no bugs or signs of bugs, but as the biting continued, we doubted his results. So we spoke to many exterminators and after three weeks of more bites, decided to hire a company that provided a dog and handler, supposedly more sensitive than a human inspector at a cost of $325. The canine inspector stayed for about 15 minutes and scratched at various areas in the apartment, for which he was offered treats each time. His handler never verified the dog's findings by producing either a bug or a sign of one.
After the dog's findings, we started interviewing exterminators to take care of our problem. Four companies came to our home. Not one found a sign of bedbugs, yet three of the companies were willing to treat us for bedbugs at costs ranging from $1000 to $10,000. We even contemplated fumigation of all of our belongings off-premises, (that was the $10,000 cost, with moving vans, etc.) and we figured that would be a good time to add more money and renovate the apartment. We thought of moving out for 6 months to accommodate the extermination and renovation.
We were washing our bed linens and clothing on a daily basis, and going quite crazy. We put everything in plastic bags, we stopped inviting people, and were even scared to visit people, fearing to transport the bedbugs. We approached our building management with the dog's findings, to find out that the building wasn't concerned.
Of course during that time, we were sleeping poorly. My husband would wake up at 3am and go into the shower for hours. The bugs seemed to prefer him to me. We bedbug proofed our bed with special casings, threw out our headboard and were ready to throw out all of our bedroom furniture and three sofas, and were heading rapidly towards a mental asylum.
At about this point, we found John Furman of Boot-a-Pest, New York Magazine's exterminator of the year. He came over with a colleague and inspected our apartment for over one hour and said "You don't have bedbugs, I can guarantee that." Using logic, he suggested we set out glue boards and see what bugs we catch. We sent the bug pictures to John who found carpet beetles, cigar beetles, and surprise surprise, many mosquitoes and mosquito larvae but no bedbugs. He also suggested daily vacuuming and washing the floor with Lysol.
We have been living bite free for a few months now, and we can only say good things about John and Boot-a-Pest. He is an ethical, kind, and intelligent man in a field that can be prone to playing on people's fears. We heartily recommend Boot-a-Pest and see why he is New York's #1 exterminator.
Oh, no! Another testimonial to KQ!
This one is tickling my Trimethylaminuria.
contact killer or residual?
No - it's neither one - this is David being his usual clever self.
I had to look it up on wikipedia as i did not know what it was - Trimethylaminuria is a condition that causes a fishy odor. Very clever, David!
BeenThere, your second identical post was deleted.
Rumbled again but I think depending upon your condition and stance on such things it could be either a contact or residual killer.
I must confess that I do at times but things into my posts to get people to think outside of the box and search for additional information.
You never know one day when I fully master google optimisation I will do a mammoth post with the answer to life the universe and everything and I don't mean 42.
Hey David - well when you get around to doing that - let us know!!
just make sure you make it a word challenge to decode, and I am sure that will indeed be a worthy puzzle to solve!!
all the best!
so you never had bed bugs? bites stopped just like that without ever treating your apt?
hope your bite free days continue forever!!!! good luck~
i'm confused too -mosquito larvae are aquatic, they only survive in water <this is why standing water is such a no no -- i grew up in florida. dump the water and the larvae die>
so. . .given that factoid, how the heck did mosquito larvae end up on glue boards on the floor?!
nonetheless, congratuations on resolving whatever the heck it was that was biting you. . .
if only lysoling the floors would solve my problems, i'd be SUCH a happy girl
Thanks for the kind words BeenThere,
I'm glad I was able to help!
lol .. Not mosquito larvae.. There were Mosquito's on glue monitors .. but the larvae was from Carpet Beetles .. haha wchicago .. made me laugh also =)
that makes so much more sense :)
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