Diatomaceous Earth & Treatment(2 posts)
When I first got the Bed Bugs I was living in a studio apartment in Boston. I actually got the BB’s because my friend slept on my sofa in Florida and somehow they got into my stuff and moved with me to Boston. My boyfriend told me not to let her sleep on my sofa while her place was getting fumigated. (you learn from mistakes). She had a very very bad case of the BB’s from buying used furniture at Goodwill.
The heat treatment was done in my studio apartment (4th floor) and one apartment upstairs (12th floor). The heat treatment cost Big Bucks. They say the heat treatment works, but I can tell you that the bugs returned to that lady’s apartment upstairs and to my apartment after the heat treatment. I was told it could be a possibility that they returned to my apartment after I brought in clothes from my storage room, but I doubt it. The heat treatment was very expensive and did not solve the problem.
After the heat treatment, the bugs moved with me from the studio to the one bedroom – I had minimal furniture. I had no dressers; I did not have a sofa or upholstered chairs in the studio. Basically, I had a bed and clothes. By this time, the BB’s moved with me from Fla. and to three apartments in Boston.
How I knew I had Bed Bugs (BB):
I never saw any “brown” spots of dead BB in between my mattress/box spring as they tell you to check in hotels. I did see one dead BB inside my pillow case after putting the p. case in the dryer. Also, after putting Diatomaceous Earth everywhere, I did find another dead BB on the floor.
I knew I had BB when I got into clean white sheets and I felt a bite, jumped up and there was blood on the sheets. So the story about not feeling the BB’s bite is incorrect. I knew I had BB when I found blood periodically on my clean white sheets and I also found bites on my legs, hands, arms and stomach. I had a mild case of BB, so there were not too many bites at one time.
It got progressively worse, where I was finding a blood spot on a daily basis on my white, clean sheets. By the way, Hydrogen Peroxide removes the blood spots.
I have learned several things: If you put dry clothes in the dryer to kill the bugs, the clothes will not shrink. As long as the clothes are dry. Also, you must put an encasement (good one) on your bed and also put BB encasements on all the pillows. It is expensive.
I got rid of the bugs because I put Diatomaceous Earth (food grade) all over the place. I also used a garden sprayer. Diatomaceous Earth is inexpensive and very messy.
For the first few weeks, I did not think it worked. I had it on the floors, everywhere. My whole place was yellow and dusty. After about five or six weeks, it started to work, less bites. Finally, I hired a professional Bed Bug guy who did not rip me off. He charged me $300 and sprayed the place (small one bedroom apt.). Other exterminators wanted to charge me $400 for the Bed Bug “trap” to only see if I had BB and another $500 for the first treatment. Shop around.. I think the BB professional exterminator really did the trick.
It has been over a year now and I miraculously have not been bitten. However, had I gotten another bite, I would have gotten the bug guy again. You really are supposed to get a second treatment. The DE definitely works, but it takes time. Good luck.
PS: IF you go to a hotel, put all your stuff, including your suitcase, in a plastic bag. Also, spray everything with rubbing alcohol in a sprayer.
The BB’s got into my fur lined boots that were left on the floor. I could feel them biting me and I had horrible, horrible bites. I sprayed the inside of the boots with rubbing alcohol and killed them.
I am just a newbie here, but spreading DE around your place until it is "yellow and dusty" it NOT recommended. NOT good for your lungs. Sounds like hiring a professional was the answer to your problem, glad it got solved.
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