Discouraged with Apartment Complex(4 posts)
I'm here to share my woes of being plagued by bedbugs.
I moved into an apartment complex a little over a month ago. I wish I knew of the BB registry then, because I should have known to steer clear. That's water under the bridge now.
About a month ago, I started getting bitten regularly. For about a week, I wondered what could be biting me, because of the huge reaction I had. I showed my bites to the pest control guy who takes care of my office. He told me I should check for bed bugs. That night, I went home and looked. Sure enough, I found them on my box spring.
Immediately I called my leasing office to let them know. They posted a note on my door the next day that the PCO was coming on Tuesday of the next week. I needed to bag all my clothes, take apart the bed, put all my furnature in the middle of the rooms, etc. All pets needed to be out for at least 6 hours. I have a dog, 2 hedgehogs, and 5 parrots, so getting everyone out isn't always easy.
It just so happened that I was leaving for a business trip the same day the PCO was due to come, so i so rather than keeping my birds at home, I needed to board them (which, ended up costing about $700) to ensure that they were not exposed to the chemicals. My friend took my dog and hedgehogs. Anyways, after my trip, I got home, and looked at my house- I couldn't tell anyone had been in there, but figured they probably treated and I wouldn't be able to tell since it had been a few days. I put my bed back together. The paperwork that I got from the complex said that I shouldn't keep any piles of clothes around, so after the PCO treats, to put all my clothes back in the dressers/closets etc. I was to expect a follow up visit 2 weeks later.
A week passed, and I figured I needed to follow up with the office, as I hadn't heard when my 2nd treatment was. I knew I had to get all my pets out again, so that takes advanced planning. A week passed, and I didn't hear from the office, so yesterday I decided to stop by. While I was there, the office told me the pest control guy said I didn't have bedbugs. I am so frustrated! It's EXTREMELY evident to me I have bedbugs, and I'm not even a professional. I have the shells, I found the eggs, the nymphs, the poop stains, everything. The only thing I couldn't find was the adults.
I asked my apartment complex if they even treated me the first time. They said no. So now I have to go through the whole packing up everythin again. I thought I was at least treated the first time. No wonder why I'm still getting bitten!I am scheduled for the PCO to come again on Tuesday. I am going to see what I can do to get off work, so I can be there, and show him what I saw. I made it easy the first time, placing the infested places so they could easily be seen. I guess my apt complex has a lazy PCO working for them. I'm not looking forward to this.
Sounds like an experience similar to my own. What are the laws in the state where you live?
When I mentioned contacting a certain city agency, my previous management reacted more quickly. They had terrible PCOs, but they did send someone out initially.
I have contacted the health department- they were not entirely helpful. I suppose I will have to look up the local ordinances. Funny thing- when I signed my lease, I remember it saying something about bedbugs, but I did the "oh, they just put it in there just in case". It should have raised a red flag. They did not give me a copy of the lease I signed, so I really have no idea what it says right now. I hope to get a copy of it soon.
I am back with an update.
The PCO came finally and (supposedly) treated me again. Whatever they did seems to be working, as I am 7 days bite free right now. I'm not celebrating yet. I still am jumpy and know they have a good probability that they are still there, just not biting me (who knows- they could be biting my birds or something) My old bites are still flaring up and itching though. I figure that will just take time. I am getting my second treatment on the 26th.
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