DIY in Honolulu(1 post)
A few weeks before Christmas, I noticed my three year old daughter had a really strange looking rash on her elbows and arms. I was -very- suspicious, but at that point I thought it a reaction from the laundry detergent. I'd never heard of bedbugs except for the bedtime rhyme. After following a hunch, I found some spots on the sheets that turned out to be from THEM. We emptied all of her room into plastic garbage bags, heated everything up, and I bleached her wooden bed. They weren't on the mattress, they were in the slats and screwholes. I poured white glue in all of the crevices (I was hesitant to use chemicals.) It looked like it worked, until a two weeks ago. I was getting bitten, and I discovered blood spots on the sheets. We sleep on a pull out sofa, and they are back. Just to make sure my daughter wasn't getting bitten, we bought two little heaters and heated up her tiny room to 121 degrees for an hour. This was the temp readout on our digital thermometer on the window. I felt better knowing that at least my daughter was safe until we had a more definite plan of action. I just went in to check on her and there I saw an adult sitting on top of her sheet!! What the heck?! I'm so disheartened. I can only think that there was a cool spot somewhere in the room. As of right now, the plan is to buy/rent a dry steam cleaner, use DE, and re-heat the room, this time while paying a lot more attention to spreading things around and we will heat the clothes in the dryer before we start and then bag them and bring them in later. As for the sofabed, hopefully the steam cleaner and the DE puffed inside will work. I've got a newborn baby sleeping in the bed with me, and I don't want to use a pesticide. Does this sound like a feasible plan? Does anybody have any other suggestions? We cannot afford to hire a PCO. I don't want to scrap any of our furniture, we can't afford to replace it. Thanks for any help!
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