Do Exterminators change clothes before each job?(7 posts)
I have an apt in Jersey City that has bed bugs, and I have no I idea how they got there. According to our LL, there has been no history of BB in the building. We had an exterminator come in when we first got our APT but for roaches. Days after, we started getting bit. We called our LL again about the BB and sent the same exterminator this past saturday. He used bedlam on our bed, boxspring, couch, wardrobe, and the sides of the our bedroom and livingroom. We are still getting bit (my GF and I) but not as frequently. They are coming back this coming saturday to re-spray. I was just thinking, that perhaps our exterminator brought them in the apt in the first place, maybe coming from a previous job. Any thoughts on this?
Many use disposable Tyvek suits. Great for summertime weight loss.
The PCO that did my apartment wore normal clothes and a breathing mask. I asked "Uh, how do you stop from bringing them home with you?" and the response was "I put enough chemicals on my clothes that anything that touches them dies." Then he started tearing the plastic cover off the underneath of my bed to see if bugs had infested inside (at my request) but in such a way that was flicking bugs and eggs over him, my housemate who was standing really close, and the rest of the room.
They were looking at me oddly as I stepped the hell away and left the apartment so as not to get them all over my clothes.
Yeah, great standards.
We wear tyvek coveralls c/w booties and nitrile gloves on every job and inspection. If we have to move from unit to unit we either wear booties over our booties or wear a new pair of coveralls. My wife will divorce me if I don't protect our home let alone protect your home
Great, my PCO does not wear those coveralls. Looks like if this problem doesn't get resolved, we're just going to break the lease.
> I was just thinking, that perhaps our exterminator brought them in the apt in the first place, maybe coming from a previous job.
Well, like a lot of things it's *possible*, but one of the less likely sources of your infestation. Suspect #1 is your apartment building. I would bet another apartment has/had them. This would mean your landlord was unaware or he knew and is lying to you, both possible. Maybe a neighbor picked up bugs somewhere and hasn't noticed or is afraid to report.
If you are getting treatment, I would not assume the PCO is necessarily bad at his / her job because s/he does not wear a Tyvek suit. Lots of people have had successful treatment from PCOs not wearing Tyvek.
There's a FAQ on how to choose a PCO which might help you determine other warning signs, however.
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