Down to the Wire! Help!(1 post)
I got out of a lease last Thursday due to finding out there had been a BB incident in the apartment community which has become a minor concern for me starting about 2-3 years ago when I thought I was potentially being bitten when I owned my own townhouse. I never saw evidence then, so I blew it off and then shortly after moved in with my neighbor across the street temporaily out of necessity as I lost my house.
I've been sleeping in her spare room on an older matress of her's with my pug, Lola. Over the past several months I've randomly experienced mysterious itching pimple like bumps on my back. Again, I blew it off thinking BB bites were welts and I would have seen fecal spottin on the piping of the matress and baseboards.
Thursday night I experienced one of those events again. This time I started doing more BB research and started re-thinking this mysterious "rash" that happens in bed on occasion as well as the matter (stains of sorts, possible "dots", etc.) on my bedlinens that I'd attributed to being some sort of product of my pug sleeping with me. As I was becoming terrified and deciding to inspect the mattress and my room again very precisesly, despite it being a totally dusty cluttered barely can walk disaster area that I am ashamed I slept in, I discovered rust/brownish colored stains on the nightshirt I'd been wearing that I am 99.9% certain is blood. Since you can barely move in the room, I did seek to inspect the mattress and found it has some holes as did the dust cover to the box spring and I cant take it off due to the bed not being mine.
I did notice that the underside frame of the boxspring was blackened but I thought that maybe that was from sitting overtop of where the joints meet for the bedframe and it was just dirty. The underside corners do look a little "spotty" and I think I saw like one line of evidence of the black ashy looking kind of picture of BB evidence on one of the slats in the boxspring as I couldn't totally see but it did appear to have a linear pattern. I did find circular area of excrement on the carpet directly under the bed but not where the carpets meets the baseboard but I'm certain that is what it is.
That being said, I freaked out (understatement) and didnt sleep for two days as its a holiday weekend and I cant get anyone in here...but finally slept on the couch as I just could'nt do it. I've seen enough evidence and am way to scared to settle for any uncertainty since now I learn that I may not see the actual bug... I did not let my poor elderly parents visit out of fear.
I did talk to the organic exterminatior that I used to use who is coming Wednesday to look and bring supplies for treatment. He told me to clean up the clutter, which I have not done out of fear and from reading all the instructions that say otherwise and he also told me to go ahead and sleep on the couch and I that I really didnt need to bag anything because if its here, it's here.
I've read a ton over the past two days and am very concerned about my car, my belongings here, my dog (as she is sensitive to chemicals), my workspace, etc.
Plus my housemate thinks that I am OCD and I do not think will be amused that I have done nothing and now am sleeping on her sofa and calling in exterminators! I dont think she'd care if she had bed bugs as she could care less that she has confirmed mold!
So, that being said, I have worn my shoes in the house and in the car, and carried my purse, and so on and so on. I'm overwhelmed about all of this process and information and deeply disturbed at this point about this and the whole process.
I need to be up very early, my place is a pigstye, I'm stressed over what shoes I can wear and how to even do all that. I vacummed the living room and put the bag in a plastic trashbag and tied it shut and put that and bunched of other belongings only tied in trash bags on the back patio for trash day. But I can't afford those huge Ziploc bags and have to go through like 10 a day...I just want to cry! I'm also concerned about my exterminator being the best??? (Maryland) I'm supposed to be moving but don't even know how to go safely look at a place without thinking I'm contaminating a potential new space for myself. I need some pared down help and clarity pretty quickly.
Should I clean...my housemate will be pissed at me as I was supposed to be preparing to move?
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