Finding Live BBs 5 Days Post-2nd Treatment(6 posts)
Back again, this time 5 days after my apt building's second treatment for bed bugs. All the units in my building are being treated (the source was the unit directly below mine, though it had spread and I was getting eaten like crazy). We had it done on Sunday and, while I haven't had any direct contact with our PCO to know what chemicals they're using, I feel very lucky because both they and my landlord are being extremely proactive about this.
I was still getting awful bites the first few nights after Sunday's treatment (normal for me - I react fast and they become welts by dinnertime the next day), but I haven't gotten a single bite in two nights - woo, progress! But I'm still finding LIVE adult bed bugs on my mattress/headboard/metal frame - just as an example I found 2 last night, and now 2 tonight. I think I've traced the problem to my headboard and the baseboard along the wall, but I'm hesitant to just trash my headboard since it cost so much. The front is upholstered but the back is metal, so the PCO has been spraying the headboard down during treatments. It seems like a lot of the bugs in the little crevasses have died, but without fail these live ones keep popping up.
I know it's hard to tell when I don't know what chemicals are being used - and I know it's normal to expect 3+ treatments to get rid of the bugs (my landlord has already mentioned scheduling the third) - but I think I'm just curious if anyone else shared this problem and can share their concerns so I don't feel so alone. I guess I expected to see more improvement by now (and don't get me wrong - being bite free for 2 whole days has felt like heaven), so it's a little disappointing every time I run into a squirmy little bug. Anyone in this same boat? Hopefully seeing live bugs 4-5 days post-treatment doesn't mean we still have a long way to go until we're bug free? Will I ever get to unpack my life from these plastic bags again?!? (Kidding, just being dramatic... but I should still probably buy stock in Ziploc.)
I'm surprised none of the PCOs weighed in. I'm not an expert just hope it's getting better!
Thanks, I appreciate your reply anyway :] I guess there isn't much for the PCOs to comment on, especially without me knowing what chemicals are being used to treat our issue. I'm actually still getting bites off-and-on/finding 2-3 BBs each night (now about 9 days after 2nd treatment), but our building has another treatment coming up this weekend and my landlord continues to be extremely helpful so hopefully that does the trick. I was hoping my building's case would be one of those easy two-treatments-and-they're-gone cases, but that was wishful thinking I go back and forth but I'm in a good, optimistic mood about it tonight - it'll be over soon!
I think they are supposed to leave you a list if you ask (it varies by state)..you could leave a note asking to be left a list..
You can google it but Phantom takes longer..there are reasons to use it, but I'm not an expert.
You may want to PM Paul Bello..he hasn't been on in a while but he's very good about PMs typically and he wrote a very informative book on the subject (I have David Cain's on my kindle). Paul is great about putting info on the internet and helping people.
Killerqueen is in the NYC area. The landlord probably has to agree to use him. You can search for comments from him and from his clients on this website.
Thank you! I definitely appreciate having some contacts in case I have further questions. I'm going to try to "go with the flow" for the next few days and see how we do with the third treatment. If it doesn't improve, I'll absolutely reach out to them Thanks again!
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