Fumigation, NYC(2 posts)
I wanted to follow up on my last message in another thread, but since I have a couple of questions on fumigation at the end I thought I should start a new thread as well.
I also hope my story will be of some help to people out there.
Good news first: after dealing with a horrible bedbug problems for several months in my Greenpoint apartment, with practically no help from my landlord, I eventually brought a dog in (from M&M environmental) on June 1, and he "scratched" two spots in the apartment, one by a pipe in the living room, close to my desk, where I had seen live nymphs at least three times, the other one in the middle of my bedframe. No wonder I was getting bitten almost every night. Locating the bugs and knowing for sure that other spots in the apartment are clear (though of course I know they can travel) was probably one of the best things I could do to give me a degree of peace of mind and to organize an attack strategy. I had reached the point of nervous breakdown and that made me feel a bit more in control.
My bf and I carefully got rid of the bedframe (wrapped in plastic etc.). Although my mattress was fine, since it had already been encased months ago and I decided to keep it, I have been sleeping on an airbed since and have *not* been bitten again.
So far so good? Well, almost. We saw and killed a medium-size live bug crawling on a wall in my kitchen a few days after the dog inspection. That was hugely disheartening, since the dog had not spotted anything in the kitchen. Also, I had immediately sprayed the spot by the pipe in the living room (where the dog had scratched) with Bedlam, but that was not so effective. A few days later a small nymph bit my boyfriend's leg while he was sitting there. He killed that too.
We have seen no sign of bugs since, and remain vigilant.
After a long delay and lies about the building situation, my landlady finally agreed to treat the apartment, using their PCOs. The exterminator mentioned there may be a problem in the upstairs unit (something I have always suspected). A first treatment with Tri-Die took place two weeks ago, but again, I find myself having to fight to persuade my landlady that the situation needs to be taken care of. Today it took me a long time to convince her that a second treatment is indeed needed, as the exteminator mentioned during his first visit. She kept asking me whether I had seen any other traces of bugs and since I had not, she did not want to go ahead with the treatment. Argh.
On to my questions: I am actually moving in August and when I asked her whether she had told the new tenants about the problem, she candidly said she had not, because they plan on "doing something very big" in the apartment after I move out. I feel bad for these unsuspecting people and know that according to NYC law she should have informed them. Do you have any advice on this?
Also, now that I am moving, obviously I don't want to bring anything with me. I have been exploring the possibility of using fumigation, though the quote I received from Moving Right Along seems really high $2900 (it includes removal, renting a container and fumigation), for a sofa, two desks, an armoir, six chairs, and a bunch of boxes. I have also spoken directly with BBFS in Queens (that is actually the fumigation company Moving Right Along relies on -- though I had no idea when I called them up). I am considering renting a U-Haul truck to have it fumigated, but since I will need the help of a couple of people to move some of my heavy furniture, a DIY move may just not prove possible.
Can anybody recommend another company in NYC that offers moving/fumigation services, or is Moving Right Along the only one? Can anyone who has used Moving Right Along comment on his/her experience with them?
I know this will be expensive but you are better off getting the fumigation. I don't know if there are any other companies than Moving right along and/or BB&B but both are good (but expensive). If you move with them it will just end up costing you more anyway so spring for it now. BB & B did my car for me.
I spent a fortune but am BB free for over a year and would spend the $$ in a heartbeat if I had to!
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