Have been Treated.. NOW WHAT? pls read!(6 posts)
My apartment has just been treated for a bed bug infestation. After reading all these posts I'm petrified they will not all be killed or they will come back. what are the chances? (more questions at the end)
INDICATION #1-My infestation was first technically noticed back in february when i noticed a strange "rash" on my collarbone region. I went to the doctor who diagnosed it as an allergy as I have tons of random allergies to basically everything, so I bought it. It kept coming back and for the last 4 months I've been just living with the red bumps because they didn't itch or hurt. Eventually my boyfriend developed them as well. I thought i gave the poor thing a disease!
INDICATION #2- Also in February I purchased a new white comforter set. I began noticing tiny black dots over the pillow shams and some on the edges of the comforter itself. Nothing on the sheets but they were black in color. I washed them, soaked them, and oxycleaned them and NOTHING took these dots outs. I assumed the black spots were from makeup or something else...again didnt think twice.
FINAL STRAW- june 21th--woke up to a tiny bug crawling on my arm. Annoyed and pissed off I yelled at my roommate for not closing the screen doors. I figured it was just a regular small insect that is typical with this time of year. June 24th.....woke up to ANOTHER bug crawling on my forearm. I became alarmed because it looked JUST LIKE the first one. Determined to rid myself of anything living, I began psycho Cleaning my apartment. SUNDAY JUNE 26- I decided to flip my mattress when i was putting my sheets back on my bed when i discovered them. Just a few small bugs smashed in a row in the corner of my boxspring. (never saw any on my actual mattress but it had a plastic cover) After Google'ing bedbugs I was posititive thats what i saw. I Immediately threw away my mattress and boxspring and alerted my Landlord.
Monday June 25th- Landlord informs me that they will send Eradico out to diagnose whether or not we had bed bugs. I WAS POSITIVE and persisted they come see for themselves. They found NOTHING! I was blown away. TUESDAY June 26th- I found a few more bugs--put them in a ZIPlock bag and showed the apartment office managers- They finally believed me and scheduled an appointment for Eradico to come exterminate. However they could only come out JULY 5th! They said it was the soonest the could come as they were extremely busy and the holiday fell on Monday. AGAIN i was floored to know we had to live in a bug infested apartment for another full week. We were told to spray ourselves down with alcohol water to prevent the bugs from getting on us. (YEAH RIGHT!) We vacated.
The apartment management gave us a checklist letter indicated how to prep for spraying. The first time they sent the letter it was backdated to JUNE 13th...this indicates that they already had this letter drafted, already sent it to someone else in my building and already dealt with bedbugs sometime within the last month. We were not alerted that bed bugs were a problem in our building at all.
Over the past week we've been prepping for extermination. We probabaly went a bit overboard but better safe than sorry right? We literrally garbage bagged/duct taped every thing EVERYTHING in our apartment. We washed all clothing in hot water. I threw away my mattress and boxspring. Upon prepping i began to dismantle my bed frame. I had a platform Bed from IKEA. Once taken apart i found a bunch of mature and nymphs hiding out along the unfinished presswood part of the bed..none on the finished wood. I threw this away as well.
After throwing away their home (bed and frame) we only noticeda few of them up in the crevice of the ceiling where it meets the wall. Also, I found one on the air vent in the ceiling of my attached bathroom. My roommates room and bathroom is separated from my suite by the living room, dining room and kitchen. We found ONE adult on her boxspring but no other evidence anywhere in her room. No feces, no skins, no carcus...nothing. She never had the "rash" so we believe her room is safe. We also tore off the undercloth from her boxspring and found nothing.
We think that they were only in my room/bathroom/suite. After we removed the mattress/boxspring we only saw them high up in the ceiling and the adjacent walls. After we removed the frame we never saw any others.
I'm fairly confident that we did a great job removing (throwing away)anything that can be infested. We even threw out our vacuum after we cleaned all the carpets throughout the apartment. The management of our complex removed all light switches and outlet covers and drilled holes in the walls for the exterminator.
My concern is this is not enough. My below neighbors were treated as well however the people whose apartment back up to ours is also infested but since they didnt properly prep they were not treated today. Their treatment is scheduled for July 18th. I'm very scared they will find their way through the ventilation system back into our apartment. Eradico says its not possible because they sprayed inside the walls to act as a barrier.
Is there anything else i can do to get out of MY NIGHTMARE? I simply cannot afford to go through this again!
ALSO! Are there any laws rules pertaining to landlords making renters aware of infestation problems within the buildings? Its obvious this is a complex wide problem and we weren't made aware. Had we of been we could have saved some belongings, days of work, money and SANITY!
This has been BY FAR one of the worst tribulations I've had to deal with in my adult life. PLEASE PLEASE spread awareness of these nasty [expletive deleted] so others don't have to deal with it! Most people don't think twice when they see a small bug-- i sure didn't and i wish i would have
Are you still living there or you have vacated the apartment as you stated? That is a shame that the other unit is being treated on the 18th. When apartments have bed bugs, everyone should be treated at the same time. You can do the best job in the world when it comes to prep work but if others aren't cooperating, that could be trouble! When is your second treatment scheduled for? Trying to save your sanity during a time like this is the most important. It's also a great time to de-clutter and spring clean your place. If your landlord has hired a good company who knows what they're doing then it will be over soon. The company I work for manages a 16 unit apartment building and the PCO we hired got rid of bed bugs in two - three treatments and it's been 3 years bed bug free for them now. It's hard to picture the end of the road when you're going through this but you'll find it eventually. Try to keep life as "normal" as possible during this. It helps.
We are staying with friends and family right now but we were told we can move back in as normal 3 hours after the treatment. It seemed to soon so we are waiting a few days. We do not have any other treatments scheduled and were told one should be enough. I'd like to think our infestation wasn't very severe but the neighbors is and that is what worries me the most. Its hard to keep life normal when all I own is in garbage bags. Im literally rotating 3 outfits! How can I tell if the first treatment wasn't effective? How soon should I see them again if it didn't work?
According to my PCO (from when I had treatment) you will be seeing activity for up to 21 days after treatment. Because of eggs hatching 10-14 days after the mother lays them, it's important to have a follow up treatment in 2 - 3 weeks, no matter what the level of infestation is. You need to be living in your apartment during treatment to act as bait as well. I remember very few outfits during treatment. It's not fun When I say normal, I meant things that make you happy and take your mind off of this hell for just a little while. Favorite TV shows, going out for dinner etc. Don't let life stop and depress the hell out of you. Stay strong
OMG I FOUND A BIG FAT ALIVE ONE TODAY! 2 days after treatment! Normal ? I feel like I got punched in the stomach....I was so hoping they were gone.... My apt management said they never have don't second treatments because they weren't needed. How can I convince them a second treatment IS IMPERATIVE?
I'm not sure. Educate them I guess. They will have no choice but to treat a second or even third time when they realize the problem is not gone and multiple units remain affected. The good news is, they are already cooperating. If they refuse to help any further then find a way out of your lease or call the health department. It's important to find out what rights you have as a tenant and what obligations they have as landlords in your state/province.
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