Hello, Newbie here(5 posts)
Well, as my name says, I am red-faced about having bedbugs.
I live in a townhouse-style apartment. A few weeks ago, the people in #6 were evicted, and their stuff was put out in the parking lot. That night, my next-door neighbor asked me, "You didn't take anything from the pile did you? They had bedbugs really bad." No, I didn't take anything.
A week ago this past Friday, I came home to a note on my door, saying that an exterminator was coming on the 23rd. Okay, no problem. The next day (Saturday), I noticed something on my white dust ruffle. After closer inspection and a look in the internet, I realized that I have bedbugs also. (I'm in #2).
I called the apartment manager the following Tuesday (the office is closed on Mondays) and I told her what I'd found. She said the exterminator would be coming and inspect all apartments, and then we'd be told what to do next.
So, I've known that I have these little $#@$@ for over a week and I HATE it! I've done tons of research online and have bought some vinyl mattress covers (one for mattress, one for box xprings), but haven't put them on yet.
With the holidays thrown in the middle of it all, I've not been told what to do by our apartment complex. I'm hoping to hear something tomorrow.
I've told very few people about this, because it's so embarrassing. My parents and one aunt know but that's it. Oh, and my vet's office knows, because I did call them to find out if there's any danger to my two cats.
I don't have a washer/dryer, but do plan to take stuff (especially bedding) to the laundromat for a hot wash and dry, but what about stuff that can't be put in the washer, like purses and shoes? Oh, and my cd's are in boxes under the bed. What should I do about them? What about the few books in my bedroom? What about the clothes in my dresser & closet? Do I need to wash them? Do I need to wash the clothes in the other room, even though I haven't seen any bedbug evidence in there and it's used as an office and not a bedroom? What about the stuff that's in storage bins in the closet?
Thanks in advance for your help!
The best place to find these answers is from the PCO that will treat your home. If I were you ... I would wash all clothing and keep them sealed/safe no matter what he tells you. Take the music CD's out of the cases and inspect them. Wide the CD's off and toss the jackets. Then toss the rag you used.
There are all kinds of options and treatment methods you can use but I would first find out what your PCO wants from you. Read here and take some basic common steps to help reduce the work you have in front of you. But it all starts with who does your work. Read about what to ask/look for in a PCO in the FAQ's and ask questions first.
Redfaced, I feel for you. It sucks to have to deal with this.
Killer: Many people like their CD liner notes. May I suggest (as a non-expert) that RF could collect the liners (and those booklet like paper cases) and seal them securely pending a future pak-titing (and toss the bulky jewel cases)? It could be a saving grace in a sucky ordeal.
you have my sympathies and you have nothing, *nothing* to be embarrassed about. bedbugs just kinda happen sometimes, like a horrible natural disaster with small crawly legs, probosci, sleepless nights and the heebie jeebies
seriously, you did NOT take anything off of the infested pile, so you took no dumb risks -you just had the misfortune of living next to a neighbor who had them. they probably wandered through the walls. bedbugs have been found in the cleanest locations, four star hotels, etc -it has nothing to do with your cleanliness. seriously.
now then -wash *everything* cloth -if it can't be washed on hot, then at least dry it using the suggestions on the dryer FAQ here (bone dry + twenty minutes in a hot hot dryer -you can even use a cheap meat thermometer to check dryer temps if you're worried about the laundromat getting hot enough). you can also packtite delicates. which since you don't have a washer and dryer of your own would be a good investment - you can packtite shoes, purses etc. there is also a packtite FAQ.
and welcome, red-faced. i wish for your sake you didn't have to be here -but there are a lot of sympathetic ears as well as a TON of knowledgeable folks (cilecto and killer queen being two of a large group of smart and helpful folks) on this site who will listen. and you never have to be embarrassed with us -we're pretty much all currently battling them, or have battled them in the past.
best of luck to you
Hi all, I'm a newbie too. I live in central Alberta in a lose apartment building. I discovered bedbugs in my suite 2 years ago. I'd been waking with bites for a couple of weeks not knowing what they were until I did some research. I flipped my mattress and box spring over and voila, bedbugs. I too was totally grossed out and embarrassed until I discovered that they have been a growing (no pun intended) problem in the province for several years. I believe the bugs came in on an old piece of furniture with a new tenant and spread from suite to suite.
My landlord agreed to have an exterminator come in. The problem is that his policy is only to spray the suites that complain, so the bugs get chased into the walls and stay there until the coast is clear. In the past two years I've seen over a dozen box springs and mattresses out by the dumpsters that show signs of infestation. After my suite was sprayed I encased my mattress and box spring and bought some Wilson B1 insecticide and sprayed the baseboards and radiators myself every 3 months.
Problem is I woke up this morning with an itchy welt on my right arm and hives all over my chest. The hives are a brand new development, so I don't know if the Dread Bugs are back or if it's something else. I will be turning my room inside out shortly to see. Has anyone else developed hives in unbitten places after exposure to bedbugs? Why would I have them now and not two years ago...?
FYI: In Alberta a landlord is obliged to treat the problem. If the landlord isn't proactive, contact the Capital Health Authority. They can send out an inspector, and then have them deal with the landlord.
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