How Do I know they are REALLY gone????(4 posts)
I am on what I thought was the tail end of my bed bug nightmare. However, I keep finding what I think is "evidence" of their return. I mean...I haven't seen a live bug, but teeny tiny little speackles of blood in bedbug-phobic pristeen white sheets that I obvi inspect for hours at a time.
As many of you can probably empathize, this situation has turned me into a headcase and has forced me into therapy and onto medication. I cannot sleep without Xanax and certainly not with my lights off.
I have had FIVE treatments, have thrown out my brand new sofa, half of my wardrobe, and most of my belongings are in garbags bags still out of just plain FEAR. I have actually done 6 treatments if you include the one that I just did myself on Monday night -- DOUSING my bedroom in Drione dust. A friend of a friend just introduced me to this site and I almost cried because I know that some of you out there have made it through....right?
So I guess my questions are:
1- Has anybody else had success with Drione? Because i know one of my PCO's claimed to have used it, and I just bought a sh*tload on the internet.
2- Is there anybody out there in NYC that would recommend their PCO? Cause i firmly feel that all of mine have been hacks. I need one that cares and is knowledgable and helped someone eradicate their bugs.
3 - Is there anyone in NYC that wants to talk to me about this? cause my friends are just done with me...I am one bedbug nervous breakdown away from Bellevue.seriously.
i feel the same way. luckily, i discovered my infestation the night before i was moving to a new apartment. we had only lived in that apartment for 4 months, and the bed that i found them on was BRAND NEW and was delivered to that apartment the day we moved in. as a result, we threw away ALL of our furniture, spent 8 hours in a laundromat washing everything we owned, followed by 2 hours drying on the highest heat setting possible.
once we moved, everything we took with us was in plastic bins, all taped up and on our back porch. we slept on a new couch that was delivered right to our new apartment. we didn't get a new bed for almost a month. we've finally brought almost all of the clothing we had left into our place, but i'm still paranoid. a few weeks ago i had a cold sore on my lip, and woke up with a tiny blood stain on my bedbug-paranoid white pillowcase. i freaked out for a good minute in my head, until i realized the blood was from my lip, not a bug.
since we've moved, i've incased our brand new bed and box spring in mattress protectors, and so far things look okay. i'm still so scared, and i'm also wondering how long until i can be at ease?
I feel that.
Because to be honest with you, all of the evidence I have that they are still around is "circumstantial." a few tiny specks, and one with a smear. And one larger spot on my pillow, at around the same time that I myself had a large pimple on my lip.
That is the battle in my head all day -- Do I or don't I? Do I or don't I? It is all that occupies my head all day, and it exhausts me.
i pray for this to be over every day.
thanks for the support
These bastards are an ordeal. I usually don't cry in public. But when I was in the thick of it, I stood in the PCO's office with tears rolling down my face. I was seriously sleep deprived, covered in welts, overwhelmed at the prospect of the battle before me. I felt besieged. It happened to me over two years ago, but I relate to everything you wrote.
When this is over, and it will be over, the emotional/mental stuff will get better. Much better. There've been long stretches time - several months - when bedbugs rarely popped up in my mind.
As for whether they're still in your home or not ... man, uncertainty sucks. Are you allergic to bites? Some people aren't. If you are allergic and you haven't been reacting, that's something to feel hopeful about.
I've never used drione. But I've read stories here about people seriously injuring themselves when using some of these pesticide powders. Like emergency room - can't hear or smell - situations. I'd tread carefully.
If you're looking for a powder, search the FAQs and the forum for "DE" or "diatomaceous earth." Using freshwater food-grade DE might be a safer option. It doesn't have any of the chemicals most of us consider insecticides. It's basically a dust of pulverized diatoms, and it physically cuts up the exoskeleton of the bedbug.
The blood spots are a real concern. Paying attention to them is the right thing to do. What's the situation with your neighbors? If you're in an apartment, adjoining units might have them and they might be coming into yours. It's probably a good idea to get your place and your neighbors inspected by the right PCO.
I don't have a PCO rec. Recently, some forum members have strongly recommended Horizon and M&M. You can search the forums for their contact info. Still, I think service quality in this industry can be so unpredictable - even from a reputable firm. So definitely do your due diligence interviewing them.
I hope you get the uncertainty resolved real soon. I think getting a definitive yay or nay will go a long way to easing the stress.
You must log in to post.