How to move and other advice.(3 posts)
My place of employment has an infestation and it's been treated over the past ten days. A few days after this was announced I saw what appeared to be black bug in my bathroom and then another crawling on the wall near the bathroom. I captured and killed and put in two ziploc baggies and called my landlord. The technician that came was not the brightest bulb on the tree. He looked at it and said, "It's the right size." And then he proceeded to tell me about how landlords don't like to pay for this... Blah blah blah. I asked him about treatment and about my car. He saw I was a smoker and said, "Smoke three cigarettes in your car with the windows rolled up." I informed him I didn't smoke in the car.
I called the landlord and she said, "Oh no, I don't play with that kinda thing, I'll have the owner of the company call you." The owner of the exterminator company called and scheduled a series of appointments. They will come once a week for five weeks.
There is no other signs. No bites (although I'm scratching like crazy) and nothing on my mattress. It appears that it's caught early. But honestly, I'm wondering if this guy may have been mistaken.
I was planning on moving because my rent is going up significantly and because I'm starting graduate school. So I intended on moving to campus. I realize that I shouldn't do anything until the treatment is complete, but I'm concerned if these are bed bugs how I should move and concerned about my furniture.
Fortunately, I had sold all my living room furniture a few weeks back with plans on receiving a sofa from my brother. Thank God that hadn't happened. The only other upholstered pieces are the dining room chairs and then there is the bed. Neither of these items will go with me. I will toss the chairs and bed and get new stuff in a new place.
I have been to the laundry mat, ruining nice clothes washing in hot water and drying at the highest heat. These items were double bagged in large ziplocs and two trash bags and moved to my brother's. Clothes that I need were rolled into individual gallon sized ziploc baggies and are now on the other side of the apt in watertight storage containers. I have the bags that can go right in the wash and strip when I come in the door. Purchased a steamer, etc. Have the bed casing ready for them to put on bed following their treatment. I'm taking serious precautions right now.
So I have two questions: I'm considering taking this bug to another exterminator and asking if it is indeed a bed bug. Does that seem like a reasonable thing to do? If it's confirmed, how can I move with special consideration for wood and antique furniture? Do I need to be concerned about electronics, etc.?
Even if another exterminator says it's not a bed bug, I will NOT halt the schedule of five treatments. But I might sleep a little better. Sorry for the novella.
Take a good macro photo of the specimen and post it here on the forum... We can identify the specimen for you... if you can post a clear picture.
Getting a 2nd opinion from a qualified professional on the ID before starting treatment is highly recommended.
There are instructions in the green sticky's at the top of the index on how to post the photos
So as it turns out I had tossed the baggie and had double bagged the trash. I couldn't bring myself to go through the trash. I'm wondering about hiring a bed sniffing dog. Otherwise, I am seriously considering fumigation of my moving truck.
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