I found the bed bugs! Buuuut...(7 posts)
I posted earlier my story and how I was concerned about the diatomaceous earth.
Now I found their base of operations in the big dresser that was next to the bed, so it makes sense that they didn't even need to infest the bed, but it really disturbs me that it looks like they've been there for a while. Maybe they were dormant for a while and finally came out? I'm very sensitive to bug bites, so I'm sure I would've noticed, especially since I am NOW.
Anyway... if I move the dresser, are they going to come out and attack? Because I NEED to get rid of this thing.. but it involves going down the stairs of the condo and then some MORE stairs once we get outside. But I'm definitely getting rid of it. Should I throw DE in there just to be a sadistic "queen bee" (if you catch my meaning :P) and then spray the heck out of it with bed bug spray/Lysol/whatever before taking it out? Or should I just take it out? I don't know how they'll react.
I tried calling Orkins and Terminix to ask them about it, but they're just sales representatives who don't know anything and it's annoying that I can't talk to someone who knows what they're talking about..
Also - is it possible that cats could've brought in the bed bugs? My boyfriend's mother adopted two cats from outside and they made their hiding place under this dresser for a few months (this was two years ago, and they were brought inside 6 months apart from each other). I understand that bed bugs don't typically live on hosts, but I'm just wondering if this is a possibility as to how they've gotten in. I WOULD suggest it's because my boyfriend and I recently went across the country and stayed at a few hotels back in April, but looking inside the dresser leaves me to believe they've been here longer than a couple of months...
I'm no expert but you defiantly need to treat it before moving it from the infected area.
It does not take bed bugs long to populate a certain area when conditions merit it. You said you've been to a couple of hotels and most then likely that is where you acquired them from. Bed bugs will travel on you but don't confuse it with ticks.
You might want to read through the FAQ and Resources. Remember read before you act.
DE can take up to 10days to become effective so you plan on moving it any sooner than that it won't help much. You cold tape the dresser closed and encase it in plastic (perhaps by using garbage bags and tape) so that you can carry it outside.
We moved infested furniture using that giant saran wrap stuff that you can use for moving large furniture. It's cheap and easy to put on.
Y'know what's funny? We actually just finished doing that, despite being told otherwise. I taped ALL the cracks/grooves/whatever (wherever bedbugs could escape), saran wrapped it (horizontally and vertically), taped it AGAIN, cut a little hole open, sprayed bed bug spray, sprinkled DE, then carried it out.
I'll let you guys know how it worked out.
Why can't we just use garbage bags & tape, or that saran wrap & tape to do our beds?? I realize that it could be easily teared, but with a couple sheets on top there should be no problem. Has anyone tried that before? I was honestly thinking about it a couple days ago, and now that suggestion up there made me think of it again.
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