I'm moving and I need help(5 posts)
So... I am moving out of my apartment. It had a minor infestation in my couch. I am getting rid of both of my couches and hopefully keeping an armchair (is this a good idea?). I was told that the bugs were only in the one couch so i think it will be ok. I am also getting rid of my entertainment center. I am concerned with bringing my tv though. Are there any suggestions for this? I have all my clothes laundered and at a friends house. I have bought a mattress cover and box spring cover for my bed, which has a metal frame so I think that will be ok too. My main concern is I don't react to bites so I am not really sure if the are here or not. And of course every time I think about it it makes me itchy. I have to be out of my place by March 1st and I really don't want to bring these with me. I also have alot of paintings as well that I cannot part with. Any suggestions for making those fit for travel? And my dresser I'm not sure if I should bring with me. I can't pull the drawers out of it because they are on tracks so it is almost impossible to clean them. My exterminator said that he only found a couple in my room and that they were in my night stands. So I'm leaving those. Help! I don't know what to do or who to get advice from. Everyone I have talked to about it says that it's not that big of a deal and as long as I get rid of the couches I will be fine. I have never seen a live bug or anything. And haven't gotten bites. But I have been reading alot on these blogs and I am really worried about this. Thanks for the help.
Overall, my tact is to preserve the assets of others when possible. Why discard or dispose of something if it can be saved?
Of course these items must be succesfully rendered bed bug free before you can safely bring them with you on your move.
> Is there a professional located nearby that offers either heat or chamber fumigation such that furniture and other items may be treated 100% ?
> It may be possible to wrap your suspect items for subsequent treatment.
> All suspect furniture items should be completely treated prior to your move. NOTE that all the furniture "is suspect" at this point in time. When treated correctly such furniture would be 100% bed bug free.
> An additional conservative step would be to completely wrap all treated furniture in bed bug proof materials.
> Furniture may be treated using: vacuum, steam, pesticides, heat and other methods.
Hope this helps, good luck ! paul b.
Well I have had an exterminator come 2 and a half weeks ago and he is coming again on monday. Since then i got rid of the "infested" couch. But the place i am moving in already has furniture and he said he saw a few nymphs on the other couch so im not going to chance it. the arm chair is an antique and quite small so no one really ever sits in it so i think its safe. all my belongings (books dvds and kitchen stuff) has been individually packed in plastic bags that i dusted with DE for good measure. Before i unload this stuff into their house I am going to wash everything that I can't put in the deep freeze with soap and water. There is heat available but it costs close to 2000 dollars plus the moving truck and since i'm a student that is not feasible. i am unsure of what type of pesticide the exterminator is using. but since i don't react to bites i have no way of telling if any of this is working or not.
Do you have an active infestation or has it subsided?
since i do not react to the bites i am not sure if it is still active. i only react when it is on my face or feet. yesterday i was walking on my carpet in the living room (where the infestation was) and i think i may have gotten a bite on my foot? but i don't show symptoms. i haven't seen them. and i'm just itchy whenever i am home right now so it's really hard to tell.
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