Imports from London(3 posts)
I just moved out at extremely short notice from a dreadful dive in East Ham in London to my parents' house in Cornwall in preparation to move into a new flat... Seems that sunny beaches and a nice relaxed lifestyle change was irresistible to the east london insect population as well as myself... it seems I have stowaways....
I've joined this site tonight because JUST NOW in the last hour I've seen a big one (mature, elongated, turgid) pottering around on my pillow as I lay in bed, apparently having sipped upon on my vital essence very recently. I've woken up at (weirdly, at 4.30 am exactly) on the last 2 nights, and have 2 new bites. There are 2 blood spots on my bed sheet corresponding to them. I caught the one on my pillow, and managed to find some little black pellets (no eggs, skins or nymphs though) on the corner of the pillow by the seam. I've been staying in my mum's house for 11 days.
From the info on this site I've concluded;
* The bug(s) have arrived in my stuff which is stacked in the same room
* It seems unlikely that there are many yet, I've only seen one and been bitten twice whilst here (that I know about)
* I've caught one, which may be responsible for both bites
* The weird mosquito type bites on my body, legs and arms which itch incessantly and never seem to heal since I moved into my East Ham hell flat 2 months ago are bed bug bites.
* These particular London bed bugs are unfathomably very punctual and prefer to keep to a strict schedule of mealtimes at precisely 4.30am. Admirable but nonetheless most inconvenient for their dinner who prefers to schedule beauty sleep at this time.
* I should take action IMMEDIATELY as this is all very unfair for my Mum who has been kind enough to let me stay while I sort out my new place
* If I start now it should be easy enough to treat them
* Tumbledrying textiles on HOT for an hour should kill all life stages (and my Mum's tumbledryer is ferocious. In fact I think it is fusion-powered...) This would be a good start before I move out again.
* Getting pest control in without delay and watching them like a hawk for bad practice as per the FAQs is the logical course of action..
One question: I'm moving out in two weeks and the spare room will be vacated again. If any of my London pals remain how do I prevent them from exploring the rest of the house, namely my parents' room?
By the look of things I have been lucky enough to catch this early. If anyone has any feedback/advice/effective miracle cures I would be very grateful. Having the chance to look at them closely just after they've munched your juices is a weird and not altogether pleasant experience. Still at least we're not Impala on the african plains being savaged to buggery by hungry lions. That's probably less fun. (not much less though) Good luck to everyone else who's battling these little darlings. YUCK! So gross.
Entertaining post! You seem to have thought things out very well and should have some professional help soon by the sounds of it. I just thought to ask if it was possible to seal up everything you have brought with you until you have a chance to treat the contents to avoid any loose critters wandering into the house. You can buy very large plastic bags here that you can seal with duct tape......cardboard boxes are the worst as they love to harbour in them. People also use large plastic bins and seal the lids with duct tape. Perhaps ask your PCO about appying a thin layer of DE around the edges of the room to try to keep them in and kill them too.
Purely based on my personal experience - avoid big name general pest & hygeine companies like the plague. Don't assume your local Environmental Health folks know what they're doing either - they really should, but try even getting a local councilor to talk sensibly about bed bugs, never mind a Council Executive member.
Do your utmost to find a genuine specialist in your area - try contacting the Bedbugfoundation.org; they may be able to suggest a local company who know their BB onions.
Any chance you can delay your move? There is nothing, but nothing, so good as a human bait to optimise treatment.
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