Inexperienced PCO?(9 posts)
We started to get bites in late December. We figured out that it is bed bug a couple of days ago. Buggyinsocal, thank you for your response. I learned a lot from your response. I called and found a PCO in our town. It is Lafayette LA. The PCOs here do not seem to have much experience with bedbugs. The one who is willing to do the work seemed to have some experience treating hotels. I am not sure he has much experience treating homes. He said that one treatment is enough. He did not even require us to wash and dry all the clothing. It does not seem to be a good sign. Any suggestions?
The PCO that my LL is using is the exact same way. He did not tell me to do anything before he came. I just had my 8th treatment and it is still not looking good. This probably does not give you any hope but I just wanted to let you know that I went through the same situation.
I shared my concern with J&J, which is the PCO here in Lafayette Louisiana. They responded pretty quickly. A supervisor stopped by this afternoon and explained that the other guy was not clear yesterday. They will do 2 or 3 treatments. I will keep you updated of the results.
Did the supervisor give you any instructions on how to prep for them to come?
Just had 6th treatment in my little studio condo. This time it was gentrol and some other growth inhibitor. (I'm guessing it had some de in it, don't really know). There are nymphs everywhere, mostly in my kitchen these days.
Just got my case of bedlam and planning to do the DE spray. I am so so disappointed in the PCO's here. My first turned out to be what you have referred to as a baseboard jockey. What an A-hole! Most of the PCO's I've talked to here (Portland, OR) don't seem to have much of an eye for detail. (Oh Killer, you and the family would love the sightseeing here in the great Northwest). And yes, it was awkward standing in line at Walgreens with my sprayer and four bottles of 90% Alcohol, but after a while you just start to not give a #@!* what anyone thinks. Eradication!!
Not giving up, but damn I'm weary.
Hoo, 6 treatments for a studio!? You would probably do a better job doing a treatment on your own from what I"m reading. Over here on Long Island its really boring as far as scenery goes, unless you like the scene of cars, trucks, cars, and oh, gas stations ;)... Then ya go into the 5 boro's of "everybody in a rush at all times." Sometimes you forget what tree's and open land actually looks like I just can't believe that in a studio apartment they have not located any harborage points nor have they put down effective barriers. Why don't you just seal up the room. Any cracks along baseboards, floors, walls, ceilings, pipe openings and so on. Has the situation improved at all? Try placing glue boards about 6 inch's apart all around the apartment. Check them often to see if possibly bedbugs are coming from a certain area around the apartment. What the heck is DE spray!? I've never heard of the DE dust coming in a spray form lol... sounds weird... but hey... doesn't hurt to try. Don't feel weird cause you have a sprayer and 4 bottles of alcohol, doesn't seem weird at all IMO, looks like your cleaning something. Can you elaborate on your situation a little bit more? How often are you getting bites still? Is your frame wood/metal/other? Have you done an inspection yourself yet?
LA!! These buggers are all over. Welcome to the site and shout out to cali!! Wesssssssst Siiide. Elaborate more on your situation. Your PCO of choice sounds like he's not very knowledgable in pest control, yet mabye he is good in a certain area of pest control. Tell him you would like a complete and through crack and crevice treatment. Your gona want a dust thats either waterproof if you have wet conditions at all, or a dust thats a percentage of pyrethrin. You can use DE Dust, yet I feel it doesn't work as fast, yet is still effective. Do a thorough inspection yourself if you lack confidance in his educational background. Do a lot of reading on here, sit back drink some tea, beer, wine, shot, or whatever you guy's have out their in LA, and educate yourself. How many rooms are the bedbuggerzzz in? Do you have a lot of cludder? Did you lift up the mattress and box spring and look within the creases? How often are you getting bites or who is getting bitten? "Tell me more, tell me more, did you get very far," "tell me more, tell me more..." sorry little greece just popped in my head... Tell us a little more about your situation
Thanks BugBoy, Yes 6, you know there's a learning curve. EVERYTHING was complicated by this External Murphy bed with a platform, with a recess under, etc. etc., that my first PCO said, "no problem." Well Mr. Spray Jockey was wrong and his lack of authentic advice caused this problem to get worse instead of better. I do believe they are coming from the walls as my neighbor had them first, and just read my other posts - it's horrific.
anyway, I am taking matters into my own hands, and have a case of Bedlam, and plan to make the DE/Soap/Alcohol Mix and use that as well in my follow ups. However after almost three months of treatment the most problem area is my kitchen which shares the neighbor's wall. We are both condo owners so there isn't much I can do, but I was able to get three pretty good treatments from Terminex (even I was surprised, but it's the crew, the individual in every case) and replaced the bed with a metal futon frame sitting in 4 lovely flan dishes filled with oil and Vaseline above.....
sorry had to jump up for a minute, thought I felt something run across my back...I hope it was my hair. I've actually plucked two fluffy nymphs off me while typing this. Tomorow the kitchen gets the treaI am in the kitchen, the only place to work. My Packtite is running 24-7 (slight exaggeration)so now, maybe I can get my taxes done - a reward?
So I am sleeping SOOOO GOOOOD which turns you back into the person you sort of once were, which is a good thing. Actually, I'm getting a second encasement and putting over the first, which will make me sleep even better since I had the epiphany that I was sleeping naked on top of live bugs. It didn't keep me from sleeping, but it did make me want to add a second layer of protection, no further explanation required, II had a handyman in to caulk and he did a lot (even Term did some caulking, but this is a 1923 building - wish me luck!)
Tomorrow the Kitchen gets the treatment, switchplates, all caulked, under fridge on top, etc. Wish me luck, and thank you for your comments. Any tips/poison you think will help.
OOOPPSSS! Thought you were talking about LA california.. eh, close..:) Kitchen eh? 1923 eh? WHy not hire a painter to spackel all little cracks or do it yourself? It seems like if it is indeed coming from the person next door, try drilling holes about 6-12 inch's apart and pump in DE dust directly into the wall. Sounds like a very interesting situation I"m intrigued. I feel that BedLam is indeed the wrong pesticide for your situation so I would return it. You need longer lasting residual pesticides, although bedlam is a contact/residual, I would recommend the old B and G spray tank and use a product called Phantom using a fan spray or general application, not a pin stream application. I'm sure they sealed the baseboards or area's across the adjoining wall pretty well so I"m sure if you connected glue monitors and literally made a "glue floor," across the entire base of the wall, like a strip, with the glue facing up of course and the paper side down so you can remove after a week or 2, you would see if indeed they are coming from that wall. It just sounds amazing that in a studio your having such a difficult time. Plus you said you caught 2 nymphs while your typing!? Did you clean up all the spray they put down? What are they using? I have to read your other posts... I have a hard time believing this whole ordeal for what are they using.... soapy water, was the floor slippery when they left? Anything is possible..... I"m gona read your other posts...
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