Infected Car(6 posts)
When my PCO confirmed we had bedbugs, my husband and I were in a fury of washing/drying clothes on hot and packtiting. We had our first treatment 1.5 weeks ago and waiting for our second treatment on Monday. We've been living out of ziplock bags (including our shoes, 1 purse, wallets, keys, books we're reading, etc.) and are constantly doing laundry.
While we are careful now, in retrospect, we completely did not think to take precautions with our car. Before the PCO confirmed we had bedbugs (about a month ago), we transported our laundry basket with our dirty clothes in our trunk (we didn't put them in sealed bags! We were so stupid!) . And, two weeks ago, we gave two of our very good friends of ours a ride, they sat in the back seat. Now they both have had a bite each! We're afraid that our car is infected and have now spread to our friends!
We were prepared to throw out nearly everything from our apt (even gifts from our recent wedding, sigh), but not our car! How can we treat our car? It has leather seats. Was thinking of asking the PCO guys to spray our car too (they used Suspend in our apt). But PCO says to just vacuum every 1-2 days for 2 weeks. Does that sound right??
Still crossing fingers about NOT spreading bugs to friends.
Any advice would be much appreciated! Thank you!
wow the things we do in haste without thinking....i guess or knowing..sucks with the car..i am going through something similar with the car...ok so this is what my pcm and online research has turned up..
1. get a really good vacume and vacume the hell out of it, under seats, every single nook and crany...2. call around and see if any car detailers have hot steam cleaning available...make sure you tell them what they are up against...some may not want to touch it, and some may have no problem with it..even though it's embarrising you have to be honest so they now how they need to do it..and make sure if they do the steam clean it is the hot steam , at least over 150...3. wait until the temps are high, vacume in the meantime and when it gets hot park it on a blacktop with a digital thermomiter in it and hope it gets to 120 degrees in there for a couple hours...so there you go...in my state of nevada the pcm is not leagally allowed to but chemical in any moving vehicle...you could always put your own in, but be careful of the poison aspect with heat,cold, wind and overall disruption...good luck..let me know what you think..
Bed buggy hell…"overwhelmed" to "warrior" in 48 hours!
My car was infested as well. I had sprayed the whole inside with Bedlam and shut the doors and windows overnight. That didn't seem to work. Then I tried diatomaceous earth and an organic bed bug killer spray - messy, but it did the trick, I think.
thanks all. i've ended up going the vacuuming route. will be getting the car vikaned too this weekend. will post what happens next!
although just yesterday we were discussing here on the boards about the possibility of making a PackTite system available for motor vehicles, i really had not thought about my own car. I only use it once a week or so for an hour or two. I wonder if it has any bugs in there. I think i'll take it for a good vacuuming and will wait for a very hot day and take it out of the garage and park it on some black top somewhere so that i can give it a "natural" packtite experience...
i did think about infecting the car taking all my clothes to laundry and dry cleaners and opted for a walk to the laundromat instead..make many trips... glad i did that!
awful...these dang bugs...
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