Infested in San Francisco!(5 posts)
I moved to San Francisco just last August for school, and as I've never been in a big city before I never even knew about the possibility of bed bugs. Sadly that meant I didn't do my research before moving into a pest-infested complex. I've been living in this nightmare for the better half of a year, and while the management keeps sending someone to spray my apartment every 2-3 weeks, the bedbug problem just isn't going away. I've been living out of bags for over 8 months now. So the only thing I can think of is to get as far away from here as possible!! I plan on moving sometime in August.
My question to you, and where I definitely need help, is what to do about moving? I don't want to risk taking a bug or even a single egg with me. I'm absolutely mortified that I'll move to a new apartment and the nightmare will just start all over again (and worst yet, I'll take the little bastards to an uninfected area and they'll continue to expand)... Getting rid of all my furniture and items isn't really a possibility for me, with my student budget (to add worse to worst, I'm an art student so the stereotype of 'penniless artist' really fits here)... So what do I do? I've heard about companies that shove all the items/furniture in the back of a rental truck and bomb/fog/spray the crap out of everything and I really hope this is a possibility...
.. but I can't seem to find any in San Francisco! :[ Can someone point me in the right direction? PLEASE?
Its possible to get a moving truck or a chamber treated with Vikane gas or get a truck treated with heat.
There's a "tag" at top right on this thread that says "SF thermal". The posts there might give you some leads on companies that do thermal (and MAY do heat treatment of a truck).
Two firms operating around the country which arrange commodity fumigation are Bed Bugs and Beyond and Bed Bug Fumigation Services. I am not sure if either or both service SF at this time -- BBFS's website suggests they don't-- but it's worth calling.
Whatever you do, bombs are a bad idea and to be avoided.
Thank you so much! I've contacted David Mouser at http://www.alliance-enviro.com/pests_bugs_and_termites/ and he's helped me set up a plan for a U-haul's heat treatment/service. I'm really hoping this works as a one-shot thing... Heat-treatment always works if they're know what they're doing, right? All my savings are going into this, which is seriously worth it because a few skipped meals versus being bedbug free is no contest!
Anyway, thanks for your quick reply, Nobugs, I really appreciate your help and your hosting of this site. <3
It is supposed to be a one shot deal if the company knows what it's doing, you follow all instructions, and of course, you do not re-expose yourself somehow.
This is not too hard to do -- bringing an untreated item or having them in a car or at work. So try to make sure you're covering all the bases. Good luck!
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