Is it bad?(2 posts)
Hey, I've been reading through these forums for a couple of weeks now. I just m oved from Pittsburgh to Columbus, OH and soon after my move noticed bites on my daughters legs. I immediately suspected bbs and stripped her sheets, pillows, washed them in hot water, vacuumed, and bought a spray from Lowe's called HotShot Flea and Bed Bug Killer. I thought I had them pretty much under control, and I wanted to get some opinions on how bad my infestation might be. First of all, I only noticed my daughter getting bites, about 6-10 per night. The house we moved into has been uninhabited for at least three years, and was renovated before we moved in. We painted her room right after we moved so the outlet covers were removed and I never saw anything. The carpet is brand new, and all the wood floors in the house were refinished. This leads me to believe that they came from the moving truck. The cleaning of her room kept her bite free for about one night. My husband and I sleep on the floor below and I saw bites on his ankle, although I had none. We have covered mattresses and boxsprings with covers, and have not been bitten downstairs until last night when I got two bites. Husband and daughter were bite free. I have repeated this several times, and so far the maximum nights without bites has been about 4. Each time, I get more and more detailed about cleaning, and yesterday I about lost my mind. So far, we have only seen about two adults, and it's been a few weeks since we've noticed anything. I have yet to find any nests or eggs, although maybe I'm not looking hard enough? 6 months pregnant, exhausted, and in pain from all the bending and twisting and scrubbing and vacuuming UGH. REALLY cannot afford a PCO, and I'm thinking that with some dedication I can curb the infestation with home remedies. Does anyone think I have a bad infestation to deal with at this point?And would dusting DE in some areas be appropriate? Altogether, we're only getting 1-4 bites a night, some nights with no bites. Just wanted an opinion before I went completely INSANE, or sent myself into pre-term labor from stress and agonizing physical activity.
If you are pregnant, it is even more important that you have someone treat professionally since your baby is vulnerable to pesticides in utero. Sadly I once knew a woman who miscarried when her husband self-treated their house with pesticides for termites. I don't know about these do-it-yourself pesticde products such as Hot Shot Flea and Bedbug killer or DE, but you are pregnant. Stay away from them, please. Besides, you can't just "curb the infestation" when it comes to bedbugs. You have to get rid of bedbugs completely or the population will rise again and you will eventually have to hire a PCO when the infestation is more difficult and more expensive to treat. The safety of your baby-on-the-way has to be your first priority. Good luck and we really feel for you.
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