Just found out we have them.(6 posts)
We live in an apartment building with 3 units, the exterminator is not due out until next Monday 5/23. We were wondering are there any steps we should take right now? what should we wait on until right before extermination? Also, my fiance has a book collection, how do we treat those? also CD's? should this stuff even be treated?
Also, the landlord wants us to pay $300 dollars on the extermination, how can he legally do this not knowing who or where they came from?
I have already cleaned the mattress and box springs with alcohol. We saw one in the bathroom today just crawling. I am worried about them biting our daughter. Any help would be greatly appreciated, as we are at a loss, everything seems overwhelming right now.
If you have access to or can obtain a Packtite, taht would be the ideal way to treat your books... as for CD's and DVD's, I am unsure...
Anyone can give any pointers on that one?
I wonder if any place rents them out, they are pricey! Also is there a way to safely treat my daughters toys if I can't get a hold of a packtite?
If you're in NYC you can borrow my PackTite.
I think there's disagreement among the experts (I'm not one) about whether it's even necessary to treat stuff like toys. BBs like to hide near their food sources, and if a room is occupied they'll come looking for food within a few days. (If there's no carbon dioxide and people-scent, they may hunker down and stay put for a long time, or they may wander.) So if you can be sure the toys are not in closed bags or boxes, and that they're farther from the bed than other good harborage locations are, you may not even have to worry about treating toys.
On the other hand, a place that bugs have been hiding smells like home to them, so they'll keep coming back to it if they don't find a good hiding place nearer the bed first. In that case, treating it once may not help much because they'll keep coming back to it.
The exterminators should have left you with a prep sheet which is basically a guide to how to prepare your home for the treatment. It usually consist of washing all of your linens in hot soapy water and drying them on high heat. Then putting them in sealed ziplock bags. Then your clutter which is everything else in your home should be inspected for bed bugs and their eggs and if clear then they can also be put in a sealed bag which can be left in the hot sun for several days. You can purchase if in your budget mattress/pillow encasements. Vacuum all baseboards and carpet very very good then throw out bag. These are just general things but not every pco's instructions will be alike. You must follow the prep sheet provided by your pco exclusively. As for CDs and DVDs you can visually inspect for any bb signs. MYbe even wash off with warm soapy wash rag then put in a sealed bag. That should be sufficient. If you want more than you can always get ddvp strips and put in the sealed bag for three weeks. But you must be careful with ddvp because it can be harmful to yourself and neighbors. Toys I don't really know. I just threw them all out but if I would have kept them I would have treated them all with the packtite. It's amazing all the thing I have stuck in there! I've only ruined crayons so far. The books can be treated in there as well. As for your landlord making you pay the law varies from state to state. However, in most states it is the landlords responsibility to make the apartment free of vermin.
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