just treated for bed bugs- now neighbors found them- am i safe..(4 posts)
Last week after finding bed bugs in my downstairs apartment i immediateky contacted my landlord. (I reside in a multiunit complex). First i was throughly questioned as to how i got them but i have no idea we have been her 2 years with no problems. I completed all the prep work i dried all my clothes and through out all bedding. Pulled all furniture from the wall and vacummed all baseboards. Emptied everything out of my apartment and sealed in plastic bags and put in the back of a uhaul for 6 days parked in the sun in 90 degree weather. All that was left in my apt was furniture bed and area rug. The first treatment was done on Friday. I believed the pco used bedlam and steri-somthing? We were told to go home that evening and put the box spring and mattress encasments on which we did. The pco returned on monday and sprayed electrical outlets and put a white powder on cracks by the baseboard. We were told that we could unpack and resume normal living. This morning my upstairs neighbor came dowm with a bed bug in a sandwich bag and let me know that he found them in his apt. The pco had said he checked the surrounding apartments but didnt see anything. My question is thst i know bed bugs migrate when they are being treated, do i have to worry about them entering my apt again. The landlord and pco told me it was fine and they wont come back in my apt but i dont believe him. In anyones personal or professional opinion should i reseal everything in plastic bags to prevent reinfestation? My lease is up at the end of august so im considering doing the vikane relocation service and purchasing a new mattress. Is that a good idea? I cant stand this emotional stress. I should also mention that i had bedbugs 3 yrs ago but it was treated heavily and i was bb free a year before moving here. And was bed bug free in this apt for 2 years so far. I just need honest guidance PLEASE. Thank you all!!![b][/b]
Im sorry for spelling errors as i am on my ipad
Anyone have advice im desperate
I am not an expert so maybe one of them can chime in but i have dealt with them and read enough o know that yes, they do migrate.
My guess from what you have said though, is that you are likely going to be ok, at least for a few months which covers you insofar as that you are likely fine because you are moving out soon anyhow.
If it were me, I would remain living a certain way between now and moving out.
I wold suggest you likely won't have them again but I would send off for at least one of the passive bed bug monitors you can get online, through this forum for only $20. You place it behind your bed and check it every few days so IF you do get them back, you will know about it much sooner. In the meantime, if it were me, between now and moving out i would keep my bed isolated from the wall, and be sure that you have mattress covers on the bed which i believe you said you have done.
I'sd be temped to keep things at a minimum such as in just stuff you place around your apartment. The more minimalist the better.
If you look through the Q + A on this forum, there is some information all set up telling you what to do when it comes time to move.
Go read that section and I think you will find a lot of info that will answer all your questions and more.
Relax ... the worst is over
I would live simply until August just because it would be a pain to pack-up things twice.
A couple of thoughts when reading your post:
1.) The bed bug in your apartment didn't necessarily migrate to your neighbor's apartment. Your neighbor could actually have had them first and just now decided to say something. (Maybe he was afraid he would be blamed, etc.) Sure there is a chance they could migrate again from an infested/untreated unit. That's the problem with multi-unit buildings! It sounds like your unit is well-protected, though, so I second ShelaghDB's suggestion to get passive bed bug monitors for your peace of mind.
2.) You wrote "Emptied everything out of my apartment and sealed in plastic bags and put in the back of a uhaul for 6 days parked in the sun in 90 degree weather." There is NO WAY I would trust that to kill bed bugs. When it is 100 degrees outside, there are still areas in my car that remain cool. I would be very careful with opening those bags unless you are positive there are no bugs in them.
Hang in there.
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