Knock on wood! Success so far!(7 posts)
We battled for a year with bed bugs in our apartment. We informed our landlord immediately, even though mad and blaming at first was very good in making sure we were treated promptly and the treatments continued. Then the up stairs of our 3 unit building became infected, ( we were second floor) and we seemed to have no bugs for about 6 months at that time. Our unit and the upstairs unit was treated again, as well as the hallways and whole building. Then we moved in to our own home, and have been here for 3 months. So far still no signs. I would hate to report this a success, and have jinxed myself. I really believe this is why people wait so long, or don't report successes at all. It was a long hard nerve racking battle. The scars still remain. I will never set foot into a second hand store ever again. I constantly see fluffies, or flecks of dirt and think they are bed bugs. The constant squeaking of our new metal framed ikea bed that can be easily doused with poison. The plastic bed bug catchers at the bottom of our bed legs that slide around all over the place. The repeated checks of the mattress, and sheets and pillows. I get physical anxiety mini panic attacks if I have to go into any place where I think could have bed bugs. Every time I see a couch, sofa chair, or mattress waiting for the dump, I think ewwww bed bugs, and drive a little faster by.
I have to say that this website has been a great help to me and support. The hardest part of dealing with the bed bugs was the stigma that we are gross or uncleanly and that's why we got bed bugs. That there is something wrong with us and that's why we got them, but it's simply not true. This website and it's vast amounts of information, and people going through the same thing was really a big part of what help me get through this. And people we CAN get through this, if you have them now, I thought it would never end, that they can't be beaten, but they can. YOU CAN WIN! YOU CAN DO THIS!
I don't want to jinx myself like I said before, but I'm pretty sure we did!
Tips on success.
- Don't give up
-Fight! You don't have to loose all your things!
-Fight for your rights, work with management.
-KNOW you stuff! Our landlord thought you could freeze them etc.
-Stay positive, there can be an end to them.
-Remember that bed bugs CAN and WILL happen to anyone! They don't discriminate!
I liked your post. Thanks.
I do know my stuff, but unfortunately my landlord and PCO think I'm "lying" and "wrong". What they don't realize is that public health is hearing about every wrong treatment, and every consecutive month I'm stuck like this without connecting apartments being checked.
Funny, the other day I saw four mattresses and two box springs outside of the apartment building, awaiting garbage pick up. Hmmmmm. Never saw that before.
great post! I hope you do have success and no more bugs for you!!! I hope I have a success story to tell sooner than later. thank you for your encouragement.
Thanks for telling us how things are going! Good for you. I hope your success continues.
Good for you - I understand the stigma and also your relief. FYI I work for a Landlord in NYC and we have had BB problems in all three of his buildings. We have an exterminator treat the building every month and tenants STILL turn him away. I know of one tenant that has had bbs but will not allow treatment because she has a cat. My boss is 74 and remembers his mother battling bedbugs back when everyone had fewer possessions and they used DDT (which worked great BTW). We have also had tenants who we treated successfully and who remain bug free two years later - even one took a used mattress from a "friend" and that is how she was infested. The exterminator remarked that the underside of her mattress looked like a crime scene! I am 8 months clean but am wondering about some small marks. Will keep vigilant and perhaps spring for the K9 inspection just to keep my sanity!
Preventative full building sweeps SAVE landlords and property managers money because you get an accurate up to date account of the building. You then can treat infestations before they get out of control. And a K9 inspection is super inexpensive.
Best of luck and hope its all behind you now!!!
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