Many questions. Advice needed.(3 posts)
After an epic battle with my landlord and his PCO this summer, the PCO finally sent a competent guy to treat my apartment at the end of September. I have gone months with no bites. Everything is still in ziplocs and my apartment is still basically empty. I felt like three months with no bites, no evidence of bugs, meant safety. So I bought a new comforter and a few other items to finally make my apartment a home yesterday. And in doing so I apparently jinxed myself.
I ripped off my sheets to wash them with my new comforter, and came face to face with a stupid ugly bed bug, hanging out by himself on my mattress cover.
He is now sealed up in a plastic bag. I immediately called my landlord, and will call the PCO today. I checked around my mattress and futon and do not see any other signs of bbs. I am still maintaining hope that this guy was just a lone survivor. I am steeling myself for when these hopes are dashed.
I would love some advice on a few things. I thank you for your attention.
1. I also just bought a new vacuum, but it is bagless. Is it safe to use on my house right now?
2. Is it possible that its only one? He was really flat, and had obviously not had a meal in a long time.
3. When can you be sure they are gone? Is that even possible?
4. Since I found him on my bed, is it likely that my encasements are faulty?
5. Is it possible to keep everything sealed but maintain a nice living space? My apartment is basically bare except for furniture covered in white encasements and my vast assortment of ziplocs, and living like that is even worse than the bites.
Ugh. The idea of having to do this all again really sucks. It is really starting to feel like they will never go away.
Oh, that DOES suck! I am sorry! I know the feeling
I say, get treated right away!
I have a steamer on the way. Do you have a steamer you could get started with?
Or, I know! Check your mattress encasement for tears. Maybe there is a tiny tear somewhere and the hungry sucker made its way out.???
I am sooo sorry to hear that you're going through this again. I second the immediately getting treated option. It seems like most of your stuff is bagged up so it won't be such a huge ordeal to get it all in order. I feel for you though. I've been through it twice and am still praying.
I am not sure if I am the best one to say this but I have a bagless vacuum too. I also use a dustbuster like crazy because it's easier to clean and it gets into corners better. After dustbusting, I empty out everything including everything on the filter, run hot hot hot water over everything, wipe off and then spray like crazy with 91% isopropyl alcohol. As for the vacuum, I do basically the same thing but I get unsure if something might still be stuck in the part that rolls over the floor. I've sprayed that with alcohol but it probably doesn't do any good since you can't really spray up into the air duct. I then put a bag over it and tied it as tight as I could so that hopefully if there were anything, it wouldn't crawl out.
I don't know if my methods are effective or not. I had encountered them on vacation and thought that I might've brought back one and since, haven't seen any real bed bug signs (although getting mystery pin marks). So, I wasn't dealing with a large infestation either.
Good luck. I hope that it was just that one:).
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