Minor Infestation ? Need your Opinion !!!(3 posts)
Thanks to everyone here, because of this forum my husband and I discovered a bedbug infestation in its early stage.
I am 8 months pregnant and have a toddler of 2 years old, when the bites started we didn't understand what was really happening, specially because my husband had NOTHING. After a hard work of documentation we finally decided to take a look under our Spring-box and ......Found them. The pest control guy told us : "Take it EASY, this is a small one". Funny if you saw how me and my daughter were. Both of us had hard reactions, my small one got even fever and was taken to the Doctor.
2nd August: Move in CURSED apartment with BRAND NEW mattresses and furniture.
1st September : Discovery of Bedbugs
2nd September : First Spray, Hole Bedroom, sofa, don't know if anything else, because had to leave.
16th September : Second spray date.
After first spray, I washed and vacuumed everything, my husband tried to seal cracks and cavities with foams and Silicone, and because my daughter was still being bitten (delayed reaction ? I don't know) we bought 99% Isopropyl and a spray from Canadian Tire and did our own Spray day !!! Since 5 days, nothing on my daughter, her old bites are getting better (at least she can sleep now) and me NOTHING and this since the first spray. I know we still have them :
I found : four days ago, something like molt piece.
before yesterday a small one dead in the tub ?!!
yesterday a small larvae alive walking on the drapes of the living room ??!!
this morning another small larvae alive on my husband's pant, All of this in day time, I thought it was cockroaches, (because I have them also ;/ ) but after checking the bodies it was them. when I crushed them, none of them had blood.
Please I would like to hear from you guys, are they spreading around the house ? I think they are using the heat radiators is that possible ? If they are here why we are not being bitten anymore ?
but most IMPORTANT how should I prepare for the Second spray, where should I put the clothes if all the house has to be sprayed ?
My due date is 9 October, I am living a NIGHTMARE.
First of all , your PCO should have had you prep your clothing and bedding - all either washed on hot, dried on hot bone dry plus 20 mins - OR already clean and dry items in the dryer on HOT (at least 120) for 20 mins. All "treated" clothing/bedding goes into airtite storage - either water/airtite bins and/or large ziplocs or contractors bags twisted closed and duct taped shut. If they did not tell you this, the bbs could be hiding in your clothing.
You will also need to live out of these bags/bins for at least 60 days after successful treatment - which means no evidence (bites, bugs fecal bloodstains). This is why bbs are such a nightmare. Even if you treat successfully fter say 2 treatments - you still have to wait 2 months to be SURE it was successful.
Read the FAQs on this site - they will really help you get ready for the next treatment.
Caulking is a great tool in the war on bed bugs, but generally speaking it's generally most effective when done after you've been cleared of bugs.
Make sure that you ask your PCO if and where you can use isopropyl alcohol as a contact killer spray. Remember, alcohol only kills bugs on contact. It won't kill eggs, and it won't leave behind anything that will kill bugs that crawl over it later (that's what chemicals that have a residual effect will do.) It's possible that spraying alcohol in places that a residual pesticide has been laid down might weaken the effectiveness of the residual chemicals. I don't think the PCO would tell you not to use it if you saw live bugs in a particular spot, but if you're generally applying it thinking it will kill the bugs that walk across where it's been sprayed, it won't do that. And it's possible that spraying it and/or cleaning the floors (like mopping them) may be making the treatment less effective.
(I mention that because I can't think of another pest where I'd think to ask the PCO what kinds of cleaning I can and can't do.)
If you're seeing them in the bathroom, I would also want to know if you live in a detached home or a multi-unit building. If you live in a multi-unit building, and you don't own, it might be worth seeing if the adjacent units have been inspected.
Bed bugs can travel from unit to unit within a building. (They don't always. I live in an apartment, and I had bed bugs for at least 6 weeks before I figured out what was going on, and none of my neighbors got infested despite my frequent travel.)
If you have a mild infestation, and the bugs are being treated properly, two treatments may well do it, but only if you're not getting reinfested from another source, and if that other source is an adjacent unit that isn't being treated at the same time, that makes it much harder for even a great PCO to rid your place of bugs.
Hang in there. It can get better. Bed bugs are just a tougher pest to treat than many others, but they can still be beaten.
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