Moving next weekend. So far I've..
Packtited almost everything. I plan to repeat all packtiting on the otherside, except the sewing machines.
Hand inspected & wiped down bath and makeup products. I plan on reinspecting on the other end. This us also what Ive done with electronics. Because I can't open the electronics, I'm considering storing them until next year.
Everything is in Ziplocks, plastic tubs taped shut heavily, and I've bagged the boxes going into my new home. (the stuff going into storage isnt bagged) The bags will be removed prior to entry. I'm visually inspecting boxes when I pack and bagging immediately.
I have drop clothes for both locations.
When my clothes come from the cleaners, I'm diublebagging and packtiting like woah.
How am I doing? I'd love it if one of the PCOs could tell me if there's something I should inspect that I'm not.
I've been to my apartment 3 times using protocols.
I still haven't seen any signs of infestation in my stuff.
And in the handinspected stuff, nothing that has concerned me. Thought I have packtited a couple of things after looking at them a second time because I am tired.
One thing I did when I moved is wrap up all my paintings and pictures in frames [not that I had all that many] in layers of cling wrap. My new unit has quite a large storage closet and I put them in there. I am hanging nothing from my old apartment on my walls for the next year. There were some other small items I wrapped in the same fashion. I did not keep many of my beloved books so did not use a Packtite. They are in plastic bins. No shelves for me for awhile. My shoes are in plastic bins and I am buying new ones for the winter. The only pieces of electronic equipement I kept were my laptop, my land phone, my internet router and a VCR. Here is how I am dealing with those. I put the VCR back into its original box and tapped all the cracks over with duct tape. Then I cooked it in my car for several days--and I live out west where it gets pretty hot in the summer. I cooked a couple of lamps in the car, as well. But, as I do not as yet have a new TV, that VCR is still in the box. For the phone and router [the routers cost a hundred bucks each] I bought one of those little outdoor tables with metal legs and a plastic top that you buy in drugstores or garden centers. I have the phone and small answering machine on one and the router on another table. Around each of the metal legs I placed double-sided sticky tape, so that any bugs inside the items could not climb down. I have lived in my new place for over a week and have yet to see anything on those tapes. Eventually I hope to be able to throw those cheap tables away. I do not want to buy a new lap top, either, [I need my money to eventually buy some new furniture as I got rid of everything] but I am watching it like a hawk. I vacuum the keyboard and all the holes and crevices constantly. When I am not using the thing I keep it in a shallow plastic bin and the cord, too. Headphones I keep in a ziplock and regularly spray the ear pieces with 91% alcohol. I have my clean clothes and linens in a large BB-proof luggage encasement and that's in a large plastic bin. God only knows when I'll feel safe enough to buy another chest of drawers. I store my luggage in another one, of course, and my fur coat is in yet another. They are BIG. Oh, yes, all of my closets have a strip of double-sided tape on the floors behind the doors and that storage closet has it all around the door frame. Do I think I have brought nothing with me? I am not that naive. I think it's impossible not to unless you move with absolutely nothing that was in your old unit. So I keep up the battle but I hope with less to worry about. Does life ever get back to normal? Probably not.
That is my big fear. Moving something in.
It makes me feel helpless to think I haven't succeeded. I'm trusting that erring on the side of Packtiting everything and KQ's advice is enough. It helps to know that the pros use the same equipment as me.
Well, I certainly wish you good luck. Just a half hour ago I took my makeup bag out of the bathroom closet and set it down on my bed to do my face. I thought I had cleaned that plastic case and everything in it with alcohol. I get down and, sure enough, there was a familiar little black spot on my sheet where the case had been. I caught it on a piece of clear tape and--yup--it's a bug. It's hard to believe bed bugs can be so tiny you can't even tell what they are without magnification--but I don't know, under the circumstances, what other kind of ovalish bug could be here.
Post it for verification, there are other bugs.
I'm not going into this blind. It's just I can't win by staying so I have to try. Stories like
Yours is why I heat anything with a spot that doesn't just brush off.
"Packtiting everything" seems like a pretty good plan. The only way to be sure you don't move bed bugs is to treat everything. Beyond that -- I mean, where it isn't possible -- you need a little luck.
Thank you, NoBugs.
That's one of the reasons I'm going back over stuff when I get There and going slowly. Bugfree sleep means sharper reasoning.
I'll make sure it's treated for sure.
Today I set my microwave on fire and only by the grace of god avoided setting my bed on fire. Whilst I would have enjoyed it, not the best solution.
The only things I've not treated is only the stuff David James said w
Shouldn't. But I think of I was everything fir the bathroom in soapy hot water, hand inspect the jewelry outside, and store the electronics for the time being, I'll be okay.
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