Moving, bedbug eggs, and other bedbug problems(3 posts)
I recently moved to a room in an apt in Switzerland, and found some bed bugs a week ago. I was getting bites ever since I moved in but I thought they were mosquitos or maybe spider bites. But then I saw one, sitting on my bed, while the lights were on. I was completely horrified, killed it right away, and the next day cleaned out the entire room, turned the bed upside down, found 4 more bugs, sprayed them with some bug spray, all but one died (after what seemed like 20 sprays). I put 2 of them in a plastic container outside on the windowsill, including the live one. The live one then died, after an hour or so. i am not sure if he died because of the pesticide or the cold. Anyway, 5 days later I noticed a tiny dead bedbug and what looks like 2 eggs! I am not sure how this was possible but it made me sad to think that the cold does not kill the eggs :( My roommates have also found them; and although they cleaned and bagged and threw out some things they also bought new furniture before we got the infestation under control. I don't think they are willing to give any more things or seem to be as disturbed by this problem as me (only their son seems to be getting bit). So I am thinking of moving and I have found a place (impossible here) but I am scared that Ill bring them with me!! Also, I have my suitcases, which I kept outside, but I dont know if it's been cold enough to kill the bugs I'm pretty sure they have because I used to keep them under my bed. But they are brand new and very nice, and I would need them to go home for vacation. Also, I don't speak French well and it's really hard here to find resources and buy things like mattress encasements. Anyway, it's great to find a place to vent... And any advice anyone has for me would be so so so appreciated. Thank you, and good luck to everyone with your battles!!!
It may be better to stay there and get the entire flat treated for bed bugs.
Is this a flat in a larger building, or a self-contained detached house? Sorry if I missed that. Attached units must be inspected or treated at the same time. If this isn't going to happen, then treatment may not work well or quickly, if at all -- IF neighbors have bed bugs. And they may not have any signs.
If you can't be confident that the treatment will have a good chance of succeeding (e.g. flatmates' rooms won't be treated, attached neighbors may be infested and will not be inspected, etc.), then some people would choose to move.
Keep in mind it is really easy to move bed bugs. They can be in the luggage, in clothing or linens, or in anything you own, potentially.
I would only rely on heat (for example, a hot dryer) to ensure they were not moved. It would be hard to treat books, luggage, etc.
This is why I suggest that it's often not a bad idea to stay put and get treatment if that's an option.
Go for a well known pest control firm, and if they claim to have treated lots of bed bug cases successfully -- and if they know how tricky bed bugs can be -- that's a good sign. Remember also that there may be pesticides available in Switzerland which work better than those in North America, where most of us on the boards are located.
Finding 5-6 bed bugs in your room alone in a short space of time is a lot. If your roommates have them, then they are not localized to your bed or your room. I would guess they've been there for a while, but I am not an expert.
Thank you for the reply. Yes the apt is part of a very large building and I doubt everyone is going be treated at the same time. I am not really sure how to go about finding a PCO here, so I am not sure if I will be able to find a good one. I'm thinking of throwing away the luggage and just moving everything in plastic bags. But then I'm afraid Ill carry them outside the bags... I have to move either way for other reasons, do you think it is best to move right away or wait until after treatment? Would PCO's treat items such as books as well? Thank you!
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