moving out, need help preparing!(8 posts)
so I graduated college in may and was all ready to start my new life in NYC, my friends and I moved into a new apartment in brooklyn and almost immediately started getting bites. now, it turns out that the previous tenants had left a bunch of furniture and junk in the place and thats where the bugs came from. We got exterminated 3 times and the bugs were gone for about a month..now we are getting bitten again. ive gone to the edge of mental breakdown and back and I just can't do it again! this had been a terrible ordeal and the worst possible start of life after college. so i'm going to move back home to my parents house in NH. I don't want to bring the bugs home, we are going to leave everything that i bring home outside in the garage for the whole winter, launder all my clothes and put some things into a large sub-zero freezer that my dad has at work. what else can I do to ensure that i don't bring them home? I was thinking of taking some of my things that are waterproof and putting them into boiling water for awhile and then bagging them. will that work?
help, im so scared!
Hey I just graduated college too in May! I also just got my first apartment and now I have bed bugs too. I am pretty sure they were there before me, but I can't really prove it besides the fact that I didn't have them at my parent's house. Anyways, I had to move some of my stuff back to their place too. I went to a laundry mat and did a bunch of my laundry there and then put them in to plastic bags and took them to my parents house. I have a few bags of clothes that I still haven't washed but they are sealed in plastic bags in the garage. I bought new boxsprings and bought the zip up covers to put over it, my materess, and my pillows. I did this after my first spray since my PCO sprayed them down before I put the covers on. When I was packing up the stuff in my room(pretty much the stuff I just unpacked a week ago), I sprayed them with bleach and wiped them down really well and vacuumed some of the stuff too. I then seperated them into plastic tubs. One tub is one that will be in the shed for the winter and the other is one that I am hoping to open in a few weeks and hope that there isn't any bugs hiding in there that I may have missed. I live in Colorado, so I think the cold of the winter will kill anything in those tubs. Right now everything is still in plastic bags, and I still plan on doing that until I know the bugs are gone. If they aren't gone soon, then I may be moving back home also. I also just bought some DE which I plan on placing around my apartment and then around my parent's house just in case, you may want to try the same.
Haha, same situation for me one year ago, sadandbitten. I was thrilled to found a place where the previous tenants had left behind all this great new ikea furniture, and when I first saw a bedbug crawling on the sheets I had no idea what it was and brushed it off. Over the past year though I've become something of an expert on these things, and even after getting my place treated twice, moving out of my apartment to a new place, and getting a new bed and mattress, I am still dealing with these [expletive deleted].
The chemical treatments didn't work for me, (one month at the most) and I have doubts about the complete effectiveness of laundering on hot (though it definitely is a good idea.) My brief respite came when I moved to a new place and a new bed and bought new bedding. However it just takes one to start the whole [expletive deleted] process over again, and I guess the chemicals and laundry didn't cover everything on my move out.
I'm on the edge of my sanity too, and NYC is difficult enough without dealing with this shit, so I'm with you on the bail and freeze method. My plan is to rent a cold-storage unit for a few months and leave all of my clothes and valuable possessions there in plastic bags while I buy a new duffel bag and 5 new outfits from UNIQLO and go home for a few months, and then return when that shit is good and frozen.
These [expletive deleted] are extreme, and call for extreme measures. Good luck!
Sounds like you guys are doing the right things, just stay with this blog and keep us posted on your progress.
I am moving out too! I have been dealing with bed bugs for several months now and no matter what I do I cannot get rid of them so I am moving out. I also have a few questions.-- So just drying on hot for a long time will kill eggs? I was thinking of taking my furniture (wooden) and pouring hot water (from my tea kettle) all over it- will this work? Also I have 2 sewing machines- and a computer- how would you treat this? Please help- I am scared as well- I can not take much more of this... (thank you for your suggestions)
Drying on very hot for about 40 minutes , some say, others say more or less should kill any eggs. Be sure to wash on very hot also. As for pouring boiling water on the furniture, are you sure you want to do that? Is it: Upholstered? Cushioned? Might be better to steam-clean it. Have you had a PCO (exterminator) come in to look at your place, inspect it? Maybe it needs to be exterminated by a professional. Why not get that done before doing anything else? If you do have bed bugs and you move out without having a treatment done, you could just take them with you to your new place. You don't say that you've had a PCO to exterminate. A PCO could answet a lot of your questions, I think. You just say that you've been dealing with the bed bugs for several months. How have you been dealing with them? What have you been doing about them?
People in this post should take the time to report their addresses of bbs on the bb registry and the bb map. Goto blog blue bug and then on the right hand side scroll down until you get to these sites. Almost all of the posts are from NY, but I would like to see more reports from other parts that are infested, Toronto, Cincinnati, Colorado, etc.
deBugger, we have a FAQ on treatments for clothing, drying times, etc.
Not sure about the sewing machine.
Gordonc, if you find a cold storage to rent for this purpose in NYC, please share it with me (email@example.com or PM). Thanks!
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