My Bedbug plan!(3 posts)
Hey people, So I wanted to share with you my bedbug plan. I inherited a mattress and boxspring from my friend in NYC when he moved back to Washington. Since I have had it I moved to Harlem where one day in my (Really dirty)apartment building there was a notice about bed bugs. I never really saw any or had a problem though. Now I moved to a cleaner building but have the same mattress and boxspring.
Now after a couple of slobby months (I didn't clean near my bed very much, lots of crumbs and dust.) I have seen about 10 bedbugs and I have been getting bit for like 2 weeks now. I finally realized that I had bedbugs and this was the best (most affordable) plan I could come up with. I kinda need the mattress and boxspring...
I took all my clothing and linens out for laundry, bought a vinal mattress cover and a can of Good Night Sprayway. After cleaning everywhere I separated the boxspring and mattress. The mattress has a few black spots on its underside but no colonies or bugs. THE BOXSPRING HOWEVER, has many black spots and bugs all over it! They were at each corner! So while everything was out being cleaned I doused the boxspring in Good Night then sealed it up in the cover, then taped the zipper shut, then put a fresh fitted sheet over it. I then sprayed the floor and the mattress with the Good Night spray.
So that was my plan, I just did it like an hour ago and I wanted to get some feedback from you people! If you guys tried something similar and have pointers I would love to hear it. If you think that I cannot salvage the boxspring let me know that too! I can see em run around through the vinal cover. Should I get some DE and throw it in there too?
Why don't you report this to your landlord so they can have the professionals come in and exterminate. Don't tell them the part about that you had them in your previous apartment then you'll get blamed. Anyway these clever creatures from hell are much too difficult to get rid of on your own. They will multiply in a matter of weeks like you wouldn't believe they will spread to other apartment then when the pros come in to treat your apartment there's still a chance you'll get reinfested because if they move to other apartments and multiply those apartments will need treatment too or they will just come back to your place through cracks and crevices on your wall, windows etc. So please don't try to take care of this situation on your own. Your landlord is responsible for paying for treatment so it should be of no cost to you. What do you have to lose except for bedbugs. As for the matress cover I don't think the cover you are using is sufficient (I'm not an expert or anything just that I haven't heard of those kinds of covers being proven to prevent bedbugs from escaping / entering the mattress but I could be wrong on that). Also if you didn't also put a cover on the box spring they might be in there too and they will spread. Don't know how your money is right now and I know the rents in Harlem are sky high from a few years ago. But the protect a bed mattress / box spring encasements are proven to keep the bugs in / out of your mattress. I bought some for my bed and my moms bed. I put them on her bed because there was a point where they were crawling allover her and my little nephew just feeding. Upon examining the box spring and spraying with raid so many bugs came out for air. We didn't even pull back the cover on the bottom of the box spring because we were afraid of what we would find so we just put the encasements (on mattress and box spring) I also got the pillow encasements and she hasn't been bit since. We do still have them. I haven't put them on my bed yet because I want it treated before I do so. But if it gets to a point where they start biting me again then I will have no choice but to put those babys on and isolate my bed (my mattress / box spring were sprayed by a professional exterminator earlier this month). But I know we still have them because I saw them with my own eyes. The day after we put the encasement on her bed I got bit in the bottom of my foot while sitting on a chair in her room so I think that in the process of putting the encasement on a few fell to the floor and we didn't get to kill them. Just thinking they might've spread even more makes me want to throw up.
Anyway even with the encasements you will still have a problem. They can't get in or out but they can still get on them if your not careful for instance if you didn't clean the frame as well they can just crawl up and get you.
If the box spring is the main harborage, unless you have a professional on the case, toss it. Vinyl encasements rip easy and you then have the whole hungry enemy army come in a full frontal assault.
You describe a heavily infested box spring and they are difficult to eradicate the bastards from.
Victory in the BB war is a victory of attrition.
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