my dads place had a huge infestation next door to me(11 posts)
Help. I need some advice. My dad who was my neighbor who has dementia . He never allowed me in his place. So all this time he was living in filth. He acquired bed bugs and because he didn't have a reaction to their bites never saw a problem Plus his dementia. Now he will be in a nursing home left the apartment and we've been treated 1ce so far next treatment scheduled for Friday. Because his unit is now empty they have no host will the treatments truly work or will they just come to me? My kids room seems to be having the most activity. But their room is on the other side not connected to his unit. My bedroom had them under my bed slats where they've been eradicated I have not been bit since the first treatment but um not sure my husband woke up with two small bites that don't itch as previous bites he's been experiencing. I'm going crazy. The pco didn't have us bag up books ect....just all textiles. He is confident and comes well recommended.
Wow! As a caregiver myself, I can feel the pain. Hugs.
What kind of treatment did your father's unit get (eg, chemicals, dusts, vacuum, steam, other heat, other...)?
Well not sure of the chemicals its a variety of them is what he told me . He comes highly recommended. My sobs God mother manages many buildings in los Angeles and he took care of 3 of them all successful. My concern is that my dad is in the hospital and will now be in a board and care place as he obviously cannot care for himself. So the unit is empty. Will tge bbs just remain hidden since no one is there as bait or will they end up in our place. My boys are the ones getting bit the most and their room is not even connected to my dads place our room is and I found 3 areas in my wood slats where they had set up shop. I killed them with alcohol and vacuumed them up and disposed of them asap. Since then I have not been bit much if at all. But I can't find anyplace in my kids room where they set up shop I just find them on their bunk bed frame. I havent found many after first treatment one here 2 there but for me one is too many. The bed bug guy is ultra confident he can get rid of them . He will treat 2 more times. But also my dads main infested stuff was tossed he seemed to be like that for 8 months from what the guy said I've only been noticia bites for around 2 months just discovered them about 1 week and a half ago as.my neighbor the.only other unit affected discovered them around the same time. I have 3 young children the youngest a 10 month old and I'm loosing my mind . I steam vacuum and inspect everything everyday . I hope they will go away soon!! Or I might.end up like my dad. In the behavioral unit in the county hospital. Please some answers about the.now empty.unit how.it will affect us. And some encouragement that this too shall pass thank you for responding. I greatly appreciate it.
Such a sad story. Couple of questions:
1. Is the PCO taking apart or recommending taking apart the bunk bed? Maybe an expert can weigh in on that (i'm not one)
2. Again, this is a question for the experts, what about a dry ice lure or bed bug beacon in the vacant unit to draw them out? Your PCO is probably the person you should be asking what will happen in the vacant unit
3. Be sure it's ok with your PCO is you are vacuuming, steaming, etc. I probably didn't read your post clearly enough to see if he is treating your unit which chemicals too
This is a tough time, but you will make it through it.
Yes all of our u units are getting spraayed treated including thbe crawl space. it is very sad I know all is for a reason. I finally got my dad t
Yes all of our u units are getting spraayed treated including thbe crawl space. it is very sad I know all is for a reason. I finally got my dad the help he
Yes all of our units are getting spraayed treated including thbe crawl space. it is very sad I know all is for a reason. I finally got my dad the help he lp he desperately needed for all these yrs no one believed he had dementia. It took this tragedy of infesting not only his only daughter and family but one other neighbor. And now I'm beginning to think we' ll never get rid of these creatures. Plus they w
Baby touched my screen and posted half way. I will ask if I should break the bunk bed apart I think they're are in there. Somewhere. Tho I took screws off and steamed and they get past the double sided tape. Thank you for all your input I've never in the 13 yrs in my lovely los Angeles .1927 flat ever dealt with this and the huge brick building had them not long ago. I am ocd now and don't sleep or eat and I'm irritated at my children mostly . Because they're not understanding protocol but they're not to blame. I hope they don't lay dormant and come back I'd really be in the nut house now. But again pco is very confident that we can irradicate them........sigh such is life.
It's probably easier to treat a "fully vacant" unit (no furnishings, no stuff) than it is for one with things in it (you did not make clear what the case of your father's unit).
In the former case, the main reservoirs of BB (bed, upholstered furniture) are likely gone, hopefully wrapped before it was dragged through common areas, to prevent dropping bugs along the way.
In addition to chemicals and dusts, technicians (and consumers) use a number of tactics to reduce the number of bugs that need to be poisoned. This is achieved by:
- Vacuuming suspected areas
- Application of steam or other heat
- Running textiles through a dryer
- Sealing up "clean" items to reduce the number of places BB can harbor
- If necessary, sealing up or removing infested items
If this is what was done to dad's unit, there should be a lot fewer bugs to migrate to the neighbors.
In chemical and dust treatments, it's typical (but not universal) to do repeat treatments to kill off newly hatched generations of bugs.
It is best to have a unit occupied to draw bugs out of hiding and over the poisons. One way to compensate for the unit being vacant is by "faking" an occupant with CO2 monitors (like the Beacon).
It's possible that some bugs from your dad's will migrate to neighboring units (they seem to have already done that anyway). As you're all being treated, these should eventually be taken care of.
Thank you for your input. That makes me feel better all of his upholstered items were wrapped and thrown away. He will do a total of 3 treatments and then I've asked him to come.monthly for several months after I have not been bit since 1 st spraying tho I found 3 hidding on the screws of a fold out table I had close to my bed I zapped them. Now for my boys room not.sure I woke up around 3 am to see if I.saw any and no signs but since we found out and been treated their bites have significantly decreased. Where before we were gettin 8.-12 bites daily including my 10 month old. My dad had none. He's not alergic to their bites. So already its been better I'm just paranoid . But now I'm more knowledgable. And I will travel with my vapomore steamer when we travel. I definitely am ocd about finding information . Thank God for your web site. And the owner of the building will pay for it to be treated no questions asked. My middle son cried last night because his room is not accessible all his toys in bags and he is also overwhelmed. I felt so sad. This type of experience is pscychologically impacting. I'd never wish this on nobody ever. Before knowing I had 2 of my kids friends spend the night they didn't get bitten but I called my friend and warned her to be on the look out I pray they don't get it !!!!. Again thank you I feel more confident. Ohh we wrapped all items but our neighbors who like digging through trash didn't care to read the signs and tore up into it. It was such a sick sight I called the city but they're taking their sweet time no matter how many times I've called to.complain. people are Ill I will never pick.anything from the trash or even thriftshop after this experience. Trust me! Than you again. Now I'm not feeling so helpless.
Update...... It's been 7 days since the first treatment. I've found stragglers here and there . My children have not been bit in 2 days. Not sure if they're just full but its decreased significantly I or hubby and baby who sleeps with us haven't been bit in 5 days since treatment. I'm looking forward to the next installment of kill the bugs. Coming this friday. My neighbor the other unit that had them as well has not been bit. Don't know if this means they're dieing. I still wake up at 130, 330 and my hubby at 4 am. We havent found any crawling in the boys room. Is it too soon to tell if the treatments are working?
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