New to bed bugger....please help(2 posts)
Ok so I found a bed bug just crawling on my bed a few months ago. Jumped on the computer and googled what to do. Most of the sites said to call a pest man. But my real question is can you get rid of them on your own? Well I live in Bakersfield Ca and we don't have a lot of money. I bought DE and sprinkled it around my room and the bed posts used double sided sticky tape around the outlets...and we were still being waking up with new bites. So I tore the bed frames apart and found them in my daughters toddler bed frame. Well since then I moved my daughter out of my room and into a room that was under construction but we rushed to get finished to get her in a clean room and new bed. Now that its just my husband and son in the room we painted got new beds and it seemed as though we might have won the war no bites for weeks
(3-4) and this morning my 1 year old son wakes up with three bites on his little hand. My husband and I dont get the bites... well we have just not as often as the kids have been. Someone please help there has to be something else I can do. And you should know I'm pretty sure we dont have a bad case so I would like to put an end to this before they are everywhere.... they are only in one room, and they arent everywhere... We cant hardly find them thats how scarce they are.
You and your husband may also be bitten and not react to bed bug bites. Do not assume they are only in one room because you have not reacted with bite marks, or have not seen them. It is hard to see even one bed bug. Read the FAQs if you haven't yet.
One reason not to self-treat is that it is very hard to treat bed bugs and you may not get rid of them. They may get worse. Or you may battle them for a long time.
Another is that if you are in a multi-unit building, your neighbors may have them and be sending them over; if they don't get professional treatment at the same time you do, they can keep sending them. Neighbors also may not react to bed bugs and may not know they have them.
Another reason not to self-treat is that a professional can do it better and more quickly. It's possible to cause yourself health problems and/or make the bed bug problem worse if you don't handle it properly.
I don't know if you rent your home or own it, but if you rent, a final reason not to self-treat is that your landlord may be liable for treatment. (In a condo or other owned apartment, you may have legal reasons for needing to involve other residents; the condo association should be notified and -- just as in a rented apartment -- all adjacent units, above, below, all sides, need to be professionally inspected and treated if necessary.)
I am not sure about Bakersfield, but landlords are responsible for bed bug treatment in many cities or states. They are spreading in your city: here's a link to a Bedbugger post that links to a news report from bakersfield. It suggests if your landlord is not treating, you can call Bakersfield City Code Compliance; this implies landlords are responsible for bed bug treatment there.
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