No response from landlord, scoured the place, what next?(3 posts)
OK, so I understand that I should have waited until I got an exterminator in here, but my landlord is terrible and I can't afford to pay an exterminator myself. Plus I just freaked out and I couldn't not act. Please tell me if I did the wrong thing or if there is anything I can do next.
I am in Brooklyn, in a railroad apartment. My room has a separate entrance (although there are two sort-of-sealed-off doors that go into what is basically a roommate's storage room). I don't have much stuff, and sleep with a mattress on the floor.
Two nights ago I found and killed and cleaned out about 30 bedbugs from under my mattress, in the corners of the floor, etc. Between then and now I inspected, bagged and laundered everything I own, vacuumed the apartment (tossing the contents afterward), scrubbed the floors of my room, the halls, kitchen, bathroom, etc. with Murphy's Oil Soap, sprayed Hot Shot BedBug Poison all along the areas where I found them and around the doors that go into the roommate's room and any other place where they might travel out of my room.
Since initially finding them, I haven't gotten any new bites, and I have only found 1 more bed bug (this morning, a tiny one on my mattress).
My landlord is notoriously hard to get through to and terribly slow to react. His voice mailbox is full and no one picks up ever. While I wait to hear back from him, what more can I do? I don't mind keeping everything in bags for a while, I just want to make sure these monsters aren't spreading. Is there any hope that maybe I got them all?
Thanks for reading, any advice is appreciated!!
Welcome. It sounds like you probably knocked down your population, but don't know if you've won the war. Eradicating bed bugs often takes a multi-pronged approach and multiple applications. Experts often call for treating the entire apartment and inspecting adjoining ones, as well. We have a great FAQ that covers "BBs 101" including how to identify and fight them and how to deal with landlords and pros. Please read this "start to finish". http://bedbugger.com/faqs/ In NYC, the landlord is responsible for pest control. If you don't get a response, contact the Metropolitan Council on Housing (metcouncil.net) and or "311". Also, research the violations on your place on NYC.gov's housing website. Finally, look up (but do not post) if anyone has written about your place on bedbugregistry.com You will also find a supportive commuity here who will help you through this.
Thanks for the response. Yes, I've been pouring over the FAQs and any other page I can find with info about bedbugs. I know I broke some rules, like bagging everything right up and spraying, etc.
I will try 311 tomorrow if still no response. Thanks. And no reports on bedbugregistry.com. My whole block is clean. It's just me. Panicked, bug-riddled me.
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