Oh no hear we go again. The cycle begins I'm afraid(4 posts)
I had my 5th bb treatment sometime last week. I was feeling confident we got it under control at my place. Haven't spotted a bb in a while. Got bit but I think its from either a mosquito or a gnat. I did spot a gnat in my room and tried to kill it multiple times but its so small and flies away too fast I think its alive some where in my room. Also those bites don't itch nearly as intense as bb bites and my rash is completely gone and the scars are fading. I'm thinking I can go back to normal living, started opening my bags with my belonging and everything.
So my mom goes over to my sisters house yesterday. In my sisters kitchen she steps on a bug crawling on the floor. She looked and low and behold blood..It was a BB. So my sister starts arguing with her that my mom brought them over. My mom blames my sis downstairs neighbor (huh.. poor mom). I think my sister got infested at my apartment. Just because she kept coming over though she knew we had an active infestation. She laid on my moms infested bed before I bought the encasement and before we inspected my moms mattress / box spring and founds hundreds of bed bugs in the box spring. So she could've gotten them then. Or in the process of us cleaning our apartment my mom made my sister take all her junk to her apartment. I told my mom before my sister took the stuff (my nephews toys, book, paper and other crap) that she should run them through my packtite before she takes the stuff. And I also advised her to wash all the clothes in hot water / dry them put them in ziplock bags to take them over to her place. They didn't listen (never do). When my mom got home and told me what happened I made her strip in a panic and dumped her clothes in the washing machine and washed on hot. I put her purse in the packtite and she immediately showered. SIGH. Now I'm afraid we are going to get re-infested. I'm taking all the precautionary measure my mom is taking them too but I have to constantly remind her of things like stripping and washing her clothes on hot water immediately when she comes in from my sister's house. I constantly warned them (my mom and sister) about the possibility of my sister getting an infestation if she keep coming over all the time during infestation / treatment laying on the beds taking untreated things to her house and they just didn't take me seriously. Now I have a million worries. The thought of having to go through all that prep and getting them again and being miserable getting bits that itch like crazy and rashes that last for months. Good thing most of my stuff are still in plastic bags because the prep work was a killer. I told my mom, my sis shouldn't come over until she gets this taken care of. She insist that is not possible because she her daughter blah, blah, blah. They don't follow precautionary measures so I have no control over this situation right now. She will start coming over and possibly spreading them to us again..I'm at my wits end with this.
What to do?? I'm about to up and go, leave everything including my family which is probably a terrible thought but I just can't, I can't do this anymore I can't keep going through this. I don't know what else to do.
Mom just got home from my sister house. She took off her clothes so I asked her if she dumped them in the washing machine. She said, "No, those clothes don't have bedbugs!!!!!!". She hung them to dry in the bathroom. It's raining in NYC right now so her clothes are soaked. See what I mean.
sounds like a really tough situation. i'm sure this is a silly suggestion, but have you tried printing off some of the bedbugger FAQ articles and giving them to your mother and sister to read? sometimes it helps to learn the information from an 'official source'. i know that often when i talk to friends about bedbug precautions (while traveling etc.) they often don't take me seriously until i send them a few articles to read.
and just out of curiosity, is your sister having her home treated now? perhaps if she also had a packtite of her own it would encourage her to take a more proactive approach to keeping them from spreading...
I don't think that's a silly suggestion at all, it's actually a great idea. I will do that. Thanks for that suggestion. No, she is not having her home treated now. After seeing the bed bug in her kitchen she just inspected her living room furniture which is dark leather and I would think its hard to see bb's on them, she inspected her bed and my nephews bed and she didn't see anything so she thinks she is free and clear and just plans to move (no treatment plan).
I will print out the stuff from FAQ for sure and give it to them. Hopefully that will at least get them to take things seriously and start helping in preventing spreading. Yes, I agree if she had a packtite she would start taking the proactive approach and since its easy to use she would love it. Just that she doesn't have the money for that right now. She's a single mom and just paying the cost of living in NY her son by herself is financially draining for her. So me and my mom will have to pitch in and get her one.
I hope the above mentioned steps will help. Otherwise I will have no choice but to move by myself and leave everything behind. Then if they want to come over they will have to follow my strict protocol (stripping , dumping clothes in washer, showering including washing hair, belonging go through my packtite). I just don't like this feeling that I can't control this. At least with my own place I can have some control over my living area. But I feel hopeful with your suggestions I'll surely give them a try. Thanks a lot, I really appreciate you taking the time to post.
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