OMG! My bedbug heat treatment failed!(7 posts)
Ok. I hired Orkin Pest Control 8 months ago to chemically treat my home for bed bugs. I did the full-time, tedious prep work EXACTLY as instructed and, when all was said and done, they were unable to save my living room furniture after months of chemical treatments. I threw away the living room furniture at their request and had a final treatment. Two months later, I bought new furniture and was out about $3500 for the chemical treatments and the new furniture. My new couch became reinfested and, because I was unhappy with Orkin's service and because I wanted to keep my furniture, I called Scherzinger Pest Control to perform a heat treatment. Scherzinger is the most reputable heat treatment company in my area with a 98% success rate and I paid almost $3000 for the heat treatment of my home. The heat treatment was 20 days ago and I happened to fall asleep on my couch this evening. I woke up with over 100 bites on my feet. I looked and I am unable to find any live bedbugs, but they must be deep inside the couch. I have a 30 day guarantee and I plan to call Scherzinger in the morning. I believe that because these bugs have been exposed to so many chemical treatments that they have become SUPER BUGS. Is this possible?? What do I do if neither professional heat nor chemical treatments have worked for me??
No, they wouldn't be super bugs for heat. They could be resistant to chemicals, but that wouldn't make them heat resistant.
Make sure that the bites on your feet aren't just a skin reaction. That's a lot of bites to not be able to find bugs.
If you are sure that it is bites, then you've got the 30 day warrantee, you're set-- maybe they just really need to focus on heating the couch.
That does seem like a lot of bites, especially without finding bugs and having just received a treatment. While heat isn't always 100% effective, I've heard it at least can do a pretty good job of reducing populations.
If you discover more bugs/evidence, you may want to consider if there's a way you are somehow being reinfested. Could someone in your household be bringing them back in from work or school or some other regularly visited location? Also, make sure the things you have with you (clothing, purses, wallets, etc.) are thrown in a hot dryer or packtite when you return home after the treatment, in case one happened to hitch a ride on one of those items.
100 bites? That's a little much. Could be a rash...
Orkin isn't doing much good for me either. They've treated me 4 times and I still have 'em.
Had heat treatment as well and as Nobugsonme pointed out, the prickly sensation I was experiencing after the treatment could have been from carpet bettle remains which are prickly.
I would suggest a thorough cleaning/vacum and then see if you get the same effect.
Hi, Do you live in a house or an apartment? My heat treatment also failed had it done last monday, tuesday night saw a live bed bug crawling on my couch. I put it a jar having another treatment this following monday. We were really bummed to find out the same day as our treatment that our neighbor across the hall has them too, as we both just moved in here a month apart from each other. We were hoping it was just our apartment and heat treatment would be the end of this:( I live in a apartment with only 4 units. found out 2 so far out of us four have them. The other 2 tenants "who have been here for years" swear they don't have them....We are being really proactive on resolving this issue. The reason I ask about house or apartment is because you have a better chance of regetting them in an apartment if sourounding apartments have them
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