PCO in Toronto vs self treatment(4 posts)
I have been dealing with this problem for about a month. My latest effort is around the bed. I sprayed alcohol/water/dish soap on thre carpet, then dusted with diatomaceous eath then sprayed again to settle the dust. Seem to get bitten about once in 8 days. I haven't thrown out my wooden dresser but store a minimum amount of them in ziplocs. My toe got three bites last night. Maybe it's my sandal? I get discouraged and don't know whether to bring in a PCO. But Mike and Kody said it was probably a rogue bug. However, I have caught ONE bug and i am still getting bitten. I hear good things and bad things about PCO's. I have to have the whole house done and I haven't told my tenants cause i keep hoping that i can contain it in my third floor. wanna talk to someone firstname.lastname@example.org
I would definitely tell your tennants. They may have issues and not be telling YOU out of fear.
Mike's pretty knowledgeable. But as for PCOs, I used Orkin and have no complaints. They're affordable, have extensive experience having purchased Toronto PCO (company) and went in and dusted/treated our neighbours, further helping our treatment out. If you're in an aparment of any kind, they do have a specific apartment division to help. The whole team was fantastic.
Another company I'd recommend that I didn't actually use was ICE Pest. First off, their technician knows a LOT about bed bugs, and seems to always be learning/researching more and finding new ways to treat (he was looking into Thermal Remediation when we last spoke). Another employee I spoke to was also super informed and so, so nice and empathetic. All this, and I wasn't even using them! They're a touch more than Orkin, but they apparently have a good track record, so they told me. Give 'em a look over.
Kirshenblat - 10 hours ago »
I hear good things and bad things about PCO's. I have to have the whole house done and I haven't told my tenants cause i keep hoping that i can contain it in my third floor. wanna talk to someone
There are PCOs who know a lot about bed bugs, and those who don't.
However, it's in your best interest to find one who does and employ him/her rather than self-treating.
I have to say, also, you are posting your first name AND email address, and announcing that you are not letting your tenants know about bed bugs in your building. I am not a lawyer, but it seems like there may be legal consequences should your tenants discover these posts (which are googleable).
You might want to rethink sharing personal information like that on the forums. (We have a private message system --PMs-- which means you can keep your email private.)
Please feel free to email me (nobugs at bedbugger dot com) if you have questions or concerns about what I am saying.
Moreover -- and this is a completely different issue -- I think you should rethink whether to talk to your tenants about the bed bugs. It is not fair to keep them in the dark.
They may already HAVE them, but not know the source of their itchy rash.
They may not react to bites, but may have as-yet-unseen bed bugs.
You and a good PCO can probably work out ways to treat AND to caulk/seal so that you minimize exposure or contain infestations, but you may not be right in assuming you're the only one with a problem right now.
As a previous self-treater i would also suggest hireing a PCO. It is easy to think you've done enough research to treat yourself when the truth is that the BB problem is relatively new and the people that know the most about it are proactive and treating it everyday. There are bad PCO's (my experience with one is what made me try to do it myself), but if they can answer all your questions then that is a good start. Its a good idea to know what chemicals the PCO is using (and you are using) and how BB infestations commonly react to them (the most valid info is from testimonials), and your PCO should have a similar explanation.
As far as i'm concerned knowing you have BB is half the battle, and you know, so save a bug for evidence and take the right steps, it will ultimately save you time and mental health.
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