PCO Instructions(1 post)
I posted my story a few threads down, asking specifically about the effectiveness of glueboards. Well they aren't terribly effective.
Anyways, to summarize, 3 stage bites, highly allergic, had to go on prescription cortisone cream to get the swelling down, bites on arm and neck and face within the past week. I have resorted to sleeping on a bed sheet on the floor surrounded by about 12 glueboards on all sides. I ordered an encasement that hasn't come in yet. Cut open the bottom of the box frame and inspected many times, found nothing, mattress is 1 year old and i inspected it as well, read that its highly doubtful they're inside modern mattresses. My room is cluttered and I have tried my best to de-clutter it, but the fact remains that i have a lot of stuff and little space to store it, and I also know I'm not supposed to take anything out of the room as well.
Laundered my sheets and blankets, etc (and saw several different and new bed bug info. leaflets posted on the community bulletin...hmm.).
Talked to the landlord yesterday and lo and behold she says PCO for the building is coming Monday (coincidentally, even tho they usually only come every few months w/a prior announcement) and would I like them to look at my unit too? Why yes.
At this point, based on my bites being in 3s a lot and on the circumstantial evidence around my complex (PCO just happening to show up the week i begin to get bit, BB leaflets just happening to pop up in the community bulletin now as well), I'm relatively certain I have bed bugs. It is really [expletive deleted] up my life because I am highly allergic, the 3 bites on my arm swelled up to such an extent that my entire bicep was covered almost, I am on an oral cortisone and a highly potent prescription topical one, and even if i don't scratch a bite AT ALL it still reacts adversely. They talk about BBs not being a threat to your health, but they sure seem to affect mine.
I slept w/the lights on last night, in the middle of the floor, around many glueboards, and so far today (thank the lord) i havent found any bites yet...
Judging by the # of horror stories on these forums about ineffective/ignorant PCOs, is there any way I can (not ensure) but Maximize the possibility that the MOnday visit by the guy will take care of the problem once and for all? I'm not at all certain he will be able to find a live specimen, I sure haven't, and if in the early stages I've read it can often be impossible to find definite signs. Add in the fact that my building is really old, has 9 floors, and that they can hide anywhere there's thickness the size of a business card (and the fact that apparently they aren't treating the entire building yet) and I am pessimistic to say the least about my chances of them fully getting it taken care of.
I am in school and do not have time for this to drag out and keep going to the Doctors and have horrible itching 24/7.
So taking this all in, I really need advice as 1.) i don't know how effective the apt PCO is and 2.) what things/signs/instructions should I be looking for as he comes Monday, what questions should I ask, what should I be making sure he's doing, etc? 3.) what types of treatments should I be on the lookout for that work/don't work, etc?
4.)Also, as far as moving goes, how effective is it, what steps (ie buying a Packtite?, etc) should I take if i do, and does anyone know how to get out of paying the rest of your lease if you've gotten infested and you're madly allergic and literally cannot continue living there?
I've literally done nothing this week but treat my bites and panic on my own. It really sucks. This forum at least makes me feel like I'm not the only one going through hell.
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