please help me(10 posts)
i discovered i had bed bugs on the 31st of august and since then i have been hysteric and paranoid. i know i did not have any until that weekend when some out if town friends visited us. i immediately complained to the management of my apt and they set up a PCO to come in yesterday the 17th. i had not seen any in my bedroom at all but even then i went hysterical and cleaned everything. i had caught them just the day the friends left. since i have light carpet it was easy to spot them.
here is wot all i did
i bagged all my clothes into plastic bags.
washed my bedding and sheets in hot water
vacuumed the whole house like 4 times.
cleared everything like the way the PCO asked me to.
the time from the day i discovered them till y'day was the darkest days of my life....i feared everything and was almsot on the brink of losing my mind and even suicide. i am very paranoid abt bed bugs.
well the PCO came y'day and saw around and said he doesnt see signs of infestation but he wud treat the house. he sprayed pyrethin all around the baseboards and stuff. sprayed some dust in the electrical outlets. he did not treat the kitchen and bathroom saying bed bugs dont usually go there. he treated my bedroom and living room, couch and everything.....
we ahve another treatment in 10 days....
my doubt is is 2 treatments enuf for the [expletive deleted] to die? since i had spotted and caught 4 of them in the living room itself is it safe for me to hope they are gone after the treatment or they will be gone after the 2nd treatment completely. i am kind of relaxed but still not completely at peace. i am scared of my own home....is it ok that the bathroom and kitchen werent treated?
please help by giving some inputs. can i relax and hope they will be gone. i cannot live in this constant state of paranoia. i have lost 6 pounds in these 10 days.
If you are seriously contemplating suicide you need to go get help. Please tell someone who cares about you that you have been having these thoughts, and make an appointment to see a psychiatrist.
Once you do that, then deal with the bed bugs. How do you know you have them? Have you been bitten? Have you seen them?
yeah i know i have them for sure...i showed the PCO and he confirmed it.....
i am talking to my husband and parents and they are saying i am over reacting and helping me cope with this situation
my question really is weather 2 treatments are enuf to get rid of those [expletive deleted] bed bugs?
can i relax after that. not get scared of living in my own home.
Depends on too many factors but an early or low level infestation, coupled with a knowledgeable PCO, it is possible to be free in 1 or 2 visits.
If it is not gone in two treatments, then do a third or fourth. There is no law that says that if you do not get the problem eliminated in two treatments you cannot be treated anymore. The most important thing is that you GET RID OF THEM, not the number of treatments.
i know its not the number of treatments...but getting rid of them thats important...the whole issue here is that i cannot wait to see them gone.....i am exhausted mentally and physically... i havent cried so much in my life...i am a cheerful person otherwise... these bugs have bought the worst emotions in me which i thot i never had.....i am so scared and paranoid.....sometimes i feel i am not even the same person....i am a home maker...i njoi chores and never had spending time without my husband...but now i am so scared and cant wait to see him back from office.....i feel very very scared and paranoid alone....i have nightmares abt the bugs and they keep me awake all the time....have not slept in days for more than 3 hrs in the night....
i just wish my nightmare is over for good
These things aren't a health risk??? Yeah right! Our health officials better get serious!
It will get better!
Just think how I felt when I first discovered these nasty suckers caked in my little boy's crib dist ruffle. then when I found out what they were. eating my poor little boy every night! I HATE them! I was putting him to sleep in there every night. there was no where he could go!
I wash his sheet and blanket regularly. But, not his dust ruffle for some time. I happened to be on his floor and looked up. . . YUCK!
Do get some help. And it will get better!
my PCO sprayed the house with pyrethrin pretty well...well my question is is that a residual pesticide...does it last long after it has dried? how long does it last? does it kill bugs on contact even when its dry?
You and I are experiencing our first infestation at the same time and I understand your stress and sleeplessness. Just remember that you are doing everything possible and take some comfort in giving yourself credit. These critters can drive you crazy but they're not worth harming yourself over. Talk to your doctor and ask for something to reduce anxiety.
No one can say for sure if they'll be completely eliminated after two treatments. Maybe it will be three or four. Just don't set yourself up for disappointment by having unrealistic expectations. Continue to do everything you can to manage the problem. Then, remember that we live in an imperfect world where bedbugs are on the rise. If they come back in a year or two, you'll know what to do.
Meanwhile, try to stay calm and know that you're not alone. When I'm in the supermarket, I look at all the cans of insect sprays and realize how many different types of bugs people are continually battling. Somehow, it makes me feel better to know I'm not the only one and that there are science geeks out there right now trying to figure out how to destroy their little reproductive systems. Excellent.
I just sent this email to angelofmay and am also posting it here.
I am the admin at Bedbugger.com. (That's why I can see your email.)
If you are still feeling suicidal (or feel that way in the future), you need to seek immediate medical help. PLEASE call 911 / go to the ER / or call your physician right away.
There are also good resources here:
Metanoia's "Suicide? Read this first." has good information including links to free 24/7 telephone hotlines worldwide and internet support: http://www.metanoia.org/suicide/
Patient Handbook: Depression: http://www.ic-network.com/handbook/depression.html
Bedbugger Forum participants can offer amateur support on bed bugs based on their own experiences, but are not qualified to counsel anyone suffering from anxiety, depression or suicidal thoughts.
Please know we all hope you will get help ASAP.
I would just add to this by echoing the others here by saying that two treatments may or may not be enough, but you are on the right road.
Bed bugs should die with each subsequent treatment until they are all gone. Hopefully that will be within two treatments, but if not, you will have more. You will get through this problem and probably very soon.
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