Please Help -- moving to new apartment, need to leave all bugs behind.(4 posts)
Hi. I'm new. I know there are many threads about moving, but I am having a hard time finding instructions on a few key things:
*Toiletries and medicines -- I am a cancer patient. I have a lot of meds and toiletries. Our PCO told us flat-out that bugs don't go near the chemicals and that we didn't even have to bag them or treat them in any way. Is this true? Or do I need to discard them all, or wipe them down with something? Discarding would be extremely detrimental to me, as I can't get new prescriptions for many at this point.
*I have a pack-tite. When I pack-tite clothes and books, and then put them in airtight bags which I then leave in my (lightly infested) apartment until move date, how do I actually get the bags out of the apartment without having bugs stow away on the outside of the bags? Do I need to treat the outside of the bags with steri-fab or alcohol or ??? Or is it better to Vikane fumigate all clothing and books, etc., along with the small amount of furniture we are taking? I wish I could remove items from the apartment immediately after pack-titing and bagging, but unfortunately we have nowhere else to put them.
*We have 2 cats. I haven't read anything authoritative as to whether bugs can be carried on cats, and how to move cats without moving bugs with them. Does anyone know?
*Kitchen items -- again, PCO told us no need to bag kitchen, they don't go there. Can we simply wash dishes and pots and pans thoroughly, or do they need to be treated in some way?
*Electronics -- I can try pack-titing some of the cheaper ones, but I can't risk it with my laptop. What are other options?
Btw, the reason we are abandoning our apartment is that our landlord has refused to take adequate steps to rid the building of bugs. We hired our own sniffer dog, confirmed bbugs with dog and 2 adult specimens, bagged almost the entire apartment, hired our own PCO to do heat treatment 2 times, and discarded (well-wrapped in plastic) the only still-infested piece of furniture, but a month later bugs returned, probably from the apartment below us which has not been bagged, etc., and are biting our roommate.
Anyone in NYC know if this situation can be cause for breaking a lease? In my view the landlord is seriously violating the warranty of habitability. We just want out, and we don't want to take the bugs with us.
Also, anyone in NYC have a recommendation for Vikane fumigation, and can you break down for me how it works? If I want to hire my own movers to move stuff into the truck, is that more cost-effective?
Thank you for any advice you can provide.
About the stuff you already packed. Do you have any place u can spare where u can put it ?
Maybe if u can put it on the middle of a floor in a room, and then surround it with doublesided tape and some vaseline ( not sure if it´s called vaseline in english, but think so ) and leave it within that area until moving.
Bugs may have problem crossing the tape, and from what I understand they have even more problem crossing a layer of vaseline. Not sure if it stops them for sure from crossing ? Sorry, but I think you can get input from more informed here on the forums on that.
Anyhow, at least I´ve seen a lot of post saying that either they can´t cross those, or at least they avoid the tape or the vaseline, so it should help keeping themn away.
Then of course you never will feel certain , and you always worry about sometingh when moving, like if they might climb to the roof and drop in to the area where your stuff is. But then again, like a lot of people say in these forums, You got to be reasonable about the risks and realize some things ain´t really that likely.
I mean, after all there is some risk in everything, but we need to try to stay reasonable and not worry over the more unlikely stuff, but it´s not an easy thing
buggyparanoia, how did the move turn out for you? What, specifically, did you do with the cats? Hope all is well.
This thread is a year old, so you may want to start a new thread to ask about your cats. I moved but didn't have any pets to take care of.
EDITED: Or you could have done that. already.
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