Please help, need to make a decision(2 posts)
Any help with this situation would be greatly appreciated:
I saw my downstairs neighbor (unit directly below mine) about 10 days ago in the hallway and he informed me that he had bed bugs, since June 25. In a panic, I vacuumed all parts of my apartment, removed clutter, etc. I inspected my bed and I didn't find anything. My lease is up at the end of the month, and so, since the company that manages my building is refusing to offer assistance to my neighbor, I have decided to move out. I found another apartment and I will be moving there shortly.
Now, I still have not seen any bed bugs. I have not (to my knowledge) been bitten. I had a dog come yesterday and it made four "hits": two in my bedroom (including my comforter, which had been put on the floor as requested by the handler), and two outside. The dog inspected the whole apartment and made no hits, but then the handler said he needed to "prime" the dog with a canister of bb's that he put in my closet. After the dog found the canister, he got a treat, and then proceeded to make the four "hits".
I still have not seen anything nor been bitten. Is it worth the money (around $1300) to fumigate my belongings during the move? Or could I wipe with alcohol, or just do nothing? Anyone with experience on this? Currently I'm trying to decide whether to toss my furniture (or potentially put it in storage), clean all clothes, and maybe use a Packtite, or just get everything fumigated.
Thanks so much.
I'm not an expert but I saw no one has answered you yet. Just wanted to say that although bedbugs could travel from your neighbor's place to yours, that doesn't mean they have. In other words, I don't know that it would pay to throw out and/or treat your stuff as if you have an infestation just because your neighbor does.
As far as the dog hits go, my sense from reading elsewhere on these forums is that the dog hits should be followed up by human inspection - that is, a person should check for an actual bug where the dog got the hit. Neither dog nor human is infallible, so I'd think you'd want a "second opinion," if you will, i.e. get someone to inspect where the dog said there was a bug.
Also, even if there are/were a few bugs, that also doesn't mean you have an infestation.
Again, I'm not an expert. Your best bet is to do more research on this site and others. You could also write to some of the experts on this board. I would hate to see you throw out anything or pay any money before getting more information.
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