Repeat infestation in new apt?(2 posts)
We have been treated for a small-medium infestation of BBs about three times over a period of a year. One of our neighbors had a serious infestation and the building management (in a very old building) refused to test all the apts so despite meticulous controls on our part, they kept reappearing. In any case, we became obsessive and did everything possible to learn how to prevent future attacks including mattress encasements, cleaning papers from around the bed, brushing ourselves down before entering the apt etc.
Six months ago, we moved and we took a lot of precautions to try not to let the bugs follow us. It has now been almost a year since the last infestation and this morning I woke with three suspicious bites near my knees (two on one leg, one on the other). The only new things that have happened in the past few days, is that we moved some plastic file boxes into the bedroom that hadn't been opened since the last infestation almost a year ago, we left the window open in the en-suite, and there was a sewage pipe that burst in the apt below us. We also came back from a holiday in the Dominican Republic week ago.
We have inspected with a giant torch several times, going through both the mattress and box spring, pillows and nearby furniture. We took all of the clothes sitting around the room (we haven't considered doing the ones in the closet yet), as well as the bedding covers and sheets, and put them in the dryer. We vacuumed and sprayed Sterefab. We found no evidence at all.
My question is, do we wait until I'm bitten again (hoping, of course, that this is just a mosquito or some other insect), or do we call in the cavalry (the building management) immediately, even though we have nothing to show them and they'll probably think we're mad?
We'd like to be as proactive as we can (waiting for another attack is pretty terrifying), and we'd also like to have some sort of peace of mind from this at some point in the future (is this possible???!!!), therefore, I have been looking at products like the Night Watch and the newer Bed Bug Beacon. Should we rush out and buy one of these even though it's not fool proof? I know I should be thinking about some Climb-Ups but I have to say that these aren't that practical with a 1-year-old running around.
I do have to say, my family would be devastated if we found the bugs had followed us to our new home. As many of you know, this is so emotionally draining.
i would tell the landlord about it, either they'll take it seriously and do something about it or not. Either way you gotta give it a shot.
I'm all for all the precautions, but so expensive. :/ You obviously know what you're looking for though having been through this before. I really feel for the people that have rid themselves of this ony for it to reappear again.
I would have been very wary though to even think about opening old boxes or papers from a previously infested home. That could be it, or your trip. Did you take precautions on your trip?
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