Selling NightWatch/ success in Portland, Oregon(9 posts)
We are selling our NightWatch on ebay -- starting bid $125:
We're bed bug free for ~3 months now and can send proof of that from K9 inspection. We did heat treatment and a few follow-up steam treatments with a highly reputable company, and did K9 insepction with an independent company.
We thought about keeping the NightWatch, but our home is small and we don't think we're at much risk of getting them again. If we ever have trouble again, I'd rather just buy the bed bug resources we like again rather than store them in our limited space.
If anyone wants to follow up wih this, please go through eBay. Thanks!
pdxlady - 1 hour ago »
... we don't think we're at much risk of getting them again. ...
Actually that in itself is of interest because a lot of people who get rid of bb's worry very much about getting them again. So can you explain why you're confident you're unlikely to.
We know how we got them -- we took in someone who was an acquaintance we didn't know very well, down on her luck in this economy -- she's a cool person, but in hindsight, I'd say that it wasn't just that she was down on her luck but that she's a little "different" ... she no longer had enough money to pay her rent ... she also brought in stuff covered in bed bugs and eggs, having no idea that's what those little bugs were all over her other place.
We just happen to have personalities and lives that put us at some lower risk. We pretty much don't travel, except to my mom's house. There's an outside chance that one of us will go to a conference for work someday, but probably not. We normally don't have people over -- we're quite introverted. The only people who stay with us normally are my parents -- and the only travel they do is to our house. And believe me, we won't be taking anyone in like above again. I know there's still some risk that we will get them again, but not enough to make me want to store bed bug stuff in our limited space, when we could just buy the bed bug stuff again if we get them.
I also have a Ph.D. with a specialty in an entomological field. Bugs biting me and in my house don't freak me really. I have large scary-looking bugs displayed in my living room that I let walk on me before freezing and pickling them. This USBedBugs ad to the right with the woman screaming under the pillow and the "Bed Bugs Invade!!!!" newspaper ... NOT me. The learning curve for bed bug ID and control was very easy for me, with my background. Getting everything ready for the heat treatment was a great motivation to organize, something critical in our small space, too. I'm allergic to dust mites, so I already have a pretty strict washing and drying regimen for that -- so that part wasn't so bad. And our PCO is very experienced and conscientious -- they took care of it in about a month -- I have a lot of confidence they'd do a similar bang-up job if we got them again. So partly, I guess it's that my attitude is yes, they are back, but I'm not going to let it worry me and dictate my life beyond how I want to live it?
That's a worthwhile commentary!
Do I understand correctly you live in a stand-alone house so you're not subject to bugs arriving from any neighboring apartment; also that you/your PCO didn't use any chemicals, but rather, a heat treatment and steam treatments only.
For benefit of others in Portland, Oregon, here's a post of yours from last September which has quite a few useful suggestions and pieces of information...
...made all the more credible, of course, by the fact you're now able to report you prevailed in your fight.
By the way, what do you think – should this thread really be in the Bed Bug Success Stories category, so people in the depths of despair will be more likely to find it and draw encouragement from your casual victory over the pests.
(If site host Nobugsonme agrees, can she retroactively change the category?)
Wow, thanks! I was little worried about sounding smug. I know and appreciate that not everyone can be so calm, such as those who don't have control over the treatment because of a landlord, those who are trying to coordinate with uncooperative neighbors, those who don't have the resources for pricey heat treatment, and those in areas where the PCO's aren't up to speed yet. I know that partly I'm lucky to have a confluence of circumstances and characteristics to avoid the months-long nightmare that many are dealing with.
Success stories can be helpful. However, perhaps you can update when the product is sold so people are not clicking on that link indefinitely. I will change this to the success category, assuming you don't want to start a new thread on that.
Don't wish to be a party poopper but I heard last week that the EPA has taken exception to the NightWatch product and that it is being recalled until it has been approved as a device due to insecticidal qualities of some of the ingredients.
I mention this because I doubt you want an EPA fine for selling it on eBay despite the fact that I whole heartedly support recycling in such ways. It would certainly not be the end to your bedbug issue that you would want.
Top marks are respect for clearly explaining your calm and logical approach though I meet a variety and cross section of people in my line of work and have to say its always the calm ones who get the fastest resolution as they remain focused.
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