So it starts...(2 posts)
Hello everyone -
I just joined the website after figuring out a couple weeks ago that I have bed bugs. I had been getting bites for about a month, and reacting really badly to them with large welts with very intense itching. About two weeks ago at 4 o'clock in the afternoon I stood up from my couch and saw one crawling there (after biting my leg, of course, which I did not feel at the time). I killed it and saved it and looked online, and sure enough, sounds exactly like a bed bug. I called my landlord to let him know that I was pretty sure I had bed bugs, and he informed me that there were a number of people in our building that had them (gee thanks for the warning!). Luckily, he is a proactive landlord and he scheduled a PCO to come treat my apartment and also is bringing a dog in later in the week to search everyone's apartments.
So, the PCO just left today after treatment. Luckily, he said it looks like I caught it early, because he could not see any evidence of the bed bugs anywhere (i.e., no droppings, etc.). I showed him the two adults that I killed taped to an index card, so he was at least sure that I had them. So he sprayed everything down and I just need to wait for my mattress and box spring to dry before I put on the Protect-a-Bed encasements I bought. Right now, I bagged up all clothes from my dresser, but still left everything in the closet since I have not seen them in my bedroom. So my plan is to not go through washing and drying all my clothes unless they don't seem to go away after my second round of treatment in two weeks.
I'll keep an update on how things are going, as it seems like my apartment has a low infestation compared to many others that have posted their stories, so it may be useful for others to see if it works out faster it you seem to catch it really early.
One question I have for you all out there...since it appears that there is an infestation spreading throughout the apartment units in my building, is there anything that I can do to prevent the bugs from other units from traveling into my unit? The PCO recommended I caulk all along my baseboards when treatment is over. Any other suggestions? Like spraying in along my door or anything? Thanks!
If you click "caulking" here or in the tags above, you will see other threads on this which are a good place to start. Caulking is probably the best idea, and many would recommend the areas are dusted before caulking (it might be a good idea if the PCO dusts it and you caulk it if s/he won't).
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