Success for the Holidays(5 posts)
Hi - well - I've inspected inspected inspected and I can't find any evidence so I woke up the other morning and decided the time had come - I'm declaring victory.
Our saga began in May (like most - can't say where they came from). We initially tried heat ( we live in a single family home). Heat did NOT work. I do think it works but only if done right. The company we used tried 3 times to no avail. So we moved on to a new company and chemicals. Yup chemicals take a LOT of prep - but they work! Our third and last treatment was at end of October but we stopped seeing evidence before then.
Luckily for us it never spread beyond the bedrooms on upper level of the house. But we are honestly more or less back to normal. The only major precautions I have kept in place is bringing my sheets from bedroom to basement in a garbage bag (which is then tossed in an outside barrel). That is to avoid spreading in case they ever find there way back here. And I still wash sheets on HOT. But I'm not washing my dark clothes on hot anymore ( I do dry them) - I shrunk plenty of clothes in this process.
Doubtful - I'll ever shop at a thrift store or yard sale again - but I am using my public library ( I do flip the books and avoid any that look grungy) And I can't control what the kids bring from school anyway.
And we are going on vacation at the end of the week. I figure when we come back I'll leave suitcases outside then package clothes in garbage bags and bring in to do the laundry. I'm not sure exactly how I'll handle the luggage itself. Maybe leave it outside in detached garage until I get a chance to really inspect it. (although my husband just flew and I see his suitcase is in the middle of dining room floor - so really whats the point)
So basically - I want to give you all hope you really can get rid of them. If your in Mass - I do recommend George Williams at EHS . He is very confident and also caring and sympathetic - he gets how distressing this is.
The best advice I got was to go back to my normal life. Yes they are hard to forget and that takes time - but you can win the war - especially in a single family home. And now that I know that is true I'm able to go back to normal and if it happens again I'll deal with it again but in the mean time - I'm moving on!
Good Luck to all of you!!!!
Good for you!!!!!!! I'm glad life is getting back to normal. Enjoy the holidays
Well done, ICantbelieve!
Enjoy the holidays and I hope you never have to deal with this again.
Its nice to hear a success story that doesn't involve moving and throwing away all your belongings! Thanks
Congrats! Thanks for the reassuring success story! It's very easy to feel that this is a hopeless battle!
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