Success Stories?(6 posts)
I have been reading all your posts and I feel as if I need some encouraging words!!
I noticed a started getting bites after I returned from a trip to Florida. I had stayed at my parents house so I assumed these were just "no-see-um" bites (as anyone in florida knows can be quite a pain!) At the same time I returned, my boyfriend returned from a trip for work (where he stayed in a hotel). He was not getting any bites and I was getting about 3 or 4 a night. So after a few weeks I assumed maybe I was allergic to my blanket. My doctor gave me some medication for allergies and I had made an appt to meet with an allergy doctor.
This was up until I recently found a bug in my bathroom sink and compared it to images online to determine it was in fact a bed bug! I called an exterminator and before they could come the next day - I found two more on my dust ruffle. While they were in the house for my first treatment, I found more on my bed blanket (of course I j\ust threw it out). But I never found any on my mattress. The second time the exterminator came back - we found more on the bottom of the box-spring. The exterminator feels I have a mild case and has already been back a third time. In between visits we have also vacuumed the entire room and have had the entire house cleaned. I live in a townshouse (end-unit) so I don't have a landlord to go through or neighbors to warn).
I have ordered mattress covers and a box spring covers and have been sleeping in my spare bedroom (where I have received no bites). How do I know when they are really gone? When is it safe to return to my room? Has anyone ever tried Raid? Does that help in between visits from the exterminator?
Does anyone else have any good stories of being able to get ride of them???
Yes you can get rid of them! Most people do.
You should read the FAQs. You should read the FAQs before you read the forums!
Really, do it now. You should not be sleeping in your spare room. And don't mess with Raid.
Read the FAQs and I bet you will have follow-up questions, so come back.
And there are success stories as well on the blog.
Yes--and though there are few success stories posted, you should realize that is not because people don't experience success. It's simply because you have to wait a bit to be sure you are bed bug-free, once you seem to be. So we tell people to wait two months to be sure and by then, they've long forgotten about the site, so they don't come back and tell us everything went well.
You are way ahead of many of the cases we're heard of that don't get success. You're educating yourself and have been treated by a PCO! Good for you.
Some failed cases might result from people who either don't treat or self-treat at first (either of which can make the problem worse), from situations where people are not aware of bedbugs or educated about them, or from situations where there are multi-family buildings whose building managers don't treat the whole building or educate everyone in the building.
Since the above scenarios don't apply to you, and you are already actively working with the PCO on eradicating your bedugs, you really are not in the same boat as some of the people you read about who are not eliminating bedbugs.
WOW - you guys make me feel better about this!
I honestly felt like this was the worst thing! I know people say you know they are gone when you don't get bites...but is there a better way? Seems like there isn't...
Hopefully I am on my way to being a successful case! I will write in when I am!!
>I live in a townshouse (end-unit) so I don't have a landlord to go through or neighbors to warn).
Um... speaking from the land of suburban townhouses, don't you have *one* neighbor to warn or worry about? Or at least try to put down barriers on that one side of the townhome that is shared?
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