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I'm trying to be as factual with this story as I can, but I'm kinda looking for advice.
Back in September, my apartment complex told me pest control was coming into my apartment, but not why. I quickly called to the office who said that one of the apartments in my area (It's a huge complex that takes up 3 blocks) reported bed bugs and they were spraying for them. I looked them up on the internet because up until that point in time I didn't think they were real. Anyway, I hadn't been bit or anything so I didn't take it seriously.
However, the next day I was talking to my boyfriend over the phone when a neighbor interjected. Turns out the bed bug report wasn't one apartment nor was it just in my area. The bed bugs were in 4 of the adjacent apartments. Naturally I worried. Of course I also freaked out and moved out for a month to my boyfriends. In that time, I had the apartment complex's pest control inspect my apartment and a private exterminator called by me. They couldn't find anything. Period, nothing.
So I moved back in and nothing for a bit. My boyfriend had bites, so I had apartment sprayed. In fact, the apartment complex was sprayed bi weekly for two months at least.
Finally, the office said that they considered the infection gone. But many of my neighbors had moved out.
Fast forward to February, still no bites, not signs, only my boyfriend getting bit and he only stayed at my place on Wednesday. I notice a bug in my bathroom. It's brownish and oval. So I take it to another private exterminator who postively IDs it as a bed bug. He send me home with monitors and comes back in a few days to do another inspection. He can't find anything either. He suggested that given the other apartments had been vacant for some time now that the bugs that were there are getting hungry and seeking food. The bug I found was as he said "Thin"
I went to the apartment complex again, who has changed managers, and they said the were spraying again. Which they did. However, I know they are only baseboard spraying. However, their pest control inspected my apartment and couldn't find anything again.
So I've opted to moved because a) they aren't treating the walls inbetween the apartments, and b) I'd like this not to get out of hand.
So My questions are basically
1) How worried should I be?
No one can apparently find any traces of the bugs at my apartment. I'm the only one that found a single live bug in my bathroom.
2) How should I go about treating my dining room table and the toy box I've had since I was little, and/or the other wood items I have in my house?
3) How do I treat/inspect my electronics?
Especially my new Mac, I keep in the dining room far away from the bed room.
I mean basically should I be worried about taking these things with me? What's the likelihood that I am infested or my stuff?
I'm bumping this (responding so someone else sees it).
I'm not an expert, but..if you get specimens again..you can post them here...
There are options to consider when moving...I think it's in the facts section but don't have a link...
One of the things generally advised is to see if your city or county has a tenant rights group to discuss options with...it's not the health department.
The monitors will help "monitor" the situation...if you post the specific type...people may be able to give you advice on how to monitor them, keep them working etc...if you have a PCO..he is probably doing this...
If you search bathroom, you may see other threads about finding BBs in bathrooms...
Good luck...sorry I'm not much help
The problem I see is you don't know from one minute to the next where and when a bug may enter your apartment. Finding a bug in the bathroom is often a clear sign of migration. So if you don't stay and fight until you know everyone around you, including yourself, are bed bug free, you're not going to know if you're taking something with you in the move.
When migration is an issue you can be inspected and get the all clear only to have a bug walk into your place 30 minutes later. You either have to stay and fight the problem or have all your belongings fumigated in a moving truck.
Best of luck!
Yeah basically that is my problem except that I can hardly fight if I'm the only one doing all the work. As far as I know the apartment complex is only paying to have the pest company come in and spray with a pump spray and that's it. I know a lot of it is washing everything, but what's the point if they're still going to crawl their way to me. I'm a sitting duck, and when I complained to the office they said and I know "Well we just evicted them. It's in the furniture, once the furniture's gone the infestation is gone." ... And they really believe that.
However, in this state I don't believe they do truck fumigation.... At least I've called 4 so far o.o
So my father bought me a Packtite for my books and non dryable items, and then I figured I could just bag up and throw away a lot of the other things... but again it leaves me with computer/table/toy box that I'm worried about. >< Hence, my questions.
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