Three time loser in Cincinnati. Do I have any option but to move away?(8 posts)
Well, after several years and a third home (of over a year now) I have bed bugs for the third time. I found them yesterday. I have already cleaned the linens and vacuumed the bedroom thoroughly. I even had DE and a "poofer," so I hit the bed frame, slats and surrounding harborages. I have a PakTite and will be heating everything I cannot wash.
I have a professional inspector arriving any minute. First treatment will be $300, any additional $150 ea. I was laid off from my good paying corporate job in November and had a temp job out of state through the third week of February. I still haven't received a penny in unemployment. My landlord is a friend, but even he is blaming me because I've had them before and requiring that I pay for treatment. That was my rent money for May. So, here I am broke as hell, trying to survive and I have bed bugs.
The city of Cincinnati should be ashamed of itself for being one of, if not the worst city in the nation for bed bugs and doing NOTHING to help its citizens. It's a crying shame.
I have been talking about moving south after my next big paying out of town gig in Aug/Sept and I think I very well may. I am careful and aware, I don't ride the bus (though I have friends who do and come over to stay sometimes), I wash my clothes after every trip out of the house, I keep my bed off the ground, etc...and I have still had them multiple times.
Is there really ANYTHING I can do besides get the h3ll out of Cincinnati and surrounds?
To clarify, it's been three years since I had bed bugs and I have moved a total of three times, now been a year at the third home.
You need to work out what it is that brings you into contact with bedbugs and learn to avoid it otherwise you will continue to get exposed.
I appreciate you may be feeling at a low point but respectfully its not the city of Cincinnati that brings this issue into your home its you, and as such you need to take steps to avoid doing it again or allowing others to do it again.
At this stage you need to make sure you read through all the FAQ's and do all you can to limit this infestation and also to stop it happening again.
I am sorry if I seem tough on this one but I see too many people who take the attitude that its someone else that's to blame when it only gets resolved through people taking personal responsibility. There is nothing to be gained by getting stressed and angry that energy would be better applied to manually hunting bedbugs, bagging items and rolling out your action plan.
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Actually, I'm not blaming anyone except the bed bugs themselves. But, I do think there is more then city should be doing.
I am saying that I have avoided possible places that could be a vector. I stopped going to my favorite theater here because they have had repeated problems. I don't sit down in pretty much any public place. I have stopped riding the bus. I have been careful to launder my clothes when I come in. I have kept my apartment clean and vacuumed often. There doesn't appear to be ANY common threads between my past infestations and the one I am dealing with now, except the city of Cincinnati.
I am and have been VERY active in avoiding bed bugs and I STILL got them. That is my point. IF up to half of the households in the Cincinnati are may have them now (the last survey in 2008 had them at 1 in five, I beleive, and by all accounts from the pros I have talked to that was before things got really bad) there must be more that can be done. If I am being active in avoiding and STILL coming into contact with them, something is wrong.
Have your neighbors' apartments been inspected?
Oddly, no. My landlord knows the risks, but hasn't had them inspected. They were only found in my bedroom. They treated both bedrooms in my apartment and the couch and cabinets in my living area. Second inspection and possible follow up treatment next week.
It can be nearly impossible to pinpoint 'what it is that brings you into contact with bedbugs and learn to avoid it'. There are so many possibilities it's mindnumbing. It sounds like you are doing a lot to prevent this problem. I'm sorry I don't have a whole lot to offer as far as advice, I just wanted to say that it's not your fault this is happening.
btw, I'd move
In deciding to stay or go, one thing to consider is how conscientious and competent your current management is in dealing with the bed bugs. All buildings are likely to have BB sometime. Good ones work to resolve the issue, bed ones don't.
Check with your local tenant rights advocacy group to determine who is actually responsible to treat.
If you move out of an infested (any BB = infested) apartment without taking the very tedious and/or expensive steps needed to insure that none of your property contain BB or eggs (setting off a fogger in your trailer is not an option), you are likely to end up with an infestation transplanted to your new place.
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