Treatment Tommorow(9 posts)
Ok so we got confirmation that we have bed bugs (originally thought we had ticks) from our pco and he is coming in the morning for the first treatment. The first sighting was in my brothers room whos bed had about 10-20 of them, mainly in the plastic corners underneath. Next was my moms room which she had the same problem with her bed as well as blood smears on the sheets. She also found several individuals and some eggs on various adjacent furniture. All were thrown out.
My room has not seen a single one. I dont know if im lucky or am blind but i have not gotten bit or seen anything in the last 2 weeks. My brothers room is next to mine and he has been living at our dads for the past week. My mom sleeps in the living room now and has not seen any in there. It appears the infestation was on the backside of the house where the garage is. I assume the bugs would move to a host after the rooms with people left but this hasnt happened.
So terminex is coming tomorrow with steam/chemical treatment. I have my reservations on this working after reading all of the stories on here. Although we dont seem to be infested as bad as most.
I'm suppose to pack all clothes and bedding in bags and wash them before returning. Also have to remove anything that can be damaged by the steaming process.
Has anyone had an isolated infestation? Like just one side of their house? Is there anything specific i should worry about getting ruined with steaming?
Any info on using the steam/chemical treatment for a light infestation is welcome.
mine only started in one room. i left that room vacant for a week til i had the nerve to let someone sleep in there. 3 weeks later i found one in another room. i wish i didnt vacant that room. i or maybe it got to the other room for another reason. i will never know. but i dont think anyone should leave their rooms. they will find someone. ask terminex their opinion.
Ya it's weird that having both rooms vacant the only areas being slept in aren't getting bed bugs. Upon cleaning for tommorow I found a dead dried up male. That was disheartening as it was the first one in my room.
We packed all the clothes and linens, is it necessary to wash and dry hot? I have alot of shirts I don't want to shrink
some say that just drying on high heat is enough. thats what i did. then i bagged them up tightly and havent returned them to the rooms. i will not til i know im bb free. i know you have a lot of question now. i suggest writing them down to ask terminex tomorrow. cause you might forgot. i hope it all works out for you. this is not an easy thing to go threw
Thanks for the response, ya i plan to drill the guy with questions tomorrow lol. I'm not freaked out by having them, just the thought of them returning or giving them to someone scares me the most
So the initial treatment is done... and it looks like they'll be coming back very soon. Found two live ones this morning in the kitchen and on my mattress.
The treatment only consisted of steaming the mattress's and pieces of furniture in 2 of the bedrooms and the futon in the living room as well as spraying around the beds and edges of walls. They also opened and sprayed electrical outlets. This excludes my room (wasn't in the price apparently). They vacuumed my mattress and put some residual down on the box spring/frame. Every mattress/box spring and futon were encased in the special bed bug casings.
Out of the 3 bedrooms and living rooms, we all sleep in the house at different times and rooms are left vacant for a few days. I also work overnight and sleep in the day. Could this have an effect on the feed timing or activity of BB's?
They will come out and feed at any time if they are hungry. They preffer night time feedings but if need be and there is a perfect host any time of the day is perfect. Good luck and I hope you will be bed bug free soon.
As the FAQs note a hot dryer should be sufficient if the clothing is already clean and dry, and many items can withstand a brief period in the hot dryer even if they can't be machine washed. With already clean, already dry clothing, try 1/2 hour dry on hot, loosely packed.
Some people do it for longer but this should not be necessary with normal clothing. Very thick items might take much longer. Wet items will take much longer.
Slept for 6 hours on the mattress casing ( nothing was dried yet). So uncomfortable lol. My mom moved the futon back to her room and slept as well. We both awoke with no signs of bites and checked the mattress and box spring and found nothing. We have our followup on Wednesday so hopefully they will do my room. After reading the stories on here how hard all of you all work to rid these things from our homes even with the help of your PCO, were gonna have to be a lot more active in fighting these ourselves.
Thanks for all the support and info, one day at a time i guess.
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