two questions about bb treatment(2 posts)
I just moved into a new apartment and unfortunately I have found bed bugs in the room. I have found a few crawling on my bed when I wake up in the middle of the night. Other than that I have not been able find any others infested in my bed or anywhere else, but I have woken up with tons of bites on my arms and legs. I talked to the land lord and the exterminator won't be able to come until next tuesday (6 days from now). My boss at work told me that I shouldn't come back to work until the problem has been treated so I tried to treat it today myself. I washed and dried all of my clothing, sprayed my bedframe with a bed bug spray I got from Bed Bath & Beyond, and I used a powder my roomate had to cover any holes in the walls, furniture, or floor.
My two questions are -
I bought a mattress cover today and the zipper is broken so it won't close. Since I've opened it I don't think it can be returned so I used packaging tape to seal up the mattress where the zipper is. Does anyone think that this will be a problem or will I have to drop another $80 on a mattress cover?
Also my dad told me that I should look for a CO2 spray to kill the bed bugs. I didn't see anything like this at Bed Bath and Beyond. Does anyone know anything about this and if I should try it?
thanks a lot for the help!
Please read our FAQ end to end to get a foundation on what you need to know about bed bugs. It includes a "travel" FAQ on what you need to do to prevent spreading the problem to work (and reassure your boss). Some people successfully treat bed bugs on their own, but in general, it's best to have a pro (who knows BB) handle this.
Your landlord has some explaining to do, like why he rented you an apartment with an untreated bed bug infestation.
You have the right to return defective goods, bed bugs or not. If it's fabric, shake it out, eyeball it, then give it 30 minutes in a medium dryer. If it's plastic, shake out, eyeball, them run a wet wipe or paper towel over inside and out surfaces. Note: An encasement will trap bed bugs in/on your mattress or box from feeding on you. It will not prevent bugs elsewhere in the home from coming to feed on you.
Frozen CO2 spray (as seen on teevee) is a technique used by pros, often in conjunction with other tools, to fight BB. There is no consumer CO2 spray.
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