I had an awful bed bug infestation, and have now been bug free for about a year. I just wanted to come back here to tell you all how I did it, so, maybe, it could work for you, too. I wasted a lot of money on aerosols. They kill 'em, but the bugs come back in a couple weeks. I wanted a mild, or natural solution, and I don't think there's a good one. Steaming alone seems to leave bugs behind. I used Cyonara, and gentrol - there was a formula that this former exterminator recommended to me. I'll get the exact numbers, and report back, but I mixed a small amount of the Cyonara, and I think half a tiny bottle of gentrol in a gallon of water, and hosed down my apartment. Ripped off the bottom netting of all furniture, and sprayed up into it, like an exterminator would... soaked the whole place, bed, and all... clothes you can wash, of course, but you must hose down all corners, cracks, all spots where the walls meet the floor, undersides of all tables and furniture, behind all frames, and between books. It's strong stuff, so you'll want your pets out of the house for the day. The Cyonara (or another product with the same active chemical) is a highly effective killing agent, of the bugs, and the Gentrol keeps them from making a comeback (it sterilizes them, and their spawn, so they can't keep breeding new bugs). It took two treatments, two weeks apart, and we were liberated from an awful infestation. People told us we needed a pro, but we couldn't afford one. So, we bagged things up, and moved stuff away from the walls, and did what a pro would've done as best we could, and it worked. Clean any wooden floors with Murphy's Oil before you get started. It helps kill the bastards, but spray the solution into any floor cracks. People said b/c we live in an apt., we'd never get rid of them, unless the other apt.s got exterminated, too. (Cause if they're in a building, they're in a building). Well, we've been bug free for about a year, now. So, I think we're good to go. If they come back, I know how to kill 'em. Steaming is useful, but not enough on it's own, and don't waste your money on a lot of aerosols. They're only good for spot treatments between big kills with the Cyonara and Gentrol solution. (It's similar, I was told, to what an exterminator would use.) I'll try to get back soon with the exact formula.
Nice Congratulations on your success, and thanks for coming back to share it with us. Success stories (and pointers) like these help us newbies stay hopeful that we can win the battle.
chitownkitty - 9 hours ago »
and hosed down my apartment. Ripped off the bottom netting of all furniture, and sprayed up into it, like an exterminator would... soaked the whole place, bed, and all... .
Dangerous practices there pal.
Precisely what Sean referred to with folks self treating and possibly poisoning themselves.
If you have a bed bug success story I'd love to speak with you about your experiences.
I'm currently researching for series 2 of Infested! for Animal Planet. Maybe you saw the bed bug case study in series one on Animal Planet US in January?
Here's a link to the story we covered:
We are now looking for some more case studies to feature in Infested! series 2
If you are interested in chatting to us about your bed bug experiences do get in touch, and also if you have any feedback on things we should feature in the second series do let us know.
There's no obligation at this stage to be involved in the final show but if you are happy to chat with me I'd love to hear all about your situation.
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