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5 Exterminations later and just found a bite...

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  1. bugsbuggingme

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    Hey guys,

    First post here. I found this forum a week ago and can't even describe how good it feels to know there are so many people out there going through the same things as my roommate and me.

    Anyway,

    My roommate and I have had five (5....FIVE) exterminations, including one heat treatment over the last six months. Our most recent one was this past Thursday. All our stuff is in boxes, we've steam cleaned, sprayed, dusted, bombed, been /this close/ to setting the place on fire....you name it and we've done it. Since last Thursday, I hadn't been bitten at all and was actually getting a decent night's sleep for the first time in months. But a tiny voice in the back of my head told me not to relax and unbox everything just yet. It told me that there was probably just one super-mutant-radioactive-resistant bug that had survived the most recent spray. And sure enough....I FOUND A BITE JUST NOW. Guys, I don't know what to do. I'm calling my landlord and exterminator precisely at 8am tomorrow. And we're going to have to go through this all. again. FOR THE 6TH TIME. My roommate and I are both full time college students. Our lives are stressful enough as it is, and these satanic creatures that crawled out of the deepest pits of hell are just the cherry on top of everything.

    Enough ranting. Down to the technical stuff. We live in an apartment building, and the infestation started from the apartment below us, and bugs crawled up the walls into our place. The exterminators drilled holes in our walls and sprayed/dusted to prevent them spreading...but I was still finding bugs crawling out of the holes before the second half of the most recent spray. And now I'm getting bitten again. What the heck do we do? Anyone have any advice?

    Please, I'm being eaten alive by tiny vampires.

  2. KillerQueen

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    Posted 2 weeks ago
    Tue Jan 30 2018 20:30:52
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    Has the problem downstairs been solved? Have all adjoining units to the one below as well as you been inspected? And not just from the beginning but recently?

  3. bugsbuggingme

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    Tue Jan 30 2018 21:10:08
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    KillerQueen - 32 minutes ago  » 
    Has the problem downstairs been solved? Have all adjoining units to the one below as well as you been inspected? And not just from the beginning but recently?

    I'm going to talk to the apartment below me tonight or tomorrow. But I've been told that the bugs can't crawl up to our apartment that quickly (is this true???).

    And all the apartments in the building were sniffed by the cutest bed bug sniffing dog. The dog went on alert in ours, the one below us, and was interested in the apartment next to us, but none others. The apartment next to us threw out the couch that was "of interest", but our landlord refused to exterminate their apartment because he claims it wasn't a "definite" alert from the dog.

    Our lawyer didn't contest our landlord on this. Would you say otherwise?

    Edit: you asked about how recently they were inspected....they were inspected one month before the first half of the most recent extermination. So the dog came December 10th, the first half of this treatment was Jan 11th, and the second half was Jan 25th. Our landlord won't use the dog again, but the exterminating company said they would come inspect in a few weeks.

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    Update on the situation:

    I have more bites on my hands, arms, and necks. 7 full days post-extermination. I called our exterminator (practically crying) and asked her how this could happen. She told me:

    - to wait a full 2 weeks for the chemicals to take effect and see if I'm still getting bitten then. If I am, we will have to go through two more treatments. (Edit: this is what happened for the last 3 treatments. They tell me to wait 2 weeks but by that time I'm being eaten alive again.)
    - apparently the note left by the technician said that "prep was bad". I almost threw my phone on the ground when she said this. I was with the tech, walked through each room with him, and asked him if everything was all set - I was NOT going to make a single mistake. The tech said everything was fine.
    - The woman on the phone then said it may have been our neighbors whose prep was bad.
    - It's possible that our other neighbors are now infested too and that they spread right back to us.
    - and finally,
    - she claimed that it was our fault!! She said that we probably have been inviting people over or going to people's houses and bringing them back. I tried to explain: I have not had guests over in 6 months. I have not gone into anyone's home for 6 months. I do not sit on busses. I steam clean my coat/bag/purse/shoes immediately when I get home! But she still said it was probably my fault!!!!

    I'm going crazy over here. I seriously need some guidance with this right now. This has been 6 months of hell!

    Please please help!!!

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    Thu Feb 1 2018 23:38:51
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    I’m not an expert but I had bed bugs in my college residence about 10 years ago, and another scare recently (still don’t know if I’m 100% in the clear yet).

    At residence, they sprayed my room two or three times but I was still getting bites. They then moved me to another room on a different floor but they were there too. Like your PCO, they tried saying it was my fault and that it was impossible for them to keep coming back if I had prepped like I should have been. My roommate also didn’t have them, but looking back, I’m sure she had them but was a non-reactor to bites. After they moved my room and I still had them, I did start to think it was all my fault, even though I was taking all necessary precautions like laundering and getting rid of stuff I could do without (an old alarm clock, posters, slippers, etc).

    So fast forward 6 months, and moving-out day comes. I was so terrified that I would bring them home with me. I washed all my clothes as soon as I got them home, and inspected everything else that couldn’t be washed. I would wake up several times during the night, for several weeks, to inspect my bed, under my pillow, etc. No bites, no bugs. It was the residence that was infested, and it wasn’t my fault that they kept coming back.

    So, my point is that it’s possible to move (with your belongings) and not bring them with you, given that you take the necessary precautions, which it sounds like you’re more than capable of doing. Have you considered just cutting your losses and moving? If the tenants in the other apartments next to you aren’t serious about getting rid of the bed bugs, then bed bugs will always be a problem.

    I am very sorry that you’re going through this. I can think of very few things in life worse than having bed bugs. I know, first hand, how it can traumatize you and ruin your life. I hope you find a solution soon, either way....

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    Mf1616 - 6 days ago  »  Have you considered just cutting your losses and moving? If the tenants in the other apartments next to you aren’t serious about getting rid of the bed bugs, then bed bugs will always be a problem.
    I am very sorry that you’re going through this. I can think of very few things in life worse than having bed bugs. I know, first hand, how it can traumatize you and ruin your life. I hope you find a solution soon, either way....

    Thank you very much for your message. Yes, unfortunately after our most recent court hearing this week, we decided that our best option is to move. This was a really difficult decision, as we'll be far away from campus and will have to throw all our furniture out, but it's really the only option now.

    What are your suggestions for moving? We are going to take every precaution and more.

    As far as traumatizing goes, this has ruined my life. I failed a few classes, had to drop out of school, and my mental health (depression/anxiety) has just gone off the rails. I wake up every hour during the night feeling like I'm being bitten, and about 50% of the time, I am.

    Thank you for the support, you guys have been great.

  7. bitethebullet

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    Thu Feb 8 2018 20:35:25
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    Oh lawdy, what a freaking nightmare. It sounds like moving is your only choice, especially if your neighbors are not being as diligent as y’all are. Also, what the heck is wrong with the woman you talked to on the phone? Placing blame on you is insane, especially since there are SO MANY other ways that this could be continuing. I’m so sorry they’re treating you that way.

    As far as moving, I’d suggest bagging items you can’t wash with nuvan strips, wash everything you can and bag them....and sadly maybe not bring a ton of furniture.

    One thing to remember is that you can and will get rid of them. It just sounds like you’re in a situation where the people around you aren’t taking it seriously. A friend of mine had her whole building infested (I’m talking dead bugs covering the laundry room after the first treatment) and it took about a year to solve the problem. But that’s because they A) didn’t seek out a knowledgeable PCO in the beginning and B) some neighbors refused treatment. The manager of the building ended up getting fired because of how poorly it was handled. So, you’re not alone in your experience.

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