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  1. Boomer91489

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Mon Jun 15 2009 2:33:57
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    I have been fighting BB's for a month now and they are driving me insane. Ive put my mattress in a cover. The box springs are covered in the original plastic with no hole what so ever. Ive fogged my entire house with HOTSHOT Bed Bug and Flea killer multiple times. We've gone so far as to put Vaseline down along baseboards to prevent them from leaving the room. I called a PCO and he said that the hot shot will work if i keep on it and fog every three days or so. they are decreasing in number but im still finding them. Ive doesed my bedroom in lysol. Washed and dryed all my clothes blankets put my pillows in zip up pillow covers. I cant take it anymore. its driving me insane literally. I cant sleep, i just feel like they are crawling all over me all the time. I just wanna cry can someone please help.

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    Mon Jun 15 2009 6:00:43
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    Hi,

    Aerosol and fogger based insecticide products are NOT effective treatment solutions for bed bugs. They can in fact make the matter worse by fractionating the infestation and causing it to spread through the rest of the property.

    There is a great paper on this subject here:

    http://www.ca.uky.edu/entomology/entfacts/ef643.asp

    If your PCO gave you that advise then the best advice we can give you is find one who actually knows about bed bugs. Treating this problem is a lot more complex than many initially give it credit for and almost all the cases I see are treated on their own merits in a methodology that is bespoke to that infestation.

    David Cain
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    Posted 10 years ago
    Mon Jun 15 2009 6:01:02
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    I am no expert...

    But, it has been written more than once on this forum that fogging of any kind is not a good idea. From what I understand, it just drives them into hidding or spreads them out.

    I would call a PCO that has a good reputation for handing bed bugs...most likely not the one you have already called.

    Good luck. Perhaps, someone that has more experience and knowledge will come along to help you?

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Mon Jun 15 2009 6:02:35
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    I see that David responded while I was typing my last post to you...I would follow his advice because he knows what he is talking about.

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Mon Jun 15 2009 6:08:35
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    I tried smokers and foggers in the first case of bedbugs I had to treat in 2002.
    The first and the last time I used them as a remedy for BBs....

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Mon Jun 15 2009 16:29:20
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    Ive called another PCO and they said that i should us Diatomaceous Earth as a treatment along with chemical pesticdes. Im having them come out to the house to take care of the little spawns of satan called bed bugs. Im also purchasing some DE so that i can continue to keep them at bay until they are completly erradicated.

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Mon Jun 15 2009 18:26:32
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    I feel your pain Boomer91489. They were in my dorm room at college and when i complained the maintenance guy made ignorant comments about how he wasn't going in there. Someone did and said there was no infestation. Well now I just moved and unknowingly they came with me. I see them now and I can't even sleep because I feel like I'm literally making myself a lamb to the slaughter. There's nowhere to go. I work so often but I can't recooperate. I can't even have friends over for fear of subjecting them to this hell. I actually find myself contemplating suicide at least 3 or four times a day because of this. So I understand. I just ordered Steri fab online. Wish me luck everyone!

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Mon Jun 15 2009 19:48:17
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    DreadinOhio

    You are scaring me with the suicide comment... 3 or 4 times a day is a real concern. I understand that stress & a heavy workload creates a vicious cycle, but you need to step back... it sounds like you are really struggling here

    Do you have access to a counseling center at the university?

    It sounds like you have become isolated from your friends. Bed bug infestations tend to promote social isolation. We are here to help you, but I want you to think about letting some professionals help you with this problem. A pest control specialist can help get rid of the bed bugs & a good therapist can help you regain your peace of mind.

    We have some resources in Ohio... if you contact me I will try to provide some assistance. I'll send my contact info in a PM.

    Read the FAQs on how to isolate your bed... it may bring some quick relief... if you can get a respite from the bites. Let us know how you are doing as things progress... You are not alone here...

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Tue Jun 16 2009 18:09:33
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    I ordered diamateous earth to use along with the steri fab online but I'm staying in a motel until they arrive. I can't wait until the stuff gets here.

    I washed my uniform and a pair of shorts and a t-shirt and didn't bring anything other than my purse and cell phone with me. I actually slept last night but it was hard to get myself out of anxiety mode at first.

    What got me more upset was that the exterminator that my landlord hired only sprayed my bed and it wasn't even two days before I was getting bites again. Shouldn't they know that these things infest furniture and carpet too?

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Tue Jun 16 2009 19:55:13
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    dreadinOhio

    Not all PCOs spray every item in their treatment. The trick with bed bugs is basically luring them out from their hiding places to feed on us and then have them cross the residual pesticide once their bellies are engorged with our blood. Gross but true.

    Bed bugs, unlike roaches, do not groom themselves. Many of the chemical pesticides used on roaches are designed so that roaches will cross the pesticide and then pick some of it up and then ingest that when they groom themselves. Since bed bugs don't groom, that won't work on them.

    Ants can be baited. That is, if you've got ants, you mix ant killer in with something sweet or greasy, and the ant will scarf down poison and food together, not noticing that it's taking poison in. Since bed bugs only drink the blood of mammals, we can't do that without harming ourselves.

    Bed bugs are a particularly tough pest to get rid of because we thought they were gone for decades and didn't do much research on them. In those intervening decades, our pesticides and pest control practices became much more focused.

    The best way to get rid of a bed bug infestation is to hire a professional with experience dealing with bed bugs to solve your problem. It is, assuming you get a good pro, cheaper than trying to self treat and often safer too.

    If you're going the chemical pesticide route, you also need to be in your residence sleeping in your bed acting as bait during the course of the treatment. And since there's only one pesticide (Bedlam) that kills bed bug eggs, you should expect two or three treatments from the PCO as standard.

    If you go with the big guns, if they are available in your area (Vikane or thermal), you should expect to pay more upfront but if done properly, your bugs will most likely be gone in a single treatment.

    I'm sorry that your landlord thinks that he or she can treat this on his or her own. He or she is also going to have an unpleasant surprise when you move out and the bugs bother the next tenant, small consolation that that may be.

    Since you're moving, this is a good time to consider Vikane or thermal on your belongings in the truck, which for renters is generally the best option available when land lords are not stepping up to the plate with good PCOs.

    If you do attempt to self-treat, please read the FAQ on DE to make sure that you're using it safely and correctly. http://bedbugger.com/2007/03/30/faqde/


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