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Could my bed bugs be coming from my neighbors/laundry/other questions

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  1. Bee

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    Posted 11 months ago
    Fri Feb 9 2018 16:25:58

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    I moved into a new apartment 3 months ago. I didn’t notice anything for the first month. Then, I started seeing a bed bug once in a while...maybe once every couple of weeks. I’ve seen them about 4 times total.
    I think I was in denial at first, because I don’t have any other signs. I think I might have had a small cluster of bites on my leg once, but I’m not sure. I have a metal bed frame and no box spring, but I haven’t seen any blood marks or any other tell tale signs.
    Is it possible my downstairs neighbors have an infestation and I just get one that crawls it’s way into my apartment once in a while?
    Either way, I want to make sure I am not going to get a full on infestation. I looked at way more pictures of bugs than I would have ever liked too. I was desperately hoping the bugs were carpet beetles or something of the like, but unfortunately, they look just like all the google images pictures I looked up of bed bugs ☹️. Here is a list of questions I have so I can start killing them the right way:

    1. I’m not sure how to about ridding them from my clothing. I haven’t seen any in my laundry or anything, but I don’t want to take the risk either. The thing is I have A LOT of clothing. It doesn’t seem reasonable to take it all to the laundry mat and use their dryers. I’d be taking up every dryer and they probably still wouldn’t fit. Is there any other way? Also, many many of the clothes are delicates(about half). . I cannot run them in a hot dryer as they will be ruined. Any suggestions for that?
    2. In the mean time, I NEED to do laundry but I’ve been too paranoid to take it to my parents like I usually do. I don’t want them to get bed bugs in their house. I’m not sure I understand how to bed bug laundry bags I’ve seen work. Do you throw them in the washer and dryer in the bag? Will that ensure I don’t transfer them to my parents? Does anybody have recommendations for the best laundry bags?
    3. I bought some spray to spray on furniture and cracks and crevices. I’m thinking I will move all of my clothes in the hallway outside of my apartment and go crazy with the spray. Is moving my clothes necessary? Is there anything else I should do? Unfortunately an exterminator is not in my budget.
    4. I’m in a no-lease apartment which I’m SO happy about since I found these bugs. Moving is annoying but bed bugs are worse. I want to try to find a new apartment within the next couple months. I’m still going to try to rid them from my apartment now, but I don’t want to risk transferring them to a new apartment. Is it a good idea to pre spray my new apartment before I move my stuff in? Or will that not do anything?

    Thanks in advance! I’ve been looking at this forum since I saw the first one and I finally made an account to ask all of these specific questions I have.

  2. Pattycake

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    Posted 11 months ago
    Fri Feb 9 2018 17:40:03

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    I suggest you start by reading the FAQs on this forum. By no means should you take your clothes to your parents house.

  3. thirdusername

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    Posted 11 months ago
    Sat Feb 10 2018 1:41:30

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    Where are you located?
    In many areas of the US and Canada the landlord must pay for treatment.

    I don't know what bug proof laundry bags are for.
    I guess they keep bugs from getting in or out.

    I wouldn't put clothes in the hall, you might spread the bugs.

    I washed and bagged most of my clothes.
    I just use a week's worth of clothes and do laundry weekly.

    Read the FAQs but feel free to post here too
    There's a lot of people going/gone through the same thing so there is lots of sympathy.

    I am NOT an expert.
    My opinions are just opinions, they may NOT apply to yours or any situation.
    My advice is to always do a LOT of research.
    A lot of what I read contradicts other stuff on the Interweb.
  4. loubugs

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    Posted 10 months ago
    Sat Feb 24 2018 7:18:06

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    Sarahaw - 1 hour ago  » 
    Prepare the place by removing linen, mattress covers, curtains, clothing into plastic bags. Separate the delicate ones from the non delicate. For the delicate ones, I suggest you hot wash them once, even if they are for cold wash. Most including bras will stand one or two hot washes and get the bugs out. Line dry them outdoors and then pack. Tumblr dry the non delicate ones to about 140F for 30 minutes.
    To avoid reactions and potential side effects, I recommend natural bug sprays. Spray all the corners of furniture, couch and mattress seams, crevices, drawer hideouts, table, chair and bed undersides, joints etc.
    Waiting for the landlord may worsen your situation

    The dryer is the more important component of the system; in fact, clean items do not require a wash or 2, but just a run through the dryer for 30 minutes. The important point is not to tightly pack a dryer because the dry heat will not be able to penetrate and items in the center will not reach lethal heat temperatures. Drying outdoors is not the best thing to do for obvious reasons.
    Dry clean items can usually withstand the dryer - it't the water wash that can't be used. The natural bug sprays you linked to are basically repellents except for EcoRaider which is one that does work for bed bugs. Sometimes waiting and doing nothing is actually better (if it isn't a few months!). Just spraying can cause bed bugs to crawl around and that gets them into places where they might not have gone naturally. If there are many visible ones or even if you locate harborages, you can vacuum them up and seal and dispose of the collection.

    Professional entomologist/arachnologist. I consult on all matters dealing with insects and arachnids, including those of natural history and biology to pest management and forensic entomology investigations.

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