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Escaping infested building. How best to leave the infestation behind?

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  1. fightingthefight

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    Posted 6 months ago
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    I have been having a bed bug problem which is not responding to treatment. I still find the occasional bug in the traps under the bed (I never saw a lot of bugs during this infestation), and I get bitten from time to time. I'm fairly sure the problem is somewhere else in the apartment building, but local laws, the attitude of the landlord and the personalities of my neighbours don't give me much option for resolving the problem. So I need to move.

    My question is: How best can I get to a situation where I am in a new apartment without bed bugs? Any treatment I do in my current apartment is likely to be incomplete because new bugs keep coming in from outside. Do I just move without getting another treatment first and then get a treatment in the new place as soon as I move in? Will such a treatment be less effective because all my stuff will either be packed or just unpacked to new places?

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    Posted 6 months ago
    Sat Nov 24 2018 12:10:00
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    Pictures of the bugs you're finding?

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    KillerQueen - 58 minutes ago  » 
    Pictures of the bugs you're finding?

    I did capture a couple of the bugs in pieces of sticky tape and I showed them to the pest controller, who seemed satisfied that they were indeed bed bugs. I haven't got any clear photos because my phone camera doesn't do macro very well.

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    Posted 6 months ago
    Sun Dec 2 2018 16:25:52
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    IF you move wash, steam, and heat all objects.

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    bitemeanddie - 12 hours ago  » 
    IF you move wash, steam, and heat all objects.

    I don't see how that's practical, at least not without a large dedicated heat chamber at a third location. There are too many things that can't be washed or steamed, and what is to prevent bugs settling in the cardboard of the moving boxes once I've sterilised and packed?

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    Posted 6 months ago
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    how about heating just before leaving? heat, pack, leave?

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    Self-treating while moving leaves too many variables, as you've noted. There are treatments available where everything is loaded into a van and all of it is treated at the same time, but that option is not available in every town. You'll have to call around and see if there's someone close to you that's willing to do the job.
    If you suspect that the bed bugs are coming from somewhere within your building you are correct in thinking that the treatment should take place away from that building. You may want to speak with a local PCO about treating your belongings in the new apartment and figure out a plan where you can have everything moved in quickly and immediately treated. I would first see if a mobile treatment is available in your area.


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