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HELP ME, I'm losing my mind!! But destroying my LIFE!!!

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  1. Frauleinash

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    I don't know how else to put it... I'm a wreck. I'm miserable and scared all of the time. I hate myself for putting my family in this position.

    We *think this may have started with a used bassinet because that's where we found these vile creatures initially. It was like a scene from a horror movie in the bassinet... It was spotless when I received it at my baby shower and there wasn't a baby in it for several months. Then after we moved into a bigger house, we saw the infestation within 2 months of moving. We tossed the bassinet out in the trash and vacuumed everything. We checked all the other beds/couches, nothing. We prayed it was contained to just the bassinet.

    Maybe a month/ to month & 1/2 later, my baby was playing on my bed and accidentally tore down one corner of my canopy. My man went to go put it back up and saw the horror... It was COVERED in eggs, exoskeletons, and live bugs. He panicked and tore the whole thing down and threw it outside. Great, now he carried the infestation through my babies room to throw it off his balcony, grrr. I vacuumed like a maniac and rented a rug doctor to wash the carpet. I washed everything in scalding water and dried on high heat. We borrowed a steam cleaning machine and carefully ran it over every side of the mattress and box spring... There were some bugs on the mattress but mostly on the box spring. We took all the stuff out of /off of the 2 end tables and cleaned it or ran steam through it. Anything we couldn't clean was put in zip lock bags for now until we can figure out a way to treat. I also removed the wall socket covers and vent cover to check for signs, there weren't any. I also removed the painting on the wall next to our bed and didn't see any. The bug specialist told us that the bugs usually stay very close to their hosts, and they don't care to walk far, so we basically just treated everything close to the bed.

    After removing the canopy where the infestation was the worst, we only saw about 10 live bugs total... Maybe 3 on the headboard (trashed now) 3 on regular mattress, and about 4 on the box spring that fell to the floor when we steamed it. We vacuumed as well as we could with our crappy vacuum, but we need a better vacuum, and I'm scared to borrow someone else's for fear that we will spread the infestation to our loved ones. They say that you should remove the bag and seal/toss it, but what if an egg or something stays in the actual vacuum? This has cost us a lot of money already, our electricity bill was more than DOUBLED from all the laundry and hot water we've used in the last few months. ($642!)

    We also bought some mattress encasements... But sadly, I didn't read the reviews until after the purchase, and the reviews are awful. Apparently the AllerEase brand rips extremely easily and the zippers don't close well. Awesome! So we didn't put them on the mattress or box spring because we want to return them and get better ones. However, we have an issue... Our box spring is a two piece. I can't find any encasements that are specifically for 2 piece box springs, and I'm worried that I will rip the encasement by trying to get both pieces of the box spring into the single encasement. Should we try to nail the 2 pieces together so they don't slide around? Are encasements necessary?

    Our landlady is a slum lord. She is shady and extremely cheap, difficult to talk to. I don't imagine she will be willing to help. The laws here are complicated in NY state, and this is a duplex... Which means that she probably isn't responsible for the cost of the treatment because she would only be legally responsible if there was one more apartment attached (NY state says that the landlord is responsible for apt buildings with 3 or more units). I will have to have my man call her about this matter today because even after all the work we've done, i woke up this morning with half a dozen new bites. I kinda thought I would have a few more weeks before I saw signs of them because of how much work we put in, I just can't imagine how any live bugs could survive what we put them through!

    I checked my bed and surroundings and saw nothing. I can't imagine where they're hiding... Can they be further away from the bed and we missed them? Our bedroom is huge. Our bed is about 4-5 feet from our closet, can they be in there?

    We are BROKE. We can't afford the heat treatment. We can't afford a new bed or vacuum. This problem is consuming all of my time and all of my efforts. I read about this stuff all day. Every little dot I see is a bug, every little bump I see on my child I could swear is a bb bite. I am at a loss. This is destroying my home, my relationship, my mental health, my life. I just need someone to tell me what to do, please, for the love of all things sacred and holy, please someone tell me what to DO!!

  2. frightened

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    Thu Oct 6 2016 11:24:53
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    Hi. I am so sorry you have this problem. It sounds to me like your new place had the bedbugs and they moved to the bassinet. Especially as you say it was spotless when you got it. If it is the case that the dwelling could have had the bedbugs when you moved in then surely the landlady has some responsibility. Is there a tenants helpline that you can ring?
    The good things are that you have a supportive partner and you know that you have a problem and have got rid of a lot of the bedbugs.
    I am no expert and I think one of the experts will be a long to help shortly but I believe that you will need some kind of chemical treatment to resolve the infestation in addition to the steaming that you have done.
    Wait for further information

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    Thu Oct 6 2016 17:54:17
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    If your bed is a king sized, the two boxsprings are actually twin sized. Just FYI. Hope that helps.

    Not a pro here. Call me Jon Snow...... for I know nothing, except what I've experienced.
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    Hi we have a king size bed, I ordered my encasements from Costco in Canada so maybe different than US, but our package came with 2 XL twin box spring covers, because I think king size beds are slightly longer. Not an expert

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    Thu Oct 6 2016 18:25:19
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    California King and King are different sizes. One is longer. Much like a Twin and Twin XL. I definitely suggest measuring.

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    Google a local tenants organisation and double check on the local laws. frightened is correct that there's a good chance they were there when you moved in.

    Also consider that your attached neighbor may have bed bugs and needs an inspection.

    DIY treatment is very difficult and time consuming. You have to do a lot of research and then the hard work, so if you can avoid this at all, it's a good idea.

    If you check into the legal issues with a tenants group and you discover you can't get the landlord to pay for treatment, give serious thought to hiring a pro if at all possible. You don't need heat treatment and traditional methods are no less reliable.

    If you decide you must self-treat, start by reading the steam FAQ:
    http://bedbugger.com/how-to-get-rid-of-bed-bugs-bed-bug-faqs/pest-control/faq-killing-bed-bugs-with-steam/

    Read about Cimexa dust in this FAQ: http://bedbugger.com/2007/03/30/diatomaceous-earth-de/

    You'd also want to use a residual pesticide and I can't advise on that but if you approach a PCO who posts here, they may answer your questions.

    Truly, it really is a hard thing to learn to do pest control for bed bugs overnight, so try to get a pro if at all possible.

    Finally, to keep vacuums bug-free, use the panty hose trick described here: http://bedbugger.com/forum/topic/vacuum-socks-for-dummies

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."
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    I can't tell you how much I appreciate that you replied... I didn't even realize how long my post was until just now. I don't imagine many people will read it, heheh, but I was soooo upset and scared and frustrated and angry, I just needed to vent.

    I really don't know what to do about this from here. I don't want to sleep in my bed, I wake up all night long, freaking out. I've ordered some spray that will be here in a few days (bedbug bully) , and am about to order some diatomaceous earth and better quality encasements. BTW, my bed is a queen, so I don't know if two twin encasements would be too big or if it wouldn't matter if it was too big. I read some reviews of some encasements where the ppl just used a vacuum to suck all the air out of the encasements if they were too big, so I thought I'd try that. I just don't want the oversized form to take away its functionality.

    I'm going to make a new post with my questions bullet pointed so I can get the answers I need without ppl having to read this book I wrote here, lol.

    Thanks again. ☺️

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    Hi look into cimexa as opposed to diatomaceous earth, some research is showing that it is much more effective. It is quite cheap from amazon as well. Someone has to sleep in the room that is affected, I know what it feels like to wake up in the middle of the night looking all over, but hang in there it does get better.

    Good luck

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    I'm the only one who is getting bitten. Of course my baby was getting eaten alive when they were in his bassinet, my poor, sweet little boy. The Bb's could definitely have been in the bassinet from the start because of all the cracks and crevices, there's a hundred different places they could have been hiding... I will probably never know, though.

    Why isn't my partner getting bitten? I know that mosquitoes prefer blood type O positive, and woo-hoo, lucky me, I'm O-positive. My partner NEVER gets bitten by mosquitoes, is this maybe why? I can't find anything online about the type of blood bb's prefer.

    The newest bites don't look like my old bites... There are many of them, like clusters around the parts of my body where skin is exposed, such as my neck, shoulders, & back of my arms. It almost looks like a break-out of hives. My old bites are single bites that are much more severe, these are smaller and many more of them. I imagine that adult bb's bites are different than the babies /nymphs... Is that what this is? A new batch of bugs, newly hatched? I didn't notice any new ones this morning, but I think I read that they only need to feed once before they molt, so I'm guessing that the ones that recently fed are off hiding for a few days while they molt, or breed or laugh at me, whatever.

    The spray I bought is called 'bedbug bully', the reviews are all over the place, but it can't hurt, right? I'm looking at 'Saferest' brand mattress encasements because of the great reviews and reasonable prices. I have thought about making traps but can't find any success stories for the recipes I've found, just a bunch of people saying that they probably did it wrong because it didn't work. I did use double sided tape along the beds legs.

    If the bites can take up to 2 weeks to show, how will I know if they're gone??

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    Only around 50% of the population react to the bedbug bites so your partner is almost certainly being bitten as well. Some peop,e react fast to bites, on some people it takes days or weeks before the bites show.
    Tests using nymph bedbugs and adult bedbugs apparently have shown that their bites are the same. Bites can vary in intensity on different parts of the body/times/days.
    You can make a trap using folded cardboad - see the instructions here
    http://bedbugger.com/forum/topic/diy-monitor-for-those-on-a-tight-budget

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    I'm updating my thread so that I have a time line for all I have been through during this experience.

    Aug 17th - found first signs of bedbugs in the bassinet

    Sept 30th- saw nothing else until we found them in our bed today

    Oct 17th- thoroughly and Maniacally dusted with Cimexa

    I hadn't seen anything since I dusted... It was almost 2 weeks, and now today, I woke up to a bite. *siiigh*

    Good thing, though... The monster was easy to find. I am praying that he was alone.

    And now, I'm on edge again. I had FINALLY gotten to the point where I could relax a little bit. I feel like this will never end. And now, all I can do is wait... Again.

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    In regards to the box springs: I am NO expert at all, but here's what I did:

    I also have two twin box springs supporting my king mattress. I am NOT a fan of Wal-Mart AT ALL, but I've found that when they're the cheapest price in town, they're usually not making a HUGE markup at the expense of their employees. So, for my bed bug mattress covers, I headed there.

    It sounds like you have a partner, live-in or otherwise, so if you employ their help, you'll probably find this easier than my single-self did.

    There are multiple mattress covers available, but the WM does have king size plastic mattress covers that RIP VERY EASILY. I've learned this from first-hand experience, but for my ultimate end game, I didn't care in this instance.

    After pricing the mattress covers, I realized that buying the "BB-certified" covers for two twin beds would actually cost more overall than buying a King "BB-certified" cover by about $15.00.

    I made the alternate decision. I bought the great value plastic zippered mattress king-size cover for about $5.00, and then bought the king-size "BB-certified" mattress cover because overall it was cheaper and would suit my needs. I purchased one for the mattress and one for the box springs.

    I stood both twin box springs up on their narrower ends after spraying the bejeesus out of them. Once they were both encased in a single king-size plastic cover, they were uniform enough to move around as a single unit. I then encased the cheap plastic in the certified king-size cover. It's taller than the twins, so to stop the box spring cover from sagging in the middle, I used duct tape to pull in the loose edges. I know that these suckers can fit into the smallest of cracks, but since I used a double-encasement plan of the plastic and heavy-duty, I felt safe because I took great precaution to ensure the outer casing itself never came into contact with an untreated area.

    It's probably overkill, but once I had the mattress encased in a regular certified cover and the boxsprings wrapped in cheap plastic to make them a single unit and then encased in a certified cover, I had restful nights. Just my two cents if you're buying something to cover the bed that doesn't come with an all-inclusive kit. I know I've seen king mattress and box-springs encasing units that offer twin size box-spring covers for king beds on-line, but not in any of my local stores. I didn't want to wait for the mail to arrive, though, I wanted immediate relief.

    Good luck!

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    My problem is that ours is a queen ? so I don't know if that will work for us. I only have enough money to do it Once, so I must be successful with my first purchase. They probably won't return the encasement if I buy the wrong size and it ends up ripping because of 'health reasons'.


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