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How to Move Away from Bed Bugs?

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  1. LittleRin

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    Posted 1 year ago
    Mon Mar 12 2018 18:25:26
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    My roommate found bed bugs a year ago which we tried to combat with heat treatment. Today we found bed bugs again, which we think are part of the original infestation after discovering a hole in the wall behind one of the beds, which the bed bugs could have escaped through during the heat treatment.

    I am extremely depressed and in despair. I want to move out, because our landlord is cheap and negligent. There are numerous problems with the apartment (malfunctioning electrical outlets, leaking windows, hot water shutting off at random) and just getting him to pay for the original treatment was a battle even though the cost he had to pay for the heat treatment was less than half of what we pay him every month in rent.

    Are there any options available to me if I want to escape? I'm willing to throw away my bed and any furniture that is made of wood as I heard the bugs and bore into porous substances. I tried calling the pest company we used last time for the heat treatment to see if they have some option available where I can heat my items within a truck for moving, but the woman on the phone said she needed to reach out to their specialists to see if it was possible.

    I feel so trapped and at loss. Even if the landlord somehow willingly pays for heat treatment again, I'm scared it won't really work and I'll still be at risk of taking bed bugs with me when I move.

  2. Steve831

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    Posted 1 year ago
    Mon Mar 12 2018 23:06:50
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    Rent a u haul truck put all your persoonal belongings (everything) and have a fumigation company fumigate the truck with vikane gas and have your car fumigated if possible as well just in case there's bed bugs in it

  3. mp7ski

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    Tue Mar 13 2018 8:16:34
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    Just FYI, I went the fumigation route and it didn't work. Even drove over a thousand miles round trip to have a company that only does and specializes in fumigation do it. If I could go back, I'd try the heat treatment in a moving truck while also throwing out all my furniture. Nothing is 100% but I've pretty much tried everything else.

    I am not an expert, any advice I give should be considered as amateur advice and not taken as fact. I mean well with all my posts and try to give back. If you plan on using any of my advice, I suggest doing research into said advice to make sure it is in your best interest.
    Study on Thermal Death Points(pages 18-29 of pdf) : http://www.propanecouncil.org/uploadedFiles/Council/Research_and_Development/REP_12221%20Efficacy%20of%20Heat%20on%20Bed%20Bugs.pdf
    Study on Cimexa: http://www.pctonline.com/article/pct0814-silica-gel-research-bed-bugs/
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    Sat Mar 24 2018 22:34:13
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    My landlord is paying for heat treatment, but it is with a PCO that has terrible reviews on Yelp for bed bug heat treatment. Apparently people's electronics have been destroyed, bed bugs scattered and came back even worse.

    I am going to be moving out very soon to a studio apartment.

    I was wondering if it was safe to move my electronics there before the heat treatment so they are not destroyed? They are all on the opposite side of the room away from my bed. I read that electronics typically are not invested by bed bugs unless the infestation is very severe.

    Right now the bed bug issue is at a very small stage for me. 'Ground Zero' for the bed bugs was my roommate's bedroom. They found around 10 total and after killing all of them, they haven't been bitten since then (though we highly doubt that we actually got them all.) The last time I personally was bitten was before March 11th which was when I hot washed and hot dried all my bedding and taped up every outlet in my room just in case they were crawling through the walls.

    Despite carefully inspecting my room, I couldn't find any in or around my bed. I'm scared that if there are any still alive, a botched PCO treatment will send them scattering into all of my belongings.

    I was also considering moving some of my clothing early by hot drying several loads of them at high heat in the laundromat for at least an hour. I intend to throw out all of my furniture.

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    Sun Mar 25 2018 23:48:57
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    I dried my clothing and washed all bedding and inspected everything before I moved, but I brought them with me. Have you heard of Cimexa? When I got to my new place, I was being bitten again, so I immediately bought an encasement for the mattress and set a border of Cimexa around the room and below the bed. I wasn't bitten again. I would suggest doing similar measures at your new place to take a preventative approach and you may kill any you brought along before they have a chance to make themselves comfy and multiply. Cimexa worked really well for me; you apply it in a bellows duster. Both the Cimexa and duster cost about $20 together online.

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    Sun Mar 25 2018 23:58:54
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    It sounds like moving your electronics is low risk (not no risk).

    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.
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    Posted 1 year ago
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    I decided to just leave everything in for the heat treatment and move the following weekend. Thank for the tip about Cimexa, MyaGae. I bought some and read I could apply it with a brush to work it into the baseboards of my new place. Since it apparently works for all kinds of insects, I'll just make a perimeter around my room and around my bed when I move in.

    My plan is to go through the heat treatment, hot dry all of my bedding/clothing, carefully clean and inspect everything else with disinfectant wipes or rubbing alcohol, pack everything that is confirmed as 'clean' directly into shrink-wrapped moving boxes. Only remove the shrink-wrap right before loading the boxes into my friends' cars.


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