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Introduction and desperate plea for help. An effective wall and ceiling barrier?

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  1. dirtyhobo

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Thu Sep 27 2012 18:05:50
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    Hi. (So much for my introduction.)

    I sleep in a wooden loft bed that is affixed to the wall of my NYC apartment. About a month into the infestation—after having won what I thought were some early victories using a vacuum cleaner, a blow-dryer, a spray bottle full of rubbing alcohol and water, and a clothes steamer that my oven thermometer said reached 200 degrees—my DIY war has become a rout and I'm on the verge of signing over my bedroom and tossing in the Sudetenland.

    For the last three nights, I've woken in the wee hours, turned on the lights, and discovered blood-bloated bed bugs (nymphs, adults, and every size in between) crawling away along my walls and ceiling after having dined on me at their leisure—and the numbers have been growing.

    Since I'm planning on painting when this is done I've had no qualms about squishing them on sight; and my ceiling is starting to look like a Jackson Pollock painting.

    After browsing this site a while, I contacted KillerQueen by phone. He spoke to me for 20 minutes, giving me the best advice with the least judgmental attitude of any of the PCOs I've spoken to so far. After I described my situation in detail to him, he referred me to different local PCO whose methods better fit my needs, and help should soon be on the way.

    Meanwhile, I'm scared.

    Though, luckily, I don't react to the bites, the idea of spending another night as a food supply for an ever growing number parasites is freaking me out.

    I'll be hitting the wooden loft itself with Murphy's Oil Soap and sealing every crevice I can find with wood putty (as per advise found on this forum) tomorrow; but meanwhile, is there any way to halt their open march along my walls and ceiling?

    High-quality duct tape (one-sided but staple-gunned and taped down along the edges) has yet to catch a single nymph.

    The comments here about Vaseline seem ambiguous; and I would have to cover a large area.

    One thought I had was trying regular magic transparent tape, sticky-side down, sprinkled with talc. Has anyone heard of anything like this working?

    Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated (especially within the next 4 hours).

    Thanks fellow sufferers.

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Thu Sep 27 2012 18:22:18
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    I've heard of using Scotch tape (shiny side up - dusted with talcum powder) applied to the ceiling outside the perimeter of your bed and above the baseboards to stop the bugs from gaining a grasp then falling back to the floor. Some say it works.

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Thu Sep 27 2012 19:25:27
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    Really? I thought I was just grasping at straws with that idea. Thank you. I will try it and let you know how it goes.

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    Thu Sep 27 2012 19:33:03
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    Hi,

    I wrote a long reply that crashed earlier.

    If your treatment is soon don't seal or do things that could make it worse.

    If you think about creating a barrier such as complete netting you are more likely to get relief. Wih time there are commercial solutions but on a deadline what do you have access to?

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    Fri Sep 28 2012 10:24:09
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    I slept on an air mattress in the living room since my bedroom is the primary source of the infestation.

    I'm hoping the PCO will be here Monday for an inspection and soon after an eradication; but they never returned my call; and when I just called them again, they said they were 'swamped'. )Apparently the epidemic continues.)

    In any case, having read on this forum that leaving the primary infected room will result in the little buggers spreading out in search of new food, I guess I must brave the coming nights with them.

    Aside from the tape trick, are there other approaches? I don't know what this 'netting' Mr. Cain referred to is (guess I'll PM him), but again, any suggestions that I might implement between now and 11 PM Eastern Time, would be greatly appreciated.

    Signed,

    A Food Source for Thousands.

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    Hi,

    Search for mosquito nets and you will get the idea or try bedbug tent and you will be spot on.

    David

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    dirtyhobo - 4 minutes ago  » 
    I slept on an air mattress in the living room since my bedroom is the primary source of the infestation.
    I'm hoping the PCO will be here Monday for an inspection and soon after an eradication; but they never returned my call; and when I just called them again, they said they were 'swamped'. )Apparently the epidemic continues.)
    In any case, having read on this forum that leaving the primary infected room will result in the little buggers spreading out in search of new food, I guess I must brave the coming nights with them.
    Aside from the tape trick, are there other approaches? I don't know what this 'netting' bed-bugscouk referred to is (guess I'll PM him), but again, any suggestions that I might implement between now and 11 PM Eastern Time, would be greatly appreciated.
    Signed,
    A Food Source for Thousands.


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