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Landlord refuses to look at other units//feeling trapped//need troubleshooting

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  1. Bugsadness

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    Posted 11 months ago
    Thu Sep 28 2017 12:54:59
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    Hi all,

    I feel a bit defeated and unsure of where to go from here. We got treated at the beginning of July and have remained vigilant: our passive monitors are clear, as are our inspections, we're pretty sure we've been bite free. We had just started to unpack. However, we found a live nymph yesterday in a room we barely use (our baby's room--her clothes are still bagged, we only go in there to change her, she sleeps in our bedroom in a pack and play). Our passive monitors remain clear, and we're not noticing bites.

    The baby's room, since treatment, has had a number of dead bugs show up in it as a result of treatment: first, a few bed bugs, then as time went on no more bed bugs, but there were cockroach nymphs (though we do not have a cockroach problem, I've been vigilant about a clean kitchen & have seen no signs) and a weird number of ticks (like 5 or 6!). This, plus the passive monitors' continuing to be clear, makes me think that it's at least reasonable to ask the landlord to look at other units. I've suggested this to him, calmly. He will not.

    We're not getting eaten alive. I know I can get the PMP/PCO to come back again to our place, and we've already gone back to living out of bags, but it seems like it will be only a matter of time until we're reinfested by the damnable building.

    What do I do?

    Is there a way to get out safely? I don't think, in my cursory internet search, that there are vikane/moving truck options where I am (in Lincoln, NE).

  2. Bugsadness

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    Posted 11 months ago
    Thu Sep 28 2017 13:00:02
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    Even just some support would be helpful. I keep reminding myself that this is temporary, that I'll be able to move on eventually, that this is a season in my life and not my whole life.

  3. destroyallbedbugs

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    Posted 11 months ago
    Fri Sep 29 2017 2:00:49
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    I hope things get better for you. I am going through pretty bad anxiety over these bugs myself, and have already spent about $1400 getting rid of them. Having a landlord that won't help you check the other apartments will likely result in them coming back, but you can put down a barrier of either DE or Cimexa in your child's room in the meantime. Try to make it so the bed bugs will have to walk through the stuff to get to your apartment, and as a result will die between the next few days and a few weeks (both very good products, although I hear Cimexa is much better and stronger). The landlord will end up spending more money in the long run if they don't be proactive about this. It seems like you are in the position to either have to break your lease, or risk being infested again. You could also try to block all the cracks and crevices in the room you are finding the bugs. Hopefully, you don't find anymore and things work out for you. I pray for you.

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    Posted 11 months ago
    Fri Sep 29 2017 3:07:32
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    I am by all means no expert. I am just giving a little advice, which should be verified by the experts on this forum.

  5. Bugsadness

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    Posted 11 months ago
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    Thanks, destroyallbb,

    we did put Cimexa down, which has helped, and the PCO came and sprayed again on Monday. I bought airtight plastic bins to put clothes in, which has helped, for some reason, improve my mood. Feels less contingent than living out of the Ziplocs. Our passive monitors are clear and we're not getting bitten, either, which is helping me not feel like everything is infested. I just looked in the room where they keep cropping up and found another dead nymph, which didn't look like it had recently eaten.

    Slowly but surely we're doing what we can: looking for a new place, not using the baby's room (where we keep finding nymphs). It's all we can do right now. How about you? How's the battle coming?

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    Posted 7 months ago
    Thu Feb 22 2018 0:05:55
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    Hi everyone--we've had no bug sightings since November, and our passive monitors are clear. Even with a dingus PCO and a recalcitrant landlord and a newborn baby and a lot of grief, we did it, it looks like. Love to everyone. You can do it.

  7. FayeState

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    Posted 7 months ago
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    Congradulations on being bed bug free. Did any of the other apartments in your building end up having bed bugs? What kind of passive monitors did you have 4 months ago when you had bed bugs? Again, congradulations.

  8. Pattycake

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    Posted 7 months ago
    Thu Feb 22 2018 19:32:22
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    I lived in Omaha Ne until last May. My apt complex was bug bed central. On site manager lying, shoddy PCO. I moved to PA. still getting bites10 months later I am attributing to carpet beetles. I Haven't seen any signs of bed bugs. My monitors are clear, I used lots of care when packing and put almost everything in storage in Omaha. I'm so glad to hear that things are working out for you. Fingers crossed that life gets back to normal for you.


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