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  1. SouthPhillyGuy

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Thu Feb 10 2011 9:09:38
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    I think I may have had these guys with me for about a year now. I had spiders and thought they were the issue so I sprayed for those. That's when I noticed the actual bed bugs. Mortified,I didn't do anything till early December of '10 when I told the landlords. Initially they were willing to help but as it turns out I'm on my own.
    I live in a 6 unit building on the top floor with no other tenants reporting any problems. My unit consists of a main room of about 16'x14', a seperate kitchen that is slightly smaller, a small pantry and a small tiled bathroom.
    I had 3 representatives from national companies come out, all of whom confirmed the problem. I went with the cheapest. I'm a waiter, it's the slow season, yadda yadda. I followed the prep guidelines to the letter and even went beyond. All books sealed in plastic containers. Futon and frame gone. Many old clothes gone. My first treatment was 10 days ago and consisted of some rather lax steam cleaning as well as the application of Gentrol and Onslaught.
    I was surprised that the guy did my kitchen and bathroom since my agreement with the company was just for my main room. They said that was all that was necessary. And yes, I was there for the whole procedure. The PCO told me I didn't need to leave even though the last item on the prep sheet stated that I should vacate and stay away for 4 hours.
    The first two nights were bliss on a new air mattress with no bites. The bites and bloodstains are back since then though. I don't see the little jerks like I used to. 2 live ones and a few dead.
    My question is, is this just par for the course? I know they have to come into contact with the chemicals to die but what kind of time frame am I looking at here? I'm not getting bit as bad as in the past but it's still several times a night.
    The second and final treatment is this Monday (2 weeks later) and it's just the chemicals this time. Am I just worried unnecessarily?
    Thanks so much for any advice folks.

  2. Grateful for Help

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Mon Feb 14 2011 16:07:58
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    There are lots of great people on here, and experts with great advice...good luck to another Philly sufferer.
    It seems that people often report on here getting bit after treatment..whether that's because the chemicals take time to kill the bugs, or whether they're stirred up by all the treatment activity, or whether they are mean little jerks who want to thumb their noses at you, I don't know. There are alot of posts on here about these subjects and questions, you may find the answers you're looking for by using the 'search' function.

    Also, the 'oldtimers' on here may have more knowledge as to whether 2 treatments is enough. I think it varies by the case from what I've read on here. Does your PCO have any type of guarantee (30 days, 60 days, etc)?

    Philly seems to have alot of 'spray and pray guys', so I hope you'll keep us posted as to your company, and if they seem to know what they're doing. Are they treating other units in the building?

    Again, best of fortune. Sorry you have to be on here, but it's a good place for info.
    -Grateful for Help.

  3. SouthPhillyGuy

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue Feb 15 2011 13:42:41
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    Grateful for Help - 20 hours ago  » 
    There are lots of great people on here, and experts with great advice...good luck to another Philly sufferer.
    It seems that people often report on here getting bit after treatment..whether that's because the chemicals take time to kill the bugs, or whether they're stirred up by all the treatment activity, or whether they are mean little jerks who want to thumb their noses at you, I don't know. There are alot of posts on here about these subjects and questions, you may find the answers you're looking for by using the 'search' function.
    Also, the 'oldtimers' on here may have more knowledge as to whether 2 treatments is enough. I think it varies by the case from what I've read on here. Does your PCO have any type of guarantee (30 days, 60 days, etc)?
    Philly seems to have alot of 'spray and pray guys', so I hope you'll keep us posted as to your company, and if they seem to know what they're doing. Are they treating other units in the building?
    Again, best of fortune. Sorry you have to be on here, but it's a good place for info.
    -Grateful for Help.

    Grateful, thank you so much for replying. I was beginning to feel a little alone on here. I took your advice and used the search function. You're right that it seems to be that each case is situational.
    First, let me appologize if I'm screwing this up and doing anything wrong. I've never posted about anything on line so I'm entering new territory here.
    No other units in the building are reporting issues, but none have been inspected. The landlords seem to be burying their heads in the sand as far as this is concerned. I may suggest to the other tenants they at the very leat schedule free inspections.
    My PCO came for the second treatment yesterday. It was a different technician and he was much more thourough than the first guy. He did a second and more attentive steam treatment which included a large comfy chair that, as it turns out, had the little schmucks in the legs.
    He also put DeltaDust in all of the uncovered outlets,(somethinhg the first guy didn't do) as well as applying a different chemical, Demand EZ.
    This guy was also much more knowledgeable than the first gentleman and answered all my questions to my satisfaction. I have a 30 day guarantee that began yesterday. He said that if I'm sitll getting bites in two weeks I should call for follow up treatment. I also spoke to a representative at the company who said that I should make sure to schedule treatment as soon as I think I may need it so as to take full advantage of the 30 day guarantee. According to her there's a possibility that if they have to come back out more than one more time the company could extend the gaurantee till the problems dealt with.
    This was a huge load off my mind since the cost of this is a huge factor for me, as I'm sure it is for everyone.
    Anyway, at this point it's back to living out of bags and lots of vacuuming. Alas, it seems the comfy chair may have to go just to give me added peace of mind.
    On the upside, my building also has a roach problem and those are turning up dead every day! Woo Hoo!
    Again thanks for responding and good luck with your own problem Grateful. I'll continue to post here as things progress. I'm refraining from naming the company I used since I'm not sure of the end result yet, but if they take care of this as, God willing, I hope they will I'll climb to the top of my building and yell their name to anyone who'll listen.

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Thu Mar 3 2011 8:35:15
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    Well, yesterday was my third treatment. Wasn't here for it as I had to work but the paper the PCO left said more Onlsaught was put down. I'm halfway through my 30 day warranty. I didn't have any bites since my last treatment till this last Monday. Found 3 live ones. Killed one and kept 2 which I left in a ziplock on a magnet on the fridge for the PCO. 4 more bites on my arm last night and 1 live little jerk which is now dead. I hope this means they're on their way out. On the downside my air mattress sprung a leak which I thought I patched but it kept deflating so I've been up since 2:30 this morning. Guess it's back to Walmart as I dont want them harboring inside of it.
    Just curious, but does anyone know what happens when you squash a pregnant one? Can the eggs spread this way? Of course I clean the area when I kill one but I know the eggs are tough. I ask because somene once told me that if you step on a pregnant roach you spread the eggs around. I'm not sure if this is urban myth or what.

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    Posted 8 years ago
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    A bit of good news in my situation. I spoke with the landlady again last night to give her an update on my situation. I think I have convinced her that having the other units in my building is sort of a necessity. She said she had to talk to the husband about it so we'll see.

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Fri Mar 4 2011 7:06:53
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    Sorry. Meant to say "having the other units in my building inspected..."

  7. SouthPhillyGuy

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    Well, it's been a week since my last treatment. I haven't had a bite in a few nights but I continue to see and kill what I'm hoping are stragglers. They definately seem to be reacting to the chemicals. The landlords continue to discuss having other units inspected. I hope its soon because I'm going to be a little upset if I"ve gone through all this time, effort and expense only to find that there are other infestations in the building.

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Mon Aug 15 2011 11:41:42
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    Great updates through your process SouthPhilly. You are doing great for a first-timer to online posting and BBs! How'd everything holding up for you since it looks like it's a been a while since last update from PA.

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Mon Aug 15 2011 12:45:24
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    Bedbugfumigationspecialists,

    As a general rule, I don't recommend reviving old threads without good reason, because it bumps them up and lowers current discussions in the table of Recent Posts.

    Hint: you can check the last time someone logged in by clicking the status under their name next to their posts; SouthPhillyGuy has not logged into the site in over four months.

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."

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