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  1. Beth

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Sun Nov 14 2010 16:07:18
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    hi everyone,

    well, my contents were vikaned by Bed Bug Fumigation Specialists LLC, who went out of their way to meet me late at night in Queens (I drove 8 hours for this). Moving Right Along stored my car for 48 hours and I want to report that unfortunately some of their workers are pretty sexist, calling me a "punta" (if you don't know what that means in English, you can google it) for being pretty thorough when I picked my car up (which had a flat from a nail I'm assuming in their yard since I had driven it 8 hours without incident). They apparently had no idea short white chick speaks Spanish. Anyway, I then drove back to Buffalo and had a scent canine dog from Town and Country Pest in Rochester sniff out my new place and the fumigated contents and was given the all clear. The dog handler seemed very knowledgeable and he did a visual inspection first.

    It has been one week in our new place and I am sadly reporting some kind of allergy that wakes me up itching in the middle of the night at times. I have new small itchy bumps on my shoulders, stomach and up and down my spine still itches. One of the bumps appeared three days after I felt something itchy in bed in the same spot. I wake up itching at that time---4 or 5 am. I would think it's psychological but a few days later I'll have a spot. I did find out from the dog handler that in my last place I also had carpet beetles (I had a specimen with me as I was wondering what the additional bugs were). I am wondering if I still have them or they are in my new place. I am hoping to god the dog is right. Can they be wrong? I have been crying for 24 hours. I can't move again. But I'm not sleeping. The next move if they followed is total scorched earth. I wouldn't go through vikane 8 hours away again, though I am warrantied. Besides which it won't treat my apartment, and I have to stop spreading this vile plague. I have junked and crushed my car and won't get another one until I am in the clear. The buck stops here, I guess even if I lose everything. I would just need to find a friend to take me in.

    As a side note, it was intense being in NYC, bed bug capital. All the signs, we even saw an exterminator shop, a post it on a fence advertising another exterminator and signs on the train about prevention. Then being at my parent's house listening to the radio, story after story on bed bugs. Freakin' out of control. I was petrified of infesting my parents but I don't think I did.

    Anyway, I've decided I'm done. Either because they are gone, or I will abandon my things (although doing this with a partner and pets may prove impossible) and am pretty friggin' depressed. Two years with these things. I won't make one more effort to fight them. $10,000 at least lost to them, plus all of my furniture. If they are still around, they win. It hurts my brain to think of them one more minute.

    Bedbugger professionals--please keep doing the work to end this epidemic.

    peace-
    Amy

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Sun Nov 14 2010 19:19:48
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    Sorry...you sound so defeated.

    Do you sleep with clothes on? I'm not trying to get personal...just thinking this out. I sometimes wake up with little itchy bumps that don't last too long and it's from my clothes. We also have found carpet beetles (everywhere) in our house so I'm wondering if it's this too or just plain old allergic, sensitive skin.

    You must also be worn out from this fight so stress can make the skin itchy. In any case, how about setting up some passive monitors?

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Sun Nov 14 2010 21:48:16
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    Aw, Beth I'm so sorry. I was hoping you were posting a success story. And, maybe you still will. Sounds silly, but have you flea-dipped your cats? Could they have fleas? Also, I sometimes get a rash when I sleep without jammies because of the chem's sprayed on the mattress. Could you have some chemical residue that could cause itching? I'm sure you already thought of these things, but I'm hopeful for you that this is all it is...

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Mon Nov 15 2010 12:41:31
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    thanks you two.

    may be carpet beetles, but am still thinking bedbugs. I have the interceptors if I get a bedframe I could monitor this way, but I find that they don't catch things until the infestation is well under way.It took three months in my last place for them to find one, after I had been bitten more than 100 times.

    I don't know. I put some DE down in my closet where my clothes are and around the baseboards in the bedroom and am just vacuuming and packtiting my bedding. We'll see what happens. If I brought them with me, I don't know on what so they could be in my office too or the kitchen or in the attic or wherever. I'll do the basics, but am not going to spend anymore money on them. I'll just move with nothing. It seems my gal is leaving me anyway.
    *sigh*

    Amy

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Mon Nov 15 2010 16:51:10
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    DE sounds good. You could also do a little on your bedframe.

    Hang in there...

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue Nov 16 2010 16:33:48
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    I ditched my last bedframe, so I guess I should buy a new one. It's these little, they turn out to be like little pimples, my gf gets them too. I just keep vacuuming and packtiting my bedding daily hoping to catch the straggler or two early on. Me and my partner are just about bonkers over this. We have the perfect apt. for us and our animals and it's affordable. We really can't move, or we'd split up I fear as she has no job right now and I'd need to go scorched earth and she has cats and stuff she'd want to keep. The DE is already giving me asthma so I hope this is all over soon. I need to rent a carpet steamer. Or maybe just wait to see if I can find either a bed bug or carpet beetle. But you know when you just...get that feeling.

    How sad at 31 I may need to move in with my parents b/c of this. Anyone who beats these things, I'm convinced it's luck.

    keep on keepin' on-
    Amy


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