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  1. notagoodtime

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Mon Mar 21 2016 22:38:34

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    Ah, the joy of bed bugs. About a week ago, an exterminator and a canine determined that there were bed bugs in our apartment (a three bedroom in NYC). The bed bugs were found on the couch and on one of my roommate's bed. Both the canine and the exterminator said there was no evidence of the bed bugs in my room or the third roommate. We've been advised to prep for the extermination happening this Thursday. My question, which has not been answered by the landlord (the middleman between the exterminator and the tenants) is this: Do I really really really have to heat treat all of my clothing? I totally understand heat treating my mattress, my pillows, comforter, etc. I just don't see why I would need to treat all my clothing that is stored away in a room where there is no evidence whatsoever of bed bugs. Apparently we caught this situation in the early stages so I am thankful. Frankly, I just don't have the budget or time to go to a Laundromat in NYC to heat treat tons of clothing that hasn't even been worn in a few months (season change).

  2. Nobugsonme

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Mon Mar 21 2016 23:46:31

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    Many PCOs don't require customers to treat all clothing in all cases. But more probably do.

    The short answer is you should probably whatever prep the PCO asks, because otherwise, the landlord may try to hold you responsible (because you did not "cooperate with treatment") if the problem persists.

    Another idea is if the clothing were carefully sealed in an airtight manner, for now, you could put off treating it if needed for reasons of money or time. It would have to remain sealed until treatment, however, with no errors or rips, etc. However, I would not mention this to the PCO or landlord if I were you, because you're not complying with instructions.

    And there is a bit of risk involved. There may or may not be bed bugs in your clothing, but if there are, you don't want them hanging around in a bag, ready to be unleashed.

    A third option is to hire a company to pick up and do the bed bug laundry. There are at least a couple of these in NYC and one in Toronto (for anyone reading this who's curious). I can't speak to their quality, not knowing much about them. However, forum expert and PMP KillerQueen recommended one in the NYC area a while back.

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

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