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reputable PCO needed in Bloomington, Indiana

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  1. buggedinBtown

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    Posted 2 years ago
    Mon Jun 20 2016 10:47:43
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    Hi, I'm a homeowner in Bloomington, Indiana, and I need a recommendation for a reputable PCO.

    Some tl;dr background for those patient enough to read it:

    I discovered that we have picked up bed bugs, for what I believe is the second time. We had a scare about 16 months ago, when our college age son found a live adult biting his wrist, while sitting on our futon couch. I'm a biologist, so I spent some serious time reading up on current information about bed bugs, and we began carefully inspecting all of the most likely locations in our house, where they might harbor and nest. I used a blue LED light and a magnifier to inspect, and found no direct evidence anywhere, that we had an infestation. Since my son had been rummaging around in his messenger bag shortly before being bitten, we thought it likely that he may have picked up some hitch hikers while on campus. In spite of no other evidence, we assumed we might have a low level infestation, not readily obvious yet.

    We encased all bedding, moved all beds and furniture a few inches away from walls, installed climb-ups (and some home made versions, because of very large furniture legs), thoroughly vacuumed every inch of every furniture cusion, crack, and crevice; the baseboards, floors, around door frames, etc.

    All clothing and bedding was bagged in its native location, then washed and dried using the superheated allergy setting on our washer and drier. All clean laundry was placed into closed plastic bins until we completed treatment steps.

    Treatment consisted of meticulously steaming all woodwork and furniture with a vapamore primo MR-100 steamer, followed by application of Bedlam Plus to furniture, and Phantom 2 to cracks and crevices. After allowing a couple of hours drying time, a light dusting of Cimex was applied with a bellows, under baseboards, door and window frames, behind switchplates and electrical socket plates, and in furniture joints (especially bed frames). Any visible powder was wiped up with a damp cloth to prevent having it become airborne.

    As a biologist, it made the most sense to me to treat the house by starting in the locations least likely to harbor bed bugs (like the kitchen, which has no seating area in it) and then work our way closer to likely locations for nests. I don't know if that's valid, but it seemed wise to try to prevent dispersal by pre treating the less likely areas first.

    We followed up with a repeat treatment of vacuuming, steaming, Phantom 2, and Cimex after 30 days. We never saw another bug, or any evidence of hidden bugs. I continued to monitor for several months, with no signs of an infestation at all.

    And then I got busy. And got complacent. Sigh. And here we are. We most definitely have them. My son caught one on his pillow at 5am last Friday, and when I inspected his bed, found clear signs on the encasement of the box springs. Fecal streaks/splotches. And since he had just done laundry a couple of days prior, I began looking in the laundry room, and found two very dead bugs on the laundry room floor. So, at this point, I'm concerned that we might have a more widespread issue, and that a professional is necessary. I don't think we have had an ongoing infestation, since only recently did my son mention that he had some unexplained bites, which led him to start monitoring his room again. I have carefully inspected all of the likely locations (office chairs, places where I like to sit and read, our bedrooms, etc.) and have found no other evidence. Only one corner of my son's bed has obvious signs.

    If the pros here have any suggestions or comments, I would love any help in deciding how to proceed. Luckily, I'm not the squeamish type, nor is my son, and he doesn't seem to be particularly allergic to the bites. (Good and bad--good for him on a personal level, but it may mean we have had an ongoing problem, if he doesn't react to the bites.) But I am a homeowner, and I need to protect our living environment, my investment in the property, and our sanity. I also don't want to spread this problem to anyone else. Luckily, we live with no nearby neighbors on some acreage, so at least we don't share walls with anyone.

    If you made it this far, thanks for listening, and thank you to the forum owner for this amazing resource. I look forward to comments.

  2. Doink317

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    Posted 2 years ago
    Mon Jun 20 2016 11:51:41
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    I'm also from Indiana. I'd call Lead Tech. That's who I currently am using. I'm about to have my third treatment with them next week, and they've been great! http://www.leadtechpest.com

    Very fair and honest people too. I've not seen nor experienced any bed bug activity since they started the treatments!

  3. buggedinBtown

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    Posted 2 years ago
    Mon Jun 20 2016 12:03:40
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    Thanks for the referral. They have an Indy phone number, and not much info on their website. The "testimonials" page quotes testimonials that clearly are not for their business, which is odd. Do you know if they service Bloomington (60 miles away) or what treatment methods they use?

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    Posted 2 years ago
    Mon Jun 20 2016 12:10:36
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    Not 100% sure what all treatments they use, I know they've used a few different treatments on mine, but I honestly can't remember what they called them. I'm pretty sure they'd service Bloomington, I'm pretty far from them and they came to me with no problem. I have the owners number if you want I can give it to you. He could tell you more about what they do and everything.

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    Posted 2 years ago
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    Thanks for the info.


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