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  1. fedup

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    Posted 10 years ago
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    I'm moving out of my apartment because the landlord refuses to treat the apartment after the first treatment failed saying that it's my fault. I desperately don't want to transfer them so I'm throwing out my mattress/box spring but I'm trying to save the couch since it's six months old.

    My plan is vaccum the couch, then cover it in DE and then leave it alone for a month in the apartment while the lease runs out and the bugs die. Then I'd have it professionally steam cleaned. Has anyone done this or think it would work?

    Also, I'm having issues with some clothes that high heat ruins like nice sweaters and athletic gear. Will washing take care of it, or do I need to get these dry cleaned?

    Thanks for your help.

  2. Marixpress

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Wed Nov 19 2008 11:04:26
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    Yes to your dry cleaning question.

    I'm not qualified to answer your question about DE but it seems to me after all I've read that you wouldn't want to "cover" anything in DE. DE should be applied in a really thin dust and brushed or blown with a bellows into cracks, holes, crevices and only on stationary objects. DE is a dust and is airborne. It is harmful if inhaled.

  3. fedup

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Wed Nov 19 2008 11:13:44
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    Well when I said cover, I really meant with a thin layer of dust. After treating I wouldn't be around it for a month until I had it cleaned, and I'd of course be wearing saftey gear while applying. I'm just trying to figure out what I can do to the couch since no one around here will vikane a uhaul.

    I don't think that there's much of an infestation, I've only been bitten on it twice and that was right after getting out of bed. What about just steam cleaning it. Is that hot enough?

  4. fedup

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    Posted 10 years ago
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    On further inspections on the forums, I've decided against the idea of DE on the couch. I'll most likely be putting it in storage or tossing it depending on what's more economically feasible.

  5. Marixpress

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    Wed Nov 19 2008 13:15:01
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    shrink wrap and store for 2 years? Idk, I'm sorry you're going through this.

  6. BakedBedBugs

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    See if there is a thermal provider in your area that might do cntents?

    Best of luck,

    Tony Canevaro

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    Or Vikane? Have you looked into Vikane?

    I was thrilled with my thermal treatment, but Vikaning a U-Haul of goods seems to be more widely available, so I figure I ought to mention it.

    (I haven't been around much due to work, so if you've already ruled out Vikane, my apologies)

  8. fedup

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    I've started treating it with bedlam and I'm going to spray Demon WP underneath it today. At the beginning of next week I'm going to start decontaminating all of my clothes and moving them into the new apartment. So after everything is moved out, I have the opportunity to continue to reapply the pesticides at least weekly for a month. Hopefully since I'm only treating the one thing they'll be driven out of it.

    Also, I've been diligant about vaccuuming daily. Most of the infestation was confined to the bedroom and I'm throwing out the entire bedroom set. I'd only seen one bug on the couch and I had just gotten out of bed when it happened. Maybe that's wishful thinking, but I haven't seen any other trace.

    //Vikane was ruled out due to the fact that no one here does it for a non-house situation. I'll look into thermal.

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    Posted 10 years ago
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    How can I effectively treat bed bugs with a cat and an 11 month old baby without having to stay somewhere temporarily while the bugs die i am worried about my son because me and my husband are covered in bites however we have yet to find the bugs. Also if i can not find where they are coming from and breeding then how can i start to get rid of them, and do i have to get rid of all my stuff like clothes and blankets bed, couches, and crib ? If so are there groups out there to help with the cost of replacing all of that important stuff cause with my current bills and baby i cant even begin to afford new stuff. If anyone has any answers for me can you please PM me or post back I'm very terrified over this whole thing.
    -very concerned mother

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    Posted 10 years ago
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    Hi gecko,

    I would copy and repost your message as a new thread. That way everyone will see it.

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."
  11. gecko2008

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    Posted 10 years ago
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    how do i do that ?

  12. wigginonbugs

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    highlight your whole post, then hit ctrl C, then go to new topic on the main board, type your title topic, then in the body, hit cntl V , and your post will be copied. hit send- viola!

  13. Nobugsonme

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    Posted 10 years ago
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    Anyone who wants to respond to gecko2008 can follow the thread here:
    http://bedbugger.com/forum/topic/need-help-2


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