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WHEN IS IT SAFE TO MOVE INTO MY NEW APT. AFTER BED BUG TREATMENTS?

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  1. K2000

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    Posted 1 year ago
    Mon Jun 18 2018 22:38:58
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    If I can please get an answer from somebody who knows what they're talking about.....what an Angel. What would be deemed a "safe" amount of time after at least 2 chemical extermination treatments to move into a new apt.? I too am disabled with a rare type of migraine that literally shuts down my ability to walk, see & sometimes lose consciousness when an episode hits. I was finally approved for an apt. in a very nice building that was built as a luxury hotel 100 years ago....it's an old bldg., but very beautiful AND a State Landmark, so I would think they would HAVE to keep on top of the insect problem. It is income qualified, and you do get people who are either mentally ill, don't give a shit, or just simply are not educated on bed bug topic. I was so excited to start moving my stuff over & only took a few items at first since I can't find anybody to help me move, & would spend time to get the "feel" of the place. Few days later, huge itchy welt on my lower leg...I was sitting on the floor one night & one must have been starving. This apt. had been vacant for about 2 months. The next day I bring more stuff & froze when I saw 2 bed bugs on the damn kitchen counter, both on their backs, then found one in the bathroom. I immediately called the manager in a freak out panic attack & I asked her if the last tenant had the bugs....she said yes they did, but they have fully treated the apt. & what I'm seeing are the ones coming out of hiding & dying. She sent the exterminator over the very next day to do another treatment. I went over again tonight & found one dead one on the kitchen floor, plus some random spiders. This property manager is a really good one & she's sorting out the riff-raff & making a lot of improvements since the last one was too lazy to get a handle on things. I paid my first months rent, deposit, and had electric switched over after paying them a hefty deposit, and I have less than a dollar to live on the next 2 weeks. June is almost over and the place is still empty except for a few nick nacks & a lamp ~ the only furniture is a metal chair. I am scared to death to bring anything else over until I know enough time has passed & a "clean bill of health". I know there is never a 100% guarantee, but i'm heartbroken.....feel like the place is tainted now, like I won't ever fully relax in my new place. The manager has assured me it is safe to move in....even my shrink told me it should be fine ~ she's a landlord also & has dealt with these spawns of satan before. The anxiety & panic is really mounting now....July is almost here, so I'll pay rent there, but have to be out of this place by June 30. I am just freaked out by this &will not take anything else or furniture over there, until I can at least have some peace of mind...I'm not going to turn into a person with blazing lights & checking & re-checking every night until the sun comes up. These little fuckers will, can, and do drive people to the brink of madness ~ People who haven't had to deal with these don't understand the severe psychological trauma these bring on. I have heard & seen pictures of people with scars where they've been bitten so many times, because of the intense itching. All it takes is one itchy sore to turn into a wicked infection. This is extreme, but if you have some kind of bacteria on your skin or fingernails, I believe it could turn into a MERSA situation. If the physical scars fade away, the psychological damage will always be there, depending on the state of mind you're in before the bugs get to you. It could drive an already unstable person into psychosis or insanity & they can do shit that is dangerous or deadly to get rid of them. I read an article somewhere that a guy lost his mind one day, took all his clothes off, set the house on fire & walked away stark naked. Just the paranoia could really fuck you up.....I haven't stepped foot into a movie theater, library, or a restaurant for years.....I even get nervous when I see my therapist, I don't know who was sitting in that chair before me & could have had one on them, it drops off & clings to my shoe or something. I mean, it's endless....all it takes is one or two to start an infestation, & they can ruin your life financially & psychologically. I'm sick to death hearing it's a "public health issue" only because they say the bugs don't transmit disease. What kind of lazy bullshit is that??? This is a fucking severe epidemic that most certainly affects "public health". I'm quite certain everybody here has seen photos or videos of the worst of the worst & it's mentally ill people who live in that shit! If that isn't an in your face case for "the broken mental health system", then what is? How about picking just one crazy governmental program......oh, I don't know......the mating habits of fruit flies, yank their grant & fund a program to figure out how to eradicate this scourge, and actually make a positive difference in people's lives, save what sanity is left & prevent people going bankrupt to get rid of these things? That's assuming the pest control companies don't have the government in its back pocket so they can keep charging close to $1,000 for each treatment, that doesn't even work half the time! Hmmmmm.....kinda reminds me of our healthcare system, and pharmaceutical companies charging hundreds of dollars per pill for cancer patients? There's big money involved here & no excuse for this out of control bed bug epidemic. Me thinks the pest control peeps are gladhanding with the higher ups who can figure this shit out & give people their lives back! Damn, didn't intend to go on this rant....all I wanted to know is how do I know it's safe to move my furniture in to a new apt. after treating these bastards, only to have one or two or some unhatched eggs to start it up all over again.......

  2. jjlees99

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    Posted 1 year ago
    Tue Jun 19 2018 1:23:21
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    Depends on what kind of chemicals they use, tbh. My exterminator told me it’s safe to move back into the house, but since I have allergies I was forced to stay out for a night. To avoid spreding BBS, I literally sat at a McDonalds for 10 hours overnight and waited for the fumes to subside before I went home. But I really recommend asking the exterminator for a full list of chemicals and go from there. There’s also the issue with re-infestation, you want to make sure that all your clothes is dried in high heat, box everything else and put ddvp strips in them, and dry clean what you can’t.
    I’m currently going through the same thing and is a hobo basically living in a plastic bag. But hey at least you get to move out, I own my place so is kind of stuck here for the time being.
    Anyways, good luck and keep the progress posted!

  3. Nobugsonme

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    Posted 1 year ago
    Tue Jun 19 2018 21:21:47
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    It sounds like you’re askinf when it’s safe to move after two bed bug treatments, to avoid spreading them.

    That depends. Two treatments can be enough but isn’t always.

    What treatments were done?

    When and at what intervals?

    What visual evidence did you have before treatment?

    Did the pest control company inspect after the last treatment?

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

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