on May 21, 2015 @ 04:26 pm|
What a day! My apartment building recently had a infestation of bed bugs and both my neighbors were infested. I noticed I was itchy a couple days ago but I never saw no bugs and my apartment is very clean . Happy to find out this morning the exterminator was on its way ! They just finished my apartment a couple hours ago so I have to wait extra time because I'm pregnant and it's toxic. Just happy it's treated have lots of laundry to do now though:| I feel so dirty business I swear on the bible I'm not a dirty person I guess that's the down side to living in an apartment. Has anyone ever had a bug problem before? I have had licence problem a couple times before when I was younger but never bed bugs!!! So disgusting and gross !
|correction on May 21, 2015 @ 04:28 pm|
Stupid auto correct
|. on May 21, 2015 @ 04:29 pm|
Definitely a downside to living in apartments, just knowing there are bed bugs close by would drive me insane. I'd be itching from the thought alone
Sorry you have to experience that! Hopefully everything is now cleared
|bed bugs on May 21, 2015 @ 10:43 pm|
Hi there, it's Ginger. I'm so sorry this is happening to you, especially with your due date so close. Check your body good for small red dots. Those little boogers can get anywhere. When you do your laundry, please use only Hot water, which will help kill any eggs or bugs that might be there. Also, dry them on the hottest dryer setting as an extra precaution. If any of your clothes or linens have small red or brown spots, it's a sign of bedbugs. I hope everything turns out for you, you don't need the extra stress. Even though it was exterminated, there could still be some that didn't get killed. Just check your body and sheets every day for the red or brown spots. They feed off your blood, that's why I'm saying red or brown spots. Take care and we all hope your apartment is free of them. Ginger.
|Not fun on May 21, 2015 @ 10:49 pm|
im so sorry you're dealing with this! I haven't personally dealt with bed bugs but I have had lice which is frustrating enough. I do know some people who have had bed bugs in their homes and they say the best thing to do is check your self and belongings regularly. Apparently these critters can live in teeny tiny areas through anything. Good luck!
|thanks all! on May 21, 2015 @ 11:34 pm|
Thanks for the tips ! I dried all my sheets and the sprayed my matress I esteemed all the pillows and all my cloths, baby's cloths and blankets, bassinet cover ect are tied in bags which I will leave for a weeks or so. The exterminator is supposed to be back in 3 weeks to do a second detox. It suck it happened so close to baby coming but I'm just glad it was solved before and not after baby arrived!
|I've Been Through It! on May 22, 2015 @ 11:33 am|
rogersresaca is right on the money about how to find whether you have bed bugs. You will see smears on your mattress and sheets... blackish, if you don't actually see the bugs.
The bugs are big enough to see but do like to hide out in the day time. Use a flashlight in the evening/night to check under your mattress and box frame. Not everyone will get red bumps from the bed bug bites as it turns out that most people are allergic to them and that's why they swell and itch but some people have no idea they've been bitten multiple times.
Bed bugs don't come from having a dirty home... they are just bugs that are more of a nuisance than anything else and don't carry bacteria or other issues the way roaches do.
If you already have them, an exterminator will need to come twice. The first visit and then again in two weeks.
Go through EVERYTHING! (usually your kitchen is not bothered by them unless you have a sever case). Anything that can't be washed and at least put in the drier on very hot for 40 minutes, will need to be closely inspected. Bag anything you can't put in a drier. The items will need to be bagged for 7 months.... longer than head lice I'm afraid.
Solid items can be washed in your sink or sprayed by the exterminator.
After getting them twice in 1 1/2 years (live in a condo in a nice neighbourhood), I learned about everything I can possibly do to prevent them from coming into my condo from any of the neighbors.
Here they are....
Go to Amazon.com and order a bag (small one) of Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth. After you've washed, bagged and tossed out (in plastic garbage bags) everything possible, and the exterminator has come twice (second time should be no earlier than 12 days from first spray and no later than 16 days.... and you CAN NOT wash your floors for 2 weeks after being sprayed), take all the covers off of your plugs and light switches. Lightly dust in the Diatomaceous Earth into every outlet and light switch hole. Replace the covers and use caulking around the entire edge of every plate.
In your bathroom(s) and kitchen, fill any gaps around incoming plumbing with a bit of the earth and then expandable foam or caulking.
Use the earth anywhere there is a possibility of the bugs coming in from adjoining units.
I happen to be in the middle of painting and about to lay new laminate floors when I discovered I had bed bugs for the second time. This when I did even further reach to find out what will help to keep the buggers out.
Before I laid my new floors, I swept the dust under every baseboard and then caulked the gap between the floor and the wall under the baseboards.
I refused to through out my mattress.... or other furniture. As long as the exterminator knows what he's doing, he can spray them with no issues. But once the treatment is done for the second time, invest in a bedbug mattress cover and pillow covers. I don't think any mattress can handle a second time of spraying and not start to sag or break down.
I now store everything that isn't used regularly (extra sheets, pillow cases, clothing out of season) in the space bags ( the ones you can use your vacuum to take the air out) because they have a full closure like a zip lock bag. If you become re-infested, this will save you hours of washing, drying, etc.
These things can squeeze through very tight spaces! Taking the time to do all the necessary steps will keep you from re-infesting yourself. Unfortunately, you can't control your neighbours.
I've heard that a light spritzing of rubbing alcohol at least once per month will keep the bugs away but I don't know if it actually works.
Good luck with this and remember... many people are too embarrassed to get help or tell they're neighbours whats going on. Unfortunately this perpetuates the problem.
|bed bugs on May 22, 2015 @ 06:51 pm|
Hi, I just thought of something very important. If it was me and I was pregnant, I would wear a heavy duty face mask when going to clean your apartment. At least until the chemical smell dies down. Your baby nor you, need to be breathing those fumes. Just a few more weeks and I'm so excited for you!! Ginger.
|Thank you! on May 23, 2015 @ 01:07 am|
Thankyou so much for these tips I will definitelyuse it ! I had an amazing sleep last night knowing they were mostly gone. I saw a couple crawling around today one in my bathroom and another in my dining room area. I figure it is because not all were killed and they were trying to run from the spray. I asked my landlord for the stuff to seal the little crack and holes in my apt . I have some bug killing powder specially for bed bugs I put that in a bag with my cloths and sealed it hopefully that will kill them and any eggs that might catch. I steamed and sprayed with alcohol anything that is furniture and my matress.
|buggs! on May 23, 2015 @ 03:40 am|
When we moved into a newer apartment building 2 years ago, we were assured by management that the place was very clean, with no bed bugs. But the week after we moved in...
I was sleeping and was awoken by a slight crawling sensation on my bare upper arm. I have long hair and I sleepily brushed some strands off my skin...encountering what felt like a piece of grapefruit pulp that burst when I touched it. Instantly awake, I flicked on the light and saw my fingers and arm smeared with blood. I cannot describe how grossed out I was.
Management was so apologetic and immediately made appointments to fumigate our suite. The exterminators sprayed twice and each time we stayed in a hotel overnight, not wanting to expose our kids to the fumes. Doing all that laundry was a hassle, and so was checking all the furniture for bed bugs, and having to put everything in sealed bags for months, but nothing can replace peace of mind!
Good luck with everything, mommy96tobe2015!
|Public Building Probs on May 23, 2015 @ 08:25 am|
I've never lived in an apartment that was in a complex -- this being one of the main reasons why! You have to share space with so many people, all strangers. The thing about bugs is that once one person gets them, you all get them, and if there's one, there's many, many more. The worst part is that it's not enough for you to be cleanly -- the entire building has to be, and that's a long shot. I wish you luck w/ your bug problem (and your baby, congrats!).