I live in an apartment; do you think it's my landlord's problem? I still have to read my lease, but this place is shady, and I don't trust them.
Can anyone give me suggestions, thoughts, experiences?? I'm pretty adverse to using poisons and harsh chemicals, but if that's what it takes...
It takes a lot to gross me out, but this is doing it.
They are very difficult to get rid of. Safest non toxic way is with extreme heat (also incredibly expensive). You can try bombing the place but if you are in an apartment, they can travel through the duct work.
They cannot climb slick surfaces, so usually the inside of the tub is safe however they have been seen crawling along the ceiling and "dropping" on their food.
If you are in an apartment, it should be your landlord's responsibility to get rid of them since again they may have traveled from one apartment to another.
"And never grow a wishbone, daughter, where your backbone ought to be."
- Sarah McMane
She had to have an exterminator bomb her place three times in a row but it did the trick. She was getting bit too.
They can be hard to get rid of.
Do I remember that you were gone over the weekend and had a *free* stay in a motel? Could you have gotten the bites in the motel room? Or brought the bugs home with you?
Xpos told me I was ridiculous and paranoid because I would tear motel/hotel room beds apart to check for them before settling in.
Now I'm sitting outside on the landing watching the storms roll in. I'm drinking wine; that's the only way I'll get to sleep tonight. I hate this.
In addition, we built CO2 traps out of water bottles, yeast, and dishes. See youtube for instructions! We built traps for each leg of the bed (put the leg in a cup, put the cup in a bowl, taped the outside of bowl to make it climb-able, and dusted the inside with DE. Put CO2 generators/water bottles at each one.) as well as traps in random corners.
So far, we found all of 2 bugs, one of which he caught and one that got away. He has not been bit since we started treatment, which is good because he is having massive allergic reactions to the bites and they are forming 1/2 inch blood-filled blisters surrounded by huge welts and swelling. I have not been bit, despite having stayed there every weekend but one since he moved in at least one night.
They are attracted to CO2 and to heat, so if you set traps and then stay elsewhere you don't have to be bait, but putting the bed in the traps and then staying there is the best bet.
This guy seems to have the system down: http://julesnoise.com/665-2/
Good luck getting rid of them!
How do you get rid of chiggers? With my luck, they love lavendar scented dryer sheets!
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We had to have the house bombed twice. I think they're finally gone.
Mine loved fabric softener....I noticed an increase in bites(they were only biting me..not WH) on the nights after I had put freshly laundered sheets on the bed..I had heard they didn't like scented things...so I used EXTRA softener...nope...they loved it.
..that feeling you get in your stomach, when you heart's broken. It's like all the butterflies just died.
I can't find my post at all, It was in November and the pages dont go back that far.
I read that vacuuming is not as helpful because they just cling tight to the carpet fibers, and to use the part that has that rubber piece on it.....it took me about an hour, but I vaccumed my whole living room with the upolstery attachment LOL.
Basically - we had a company come in that has K9's come and sniff for the bugs.
It cost us 350 bucks for them to come out, do the test, and for the 1 year warrenty on the K9 test.
some things to know.
1. You dont have to wash everything - you only have to dry them. So if you throw your sheets and towels and what not into the dryer for 45 minutes, it will kill all stages of bedbugs.
*we had to dry our clothes first thing in the morning and then get dressed next to the dryer. We didnt want to track the bugs anywhere else.
2. They dont like hair, so stop itching your noggin. They go for the most open exposed skin they can find.
3. Apartment buildings are tricky because chances are more then just your apartment is affected. You need to check your renter laws in your state to find out if they are liable since its a multifamily unit.
Here are some helpful videos to look for them:
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I lined my bed with the dryer sheets and had no new bites this morning but I'm not rejoicing, just somewhat relieved.