So many bed bugs. How to not have so many bed bugs?
June 2, 2011 4:58 PM Subscribe
Bed bugs! In Chicago! I need advice, recommendations and morale. More inside.
posted by MPnonot3 to home & garden (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Apologies for how long this will be...
So a few weeks ago I've been waking up to find a few bites on my arms. Maybe a new one every couple days. A couple weeks ago, they were in row formation. On my arms, upper arms, torso. A couple days ago, I found a few small black marks on my sheets along with some blood streaks.
So bed bugs. I convince myself its a small infestation -- "lets find a good specialist and treat the shit out of it." Long story short - I talked to my landlord for the third time today after noticing 2 people move out on my floor. He admitted to knowing about an infestation for months. Not to get all "All the Presidents Men" on you, but I have reason to believe the owner told him not to say anything to anybody. (I also don't want to get my landlord in trouble - he's a great guy). The owner also told the landlord to self treat, so he's been spraying with industrial whatever in select apartments. This, as I understand it, could cause the bugs to just frenzy and spread out.
That's the backstory. My plan is to get a specialist in here this weekend, monday at the latest. I told the landord and the owner this, so we can all come up with a plan of action. Owner wants to bring in some other exterminator Wednesday to treat just my apartment.
I'm going to document what the specialist recommends since I'm pretty sure the owner isn't going to do it (jumping to conclusions, I know, but he has terrible track record with stuff like.. fixing a ceiling fan). I'm then going to get a packtite, and treat all my books and papers and clothes, buy some airtight containers and move them to a self storage. I'm also going to move all my electronics as well. And I'm going to treat the packtite treatable stuff again before I move into a new place - wherever, whenever that is. Here's where I need your recommendation: I'm considering using Pest Control Chicagoland - I've heard GREAT things about them and their bed bug treatment - but what do you say? Anybody better? Personal experiences
What I'm doing now is running my sheets and covers through the dryer, at maxiumum temp, every other day. I have a spray bottle of 91% rubbing alcohol for contact kills and baggies on hand at all times in case I need to catch one (though I've yet to actually see one). I also put double sided tape on my futon legs, and have been checking the mattress religiously, though I see nothing yet. I should probably get a cover for my futon, right? Do they make futon bed bug covers? What else should I be doing?
Outside of all this I'm planning on breaking my lease (hopefully I'll be able to) and moving out by july. Luckily all my furniture is expendable, and I live in studio so there's not TOO much stuff. I'm keeping a daily log of what I do and what my leaser does, and a spreadsheet of all expenses.
I've come to terms with bugs crawling over me at night. What I'm still struggling with is how much work this is going to be. Hours and hours in addition to a full time + part time job. Bed bug sufferers - how did you get through it? Psychological tricks? Ways to avoid going crazy?
Thankfully money isn't an issue. I've got a bunch saved. At the end I'm planning to give a copy of my log and spreadsheet to my landlord. Though I'm not holding my breath on getting reimbursed.
tl;dr Any bed bug specialist recommendations? What should I be doing in the meantime to keep them at bay? How do I not go crazy? Thanks for listening to my question-rant, sorry for the millions of questions. Thanks so much!
If it matters my apartment is in edgewater.