Forearmed against the six-legged
July 28, 2011 8:14 AM Subscribe
We're moving in a couple weeks, and we just found out that bedbugs were spotted in our new apartment. NOOOO! What now?
posted by Metroid Baby to home & garden (25 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
We met the current tenants when we visited the apartment, and we've been able to ask them pretty much anything. The other day they emailed us the bad news. Apparently the downstairs tenant (since vacated, to my knowledge) brought them in, and they spread. A pest control company came in, and they disappeared but just now came back. The current infestation doesn't seem to be severe - yet. Pest control is coming back to treat the entire building - last time, they got only the first two floors, and the bugs apparently escaped upstairs. It's a house with three units, not a highrise, so our chances of beating them are better.
We've talked to the pest control guys. They'll be using a combination of Pyrocide and Delta Dust, and they don't think we need to take any special precautions. I've read bedbugger.com and previous AskMes, and they've been helpful. I want to be as prepared as I possibly can.
-What else should we be asking pest control? What should we insist on?
-What can we do to supplement the professional treatment?
-How protective should we be of our stuff? Should we seal everything before we move? Are ziploc bags effective enough to keep the bugs out? Do we need to worry about our clothes?
-Is it just textiles we need to worry about keeping bedbugs out of, or everything? Do bedbugs hang out in appliances/electronics? We're concerned about the furniture, but do we need to worry about the dishwasher and computer?
-They do go away, right? With aggressive treatment and constant vigilance? Everything I've read about bedbugs suggests they're mostly a problem because they're so damn hard to get rid of.
-How can we be sure they're gone for real? Will we ever be able to relax?
Two points to consider: we have a cat and would rather not poison him. Also, we're moving in a couple weeks after our lease begins, and we'll have access to the apartment, so we can do some sort of maintenance or preventive treatment before all our stuff arrives. (If we do this, is there a risk of bedbugs hitching a ride on our stuff and coming back to our current apartment?)
Note: finding another apartment is an absolute last resort. Like, "the bedbugs are carrying guns and have stolen our credit cards" last resort. The rental market here is brutal, especially this time of year. It's highly unlikely we'll find a decent apartment in our price range on short notice, and there's no guarantee we wouldn't have a bedbug problem anywhere else. I once kicked a horrific cockroach problem on my own, so I'm prepared to fight.
Thanks (and wish us luck)!