Help me nip an infestation of bed bugs
November 29, 2011 1:16 PM Subscribe
omg, I think I have been bitten by bed bugs. Please help.
posted by hollyanderbody to home & garden (19 answers total)
Here is my situation: Yesterday, I noticed a couple of bumps but paid no mind of it until today, when I discoverd 30-40 red, mildly itchy bites, all on the upper right side of my back. I didn't notice these before, nor did my husband. Friday night and Saturday night we stayed at a hotel, and returned home on Sunday. I have never had bed bugs before, or known anyone who has, so I've never really thought much about them.
I have thoroughly checked my matress, and mostly thoroughly checked my box spring (I didn't tear back the fabric cover on the bottom, but it does have a tear in it, so I just looked through the tear). I found no evidence of bed bugs. I have begun the process of washing all my clothes and bedding, drying it, and putting everything in plastic bags.
My bedroom is hardwood, with an area rug. However the hardwood has cracks big enough.... (thanks for the wood that shrinks, Lumber Liquidators) I intend to COVER my rug with diatomacious earth, and fill the cracks in the food floor with it. I do have carpet elswhere in the house.
Since I've never had bedbugs before, and cant find evidence of them, and I have learned that the bites don't always become evident right away, I am proceeding under the assumption that the bites occured at the hotel.
However, I have unpacked, and put away clothes from our suitcases which were not worn. I have also washed and put away the clothes that WERE worn. We really spread out while staying at the hotel, but I feel little of our things spend much time on the floor. (except dirty clothes). We had many bags of miscallany: kids books, snack type food. All of this has been returned to their usual places around the house. The suitcases were on the little stand or on a chair (upholstered).
Since I am the only one in the family with the bites, I am proceeding as if my suitcases are the "epicenter". I'm going to put them outside for a few freezing nights. I'm going to start washing the clothes which are currently in contact with them, until the whole family's clothes have been treated.
Here are my questions:
1. Is there anything else I should do that doesn't cost a fortune?
2. Should I just accept that this will cost me a fortune and let professionals handle this?
3. Must all the clothes be WASHED, or can they just go through the dryer on high heat a few times?
4. Once all of our clothes are in bags, how long must we live this way? when can we put our clothes back in dressers and closets?
Anything else you can think of will be appreciated!