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November 11, 2012 7:22 AM Subscribe
Leaving a bedbug infested apartment - how do we move safely?
posted by BZArcher to home & garden (12 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Since a couple friends suggested I post the "obligatory askMefi freakout" about my situation, here we go.
About three weeks ago, my wife and I moved into what was going to be our first place together after getting married. It's a townhouse attached to four other row houses owned by the same landlord.
With a few days of moving in, we found out the entire place was infested with bed bugs. We called the landlord and he offered to try spraying and bug bombing himself, but all the research I've done says that won't do it. (My wife? Also extremely allergic to bed bug bites. Yay.)
We called an exterminator who determined the little crawling bastards are in the walls, floorboards, masonry, everything. When we showed the report to the landlord, he told us he wouldn't pay to have the building heat treated, and if we won't let him bug bomb, we should just move out and he'll refund our deposit.
That's great (note: not actually great).
I'm working on finding a new place to live, but I want to make sure we can move safely and not spread these. I've seen some stuff online about companies that will fumigate your moving truck, but I'm not sure anyone offers that service in central Ohio, where I live. We've already bought and deployed Diatomaceous earth and encased our mattresses and pillows, and I've spread DE on the slats, bed boards, and bed frames.
I'd love to hear all the advice and suggestions you guys can offer.
I'm also planning to get a lawyer to take this landlord to court for cost of sanitizing, fumigating, and replacing whatever we have to get rid of, and to report him to the board of health in our city, so any and all advice on that is also appreciated.