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THE TROUBLE WITH BEDBUGS...
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- Bedbugs avoid light and attack in the middle of the night. About the size of an apple seed, they hide in cracks and crevices of furniture and walls, and can disappear into the edge of a picture frame or between buttons on an alarm clock.
- Bedbugs are turning up in hospitals, schools, movie theaters, health clubs.
- People who have bedbugs often never see them alive. The only signs are pepper-like spots of their fecal matter, specks of dried blood on bedsheets, and of course, the bites. The scourge is nearly impossible to eradicate; the creatures can go a year without feeding, they reproduce rapidly and don't die easily.
- Belongings must be removed from the home & thoroughly washed, followed by meticulous vacuuming, before the exterminator can even begin his work. Several home visits are often needed.
- Not even the professionals feel like they have a handle on it. They've been caught unawares by these pests, which were dormant for decades. The recent comeback is attributed to an increase in global travel and the banning of DDT. "We feel like we're starting from scratch. The only thing we know is that we don't know anything."
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From A BEDBUG MESSAGEBOARD
Posted by Kathy on November 27, 2003 at 01:18:11: I have had about 100 bed bug bites. Many on my arms since I sleep with my arms above my head exposed. Well, I saw little progress on mother natures own with waiting for my wounds to heal. I am not rich, but I did dish out the 25 bucks for Mederma scar gel . Well. it works! just wanted to help any of you looking for something to help the scars these pests leave! I was embarased to show my arms in public at one point. HTH Kathy
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I am moving to my home state Massachusetts in January. I imagine it will shock my system totally, because I am coming up from south Florida. I hope if I have one bed bug egg in ANY of what I did keep it will die! oh, to carry these monsters north would be horrid.
I got the bed bugs back in September. I had a used leather sofa set given to me. I thought "OH WHAT A GREAT FIND!" being it was one of those seamless italian deals. I imagine a 5,000 set or more. Well, my "great deal" became a costly mess.
I am glad I looked up on the internet "nite time bites" after being only bit at night, and bed bugs came up in my search. So, the infestation was controlled and rebound a few times. I bombed with raid two times and then had the bug man come here twice.
Then he came again this last time, He talked to us and said the eggs will hatch and I need to vaccum like crazy. He said to vaccum IN MY BOX SPRING! how the heck can I do that! I figured I would NEVER get rid of them 100% with the eggs hatching and a whole cycle starting again. I just said to myself to get rid (throw out) of all my furniture or suffer.
I hope the mederma works for you chrissy, apply it three times a day at the least. I still have some scars for my itching but the appearence of them is not nearly as bad as it was. I can go out in public and not look a total mess. good luck! Kathy
posted by Laurie on November 28, 2003 at 09:50:36:
I asked an exterminator about that, as my boyfriend never got bitten, either. They claim that the bugs are attracted more so to females because of the hormones! Men CAN & do get bitten, but not as often as women. I don't know if that's true, but that's what I was told by a pro! My husband has never been had a bite and help sleeps right next to me... go figure
: Same here!! Weird.
Posted by Chrissy on November 18, 2003 at 13:39:55:
In Reply to: Probably a nymph posted by Heather on November 18, 2003 at 10:34:20:
Hi, thanks for responding. Yep, it definitely was a nymph. I'm at my wits end with this bed bug problem! Does anyone EVER get rid of these things? I've had 3 professional exterminations in 6 weeks, I've applied Drione powder into cracks, I've caulked up every crack & crevice I can find, I spray permethrin in hot spots...thrown out the infested mattress/boxspring...even steam cleaned the room to try to get the stray eggs....and I'm STILL SEEING NYMPHS?????
[The nymphs (immatures) resemble the adult though they are smaller in size. Newly hatched nymphs are almost colorless whereas engorged nymphs are reddish and swollen Bed bug eggs are white, oval egg is about 1 mm long. ]
I'll definitely try the flea powder. Thanks for the tip.
Posted by joyce on November 30, 2003 at 20:16:28:
Is there a safe way to kill bedbugs that may be nesting in my computer and peripherals? i am packing up just about everything in my house and putting it outside for the winter. i packed my books in containers with mothballs and put them outside but i don't know what is safe for the computer, tv, stereo etc. we definately itch when sitting at the computer for a while and when we moved the computer to another room, the itching followed
I had horrid bites from my PC desk. I have gotten rid of it but like you fear that perhaps the bugs have taken over my PC. I would guess, not 100% sure here. But, there is a good chance if the PC is left in the freezing cold it may kill them. I am not sure if that would damage your pc? I hope not. Good Luck! Kathy
"Bedbugs nest on porous materials, of which there are virtually none in a computer case....."
Live in a lockdown situation. I.e., only wear your bed clothes for bed. Have a apir of house schlepping clothes. And only leave the house with fresh clothes from sealed bags. If they are in your closet, take all that stuff out of it, bag it up until you have time to disinfect it (steaming, boiling, hot dryer) and caulk all cracks in the closet. Look everywhere in that closet. Then, spray it with pesticide and put diatamaceous earth at the perimier edge. Work ,like this in every suspected hiding place otherwise it will get out of control. I know it is overwhelming but it is the only way.Good luck and keep us informed
I have new found empathy for anyone with any kind of bug problem now. You cannot sleep properly, you jump at the littlest 'tickle' on your body, and you become so freakish about cleaning!!
! They sell plastic zipper matress covers at linens n things or bed bath and beyond. it is a huge plastic case with a zipper. The plastic cover is hard to put on the matress alone, it is a two person job for sure. The plastic is thin and tears easy,
I sprinkled drione. Finally spent my first night in that room in a month last night. And in the morning there was a huge bedbug on the wall. I sprinkled so much drione I got an allergic reaction vaccuming it even with a mask. I guess I will call an exterminator ...
"...it is the best-kept secret of high-end hotels, cruise lines, and, apparently, meditation centers! ...
..."I am definitely already freezing a lot of stuff in my apartment fresszer, but i didn't know I had to do it for two weeks. I realize these creatures are very resilienlt...but hey why not two weeks in the freezer to help my conscience...."
"...Seeing as how you're in an apartment complex is probably what is preventing them from dying off completely. The owner would have to do the *entire* building, and other tenants who have infested furniture would have to throw their stuff out, too. It'll be quite a challenge since there are many people involved who will have to incur a significant expense...."
Posted by Chrissy on December 02, 2003 at 13:15:31:
In Reply to: How's everyone doing with bedbugs? posted by Laurie on December 02, 2003 at 11:40:10:
I'm still living in the apartment, and haven't seen one in awhile, except for ONE nymph in my bedroom which I killed about 2 weeks ago. After spraying like hell with something called Enforcer (VERY strong insecticide effective for all indoor pests), I haven't seen another bug of ANY kind. However, I've taken to sleeping on the sofa bed in my living room while I look for another apartment. Don't want to live with the fear of these things coming back, and I had to throw out my bedroom furniture!:(
: Hope you're all coping, and haven't seen any of the buggers in a while!
We're leaving our apartment after our landlord refused to pay for any of the exterminating. Although we haven't been to a hotel in a year, she insists we brought them in. The exterminator said they've been in the house for quite a while, and I've only been getting bitten for a month.
We tossed our bed, and are outta here! Five nights so far without a bite. We're sleeping in the living room on an air mattress in the meantime. Next step? Making sure we bring nothing with us. Advice? Rent a steam cleaner for our sofa (though we've never been bitten in the living room, we want to be safe)?
Posted by orza on December 05, 2003 at 23:45:07:
We're moving out of this apartment to get away from them. We've already thrown out our bed, but today, I found one crawling across the sheet on our air mattress. What in the world can we do to make sure we don't bring any with us?
Fogging? Any advice, please! We've had the exterminator here two times, and still, we've got them. what the hell!
Also, if I saw one, how many does that mean we still have? Obviously, when we move, we'll want a new bed, but should we wait a while before we get one?
Posted by Chrissy on December 06, 2003 at 11:58:59:
In Reply to: Re: I suggest... posted by orza on December 06, 2003 at 11:37:17:
Like you, I also have these horrible insects in my apartment, and I would LOVE to hear from just one person who has made a move & not brought these things to the new place...
All I can suggest is that you throw out every piece of furniture that you even SUSPECT may harbor these things, and steam clean whatever you do plan to bring, be it clothing, furniture, etc. Go over each item with a fine-tooth comb, as you never know where the bugs may be hiding.
I know it's expensive, but you really can only bring the bare essentials with you to the new place. I have thrown out all of my bedroom furniture, as I found egg casings everywhere, and I don't plan to replace any of it until I'm moved to a new place. It's a waste of money. So, when you move, even toss away that air mattress you saw the bug on...remember, if in doubt, leave it behind.
I feel your pain. I've had these things for 4 months, and I've had several professional exterminations, purchased sprays, foggers, powders, etc., but these things are bionic!
: Thanks for the advice. We've had all the 'right things' done already, yet we still have them. I've read this whole forum, and am hoping to get in contact with someone who has moved and managed to bring no bugs with them.
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Posted by orza on December 13, 2003 at 20:31:14:
I know that if they are there, they will bite you. After two exterminator visits ( a complete waste of money, seeing as he stayed for ten minutes only) we visited an exterminator supply shop. There was a blizzard that day, and the owner knew lots about bbugs, and sold us the things we'd seen the exterminator use, plus other things we'd read about. That was last Saturday. We spent the ENTIRE DAY vacuuming every little crevice in the wall, threw out tons of stuff, and applied the products in the order and manner the store owner advised us to. We used Steri-fab, Permethrin, some sort of flushing spray, and Tri-Die. He gave us a professional guide for exterminators from a bbug class.
It has been a week without bites. We're moving, and our possessions are going into a cold-storage facility for a month. Our clothes have been sanitized and are in clear plastic bags, we're renting a steamer to treat everything again before we put it into storage, etc., etc.
Anyway, a friend of a friend was saying that she'd had them, and managed (with much less effort!) to not bring them with her to her new place. Are we being overly optimistic about the effectiveness of the most recent treatment? Once the bugs began, I never went more than 3 days without bites, and now it's been seven.
Since we'd decided to move, it was fairly easy to treat the baseboards and every tiny crack in our possessions, even if it did take us the entire weekend. We're doing it again this weekend, since we were worried eggs might have hatched in the interim. Ugh, this is exhausting (wearing ventilators, rubber gloves, etc), but we are being a hell of a lot more thorough than the lame exterminator was. We no longer have a bed, bedframe, headboard or any of the comforts of home.
I'd love to hear from someone who has gotten rid of them! Our landlord was completely unsympathetic (even though she lives in the house), and since we've also had awful mouse problems she's had no interest in solving, we're leaving.
It's interesting that you mentioned a mouse problem. This most likely is contributing to the problem. The BBs can also feed on the mice and be transported throughout the building. This can happen with fleas also. Get out of there ASAP!
The bug man said that they keep coming back because their chemicals can NOT kill the eggs. They re-hatch and start the life cycle all over and then re-infest.
I am seriously thinking of leaving this place with nothing! and starting over... help! has anyone gotten rid of them 100%
Bedbug eggs are whitish-translucent, making them difficult to detect. (Another site:) Bedbug eggs are elongate, about 1/32 inch long (see below), white in color, and have a distinct cap at one end. . They do not lay at all at temperatures below 10C (50 Degrees fahrenheit ) . At temperatures above 70° Fahrenheit, egg hatch occurs in 6 to 17 days. "they did not spread to northern regions until buildings started to be heated, but when this did happen they soon became very abundant. They are now less common and are largely kept under control by modern insecticides."
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Strangely, the only article I've read recently that dealt directly with cilantro was in an early issue of Gastronomica, in which the author delved into historical reports of various European cooks thinking that (I'm not kidding) cilantro smells like bedbugs . I personally have no idea what a bedbug smells like (soap, maybe?), but it's not inconceivable that the two perceptions are related. Unfortunately, I lent that issue of Gastronomica to an acquaintance, who lost it, so I don't remember the details.
coriander and cilantro, soap. "Keep in mind the name comes from the Greek word (koros) for what the leaves are supposed to smell like: bedbugs."
HOW TO GET RID OF ANTS
use some chlorox to help remove the smell of rotting food in the garbage disposal as well as the drains in general.
Any smells from the garbage can will be enticing to ants. With no food, the ants will have no reason to enter your kitchen and could naturally die off.
But to kill ants directly, one of the best ways is to use a bait such as the Terro liquid ant baits. The active ingredient for these baits is boric acid (borax). Usually 5% of a sweet liquid mixture, the boric acid will kill ants over a few days. The sugar ants will ingest the liquids on Terro strips and take the poison back to their queen. Therefore, one of the keys to using such baits is to wait and see.
1.Clean up or throw away any potential attractors before you start exterminating.
- FORM A BARRIER:
Salt and talc can be spread under doors, near windows and walls with better conscience.  Tailor's chalk and baby powder usually contain talc and can be used to create a barrier for ants. Regardless of which form of talc you use, keep in mind that there are concerns about the potential carcinogenicity of talc if you breathe it in
- Wait for the ants to show up. Don't lure new ants with the bait because you could attract new colonies. Once there's a trail, place the bait next to it (not on it, or else you'll interrupt their march home). You can also place it in a safe part of the pantry where ants appear to be congregating.
- Make a mixture of rubbing alcohol, dish soap and water.
Get a spray bottle and place a teaspoon of rubbing alcohol and about a teaspoon and a half of dish soap. Then fill the spray bottle with water about an inch (2.5cm) away from the top and close it up tight. Shake the solution until bubbles start to appear and then you're ready to spray! Because of the alcohol in the solution, the ants will stay clear away from it.
Keep your home clean
Wipe down all surfaces. Tables and countertops should be regularly sprayed and cleaned with a mild bleach or vinegar solution.
Keep the sink clean. Avoid leaving dirty dishes and standing water for ants to drink and do not put food in the drain. Remove all in-sink disposal scraps as soon as added.
- a quick, temporary fix, an all-purpose disinfectant spray such as Lysol or Windex does a great job of poisoning and killing ants in a matter of minutes.