BedBugs - It's War and I'm Going To Win

Monday, February 13, 2006

Ok - It's war


A bit over a month ago, we purchased my dream home. Nice big house with nice big yard and a nice happy neighborhood. We got fair deal on the house and started sleeping in the house about a month ago.

The only thing that troubled me when buying the house is that we bought the house from 2 dirka families living in it with 10 children in the house and many suitcases in the basement. There must have been some sort of immigration/consulting/people smuggling/who-knows ring going on in that house.

Bah, it's no big deal; after all, this is a modern, common living get-up here in the Toronto Mississauga area in Canada. We're buying the house - not the people living in it. Right?

So we took our time moving in and two weeks after sleeping peacefully, I noticed that I woke up with these strange lumps.. about 3 in a row or so in my rib area. My skin was pink in the area. I didn't think much of it and brushed them off as some sort of spider bite.

After a few more days, I got two more or so on my back. I brushed these off as more bites or possibly pimples.

After a few more days, I noticed that I got these small bites on my side close to the first bites. These were less sever. I just dismissed these as small pimples that I scratched off.

After a few more days, my wounds started to heal and the heart of the bites actually showed dark red. 1, 2, 3 in a row. I said to my wife 'you know, It's almost like something was crawling on me, bit me, moved over, bit me again, then moved over, and bit me again.'

Another few days passed and last weekend I attended a wedding. It had an open bar and I got pretty tipsy. We got home and I went to bed. I woke up when I got sober and was real thirsty. I also woke up with my bite marks burning. I thought this was because I was dehydrated. I then stayed up for 30 min and went back to sleep.

As I was trying to get back to sleep I began to think about my wounds and realized it has been almost 2 weeks and I have these mysterious bites on me that are burning and healing very slowly. I went back to sleep. That night I drempt of spiders and insects that were out to get me.

I awoke the next morning and grabbed the laptop and started to research spider bites. After all, there was quite a bit of spiders around the house when we moved in so it must have been spiders. As I was researching a site, I saw this one line:

"Spiders rarely bite more than once, so multiple bites are usually caused by insects such as fleas, bedbugs, ticks, mites and biting flies."

As soon as I read the part about the bedbugs, I automatically had this sinking feeling. Then I read this about bedbug bites:

"Though bedbug bites can occur singly, they often follow a distinctive pattern of a linear group of three bites, sometimes macabrely referred to as "breakfast, lunch and dinner."

Ok. Now I had confirmation that I indeed had bedbugs. I then found some sites related to bedbugs and those trying to cope:

http://bedbugblog.blogspot.com/
http://www.savejeffy.com/
http://ridiculouschick.blogspot.com/2005/12/closure.html

After further reading, I realized this would need ongoing professional intervention over a long period of time. Naturally as a guy, I want to try to tackle this myself. If we can't spray DDT all over the house, this won't go away easily; regardless of professional help. With a new house and new payments, I can't afford to pay people to spray pesticides that I can buy at the store and spray myself.

I'm waging war. The War is starting now.

86 Comments:

  • I am happy that you and your wife is finally have won the war against bedbugs. I live in an apt and we are infested here with them and I have been battling them and I am still losing the war but I will take your advice and see if it will work because our building manager is not really helping us at all and I can't afford to move out of here and I can't afford to buy new beds for me and my daughter I am on Ontario Works and they don't even help out so thank you again for sharing your story and I will try what you did and I will keep you posted thanks again

    By Blogger Patti, at 3:36 PM  

  • I am so traumatized and scared and battling bedbugs in my apt for 2 years. I took my sibling's used bed that was sitting in her garage for my new apt. Then I start getting bitten a month later. And I still can't get rid of them. I bought a new mattress and box spring. I encased them but had to be on the floor cuz i can't afford to buy the frame. Now that I bought a metal frame, put vaseline on the legs and still get bitten!!
    I had my carpets steam cleaned 5 months ago but that didn't help. My whole apartment is carpeted and I think those bugs are hiding in there. I am so scared to sleep at night!! I don't know what to do. I called the exterminator but he doesn't know anything. I did my homework on bed bugs and he had no clue. He just want to spray whatever chemical he had. I had a dead bed bug in a plastic bag and showed it to him and he couldn't identify it. So I thought I try getting rid of them myself. My apt management wouldn't pay for it blaming me. I'm so emotionally drained and financially drained.I can't afford to move out. It's not severe infestation , I can't find them. I looked in every cracks and crevices and none but only get bitten at night. I got 7 bites on my legs and buttocks last night! I am so scared. I didn't tell anyone, too embarrased. I live out in los angeles, ca and exterminators here are only familiar with termites, roaches and other bugs. Please help me!!!

    By Blogger lisa, at 9:48 PM  

  • Hi Lisa, I live in an apartment complex in Chicago and here in Illinois by law, the management or landlord is obligated to contract a licensed professional and pay for the service. The law differs from state to state but I'm pretty sure California is included.

    You shouldn't be embarassed about this 4 star hotels have them, I had them and I live in a pretty decent place.

    Look at some of the sites on the web, there's some good ideas on how to fight back.

    Good luck, Renoir.

    By Blogger RENOIR, at 5:35 PM  

  • I think I know why you are still getting bitten, even though you have vaseline on your bed frame legs. They are probably just crawling up your wall, going across your ceiling, and dropping right on you! Have you put a double-sided tape barrier on the ceiling above the perimeter of your bed? Absolutely, they will be drawn to the carbon dioxide accumulating above your bed while you sleep. I've seen them on the ceiling above my bed many times!

    By Blogger VanAvatar, at 1:58 AM  

  • i am going through the same thing! Will contact building manager tomorrow

    By Blogger Rachel, at 3:21 AM  

  • well, i'm going to war with bed bugs. i hope i win. it's encouraging to read that you won...i live in RI and i'm not sure if land lords are responsible for bed bug removal. who knows, i could have brought them in...from where?

    i just saw a friend from Brooklyn where bed bugs are at epidemic proportions. maybe he was the source. but i still have my suspicions. supposedly, 5 years ago my house was a crack house with squatters and junkies galore. i think their pets have come out to snack on me!

    By Blogger h, at 2:23 PM  

  • You should also check with your neighbors and make sure that they are not experiencing symptoms of bedbugs in their apartment because they are know to spread from one infested unit to another. Also if you travel you should check your luggage before you get home.

    By Blogger purple, at 8:57 PM  

  • i have been dealing with bedbugs in my apartment for 6 months now. the exterminators have been out 4 times, but they are still not gone. they came from the unit next door to mine, which was also inhabited by middle easterners. i was told that bedbugs are often brought over with the international students in the area.

    dealing with bedbugs is so frustrating. i have nightmares about them on a regular basis. i am moving to a new apartment in 2 weeks, but i am afraid they will come with me.

    By Blogger Alicyn, at 11:04 PM  

  • i'm wondering, have you seen in attached to the sticky tape or in the yogurt containers?

    By Blogger LuAnne, at 12:20 PM  

  • After many thoughts, thinking: what am I going to do to not get bitten by these pests?

    I finally came to an acceptable idea for getting rid of bed bugs biting my skin at night for good and forever. Here is my sketch drawing for what you should do to proof your mattress from these critters:
    http://www.aloanmoreira.com/bb.GIF

    By Blogger aloan.1, at 6:57 PM  

  • if the bugs fall into the water in the container...will they die...or just simply swim?? i don'tknow if they can swim!

    By Blogger christine, at 8:39 PM  

  • will the bugs die if they fall into water....or simply just swim????

    By Blogger christine, at 8:39 PM  

  • aloa1 you aproach is so wrong these things crawl up the wall and drop on the bed.

    By Blogger Sibusiso, at 11:47 AM  

  • I had a huge problem with bedbugs in my upper west side NYC apartment and I have been struggling with this problem for months i literally cant sleep at night.. I spent over $1,600 trying to fix this problem. I finally called Empire Exterminating and they fixed my problem for under $350.. Great 24 hour service and most affordable and efficient bedbug exterminating company in NYC... this included 2 visits and a set of bedbug mattress protectors. If you mention their online coupon from there website http://www.EmpireExterminating.com you get the two mattress protectors for FREEEE

    By Blogger rebecca, at 5:12 PM  

  • Why would the bed bugs bite me and my four children except my husband? It's been 2 months since I moved to this place and my husband has yet had any bites.

    By Blogger karymari4, at 1:01 AM  

  • Why would the bed bugs bite me and my four children except my husband? It's been 2 months since I moved to this place and my husband has yet had any bites.

    By Blogger karymari4, at 1:01 AM  

  • You realize that there may be a cost in not
    encouraging anonymity. After all, law suits
    are arising over bedbug infestations. Landlords
    are also using infestations as a basis for eviction
    or termination of leases. In addition to the bed-
    bugs, landlords and their agents can cause
    immeasurable aggravation. The pest control
    companies have leverage, too. None of this
    accrues to the advantage of the tenant. There must
    a relatively simple treatment for a light infestation,
    but at this point, no one seems to know what it is.

    By Blogger David, at 3:48 PM  

  • Please post any preventive chemicals to deal with.

    I visited a furniture shop in Toronto,Canada and the owner expressed his sincere gratitude towards the bedbugs in Toronto who brought the true economic boom of the mattress business.
    Some landlord guess that creature comes from immigrants of East Europeans, some say Philippians are the source, while others just don't know.
    Human races will be gone, and the bedbugs, roaches, government officials and CEO's would be the only lives in the earth.......

    By Blogger htk, at 7:10 PM  

  • Mike David.I have to say it sounds like victory.I need some advice from you please.Ill share my story I moved in this apartment about two and half years ago its a up and down the girl upstairs has a dog as well as I,her dad was geting bit up pretty bad sooo because of the dogs we thought they where fleas untill she told me her dad only got bit mostly at night I only new what bedbugs were because of this one show I wacthed.Well once we realize what they were I freaked out I called the landlord and he refuse to do anything said it wasent his problem he didnt put them there I said I didnt cause this problem he than just went on how hes not going to do anything.At this point i havent got bit yet but was just freaked out just moved in tight on money.The girl upstairs ended up hire some people it cost about 700.oo they came and sprayed 10different times I figure ok problem sloved I was wrong months went by and the girl upstairs like didnt complain about them or say she still had them so I figure they were gone.Up untill a couple months ago my two year old was geting bit i freaked out u know thats my baby I called the health deparment on the landlord everyone I could think of I called.The health department sent violations on the house to the landlord which is 1000.00 per vio.but still wouldnt do nothing about the bedbugs so i just figure i have to move plus they havent been good with repairs either. I live in rochester n.y. a landlord has to get rid of roaches mice so why not bedbugs.A couple days after the health department and everyone else I called,the landlord sent me a letter to move out in 30 days it pissed me off to say the least because they were only doing that because I called the health department iam trying to have them take care of a problem that i didnt cause I have to hear my baby say her boo boo itch that hurts me sooo bad.It just seems like noone cares cause there not going threw it.So iam moving july 1st becuase i want too not because of the 30 day notice which is june 30th at 1:00pm.Myself and daughter have been bitten for the last month or so my child has so many on her i have maybe seven right now sometimes it looks like she has fresh bites just sitting on the sofa in the early
    night is that possible and its crazy how bad they itch and hurt it makes me feel worse knowing my child has to go threw it.Well I plan on throwing every thing I can away bed,sofas,tables,shelfs,stands,my daughters toys,and anything else I think there in.My question for you is can they go in tvs computers anything like that and what extra steps should I take when moving I do not want to bring the bedbugs with me and my husband does not get bit or dont have the reaction like myself and daughter.I will tell u what else I have done so I dont bring them with me not sure if it will work though.I washed and dryed all clothes and put them in a plastic bag with two moth balls hope they die from that and I tied it real tight so they cant get in the bag.I'am doing this with dvds,books,nic nacs,ex.there is two chairs I want to keep but very scared to do so they are recliners they cost alot thats the main reason.Ones leather and the other is cloth any advice on those.I really cant afford to throw anything away and it might be awhile before i get a new bed and the other things but its better then dealing with the bites and seeing my child suffer.I know for sure that I am going to bedbug proof my new apartment they way you did ur house.My sister lives downstairs and i will have the upstairs and she has no bedbugs.sooo I hope this moving out works.Any advice will be great thanks

    By Blogger charlene edwards, at 2:15 AM  

  • Thank you very much for this blog. My family and I had a 6 month lease at a place where I started waking up with these mysterious bites. I eventually recognized them as breakfast, lunch, dinner bites. An extermintor came in and could find no signs of bed bugs. But I was steadily getting more bites every night. I would stay up forever, absolutely paranoid, and they always got me, even if I slept just 2 hours.

    Anyways, we followed all your tips. It helped alot. At first, I still got bit but a whole lot less. I put my bedding in the hottest dryer setting like three times. The combination of that and doing everything you did saved my sanity.

    It worked, and now we live somewhere else.

    By Blogger Me, at 2:27 AM  

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    By Blogger BBUGS, at 5:39 PM  

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    By Blogger kf tang, at 2:19 AM  

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    By Blogger kf tang, at 2:20 AM  

  • You can get some more information about how to get rid of bedbugs on the Kill The Bedbugs blog.

    By Blogger James, at 6:09 PM  

  • Thanks so much for your blog. I work in a charity organisation in Australia and we work with many people living in public housing and have started to see a huge increase in bed bugs. It is so hard to get rid of them and any advice is appreciated. thanks

    By Blogger Irina, at 7:05 PM  

  • Thanks so much for your blog. I work in a charity organisation in Australia and we work with many people living in public housing and have started to see a huge increase in bed bugs. It is so hard to get rid of them and any advice is appreciated. thanks

    By Blogger Irina, at 7:09 PM  

  • I am glad to hear that you have won the war finally.Very recently I heard about the bed bugs from the doctorstv.com program as well as from a good friend of mine from United States about Bed bugs. Travellers please be on the alert, your luggages may have been attacked by this little critters and may encroach your hotel rooms or the friends that visit you...

    By Blogger kmydean, at 7:50 AM  

  • It's nice blog about the war. I'm just curious to see that its a war. However, Nice topic. Keep it up. Thanks.

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  • haha
    I lived in Brampton and learned pretty quick to never buy, rent, or touch anything Dirka's have owned.

    You buy a car from one, guarantee they've never changed the oil.

    Rent a place, nothing works in it..

    Glad to hear you are winning the war.

    By Blogger Uncharted Thoughts, at 11:59 PM  

  • Bed Bugs Moving Box Warning

    by Ben
    (Los Angeles, CA)




    We manage a box store. Some years ago, people who were moving would often go looking for used boxes behind super markets and grocery stores. Nowadays, there are several companies who actually sell used boxes.

    Many consumers are unaware of the hazards that come with moving your belongings in used moving boxes.

    Pre-used boxes come with a host of other hazards, such as:

    Lack of cleanliness.
    Insects or insect eggs may reside within the boxes. Furthermore, damaging parasites or insects such as bed bugs, termites, lice, scabies, and others may have come in contact with the boxes.

    Even one bed bug could result in a total infestation of your new home. Rodent droppings could reside in the box, which may be extremely harmful to you and your families health.

    Lack of knowledge about what was previously in the box (i.e. Packing your toothbrush in a box that once held a floor mat, or hazardous chemicals and cleaning materials). The strength and durability of the box has been compromised.
    The box may contain odor and Bed Bugs from previous contents.

    The average person who doesn’t move very often is likely to overlook these facts in the interest of saving a few cents. However, upon reviewing the (very real) hazards that come with using used boxes, it becomes apparent that the potential damage that could be caused would be expensive to repair.

    Imagine bringing a box to your new home that not long before held a comforter that contained bed bug eggs. A potential infestation in your new home would be disastrous and very difficult and expensive to remedy. Furthermore, the value of safety is priceless, and your safety and sanitation can be compromised by packing with used boxes. Imagine packing your toiletries in a box that once held household cleaners. What if those cleaners leaked in the box? That is, without a doubt, a potential safety hazard.



    EXTRA TIP: Be sure to place your mattress in a box or mattress bag before moving! You never know what bugs and critters may reside in the moving truck and it’s moving blankets/pads!

    Nevertheless, re-using boxes does go a long way as far as being “green” is concerned. The act of recycling, many believe, makes using used boxes worthwhile. HOWEVER, as far as environmental friendliness is concerned, there is NO difference between re-using a box, and using New boxes.

    Why use an old and hazardous box, when you could use a new box made of 100% recycled materials?
    A new box made of post-consumer recycled products is: stronger and cleaner, And above all, environmentally friendly and Bed Bug free.

    Editor Comment Bed Bugs Moving Box Warning

    Thank you for sharing this important advice. There is no question that bed bugs can be hiding in used moving boxes. I'd advise anyone that is moving to not only use new boxes, but to ask if the moving truck was inspected for bed bugs.

    Remember, people who used the truck to move their belongings may have had bed bugs. Because of this problem, many moving companies are treating their trucks for bed bugs. Be sure to ask as there have been reports of bed bug infestations caused by moving.
    http://boxbros.com Remember always use new boxes

    By Blogger goody, at 12:00 PM  

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    By Blogger Ultimate Bedding, at 4:34 PM  

  • My wife had a bad allergic reaction to bed bug bites and it left her scared and scarred. These things are annoying but harmless in most cases but we had a real war in trying to get rid of them. My biggest problem was trying to avoid chemical products. As I did my research I found this site that has natural products to kill and fight the good battle with. Remove Bed Bugs

    By Blogger Recruit Depot Blog, at 8:22 PM  

  • Hi Mike. I recently had major problems with bed bugs in a hotel style building I was staying in for my summer in NY. It took days to convince my management that my 'mosquito bites' were in fact bed bug bites, and even then all they would do was promise to get my room tested 'soon'. When they did and I was proved right, they still did nothing, even though my contract stated it was part of what I paid rent for. In the end, my manager told me that if I was a guy, it wouldn't be such a big problem, and said I was freaking out over nothing (apparently swollen red bites all over my skin and constant asthma attacks and lethargy are nothing).

    It is so refreshing to read your blog and realise I am not alone in being paranoid and not being able to sleep at night due to bed bugs. And it's also refreshing to now that it's not just a 'girlish paranoia' as my building manager tried to tell me. Thank you so much for all your advice and I am definitely going to try and implement it.

    By Blogger rosececilia, at 1:15 AM  

  • Hi Mike. I recently had major problems with bed bugs in a hotel style building I was staying in for my summer in NY. It took days to convince my management that my 'mosquito bites' were in fact bed bug bites, and even then all they would do was promise to get my room tested 'soon'. When they did and I was proved right, they still did nothing, even though my contract stated it was part of what I paid rent for. In the end, my manager told me that if I was a guy, it wouldn't be such a big problem, and said I was freaking out over nothing (apparently swollen red bites all over my skin and constant asthma attacks and lethargy are nothing).

    It is so refreshing to read your blog and realise I am not alone in being paranoid and not being able to sleep at night due to bed bugs. And it's also refreshing to now that it's not just a 'girlish paranoia' as my building manager tried to tell me. Thank you so much for all your advice and I am definitely going to try and implement it.

    By Blogger rosececilia, at 1:16 AM  

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  • RE: Holiday Inn and Suites at Fountain Hills, AZ
    12800 N. SAGUARO BLVD. FOUNTAIN HILLS, ARIZONA 85268 UNITED STATES
    My friend and I stayed at this hotel with my two cats. After they changed the sheets I woke up with 15 to 20 bites on my neck, my friend had bites all over her chest. There was a dead bug on the pillow (took pictures). We notified owner/manager Gary Lvov who stated they did not have any bug problems and kept blaming the fountain hills fountain. Gary Lvov falsely claimed we were bitten at the fountain (surely the story they use on everyone).
    Meanwhile my cats, which never visited the fountain, itched and scratched continually and one of them in fact now has a secondary skin infection from the constant itching.
    After we checked out, within 5 minutes the cats had diarrhea , took them to the vet and they found round worm. In addition to the parasite they got at Holiday Inn, the constant itching reaction they had to the bed bug bites has caused one of them to have a secondary skin infection and severe hair loss. To date my cats have been to the vet 5 times since our checkout on 07-05-11 ( today is 07-29-11). Because of our stay in Holiday Inn my cats have round worm, a bacterial skin infection and a urinary tract infection. I have all documents supporting all health problems from parasites, bacteria, fungus etc. were contracted during our stay at Holiday Inn.
    Today is both of my cats first birthday, this is how they get to celebrate it. They will need to be on medication for 6 months just for the round worm. To date vet bills are over $500 and doctor bills over $100.
    We were diagnosed with “bed bug bites” by my family doctor . I provided the hotel and their insurance with all doctor and vet notes, all doctor and vet bills and invoices, pictures of the bug on the pillow with the “Holiday Inn” sign, pictures of the multiple bites on all of us, recorded conversations with Gary (manager/owner) and despite all evidence and doctor and vet bills and invoices and they have the colossal nerve to claim they have no bedbugs and we cannot prove it. It is proven and indisputable they have unsanitary conditions, including bed bugs.
    Please also be advised I had just had a biopsy and needed a clean comfortable environment. I went to stay at this hotel because the air conditioners at my house were not working, the exposure to such unsanitary conditions could have caused me a severe and serious infection at the biopsy site, thankfully the surgical tape I had on prevented this. I am still needing additional test results to see if I also contracted round worm at that hotel or any other parasite.

    The public health department has already been notified and an investigation has already initiated, our credit card company has been notified, priceline has been notified and we are now in the process of notifying the Attorney General, District Attorney, BBB and any other governing government agencies.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 12:49 AM  

  • if you cannot keep yourself safe from these small pest, how could you keep yourself from big one?. If you are not able to call Termite Exterminator Midtown NYC for help

    By Blogger denise, at 9:32 AM  

  • Can bedbugs eat through plastic?

    By Blogger c2c, at 9:06 PM  

  • Can bedbugs eat through plastic?

    By Blogger c2c, at 9:06 PM  

  • Leaky asked...
    Can bedbugs eat through plastic?

    By Blogger c2c, at 9:07 PM  

  • I dont think they can i had this problem before and wrote about it in the above comment's and i moved with only stuff in bag's so i would say no and because of what i did in my comment i am bedbug free.I can sleep at night just want to add it's the worst thing anyone could go through and I hope these bugs just go back where they came from and LANDLORDS SHOULD HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF THIS PROBLEM OR BE FINED ALOT OF MONEY,KIDS SHOULD NOT HAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS.

    By Blogger charlene edwards, at 12:16 AM  

  • I just wanted to thank you for your blog. I followed your instruction step by step, and I have now been bedbug free for nearly 4 months. You have no idea how this has improved the quality of my life! I felt for a while I was loosing my mind. Again, Thanks so much!

    By Blogger SandraB in IL, at 9:26 PM  

  • There is a new product coming out that takes away the guess work. It is called the FMC Verifi Bed Bug Detector, found here: http://www.dominionpestcontrol.com/2011/11/08/verifi-bed-bug-detector/

    Hope this helps!

    By Blogger www.DominionPestControl.com, at 12:06 PM  

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    By Blogger bed bug, at 3:13 AM  

  • good techniques used for the prevention and i will also use this but i do not know how they will react in the water will they be dead or just after some time be fine and will be in the bed room again...


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    You're right about the sticky tape, however, our product, tested by a Government bed bug entomologist here,does a better job than sticky tape. It's a series of small discs which isolate the bed from the walls and floor.
    You say they're most likely harbouring in the mattress, but if you have a protector on the mattress and even one bug got on the floor, they could well find a new nest in tight crevices behind skirting boards or in other wooden furniture in the room.
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  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/52538874@N05/7318050308/http://www.flickr.com/photos/52538874@N05/7318050308/ If, you can kill the eggs at your bed, that is the key. If you determined heat treatment is too dangerous or expensive, now what ? The big picture is you have a ranch, your're raising Bed Bugs and using your bed as a corral. First, spray your bed or encase the bed to kill the eggs so you won't be overwhelmed. Second, Make sure there are no problems with your bed. Nothing about your bed can be allowed the touch the wall or floor, but the caster wheels. Third, the new corral for the Bed Bugs is a dim light going 24/7 where the Bed Bugs can be drawn to and removed with masking tape. Fourth, you spray the ceiling-wall line on two of the most distant walls from the dim light to move the Bed Bugs toward the light. Notes: Do not spray near the dim light or any other location, that will create a barrier to keep them from coming to the light. This dim light is most likely for life. As new Bed Bugs arrive at your home they will go to the light. Bed Bugs are drawn to you like Bees, by your Co2. A fan moving air near your bed will mix your Co2 evenly in your bedroom, making it hard for Bed Bugs to find you. Every other day a light spray on your bed caster wheels will protect you. Those in the Bed Bug business won't be needed anymore. Please beware of baised replies from them.This method seems to be the "Silver Bullet" for Bed Bugs. This lure will provide detection, control for the home and car. The poorest people will be able to handle their infestations. This DIY project can be done for a very small cost of parts. This is a very "Green" method. For all living places and whole house treatment, the hallways will become giant traps. The lights are there, a $5.00 dimmer switch is needed and spray. Lightly place DE on hall traffic areas where people put their foot down. Careful: My new kitten made a mistake, near the light. I moved the litter box there. Later I found a live Bed Bug in it. When the Bed Bugs stop coming to the light, they're gone, for now. If you have total control, you'll have complete relief. The Dim lights double for night lights and Bed Bug control. Bed Bugs are not exclusively Nocturnal. When light is used as a lure, this will lead to the downfall of Bed Bugs. Bed Bugs like darkness and subdued light. When you provide subdued light in the darkness they will go there. Search Google... Bed Bugs+ Subdued light

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  • OMG...it's a living nightmare.
    My problem is that I am the 3rd apt. (out of the 6 here) within 3 weeks to be attacked and my landlord, out to save a buck, is in denial.
    He even had the audacity to say I must have brought them in and refuses to "bomb" the building.
    Yeah right with one above me & one next door having run from getting bombed-out.

    I know Lisa, it's horrible & scary.
    I was bit again early this morning, a week after being "bombed" and really thought I'd be able to get back to sleep ?

    This building is over 150 years old and likable haven for all kinds of bugs.
    But these ?

    By Blogger elizabeth, at 8:00 PM  

  • OMG...it's a living nightmare.
    My problem is that I am the 3rd apt. (out of the 6 here) within 3 weeks to be attacked and my landlord, out to save a buck, is in denial.
    He even had the audacity to say I must have brought them in and refuses to "bomb" the building.
    Yeah right with one above me & one next door having run from getting bombed-out.

    I know Lisa, it's horrible & scary.
    I was bit again early this morning, a week after being "bombed" and really thought I'd be able to get back to sleep ?

    This building is over 150 years old and likable haven for all kinds of bugs.
    But these ?

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    By Blogger bug warrior, at 2:51 PM  

  • Good fight. That's a hard battle to win. I moved into an apartment to find out the guy living in the room right next to mine had bed bugs. They tormented me for weeks until he called bed bugs extermination ma.

    By Blogger Bill Stewart, at 10:24 PM  

  • Hi, thanx for a wonderful account of your experiences. I did find an important detail, though. When you are giving an explanation about bedbugs and what attracts them to us, you made a simple yet important mistake. The gas that attracts begbugs to us is carbon dioxide, and NOT carbon monoxide. These two gases are very different!

    Carbon dioxide is the natural produce of our breathing and plants release it too.

    Hi, thanx for a wonderful account of your experiences. I did find an important detail, though. When you are giving an explanation about bedbugs and what attracts them to us, you made a simple yet important mistake. The gas that attracts begbugs to us is carbon DIoxide, and NOT carbon monoxide. These two gases are very different!

    Carbon dioxide is the natural produce of our breathing and plants release it too. That's the gas we exhale when we are sleeping and what attracts the bugs.

    Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas, very dangerous and lethal if inhaled in sufficient proportions. The classic example of carbon monoxide poisoning is connecting the exhaust of a running vehicle to a room/house. It is so dangerous because, using the same mechanism as oxygen, it combines with hemoglobin in the blood. The difference being that the combination of hemoglobin and carbon monoxide forms a very stable compound. The effect being all the red blood cells whose job is to transport oxygen from place to place absorb the carbon monoxide instead and don't release it. The victim ends up with a great percentage of their red blood cells not picking any oxygen, and can ultimately die of hypoxia.

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  • YOUR BLOG HELPED ME GET THROUGH THIS NIGHTMARE! THANK YOU!!

    I GOT RID OF AN INFESTATION IN 6 MONTHS ON MY OWN! I AM A STAY AT HOME MOM OF AN INFANT AND A TODDLER! WE MOVED IN AND THOUGHT THERE WERE FLEAS!

    It was awful. I am severely allergic, every single bite drove me insane enough to eradicate the infestation. The ONLY thing that helped with the pain, swelling and itching was a strong industrial antiseptic spray. The hospital didn't believe me. They prescribed strong antibiotics and did an ultrasound threatening to cut me open to release infection. The bites were angry, hot and RED. The worst spread to pink and reached 8" across and around the back of my thigh.

    We bombed first, just to give me some relief once they had found me. I encased our entire bed in plastic and duct tape. I threw away my sons race car toddler bed. I ran the vacuum. I bought a carpet cleaner and filled the water rinse supply with hot bedbug killer. My husband purchased a CASE of silicone caulk and I started in my boys bedroom. I caulked every single crack no matter how small and after I was finished, I did it again! I found two nests beneath a bed and smashed them all with a hammer, staining the carpet with blood. I found a nest behind a wall mounted door stopper. I washed everything in hot water and dried it forever, wearing out my dryer. I ironed the carpet with a hot clothing iron around the parameter of the carpeting where it reaches the wall to eliminate this hiding place and then I took a nasal aspirator and blew food grade diatomaceous earth between the wall and the floor and inside all of the wall outlets which I removed then replaced and caulked around then inserted child safety plugs in all of them. I think baby powder gets on their eyes and makes them think it's dark because I was able to just pick them out of the carpet where I sprinkled powder around beds. I threw away half of my couch and blasted poison all over the other half with the upholstery attachment of the carpet cleaner I purchased. I put metal screen linings inside all of the furnace vents and intakes. I installed a rubbery dryer vent, at one point my dryer became infested I think when it started to wear out and not run as hot. All of my clothing I put in a trash bag and then put the trash bag in the bath tub. Clean clothes seemed to keep fine in the dresser. My bed is in the center of the room still covered in plastic. I caulked every single screw hole and crevice in the boys furniture. The basement, I took boiling water off of the stove and added bleach right before tossing it across the floor. (I seemed to get bitten on my ankles when I would go to the basement to do laundry). The maddness has ended. I still have nightmares. I still have scars where I was bitten. Since my problem I read a blog that mentioned a woman used a tent inside of her living room as a safe place to sleep while she eradicated the insects. I wish I had thought of it.

    By Blogger Ventipuppy, at 5:29 PM  

  • I am still bed bug free, thanks to this blog and researching bed bugs online. Plus I live in a house and not an apartment. My heart bleeds for anyone who is suffering through this. It took me months to finally find an actual bed bug, I was getting 1-3 bites a night. They seemed to be biting me through the fabric of my mattress, wherever my skin (arms, face, legs) was exposed to the surface of the pillow top. They were here when we moved in. I read that the bugs don't groom, so I tried baby powder around the kids beds and by morning I could pluck them, still living, out of the powder. They were stunned, as if they believed it was dark and they were hidden. Please read my earlier posting for how I got rid of them. The first nest that I found was all thanks to mother's intuition. I awoke from a dead sleep (a nap during the day) and marched into my kids room and flipped their mattress. Once you start finding them, it's ON! They were IN THE WALLS so if you have an apartment, remove the outlet and switch plate covers, blast some powder in there, food grade diatomaceous earth works best - and then close it back up and seal around the edge with caulk. Then, put in child safety plugs to fill the slots. My battle wound up costing me over $2,000 total - I didn't have that kind of money so I had to do it a little at a time - and I am a stay at home mom so I had nothing but time. I was allergic to the bites to I had a lot of determination. I've heard that exterminators cost about $1,500 but that their work isn't guaranteed. I also know that you have to tell a landlord within 3 months of moving in or they can say it was your fault. I know that it took me at least that long to realize it wasn't fleas I was up against! Best of luck to all of you. I've contacted government institutions and there is no financial relief for this plague. I was so scared, I know that if you have parasites, you are not providing a safe environment for your children. I knew I had to eradicate them quickly and thoroughly. 6 months after moving in, they were completely gone and if they come back - I'm READY.

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  • OMG!!! I feel all of your pain. We bought a twin bed frame at a flea market with drawers in the bottom and a headboard with 2 shelves. Looked innocent enough. But it is mostly particle board. About 3 weeks later my son has his comforter thrown over in the floor and I asked why. He said, there's these funky looking bugs all over it. I turned it over and almost died! I had never seen these before and thought it was a type of beetle or something. I immediately took his comforter outside and sweeped the bugs off. Then I washed it in hot water and dried on high.Still not knowing what this was, I bug bombed the hell out of his room. Things were ok for the first day and then I saw them in my living room. I guess they ran from the spray. Not to mention it doesn't kill them anyway. Don't make the mistake of buying Hot Shot's Bed Bug and Flea spray!! It does not work. Test it yourself like I did. When you first spray them, they seem to be dead, but the are not!! You can drown them in it but after an hour or so...they are reviving and crawling off. All Hot Shots Bed Bug and Flea bombs did was make them migrate to other rooms in my house. Totally useless product. Trust me. I can't sleep. I stand guard over my husband and son most of the night and I get a few hrs sleep during the day. I found that 91% alcohol kills the little shits on contact. So I went to war. Alcohol also evaporates very quickly and it's fairly cheap. When alcohol dries it is odorless, but please don't breath 91% alcohol in a closed space with no ventilation. It is overwhelming! I soaked everything in alcohol let dry then sealed up in zippered bags. Mattress and boxsprings. I then put shallow cups under all 4 bed posts(I have a standard metal frame), and filled with the alcohol. It evaporates so you have to keep a check on it. This is not a permanent fix for bed bugs but it will keep them out of your bed and from making you a midnight snack while you figure out how to deal with it. I used to see them at times even during the day on my sofa or bed. Now I never see them. If I see one I spray him with alcohol. I have also sprayed my couch etc with it. I heard it sterilizes them.It must do something because I tried the store bought so-called remedies for months and it only got worse. When I started doing this.....it's much better. You can buy 91% alcohol at Dollar General for $1.50. Much more effective. But like I said...make sure you have adequate ventilation when using it. I know it's not a cure but I sure hope it helps someone get some sleep tonight. This is a very mentally challenging problem and I know first hand. Another thing...always look at your walls very closely. Some of the new bugs are very tiny and hard to see. I will leave the lights off then go check. I have seen many times where microscopic bugs are on the wall. I spray them and all around where I see them. Most people don't think to look there.

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  • one other thing...I heard that putting garments etc in black trash bags out in the sun on a hot day would kill them. That's BS. Our temp was 90% with 60% humidity. It had to get really hot in there and I left it for 2 days. I still found a live one. They are relentless. We don't even have them that bad. Not bad as I hear people talk about. If you have or find one....you have them bad, because no matter how many you have.....they are almost impossible to destroy! Therefore..they keep producing. It's the new plague! They say they carry 29 pathogens, but they also say there is no evidence that they carry or transmit diseases. Just seems to me that if they feed on you and then go to your husband or your neighbor that they could spread disease. I'm sorry peeps, but if they tap into your bloodstream, like they obviously do....why the hell can't they pass disease???? They are tapping into bloodstreams!

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  • OH you poor thing mike i suffered something similar. but it came from the ducted heating which is up in the roof. and when i ran this to keep warm during winter not long after i moved in, I got a big infestation. Like you i got bites all over, and i itched like mad, it nearly drove me mad. and i looked at the internet for help. Cause nobody else took me seriously. I look for help from doctors, they were of no help at all.
    but i did find out the last residents were asians, and were always buying their own chickens, and plucking them and cooking them on the property. And i would say thats where they came from in big doses. As bedbugs prefer chickens, and they will drive them mad, and the chickens will die from the nervous complaint.
    but bedbugs also love our blood, and will sup on us especially when its dark. during the day they hide out.
    But i also found out IN winter they will die from the cold just like we would.
    But funny things is we all have them on us. LIttle tiny mites we can't see with the human eye. but try NOT washing for a few days, and you will find yourself itching. the bedbugs are growing. NOw if you didn't wash at all, or air your clothes after a wash, you would be full of them. Cause guess what washing does not get them out. If you turn your clothes inside out, and hang them out in the sunshine, or in the cold. They die. Even washing them IN cold water works well.
    As i was so infested i had to throw many hand made clothes out as i could not keep up with the washing. I was so upset. And This problem occured in Australia.
    I sprayed so much toxic stuff everywhere, like raid, that i made myself sick.
    One time i remember going to the doctors, and telling the old gentleman, that i had visited a friend with chickens, later on in the night i found myself itching severly. and he knew what it was and recommended a toxic brew that i had to paint on myself, and that would kill them and gave me a good nights sleep.
    but this went on for nearly 9 10 months. Whenever i repeated the story nobody would beleive me, my own daughters said i was ready for the mental instituation, and thats where i went for a while and they drugged me up in there and called me a schizo. I was devastated. but alls well now i have got over it well and truly. but what a horrible thing to go through. So i know your story well. REGARDS from melbourne Australa/ my name is anna

    By Blogger Anna Laszynski, at 4:02 AM  

  • now that happened to me back in 2003-2004-5, now being 2014 i'm happy to say, i did get over it, but don't forget to hang your clothes out in the cold inside out as these little buggers like to stay in seams of your clothes as well. What a dread experience i will never forget.
    good luck ppl regards anna

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  • HI from anna again i'm sorry to have read so many stories about this, but in my research, i have found those little bugs are on everyone of us, just so microcopicly you cant see them or feel them. until they get bigger. Or they start biting and you are left with those bites.
    A daily Wash of yourself and clothes will keep them at bay. but you know if you live in a block with lots of ppl you don't know what their habits are. and if they wash daily. but these things will stay in material, soft toys mattresses, but many things you don't have to throw out, just leave them in a plastic bag,in the cold, and they will die. Good luck from down under ppl.
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    If you’re looking for a natural solution to prevent or get rid of bed bugs, you may have come across Diatomaceous Earth (commonly referred to as DE).

    Diatomaceous earth is a siliceous, sedimentary mineral compound made from the fossilized remains of diatoms, which are miniscule, aquatic organisms - also known as algae-like plants. DE is the powder that’s used in our Bed Bug Killer range and it’s one of the most popular natural treatments used today to handle a bed bug infestation. If you haven’t heard of DE and want to know a little bit more about this natural bed bug killer, read on.

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    The fossilized organisms which make up Diatomaceous Earth are mined around the world and can be anywhere from 12-50 million years old.

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    While Diatomaceous Earth is high in silica, it also contains magnesium, calcium, sodium, iron, titanium, boron, manganese, copper and zirconium.

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    A microscopic view of Diatomaceous Earth shows a tube with holes in it but it also has very sharp edges. It’s these edges which speed up the dehydration process by cutting through the insect's protective covering.

    8. It’s preventative
    Because Diatomaceous Earth’s action is long-lasting, and will generally only become ineffective if it comes into contact with other substances (ie dirt, dust), it can be sprinkled on and around your sleeping areas to prevent against a possible future bed bug infestation. For more information about you can apply this, see our Bed Bug Killer product range.

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    Diatomaceous earth’s unique mode of action means the change of bed bugs developing a resistance to the powder is very slim. Many entomologists and experts have speculated that the prevalence of bed bugs is increasing in Australia because bed bugs are building up a resistance to common insecticides.

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