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Old 02-01-2015, 12:33 AM   #21
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They're supposed to be tenacious little buggers and they spread like wildfire, regarding diesel always heard it's harder to start and harder to put out.
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Doesn't something like 130 degrees kill them. I think I would have no problem bringing the inside of a home to that temp.
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I would have a bed bug dog (canine inspection) done of the whole building and possibly even full heat treatment. Not sure if that's viable with that many units and evacuating people, but it would definitely kill everything off.

The dogs would be able to smell any bed bugs inside walls, doors, floors....etc. I would have the whole building professionally treated multiple times in conjunction with a canine inspection.
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I just found my first bedbug. I live in a 25 unit condo. Two units have reported bedbugs. One with a serious infestation. The other unit had monitors placed by a professional.

The owner found the bugs herself after the professional exterminator did not find any evidence of bedbugs.

After all the neighboring apartments above and below were treated professionally, the second unit stills a jar full of bedugs, mostly dead.

Our building is treating this like individual units' problems, so I'm asking you guys, as pros, if you have any suggestions.

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Hey Jasmin,
Sorry about those who took a bite out of your bed bug situation!
It's really unfortunate that you have to go through that. While there are no health or public hazards associated with bed bugs, they do cause annoyance, especially to the skin. Since the exterminator obviously does not have a clue, you might want to exercise some DIY techniques... if you know what I mean... And no, please do not light the building on fire. Don't listen to those guys...

While these DIY techniques take time, you can still try them..
You could de-clutter your home (if you have to since they like to be inconspicuous) and you can also vacuum. You could also try washing your sheets in hot water. Even with your effort, they will try to come back. You could then turn to the extreme by using an ultrasonic pest repellent or calling another exterminator by doing a local search for exterminators in your area. (most likely, you'll have to speak to the owner).

I hope I was able to be of some assistance.
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Moving out is the best way to get rid of them. Just make sure you treat or abandon all your stuff along the way and allow sufficient time before putting anything in your new place. That's one option.

Getting them out of just your unit is impossible, they will come right back from the other units. I've had a couple of apartments I did and I just set them up on a monthly service and explained that they will have bed bugs at least periodically until they move out at the end of their lease. I don't take these kinds of services any longer, even though I did charge them somewhat, it was really more like charity. If they aren't going to treat all the units, or at least all the ones infested and at a minimum baseboard spray the others, all you can do is keep treating them regularly and keep the population down until you move out.

What you do doesn't matter, well, I mean it doesn't have to be perfect as you will never get rid of them by just treating your unit. Be careful about what you do and use and where you spray stuff. I would at least use products labeled for bed bugs and follow label directions. Don't use diclorvos. DE isn't all that great in my opinion. It will kill them, but takes a long time, and you don't want to breathe that stuff in.

Heat is pointless unless they do the entire building. I'm talking about "heat fumigation" here, not a steamer or heat gun. Far too much work and expense to do every 3-4 weeks. Not to mention the liability. My insurance company is always very interested in whether or not I do bed bugs and particularly if I do heat treatments. Too many explosions and fires and ruined stuff I suppose.

Really the best advice I can give you is how to prepare for the exterminator to come out. Make it easy on them. While being careful to not lose bed bugs or eggs on the way, wash and/or dry your bedding(sheets, pillows, pillow cases, blankets, etc). Dryers usually get hot enough to kill them in a full dry cycle on high heat. Have mattress encasements ready if they aren't providing any so you can put them on after the treatment. Same for box springs if it isn't going to be discarded. Treat it yourself before they get there if you have a lot. I would personally get a steamer and get after it for an afternoon. Clutter matters. They will be more prevalent close to the bed and less frequent the further out you go, so definitely prioritize clutter within at least 5 feet of the bed. They don't spray magic and you can't treat clutter.
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Update: I'm getting a good, highly accredited and rated exterminator. (#*&@_)! our condo board. They're still not doing diddly. Throwing us all to the wolves. Each man for himself. It sucks, but I taped what I was told is a live well fed bedbug to a jar. I am so bitten up that the doctor has had to give me three medications.

I have learned WAY MORE than I ever wanted to, but these jerks.. my board and my management company are useless.

I got this good exterminator myself. He has a 60 day warranty. And for $45 he does my surrounding neighbors and anyone else who wants it with some kind of silica around the baseboards, outlets, conduit, etc and a little spray. Sounds good to me.

in the meantime, I learned to put even clean clothes in the dryer, bag them up, and vacuum like hell.

I learned all this from an amazing lady who owns a bedbug dog company. And it is relatively cheap. $800 for the whole building, $350 for an hour, which would be 3 or 4 apartments. She brings out four dogs and uses two at a time.

The board won't pay for any of this, but again, they can go scratch.

Thanks for the giggles and the help!
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Is your board elected owners of the complex?
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Sadly, I voted for the board "treasurer", the one who got our cash reserves down to just about zero.

I voted for him! He is the person who told me...

1) You are watering the new trees too much
2) No, Jas, you can't install beautiful dwarf ornamental flowering trees in the front beds. They might scrape against my second floor window.

3) We need a Workmen's Compensation policy for you to do all the gardens. That you are doing now for free.

As opposed to letting these butcher landscapers shear our shrubs and generally eff everything up, including the boxwood hedges that were replaced three times at our expense.

Even though I told the board a reputable landscaper guarantees their work for a year. It's no skin off their butts, a lot of the nurseries we buy from guarantee their plants. All these bozos had to do was install.

4) I collected money from the building because the board was too cheap to pay the $200 for the annuals I plant each year.

5) The last straw was when I wanted $80 for mulch. Twenty gazillion emails and none of my suggestions were taken... I didn't want to be a Vendor and wait a month for the freaking management company to pay me back. I wanted the $80 up front this time instead of waiting to be paid back for tools. I took up collections for flowers. I would have taken up collections for the new trees and shrubs.

The board asked me for a drawing. I told them my charge for a drawing. It's time consuming! My regular rate. They were too cheap to pay me.

6) So the board spent $600 on the old landscape to do fall cleanup, not shear the shrubs, and put in new mulch. Because they would send a bill. As opposed to paying me $80 for mulch to do it myself.

I insisted we replace the bozo landscapers with good ones. I wanted to do the interviews. The freaking board gave me one possible day I could meet with them. I wasn't available that day.

I asked for a meeting with the newly hired landscapers. I was told they already signed the contract and there was nothing I could do. Morons! I couldn't talk to the new company about what we need and don't want?

Finally they agreed to my meeting with the new landsapers. I was told the board will contact the management company to contact the landscapers to see what day will be out here...

I said NO, I want to arrange a meeting with the new landscaping company to talk about what the will and won't do, and walk them around the property to familiarize them with it and offer suggestions. Especially since the perennials hadn't come up yet. It was early spring! Again, I was only given one possible time and date. Which I could not make.

6) I was going to take up a collection for shrubs and trees for the front and back yards. And only charge for the labor I hired to install with my supervision.

Then... the idiot board spent $900 for annual flowers and grasses for the front beds where the Boxwoods were. Meaning, those annuals are dead now and something needs to go in there this spring.

When I finally dug one up of the Boxwoods to see what the issue was, it was planted in the sidewalk where we had some yews. So far, no problem. The yews had been overgrown. Instead of refreshing the beds with new soil and additions, the bozos planted the Boxwoods directly on top of limestone screenings.

I negotiated a much lower price to get a sick Bradford Pear removed from our pool area than our management company gave us. Then the bozo who is the president of the board is battling to get the hole patched in with concrete. Thank god it was over $1000. He was too cheap to do it. Again, I would have planted a tree, for less than $100. A halfway mature one. There is no other shade in the pool area,

Yes, we elected the )#*[email protected])@U$ board.

I am wondering how much $$$ property manager scarfs up from each vendor he hires. And now, I think the board president is in on it with him. Grrrrrrrr

Yes, as soon as I am no longer underwater I am moving to a house.

When I had a big birthday party two years ago, the freaking board had been discussing ad nauseum what color to paint the lobby. Using their Good Painter. Even though our janitor's painting crew will paint for free every six months or so.

So I got the paint, went around with the janitor's assistant and touched up paint with him. So as not to be embarrassed by the tenement looking lobby around my family who flew in from out of town.

The lobby still is not painted, two years later.

Oh yeah... my assessments are $530 a month.
Yes, I voted for the Board President.
Rant *OFF*

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Sadly, I voted for the board "treasurer", the one who got our cash reserves down to just about zero.

I voted for him! He is the person who told me...

1) You are watering the new trees too much
2) You can't install beautiful ornamentals in the front beds
3) We need a Workmen's Compensation policy for me to do all the gardens. For free. As opposed to letting these butcher landscapers shear our shrubs and generally eff everything up, including the boxwood hedges that were replaced three times at our expense. Even though I told the board a reputable landscaper guarantees their work for a year. It's no skin off their butts, a lot of the nurseries we buy from guarantee their plants. All these bozos had to do was install.
4) I collected money from the building because the board was too cheap to pay the $200 for the annuals I plant each year.
5) The last straw was when I wanted $80 for mulch. Twenty gazillion emails and none of my suggestions were taken... I didn't want to be a Vendor and wait a month for the freaking management company to pay me back.
6) So the board spent $600 on the old landscape to do fall cleanup, not shear the shrubs, and put in new mulch. Because they would send a bill. As opposed to paying me $80 for mulch to do it myself.

I asked to interview our new landscapers. I was told I the board will contact the management compant to contact the landscapers to see what day will be out here... I said NO, I want to arrange a meeting with the new landscaping company to talk about what the will and won't do, and walk them around the property to familiarize them with it and offer suggestions. Especially since the perennials hadn't come up yet. It was early spring!

When I finally dug one up to see what the issue was, it was planted in the sidewalk where we had some yews. So far, no problem. The yews had been overgrown. Instead of refreshing the beds with new soil and additions, the bozos planted the Boxwoods directly on top of limestone screenings.
6) I was going to take up a collection for shrubs and trees for the front and back yards. And only charge for the labor I hired to install with my supervision.

Then... the idiot board spent $900 for annual flowers and grasses for the front beds where the Boxwoods were. Meaning, those annuals are dead now and something needs to go in there this spring.

I negotiated a much lower price to get a sick Bradford Pear removed from our pool area than our management company gave us. Then the bozo who is the president of the board is battling to get the hole patched in with concrete. Thank god it was over $1000. He was too cheap to do it. Again, I would have planted a tree, for less than $100. A halfway mature one. There is no other shade in the pool area,

Yes, we elected the )#*[email protected])@U$ board.

I am wondering how much $$$ property manager scarfs up from each vendor he hires. And now, I think the board president is in on it with him. Grrrrrrrr

Yes, as soon as I am no longer underwater I am moving to a house.

When I had a big birthday party two years ago, the freaking board had been discussing ad nauseum what color to paint the lobby. Using their Good Painter. Even though our janitor's painting crew will paint for free every six months or so.

So I got the paint, went around with the janitor's assistant and touched up paint with him. So as not to be embarrassed by the tenement looking lobby around my family who flew in from out of town.

The lobby still is not painted, two years later.

Oh yeah... my assessments are $530 a month.

Yes, I voted for the Board President.

Rant *OFF*
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Bedbugs are really tricky critters that are very good at hiding. The right bedbug control professional would look for telltale signs, such as bloodstains on the sheets from bites, the smell of rotten raspberries, etc. before treating. A good pest control technician wouldn't need visual proof of seeing a bedbug before believing you, although many would require it before treating your property. Your best bet is really buying a new bed and throwing out all of your bedding, including your boxspring and mattress. If you are looking for bed bug removal in NJ, ALCO Animal & Pest Control can give you a free estimate on the services you need done. Hope this helps.
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Your landlord should pay to get the whole building treated and even employing the use of a bed bug dog to ensure accuracy. There's not a lot you can do when it comes to neighbors, dormates or living in a big complex. One person's problem will eventually become yours...best to isolate yourself from the problem if you can by sealing up your apartment/doors/cracks/walls...etc and shielding yourself from what's outside your apartment. This assumes you've already removed whatever is IN your apartment of course. Good luck!
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Bedbugs are really tricky critters that are very good at hiding. The right bedbug control professional would look for telltale signs, such as bloodstains on the sheets from bites, the smell of rotten raspberries, etc. before treating. A good pest control technician wouldn't need visual proof of seeing a bedbug before believing you, although many would require it before treating your property. Your best bet is really buying a new bed and throwing out all of your bedding, including your boxspring and mattress. If you are looking for bed bug removal in NJ, ALCO Animal & Pest Control can give you a free estimate on the services you need done. Hope this helps.
A good tech would have no doubt in his mind that he is actually dealing with bed bugs prior to any treatment. Whether that is physical evidence or compelling testimony, you have to be sure.

I would never recommend anyone throw their stuff away. The only time you do that is if it is already old and you were thinking about replacement anyway. I've seen way too many people buy new beds and mattresses and the result is that they have spent thousands of dollars to buy bed bug infested beds and mattresses. Pretty pointless.

For sure don't replace a bed frame that cost you money. Maybe a Hollywood frame. If you buy a new mattress, get a good mattress cover on it before you take it inside. Bed bugs can be eliminated from a frame without much difficulty, there's no point in tossing it.

You certainly never throw away bedding. Blankets, sheets, pillows, comforters, etc, can simply be put in the dryer or washed and dried.

Unfortunately, the internet is full of such advice.
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Oftentimes, people waste money and exert so much effort in trying various home remedies that aren’t effective. Spare yourself from the hustle and bustle. Seek the help of professional, well-trained and licensed pest management technicians to eliminate the source of trouble and prevent those bed bugs from re-infesting your place.
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To effectively get rid of bedbugs you Must treat the perimeter areas including up,down,left and right. That would be for each positive sighting. If the perimeter is found positive then you expand the perimeters. A good treatment would consist of a flushing agent, liquid residual treatment along with a dust such as delta dust inside outlets and behind headboards and baseboards.
i recommend all fabric that is present to be removed,washed and dried. Have the exterminator treat and not introduce your fabric items until found negative for BB's. Mattress and boxsprings should be disposed of. If you have a cushioned headboard that should go to. Good luck
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I hear kids are smoking crushed bed bugs now....disgusting
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In most instances of a bed bug problem the entire building in which the issue is occurring needs to be treated. Bed bugs are extremely difficult to completely exterminate and any pest control professional will need to check every room in the structure. The pests can hide in incredibly small spaces and able to move throughout a building more easily than you might think.

It is also important for you to try your best to identify where the bed bugs are coming from and if certain things lead to more or less bed bugs in your apartment. Having an understanding of the bed bugs' behavior will help you answer any questions a professional exterminator might have and reach a resolution to the bed bug problem sooner.
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I know that this is a old thread but heres the history of bed bugs. We in the USA are currently having a epidemic of bed bugs that 10 years ago were non existent.You can thank our government (EPA) for the occurrence. Bed bugs where mostly eliminated in the past with pesticides in the classification of chlorinated hydrocarbons and organno phosphates.Thanks to our Good old EPA we no longer have these products to use, not even on a restricted use case by case basis. All there is to use is synthetic parathyroids and they just don't do the job.
In your situation the only way to rid your complex of these disease carrying vermin is Fumigation. If the HO is not cooperating you will need to contact the county health department and the will force them to deal with this. Bed bugs are a human health matter. Hope this helps!

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