TheNorm05 wrote:I've been especially edgy for the last 3 hours. After deciding to sign off facebook from chatting with a friend on the couch, I notice a small bulbous insect crawling next to me. Intrigued I decide to smash it, and pop squirts about 2 drops of human(I assume mine) blood. Now if getting bitten was a one time thing, it'd be little more than a mosquito bite, and annoying... But I know it's much worse than that, even before this incident. My apartment had bee discovered my my roommate to be infested with bedbugs about a week ago. He threw out his bed because of it(Something I can't afford to do since my mattress was kinda expensive when I got it and I'd feel like a bad Mexican for throwing it...). Anyway, we promptly informed the management and they proceeded to send the regular maintenance guy with a can of Raid and he pretty much sprayed all over the floor and rug... it was a big sticky mess that I am still pretty pissed off about since we don't have a mop to at least clean the linoleum.
We assumed(wrongly apparently) that this would solve our problem as we had all washed our clothing and bedding so there should have not been any issue. Unfortunately after a relatively quick google search I learned that spraying aerosol pesticides has the effect of spreading these parasites around... which sucks for me because I had not experienced any contact with them before the spraying. About a day after the spraying I began to notice small bite marks, but dismissed them as mosquito bites, or even pimples(which I have gotten on different parts of my body at times), and culminated in a string of rash like breakouts on my right forearm. I have since been bitten many more times in utter denial until now, with the bloody proof staring me right in the face. Before I could at least try to fool myself, but now I know it's real... And I suspect it's starting to affect my brain a little bit...
I can't sleep because the thought of allowing these things to crawl all over me while eating me alive isn't very appetizing to say the least.. But I need to sleep. I feel things crawling on me everywhere and when I look there is nothing... I know they don't do any serious harm... but still. Anyway, I'm gonna have to threaten the management to send a real exterminator as well as charge them for the cost of washing all my bedding/clothing(which I suspect is also infested...), replacing/cleaning/sealing my mattress, and also to have checks done on the building itself(since they likely came from a neighboring apartment). I'm really pissed off though because it's 5:30 am and I'm REALLY tired, and I just fixed my schedule yesterday... only to be driven back into my sleep deprived insomnia... FML
Obby wrote:Well, first off, I'll say this: if you have bedbugs (which you probably do, if your roommate does), washing your clothes and bed sheets isn't going to do very much, because that's not where bedbugs live. There may be some that you find on them, but their primary place of hiding is inside the cushions of your couch, inside your mattress, stuff like that. An easy test to see if you have bedbugs or not is to grab a hair dryer and focus it on a certain spot of your bare bed for a short while. If you see dark dots start to appear (they're very very small), then you have bedbugs in your bed. Bedbugs are attracted to heat, so the heat from the hair dryer acts as if someone had just settled themselves on that spot. Now, if this test doesn't produce anything, it doesn't mean that you don't have bedbugs. It just means your infestation might not be that severe.
If this test confirms you have bedbugs, you most certainly would need to contact your landlord about getting a proper exterminator in there to get them removed. And, unfortunately, you most likely will have to replace your mattress. But I wouldn't suggest you do that until just after the exterminator comes. Replacing your mattress before the rest of the bugs are exterminated will just force them in to your new mattress.
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