Post # 1
Little background: I wash our sheets every two weeks and our quilts once a month. A little less than two weeks ago we stayed in a hotel for a night while visiting friends in our neighboring state. Before we left, I had washed our sheets. Well lately, I’ve been (just me, not DH) waking up with bug bites. Like lots of them and they ITCH. For a couple of nights we had been sleeping with some of our windows open letting the winter air out and the spring air in. We hadn’t had screens on yet, and I’m very sensitive to mosquitoes and tend to get bitten all of the time (I guess it’s because I’m just so gosh darn sweet (; )- Anyway, so at first I just figured I was getting bit by mosquitoes. It’s been cooler again lately, so we’ve been keeping the windows shut at night but I’ve still been waking up with new bug bites. Last night, well this morning actually, I woke up at three am from itching so bad. I sat straight up in bed, and I’m pretty sure I actually said this out loud “BED BUGS!!”. It hit me, we have creepy, nasty, little bed bugs. Yes, bed bugs, in our HOUSE. I freaked out and went and slept on the couch. As soon as Darling Husband got up in the morning, I immediately stripped the bed and am slowly but surely washing all of our linens on “hot” mode, TWICE. I am kind of worried however, because I usually take our quilts (we have three homemade ones on our bed, yes three haha) to my parents being they have a nice washer and mine is from the 70s (I don’t want to ruin them, but I refuse to spread these nasty things). Bees, have any of you had bed bugs? If so how in the world did you get rid of them?! Also, do you think it’s safe to bag my quilts and bring them elsewhere to wash?
Post # 3
I work at a shelter and you need to have someone come out and spray the entire house. Unfortunately, you need to probably get rid of your furniture but a professional can provide you with all the details. Putting plastic sheets on the mattress will sufficate any in the bed or mattress, but you really need to have a professional come out because they spread and reproduce rapidly. My shelter has not personally had them but I know of shelters that have, and it was a NIGHTMARE! If you have children, they could be in the stuff animals, carpet, bed, couches, etc!
Post # 4
Also, it you bag up the quilts and take them somewhere, bring them in and take them directly to the washer with HOT water.
Post # 5
I know a friend of mine got bed bugs and they had to throw out their 3 month old mattress and buy a new one. They, also, got their apartment fumigated. Then ended up breaking their lease and moved out.
Post # 6
Bedbugs can be difficult to eradicate. Here is some information for you.
Post # 7
I’ve heard advertisements about cedarcide/cedarside? Have you looked into that?
Post # 8
My friend from high school brought home bed bugs from a ritzy hotel in New York. They were only in her room at first so her parents pretty much ignored it and got her some do it yourself bed bug killer. We took all cloth items out of her room and washed them on hot, bagged her mattress and used a chemical cleaner on her carpet. No dice, they get inside your furniture and into the walls. A few weeks later, her parents bedroom was infested too. That made them change their tune pretty quickly. They had to have the entire house fumigated and specially treated for bed bugs, it’s pretty much impossible to kill them without a professional.
Post # 9
You need to bring in the pros. Hot water won’t kill them…and if they’re in your mattress chances are they’re on other soft surfaces too: including the couch. Those things spread like nothing else.
Post # 10
Sorry, I agree with PPs – you need to have a professional come in and get rid of them…and you should probably start looking for new furniture/mattress.
Post # 11
Yeah, you probably just carried them to your couch by getting up to sleep there. And that’s if they weren’t there already. They’re probably in the carpet, walls, furniture…Get a pro. Ever since Darling Husband first saw me do a bedbug check, he has me do one before we touch anything in a strange bedroom.
Post # 12
Have you informed the hotel so they can eradicate it at their end? Sorry you have to go through that, they cannot be taken care of by just anybody… a pro is the only way, if you have to have your house sprayed, afterwards, make sure you wash EVERYTHING in the house, dishes clothes, furniture, I MEAN EVERYTHING! The chemical spray will stick to everything, you don’t want to keep that in your clothes or on dishes and silverware you are going to be eatng out of! Spring cleaning is in the air for your family.
Post # 13
we went through this before. it is a night mare to get rid of them but it is possible. Firstly you need to get a spray from Home Depot, it comes in a purple spray can and is the only thing that actually works. However it only works if it comes in contact with the actual bed bugs.
Heat and hot water doesnt affect them at all, only extremely cold temps kill them and oxygen deprivation but over a very long time.
We bought jumbo sized zip lock bags and put everything that could have possibly come in contact with the bed bugs into these bags to prevent the bugs from hiding in clothes and then later coming out again and this way they would eventually run out of air. Then we hunted down where the bed bugs were, we found a nest of them burrowed into a canvas box that was under my bed. we put several layers of zip matress covers over the mattress and sprayed every inch of the room after everything was in zip lock bags. We had to throw a lot of stuff away including bedding, and a sofa. but we got rid of the bugs.
I was so happy when I moved out of that apartment, but we had to get rid of them first otherwise moving to another apartment would have just transferred the bed bugs in our clothes and furniture
Post # 14
You can’t just wash your sheets and wish them away.
You will need to wash in hot all fabric, stuffed animals, bedding, towels, shoes, any soft surface, etc. Stuff that you cannot wash in hot, you can bag up in an air tight bag for 6 months. You can’t open them in that time either. Bed bugs can live a long time without food.
You will also need to get your place professionally sprayed. Generally, it is more then one spraying needed due to the life cycle of the bugs. Your furniture will also probably have to go, but see what the pros say about that.
In the mean time vaccuum your furniture, mattresses, carpets etc, and then clean out the vaccuum right away.
Good luck. This really sucks.
Post # 15
If it’s bed bugs you will need professionals to get rid of the infestation. Very high heat is the only way to kill eggs. Sprays can kill the bed bugs themselves, but that will not cure the problem. Try contacting your local health dept. for agencies in your area that treat bed bugs. Good Luck!
Post # 16
UPDATE: Thanks for your help bees! Being we’re so rural we have only been able to find two exterminators so far. The one guesses it will cost $2000 plus and the other is estimating $2500 plus just for the tenting/fumigating (and it may take up to two-three times!). They also say we’ll need all new furniture, carpet, towels, possibly clothes, etc (I really hope we don’t need to replace all of that, and that they just prepare you for the worst, but we’ll see). I wish our homeowners insurance would cover some of it, but they don’t – this blows my mind, but go figure. Uffda, there goes my replacement engagement ring and our mini pre ttc vacation. This bee vows to never stay in a hotel again unless she absolutely needs to. I pray this never happens to any of you.