Post # 1
Ok so I just moved in to a serious downgrade in terms of apartments. I’m living in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for the next 3 months while finishing my Masters. Yesterday I looked out to my car to see this…
This is my car…. the blue thing in the dumpster and the wooden slats beside it is a futon labelled “Bed Bugs”. Everything I read on the internet just freaks me out. So, how freaked out do I need to be? Can they travel and get into my car??? Does this mean someone in my building has them!?!? Can I do anything at all?
Post # 2
- Wedding: December 2014 - Loft
Usually if someone in your building has them and there’s carpet they will travel. They can absolutely overrun buildings. There are many condos/hotels that have to eradicate the whole building if there are issues because they are like termites and they will spread. I would inquire with your landlord. They have a responsibility to provide you with livable conditions. This could very well be enough cause to break your leas. Personally, I wouldn’t have someone in to spray. I would move out. you either subject yourself to the chemicals or to the potential of bedbugs. This is my 2 cents as I had a friend who experienced something similar. In the end she was throwing out bags of soft belongings because it wasn’t worth the headache.
Post # 4
I would get out ASAP. I worked somewhere that had them (residential rehab facility) and it was a nightmare.
Post # 5
- Wedding: March 2016 - Surfer\'s Beach, Grand Cayman
Get out, they definitely travel. My SO had them years ago, they travelled from another unit and it took him years to get rid of them and speaks of it as the most depressing experience of his life. In the meantime contact your landlord immediately, some people mistakenly think throwing out the mattress will get rid of the problem so there’s a chance management hasnt even been contacted, the whole building should be sprayed.
Post # 6
yeah, bedbugs are a bitch to get rid of. even if you’re doing your part to take care of the problem, it won’t work unless everyone else in your building is doing their part as well (and even then it’s still a nightmare).
my brother had bedbugs in an apartment he used to live in and it was hell. they moved to a different apartment in the same complex (a couple floors up) and didn’t have a problem at their new place. they were obsessive about vacuuming and whatnot during their moving process and they also got rid of infested furniture so they didn’t take any bed bugs with them when they moved.
Post # 7
Ohhh no. I had the LUCKY chance of having them twice. Got them in our first apartmwent, got treatment. Moved, we were good for two years got them again. UGH. They can travel!! Youll be able to see adults. They look like an apple seed but are a bit smaller. You might react to bites and might not. on me they looked like bad mosquito bites… Thry sleep (usually) during the day. and eat at night where you sleep, do DONT change where you sleep if your nervous. Check your mattress well! If you see little black dots (pencil lead thick) thats poop. 🙁 Good luck. 🙁
Post # 8
Move and burn everything you own.
I’m kidding. Sort of. I hate them.
Post # 9
These days almost every building has someone with bed bugs. I know that is doom and gloom, but it is true. Nice buildings, crappy buildings and everything in between.
They do travel. Though no between the dumpster and your car. Your car should be fine, unless you bring them from your place to the car.
There are many things you can do to minimize your risk.
1) seal all baseboards and around electrical outlets, and anywhere there is a gap between your place and other units.
2) put your bed, sofas and anything fabric based in margarine containers, or put double sided tape around the legs. Bed bugs cannot jump, but they can climb (but aren’t sticky) so they will slide down the margarine containers, and stick to the tape and prevent infestation.
3) Don’t leave clothes etc on the floor.
4) pull your furnitre out a little bit from the walls.
5) Before you enter your unit jump up and down and stomp your feet to ensure you aren’t tracking any into your unit.
6) talk to the landlord to make sure that units are being sprayed.
7) know what they look like (flattened apple seeds), and check your mattress frequently.
Post # 10
andielovesj: Thank you!!!!
At this point my biggest fear is getting infested before I can handle the situation. I don’t even know if the futon is from someone in my building (I’ve seen other people walk down the alley and put stuff in our building’s bin) and I obviously can’t move tonight (or anytime immediately)
I’ve contacted my landlord but was worried about whether I should be trying to move my car in the meantime (all the parking arund here is restricted so that in itself is really difficult).
The other tricky thing is that I’m subletting from my cousin, so most of the stuff in the apartment isn’t mine. Meaning if I have to move ASAP then I’m not sure what I’d do with all his stuff.
Lastly, I’m only here for 11 more weeks. I know this is long enough to become infested, but I’m also not sure that I’ll be able to find a place that is for such a short period.
I just can’t believe this. I’ve only been here a week!
Post # 11
AllieBee12: if I were you, I would try to find somewhere else to live. It might be cheap where you are now, but the cost of bedbugs can be outrageous.
My ex bf rented out his place to foreigners for the summer and he came back to bedbugs. That was when we first got together. It was AWFUL. The bites were SO itchy, I begged him to cut arms and legs off. He had a very small one room condo (loft), not a lot of furniture, etc. And he got it sprayed.. But they kept coming back.
spraying cost a few grand, plus the cost of a mattress cover (bedbug proof), dry cleaning everything he kept, and throwing out tons of stuff.
He probably lost $3,000+ from bedbugs.
Sorry to freak you out, but they really are that shitty. And if your neighbours have them, they can travel through the walls, carpet of the halls, etc.