BIL has BED BUGS?? Advice please?

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Post # 16
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Busy bee

I used to rent in a city that hit with them big time a few years ago. Please try and not use energy on being angry with your Brother-In-Law. People that were the cleanest people I know and never thought of shopping at a charity shop got them too.

Here’s what I know about it all,

It’s a marathon, not a sprint. There is no quick and magical way to fix the situation. You have to keep on it every day and peel away at the problem layer by layer, bit by bit.   Bed Bug TV

is on you tube is where I would get info from. THere’s a lot of ‘articles’ on the internet telling you theres no way to get rid of them, or that you have to get rid of everything. Not really true. Bed bugs are actually fragile creatures, but they are hard to get ride of because they are so elusive. They hide and can stay put for a long time.

Heat is a key way to kill them. A steamer with a tank that you use for clothing is going to be your best friend. Steam your bed particularly around the edges before you go to sleep and when you wake up. If you get woke up in the middle of the night from bites, turn on that steamer and steam the bed. In the morning, take off what you wore at night, bundle it up in your bed linens, but them in a bag and take it straight to the dryer. submerge the bag you had bed linens  in water, bed bugs can’t swim!

Put about a cup of cold water in the dryer and Run the drying for about 30 minutes. This will steam and kill off the bugs. Even if you think there’s nothing in the sheets, dead ones will probably show up in your lint collector.   I would also submerge your pillows in the water to drown anything that gets into the stuffing, and but them in the dryer with (I suggest 3) tennis balls. Eventually the pillow cases will break down, so best to use cheaper pillows during this time.

Get some diatomaceous earth otherwise known as DE. Get the Food grade, NOT the kind for swimming pools. put that around and under your bed, particularly by the walls. Sprinkle it all around your place near the walls in particular. DE will dehydrate them and kill them in a few hours. Don’t get it wet, it turns brown when it gets wet. Suck up a bit of DE into your vacumn cleaner, that way when you suck up bed bugs it helps to kill them off vs them just climbing out of the vacumn cleaner.

Vacumn every day, particularly around the walls and bed area. I would bag up your clothes into big zip lock bags from dollar tree. If you can sprinkle some DE into the bag.  Helps to ensure you are putting on clothes that don’t have them on it. Putting a bit of DE into purses and back packs helps too.

Another trick that may sound silly, but really helps your sanity is to get some Petrolium jelly. Put that all over yourself when you go to sleep. If you can, I’d rub it on the legs of your bed as well. Helps to trap the bed bugs and the baby bugs. it’s also a good idea to put the jelly on the legs of furnature as well to keep them from climbing up on you. Newly hatched bed bugs are invisible, so the jelly helps to trap what you can’t see.

Put electrical tape over your outlets to help keep them from crawling in there from other apartments.

Like I said, the steamer will be your best friend! steaming over areas like your closet to kill of any bugs that may be there helps a lot, and it can help cover the area overall vs having to constantly wash and dry your clothes over and over again.

Just keep at it, every bit helps! You can do it, these things may be hard to get rid of, but it’s not impossible, good luck!

 

 

Post # 17
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Busy bee
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Petals2002 :  You have every right to be concerned. Your BIL’s should have his placed professionally treated not only for himself but for other people’s  health.  Maybe he should speak to the apartment manager and see what they are willing to do for him.  Good luck. 

Post # 18
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Bumble bee
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Petals2002 :  Cut them out – there’s no saving them. Just pretend you never even had a Brother-In-Law, nephew or Mother-In-Law. 

But in all seriousness, hope it gets sorted soon and doesn’t make it’s way over to your home. 

Post # 19
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Bumble bee

Yikes.  He should not be allowed over until the problem is resolved. Those bugs spread so easily! 

My friend’s apartment was infested because her downstairs neighbor had them and they made their way up to her place. She got bit on the face once and her face swelled up huge! 

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Post # 21
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Bumble bee

I agree with everything Horseradish said. I feel sorry for your brother-in-law. You can pick them up on your shoes from walking in the lobby of a builiding, like the hospital, or the bank, a hotel, or from taking transit. There were reports in Toronto of bed bugs being transferred around the city through the library system. They infected a book that someone checked out, and someone else brought that book home, and it spread like fire. That was the end of my using the library. 🙁

 

My last apartment building had a bed bug infestation. It was the reason we moved. The property managers downplayed the size of the infestation. When we reported bed bugs, they insisted it “couldn’t” be bed bugs, and said we had to show them proof of an actual bug before they’d call the exterminator.

Do you know how hard it is to catch a bed bug??

We laid tape along the baseboards and the bed and finally got proof. Delivered the little fucker in a ziploc bag to the office, where (surprise, surprise) the receptionist was on the phone with an exterminator, discussing the number of infected suites. So we knew it wasn’t just our unit.

We were PISSED.

 

I know bed bugs can strike any home, so moving isn’t protection against them at all, but the new building we live at is on point when it comes to pests complaints, so I feel much more at ease. We threw out the bed, 70% of the furniture and a lot of other things the morning of the move. Everything else was washed and got heat treatment.

 

I understand you’re afraid to catch bed bugs, but show a little sympathy to your brother-in-law. You might catch them too, being careful with your bags at a hotel is no guarantee. Beg bugs are quite mobile!

Post # 22
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pinkcorsage :  💯

Brother-In-Law is being very stupid. By not dealing with it he could also  be violating his lease too. It’s so gross he wants to just live with it. Sure let him do it but they need to stay away. You do NOT want to have to deal with this in your house too. 

Post # 23
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Bee Keeper

Also I get that anyone can get them but my money is on the Craigslist mattress as the source. 

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