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Anonymous asked in HealthDiseases & ConditionsSkin Conditions · 1 decade ago

Bed bugs problem - and we're moving soon!!!?

heya im so scared my whole family has been getting red, slightly swollen bites with little holes in the middle the size of a pinprick. we use hydrocortisone cream prescribed by the gp. at first i thought they were mosquito bites but after intensive reading they seem more like bed bug bites. we hav em on our arms, back and asses.. im so worried, plus im a bug-phobic so its worse.

our house is carpeted basically everywher (dont blame us we didnt build it) so maybe its carpet bugs too. anyway we're moving soon. its not even our house and in less than a month we're leaving so we're reluctant to get pest control. however i need tips on how to ensure the disgustin things dont get into our new home. i know they hate heat but what else should we do???? will a shower and scrubdown be enough (for us, not the furniture). thanx so much

Update:

thanx all the responses so far hav been great. im guessing this is a mini infestation at most as we have not been getting so many bites since. also are there any sprays and where can i get them?? plz dont suggest illegal ones...

after intensively readin other bed bug questions i thought to myself: 'is it definitely bed bugs?' cuz we hav carpet i thought it was most likely bedbugs. i was wondering if it could be anything else like dust mites or mosquitos. can they bite on your leg even tho you keep covered up? soz for the rambling.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Sorry, they're in the furniture. That's where they live. Hence the "bed" in "bedbugs."

    Bedbugs are almost always in you bed or very close to it. They are nocturnal, and almost always bite you just before dawn. So if you have bedbugs bites, they are in your bed. But if I had bedbugs, I would treat the whole house, anyway. Something brought them in there in the first place, and something may have carried them to a different room.

    I suggest you fog the house yourself before you move.

    I've had a lot of experience with fleas, and have tried a bunch of home foggers, and my favorite is Raid fumigating fogger. I like it best because it doesn't leave a residue on surfaces (except for a little dust around where you put the can), you don't have to turn off the pilot lights to use it, and the odor dissipates faster. It also claims to kill bugs in cracks and crevices, but I don't have personal experience with anything but carpets and furniture.

    With any fogger, you have to close up the house for several hours while it is working, and then air it out before you spend any time there.

    Strip the beds before you do this, to assure that it gets through all the layers. If you can't wash all your bedding at once, then hang it somewhere so that it gets good exposure, and air it out before you make the bed again.

    You usually buy one can of the fogger for each room, more for big rooms; they usually come in packages of 2 or 3 or 4 and the package directions tell you the size of the room it will work in. You can treat the bedrooms by themselves if you can close them off tightly, but you still should leave the house.

    If you do this now, it will probably cost you less than $25. Small house even less. You won't be getting bug bites between now and then, and you can move your furniture with no bugs in it. And if it isn't bedbugs but some other insect, you've taken care of it.

    The ingredient in the fogger is a pyrethrin compound, originally derived from plants, Pyrethrins are in almost all household insect sprays, because they can kill bugs but are toxic to humans and mammals only in huge amounts. Bedbugs are susceptible to pyrethrins; I checked.

    There are dusting powders and contact sprays you can buy to spray your beds, but I kind of like the idea of killing them all at once with no residue.

    Good luck.

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  • 4 years ago

    This depends on what state you live in and their regulations with regards to what they consider a "unhabitable apartment." I don't know if bed bugs fall underneath that classification however. This is how the "repair and deduct" remedy works in CA where I live: "The "repair and deduct" remedy The "repair and deduct" remedy allows a tenant to deduct money from the rent, up to the amount of one month's rent, to pay for repair of defects in the rental unit.156 This remedy covers substandard conditions that affect the tenant's health and safety, and that substantially breach the implied warranty of habitability.157 (See discussion of the implied warranty of habitability.) Examples might include a leak in the roof during the rainy season, no hot running water, or a gas leak. As a practical matter, the repair and deduct remedy allows a tenant to make needed repairs of serious conditions without filing a lawsuit against the landlord. Because this remedy involves legal technicalities, it's a good idea for the tenant to talk to a lawyer, legal aid organization, or tenants' association before proceeding. The basic requirements and steps for using the repair and deduct remedy are as follows: 1. The defects must be serious and directly related to the tenant's health and safety.158 2. The repairs cannot cost more than one month's rent. 3. The tenant cannot use the repair and deduct remedy more than twice in any 12-month period. 4. The tenant or the tenant's family, guests, or pets must not have caused the defects that require repair. 5. The tenant must inform the landlord, either orally or in writing, of the repairs that are needed. (See "Giving the landlord notice".) 6. The tenant must give the landlord a reasonable period of time to make the needed repairs. What is a reasonable period of time? This depends on the defects and the types of repairs that are needed. The law usually considers 30 days to be reasonable, but a shorter period may be considered reasonable, depending on the situation. For example, if the furnace is broken and it's very cold outdoors, two days may be considered reasonable (assuming that a qualified repair person is available within that time period). 7. If the landlord doesn't make the repairs within a reasonable period of time, the tenant may either make the repairs or hire someone to do them. The tenant may then deduct the cost of the repairs from the rent when it is due. The tenant should keep all receipts for the repairs. It's a good idea, but not a legal requirement, for the tenant to give the landlord a written notice that explains why the tenant hasn't paid the full amount of the rent. The tenant should keep a copy of this notice. Risks: The defects may not be serious enough to justify using the repair and deduct remedy. In that event, the landlord can sue the tenant to recover the money deducted from the rent, or can file an eviction action based on the nonpayment of rent. If the tenant deducted money for repairs not covered by the remedy, or didn't give the landlord proper advance notice or a reasonable time to make repairs, the court can order the tenant to pay the full rent even though the tenant paid for the repairs, or can order that the eviction proceed. The landlord may try to evict the tenant or raise the rent because the tenant used the repair and deduct remedy. This kind of action is known as a "retaliatory eviction" (see section on Retaliatory Eviction). The law prohibits this type of eviction, with some limitations." In the end, you may be better of just moving to Florida now v. later even if you don't want to. Also, I watched an episode once on TV about a family that was also having bed bug problems and the only way they finally got rid of their bed bug problem was when professional exterminators came in the second or third time and heated up the house like to something over 130 degrees. That finally did the tricked but it cost thousands of dollars in the end too.

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  • 1 decade ago

    when you move or right now try and work on it. You can purchase the plastic covers for the beds & your pillows, which will eliminate them from your bedding and night time bites. This will also help when & if lice ever occurs...GOD forbid, but you never know. I have kids so I do it. And if you are worried about the plastic feel under you at night just buy a mattress pad which will also be good because they wont allow your mattress to get messed up. But, If you feel that they are in your carpet you may want to set off a few bombs when you still have your fabric furniture there and the rest of your things are packed up. Also bomb the new place before getting in there. They also have at the pet store an aerosol can that you can spray on to your fabric i.e. carpets and couch, chairs and mattresses that will kill the bugs like fleas and other little pesky insects. It will be a lot of work but when you move into the new place you wont have to worry about being bitten by those nasty little suckers...

    GOOD LUCK...:)

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Get the pest control anyways, for as long you will be staying there and you do nothing about the problem they will continue to be a problem, besides they can be transported from place to place like any other pest, it would be a good idea to call the pest control people and resolve this problem before you move, so it wont be a problem in your next house hold.

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  • 1 decade ago

    wrong answer, bed bugs love heat. that's what attracts them to your bed, your body heat. They are a pain in the butt to get rid of. Unless you are planning on leaving EVERYTHING you own at your old place, you need to deal with an exterminator to get rid of them. You can bring the bugs or eggs along with you to your new place. Lots of hotel bed bug infestations occur when someone stays at an infected location, sits there suitcase or other personal items on a bed, chair, etc and then they carry them on to the next location. Good luck.

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  • 1 decade ago

    My sister's Lanlord just fumagated his whole house of 6 apts because he said one of the tenants had "bed bugs". The instructions he gave her explained that the whole house had to be fumagated. All linnens had to be washed in "HOT" soapy water. All clothes and stuff had to be re-washed. He intructed his tenants to open cabinets and drawers. I guess its a big deal.

    Call your exterminator you need a professional! I'm with you, I find it extremely disgusting. I really feel for you.. Good Luck and please seek professional help!!!! Try calling your landlord and see if he'll help with the cost. My sisters landlord took care of everything and even reimbursed her for dropping off her laundry.

    Source(s): Family experience
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