How to get rid of bed bugs?
Topic: How to write address with an apartment number
May 22, 2019 / By Gayle Question:
How do you get rid of them when you live in apartments?
Don't say move out because we do not have the financial resources to move.
Best Answers: How to get rid of bed bugs?
Debra | 2 days ago
Bless Your Heart! First, you need to make sure if they are bed bugs or not. There is a Professor at the University of Kentucky, Michael Potter, who is recognized nationally as an expert on bed bugs. Below I have posted an article he wrote recently for the public on bed bugs (including pictures) which You can print. I am also posting an article about him. He even provides his phone number and e mail address for questions from people like You and me. You can trust him and his advice. He's an expert on many bugs. I've also included an list of articles about quite a variety of bugs/pests. I suggest that You start in the section, "Home and Health" which is towards the bottom of the page. There are articles about many bugs and pests which include pictures. This way You will know what You are dealing with and what to do about these bugs. I'm praying that these articles help You.
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Originally Answered: How do i get rid of bed bugs?
Thoroughly clean the infested rooms as well as others in the residence. Scrub infested surfaces with a stiff brush to dislodge eggs, and use a powerful vacuum to remove bed bugs from cracks and crevices. Dismantling bed frames will expose additional bug hiding sites. Remove drawers from desks and dressers and turn furniture over, if possible, to inspect and clean all hiding spots.
Mattresses and box springs can be permanently encased within special mattress bags. Once they are installed, inspect the bags to ensure they are undamaged; if any holes or tears are found, seal these completely with permanent tape. Any bugs trapped within these sealed bags will eventually die.
To prevent bed bugs from crawling onto a bed, pull the bed frame away from the wall, tuck sheets and blankets so they won’t contact the floor, and place the frame legs into dishes or cups of mineral oil.
Caulk and seal all holes where pipes and wires penetrate walls and floor, and fill cracks around baseboards and cove moldings to further reduce harborages.
If you are a tenant, contact your property manager or landlord to discuss your respective obligations, and to agree on a plan to manage the infestation. Generally, landlords are legally required to contract with a licensed pest control operator.
Request a written integrated pest management (IPM) plan from the pest control operator. This plan should detail the methods and insecticides to be used by the pest control operator, and describe the efforts expected by the building manager as well as by the tenants.
Because bed bugs and other pests may spread through cracks and holes in the walls, ceilings and floors, it is wise to inspect adjoining apartments on the same floor as well as those directly above and below.
What are your rights and obligations?
Landlords and property owners have specific legal obligations to provide safe and habitable accommodations for tenants. Certain infestations, including bed bugs, may constitute an unacceptable condition. Tenants have an obligation to cooperate with owners and landlords. This includes preparing the apartment so that the pest control operator can easily inspect the rooms and treat if necessary. Contact your state or municipal health agency or housing authority for more guidance on these issues.
Do not apply pesticides unless you fully understand what you are applying and the risks involved. You are legally liable if you misapply a pesticide, or apply it without a license to the property of another (including common spaces in apartment buildings). Generally, landlords, owners and building managers cannot legally apply pesticides. They should, instead, hire a licensed pest control operator to confirm the infestation and to develop an integrated pest management plan.
Do not dispose of furniture that is useful. Infested furniture can be cleaned and treated. Placing infested furniture (particularly mattresses) into common areas or on the street may simply help spread bed bugs to the homes of other people. Infested furniture intended for disposal should be defaced to make it less attractive to other people. Officials in some municipalities affix to potentially infested furniture a label to warn of bed bugs. To reduce opportunities of infested furniture re-entering their building, building managers should ensure that any disposed furniture is locked within a dumpster or immediately carted away to a landfill or waste facility.
The first move is always to notify your building management in writing and request that all adjacent apartments be inspected and treated. Depending on your State, the cost may be covered by your building manager (see resource 1 for state resources). If you need to hire an exterminator yourself, start with Service Magic, since they pre-screen exterminators and provide up to 3 free quotes (you can call 1.877.233.1145).
If you do decide to tackle the problem yourself, the best and most economical approach is to purchase a kit. I included a good resource for kits below as well as the general instructions. Be sure to buy a kit, or at least the combination of products that are in the kit. Basically, you'll need a few methods to reduce the size of the bed bug population (spray, steam, vacuuming), and products to interrupt the bed bug life cycle and kill any bed bugs and eggs you might have missed (sprays, bed bug dust). Do not use foggers as they just force the bed bugs into the walls, only to have the bed bugs return in 2 to 3 weeks.
Here are the basic steps for a do it yourself bed bug treatment:
1. Dispose of all clutter.in sealed plastic bags.
2. Wash all linen in hot water followed by 20 minutes in the dryer (high heat)
3. Vacuum the mattress, box spring, bed frame and floor. Go around the baseboard and cracks with a vacuum crevice tool. Follow this with a hand steamer if you have one.
4. Use a mattress safe knock down spray to kill bed bugs and bed bug eggs. Be sure to treat the mattress, box spring, bed frame, end tables and other areas near and around the bed. Spray outside and inside any furniture.
5. Use a residual spray for longer lasting protection. Spray baseboards, in cracks and crevices. Be sure to spray everything within 10 feet of the bed. Look behind labels and particularly inside the box spring and behind and plastic corner guards.
6. Encase the mattress and box spring after the spray dries with bed bug covers
7. Steam clean carpets. Add a disinfectant to the cleaning fluid (test to make sure it doesn't harm carpet)
This probably sounds like a lot, however bed bugs are a touch insect to eliminate. Expect to apply 2 to 3 treatments. Detailed treatment instructions are in the first resource.
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Diatomaceous Earth, Food Grade
Look up info online for the item above. You'll enjoy learning about it! I have a tablespoon with apple juice. I do think you'll enjoy reading up on it. Earthworks Health is where I've bought what I have. I also purchased a couple different kinds of dusters.
Read about DE as insect control, bed bugs, many things. Steven
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Warning! Make sure it's FOOD GRADE Diatomaceous Earth - if it isn't, it's dangerously unhealthy!
Diatomaceous Earth (aka Fossil Shell Flour) is sometimes found in amorphous form, which can cause silicosis; it should NEVER be mentioned without a safety warning near enough so it can't be missed. On the other hand, food-grade DE is considered a safe additive in foods and feed, and regularly used to prevent digestive infestations. In livestock.
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Only on your mattress? I would personally throw it away and sleep on an air mattress. It may sound irrational but I'm grossed out with bugs.
I just typed in How do treat bed bugs and sites come up- look it up. Once you treat them, keep this in mind. when you wake up in the morning let your bed air out, dry out from the perspiration before making your beds,about 1/2hour.
Go online for products that are sold and check places like Walmart for them.
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Originally Answered: I have bed bugs in my apartment, help please?
If you can get maintenance to admit to management that there was a previous bedbug issue in your unit, you can demand that the apartment complex have the creatures eradicated at management's expense. Can you sue ? For WHAT ? You have been bitten a few times, with no permanent injury. You need to show some sort of financial loss before you can sue successfully. Simply demand a remediation of the bedbugs. If that fails, then you can break your lease without penalty.
DOCUMENT all communications with management, in the event that you need to go to court to end the lease contract.