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Thread: Bed Bugs EEEEK!

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    Looks like bed bugs have moved into my DD's room. :( Have no clue where they came from unless my DD's friend brought them with her. You would not believe what her room looks like! DD refused to spend the night over there.

    Anyway. Has anyone had to deal with these? How do I get rid of them?

    Thanks!

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    Saw on the news that there is a new treatment involving heating the house with some portable heaters. Kills live bugs and eggs. Good luck. I would try to get a professional if it's in your budget.

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    They must be exterminated. Here is what you can do for now, take everything out of her room that can be washed and wash it in the hottest setting and dry in a hot dryer. As far as the bed you may have to get a new mattress but I still suggest you call in a professional. Once you get them they are impossible to get rid of on your own. Sorry this has happened to you.

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    They are becoming a big problem here in Utah. Saw on the news the other day where they had to shut down the Courthouse for a few days while they dealt with them!!

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    I saw on the news where they are making a BIG come back :shock: YUCKY

    I think you have to get rid of the mattress and any stuffed animals and such. So sorry this has happened to you

    Here is one site to help

    http://doyourownpestcontrol.com/bed-bugs.htm

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    Bright side: look how clean her room is going to be once their gone.

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    :twisted: Place Private college in northern NH. $$$
    Senior year with all 5 friends who were were together since freshman year moved into an apt in the Senior residence . after two months the bed bugs smelled fresh blood. # of the girls were coverd with bites. they slept against the wall. They went to RA and medical. everyone refused to believe they were BBs. They escalated and wanted to tackle this w/o parents. they moved them to another building but had to separate them. the dean of students acted when they came to the meeting with evidence and pictures. They had to rewash all of their stuff and cover stuf on the walls and they sprayed all the walls. the girls moved back 2 weeks later. BBS again...On xmas break theroom was emptied and debugged. Needless to say a month later they were back. the girls had tomove back out and it spoiled their senior year. Before grad. the parents stepped in and ordered the room be sealed off at least for ayear. The BBs were insde the wall.

    Some things we learned never pick up couches and bedding from th trash. they are attracted to fresh blood. We put duct tape aroung the legs of the beds. sticky side out. or put plastic cups filled with mineral oil under the bed legs. Move everything away from the wall. look on internet of pictures of what the marks on bedding looks like.
    My girl is out of school 3 years now and is still paranoid of everywhere she sleeps. she shudders at remembering her college life...the BB part.

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    On CBS this morning - they were saying that COlumbus Ohio has the 7th most bedbugs in the country - and if you see one female, you have AT LEAST 100,000 eggs. That is just plain CREEPY!!!!

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    I read where New York City is having the same problems. Many of the hotels are really going through it with them and people are cancelling their reservations right & left.
    The problem is the "greenies" got the pesticide that takes care of them off the market and now nobody can control them with the products available to them including the professionals. So it takes forever to get rid of them if they ever truly do without that pesticide.

    Some things change for the good and others harm us more than they help us. No offense to the "greenies".

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    This thread is giving me the creeps..........

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    excuse me, I have to go off in a corner and scratch....

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    How does duct tape help with bed bugs? I was thinking it would catch them if the sticky side was out. Is that what you do?

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    I am so sorry that you are having to deal with this... I would also call an exterminator and get it taken care of while it is hopefully in just the one room now...

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    that has always worried me watching House Hunters. people buy a vacation home in another country and take it furnished! then talk about renting it when not there. yikes!! not me.

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    They are becoming a really big problem. They are even being found in theater seats now. That is really creepy. Not sure how to get rid of them.

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    Yick! I also heard if you buy a BRAND new mattress, you could get them, because the same truck hauls away the old matresses.

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    yes thats what it does. they hide inbaseboards. If you encase stuffed animals in plastic bag an leave them in the sun for a week or in the freezing weather it will kill them.
    Quote Originally Posted by cathyvv
    How does duct tape help with bed bugs? I was thinking it would catch them if the sticky side was out. Is that what you do?

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    Ever since I read this about 5 minutes ago, I have had the crawlies!! The imagination is a powerful thing!! :XD:

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    They are in nj big time. Apparently they had to close down the movie theater around here that is attached to a mall. Rumor has it, they all through the mall. The good side of it, I am saving a lot of money.

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    My husband works for an exterminator...these are really getting bad. Call an exterinator.
    You really can't get rid of them yourself. They also give you a guarantee. After treatment, seal the matress in a cover.

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    Call exterminator, don't wait. Bed bugs are about everywhere. One my renters came and said they had bugs biting their baby, to make a long story short. They have a visitor use the crib while visiting a few hours,and left the bed bugs.
    Exterminator said b-bugs could live up to 18 months without a food source. Also put matteress in plastic covers.
    Becareful in dressing rooms when shopping.

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    I'm so sorry that you're having to deal with this. I came home from a week away in a nice motel and 2 days later I was all broken out. I was afraid I'd brought home bed bugs. Went to the dr and turns out I had poison ivy from pulling it from under my shrubs preparing for winter. Funny thing is I'd pulled that vine before always thinking it looked like poison ivy but because I'd never broken out I thought it must not be poison ivy. Its unrelated to your bed bugs but what I've learned is that you can touch it and not get a reaction and then one day bam! Your body will react! Still I'm so sorry you have bed bugs. I think I'd rather deal with this poison ivy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stitchinwitch
    On CBS this morning - they were saying that COlumbus Ohio has the 7th most bedbugs in the country - and if you see one female, you have AT LEAST 100,000 eggs. That is just plain CREEPY!!!!
    Oh no!!!!!!! That's where I live!!!!!! AAAHHHHHHHHHH

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    Well at least on a lighter note.... according to the CDC bed begs are not known to transmit disease. Although they can cause major mental trama, far more than physical! A doctor on CBS Early Show a couple weeks ago called it the "Ick factor" and it causes people to litteraly lose their minds. So althouh you might lose your mind over the bugs, you won't have to worry about getting a disease from them.

    Here is the CDC's website that is FULL of info on bed bugs. http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/ehs/Publicat..._Statement.htm

    P.s. Bed bugs and lice are my two biggest fears with having a child in school!

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    You can put the stuffed animals in heavy duty plastic bags. Seal them up tightly. You can tie the top, then use duct tape to make sure it's sealed. Leave in garage or attic or basement for about 3 months. What ever is in there will die.
    I was told for rooms, if it's just one, you can tape plastic over the windows to seal them. Clean/vacuum/dust, etc the room. Take the mattress and box spring out...that has to be replaced. Once everything is done in the room, you can set off bug bombs. Once they are set off, close the door and seal the door with plastic. Let the room stay that way for a few days. It should take care of it.
    At least that's what a friend of mine did. She was told to do that by an exterminator. She couldn't afford one, so this is what the man told her. It seemed to take care of the problem.
    GOOD LUCK!

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