Bed bugs have taken over our home!

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Begging4Help

Corbin, KY

#1 May 3, 2012
We have tried every resource that is available to us. We've hired exterminaters, we've got new couches & new beds, we've used rubbing alcohol & mean great, and we even done just plain rubbing alcohol.
And just when we think we're finally getting it under control, they're back & they're starving apparently.
We can't sleep without being ate up. We can't even sit on our couch, relax & watch tv anymore for them.
But the worst part is that our children(which there is six kids, ages 4 months to 4 years old) are bitten worse than we are.
One sad thing is, Social services was called on us for environmental neglect. The lady asked us if we would like her to help us handle our pesky bed bug situation. Of course we told her yes, & after that I haven't heard a word from the woman.
I just know that SOMEONE has to have some type of information or something that could help us. We are in DIRE need to get these bugs gone!
Feelforu

Somerset, KY

#2 May 3, 2012
Not much you can do except the heat treatment or move out for a year. Not sure if anyone around here does the heat. Very expensive too.They are bad in area hotels, probally all hotels if the truth were known.
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Since: Mar 12

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#3 May 4, 2012
Heat treatment? As in burning the house down? That sounds like an extreme measure for sure.
Say

Ford City, PA

#4 May 4, 2012
Are you confusing all those kids with bedbugs? If that's the case, ya gotta keep em.
pest

Bellevue, WA

#5 May 4, 2012
go to southern states and get some telstar. also google how to get rid of bed bugs.
Hmmm

Elizabethtown, KY

#6 May 5, 2012
You need to bag up or toss ALL the stuffed toys in your home too. Carpets have to bs treated, they like to hide there during the day.
My husband is an Entomologist (bug degree) & he says they can even get in walls. He says you need to either tent the house for "Fumigation" or "heat treat" the entire house, temp has to be raised to 160 degrees if you go that route. He says their probably in your vehicles as well if ya got them that bad.
He also says if you used an exterminator, they should "have to come back" & re-treat since most have a warranty. Not all exterminators use the best products or in the strengths recommended. They try to cut corners & you cannot do that with a bed bug problem.
He says UK has a website that gives good info on how to get rid of them.
ALL of your mattresses & box springs need to be covered in "plastic", then just put a mattress cover over top that. You can take it off & wash it weekly. It will keep you from getting too hot against the plastic.
Get rid of or bag up all fabric toys or game. And/or FOG them but if you do that kids can't use them later.
This is one reason I do not buy fabric sofas. Wash everything in the hottest temp you can. You can also lay some clothing in your dishwasher & put it on "Hot dry".
They hide in seams during daytime. Behind headboards, etc. You have a lot of work to do. Regular bombing with Foggers won't cut it. Will help some but you need it tented. Everything out of ALL cabinets & drawers. All attics & crawlspace also has to be done. Good luck
Hmmm

Elizabethtown, KY

#7 May 5, 2012
I meant to say put clothes in "Dryer" on hottest temp. Heat will kill them.

Be aware bedbugs carry many diseases. Very many. When kids are sick be sure to tell doctors of the bed bug problem. So they will check for diseases they carry.

Also, do not be buying or bringing home clothes or bedding from "second hand" shops or yard sales. Unless you can be assured they've been treated & are free of bugs.
Mrs Clean

Livingston, TN

#8 May 5, 2012
It would help if you learned to clean..If you keep a clean house ,you wont have bugs..
Hmmm

Elizabethtown, KY

#9 May 5, 2012
Begging4Help wrote:
One sad thing is, Social services was called on us for environmental neglect. The lady asked us if we would like her to help us handle our pesky bed bug situation. Of course we told her yes, & after that I haven't heard a word from the woman.
I just know that SOMEONE has to have some type of information or something that could help us. We are in DIRE need to get these bugs gone!
if this were me & I had 6 kids, I sure as heck would not be "waiting" for social services to call me back.
I'd be calling them so much begging for assistance, I'd already have this problem take. Care of.
Time is your enemy. Time allows them to keep multipling. You cannot idly 'wait'. Go see them, call them 3-4 times a day if that's what it takes. Whatever it takes..... That's what you need to do.
Because IF you are not actively regularly seeking to get this issue fixed...then that gives them more reason to take your kids away from you.
Go to the "County Extension" office in Somerset or wherever you live & see if they might have some kind of way to help you get the tenting or heat thing done. Don't know if they get grants for stuff like that or not but it's worth checking out. If they can't they may know someone who can help pay for it. But work at getting it done!!!
Hmmm

Elizabethtown, KY

#10 May 5, 2012
Mrs Clean wrote:
It would help if you learned to clean..If you keep a clean house ,you wont have bugs..
This is absolutely NOT true. While it does help to have a clean home, many good housekeepers who are very clean have acquired bedbugs.

You can bring them into a very clean home in any number of ways.
This is also why in some states, it is illegal to sell "used" mattresses.

I'd sure never sell a "used" mattress, give it away maybe, but selling one leaves people open to lawsuits because of bedbugs.

Clean homes can get them as easily as unclean homes can. Because you usually don't realize there's a problem until they get really bad.
A little research please

Big Creek, KY

#11 May 5, 2012
Mrs Clean wrote:
It would help if you learned to clean..If you keep a clean house ,you wont have bugs..
Cleanliness is not a factor in getting bedbugs. Nor head lice for that matter. Research it my dear. Perhaps you'll not make such a fool of yourself in the future. Head lice won't likely infest dirty hair because the nits can't stick well to an oily hair follicle. They prefer clean hair. Bedbugs need blood to live. They don't feed on garbage, dust or refuse. You can keep the cleanest home on earth but if you bring in one single bedbug you could be infested within days or weeks. One impregnated bedbug can come in on your shoes, in your purse or on your pant legs. A home with even minimal possessions can give a bedbug all the hiding places it needs to thrive. They will hide in walls, electrical sockets, bedding and furniture frames, mattress seams, picture frames, etc. They are pure hell to rid your home of. Cincinnati is the number one city for bedbug infestations and is even ahead of New York City. This is the reason I no longer shop yard sales, thrift shops or yard sales. Even mail order sites like Ebay have been known to spread bedbugs. I don't need someone elses problem hitching a ride into my home.
Anonymous

Somerset, KY

#12 May 5, 2012
Do a search on "controlling bed bugs"! Un of Ky Cooperative Extension Service has a publication on control methods (ID-21 for homeowners).
bed bugs

Somerset, KY

#13 May 5, 2012
i had bed bugs when i lived in cincy for 2 years before i figured out how to get rid of them. once i did they were gone for good.
1. i sprayed the entire place down with 99% isopropyl alcohol bought from a metal prefab company 4 gal for 80 bucks. pored it in a yard sprayer and hit every crack they could be in, ripped out the material under the couch, recliners, and box springs and sprayed very heavy. as well as the mattress. then bought a sealed cover and put over the mattress. i pulled everything out of all closets and cleaned it out and laundried everything. the dryer kills them...they love to live in fabric. understand that 99% isopropyl alcohol is explosive, one spark and the place will blow to kingdom come. i turned off all power in the house and the furnace as well as ac..everything. now that killed everything but the eggs. the eggs will hatch in 2 weeks, so time to do the same thing all over again...man what a pain! but it worked! i never had another bed bug since and i didnt ever get rid of my furniture! i still have a couple gal and the sprayer in case it happens again.

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Since: Sep 08

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#14 May 5, 2012
Iffen them bedabugs ain't got green cards , have them deported -

Level 2

Since: Dec 09

London, KY

#15 May 12, 2012
Mrs Clean wrote:
It would help if you learned to clean..If you keep a clean house ,you wont have bugs..
totally wrong. Bed bug crisis in America is bad right now. They are everywhere and heat treatment is the only guarantee. They hey the house to 80 for 4 hours and it heats everything including walls and floors.
ella

Somerset, KY

#16 May 14, 2012
I seen on that show "Infested" the only thing that kills them and their eggs is the heat treatment. Judge Me Not who said you set it to 80? That's doable I thought it was a lot higher than that..
Begging Help do u have any idea where they came from?

Level 2

Since: Dec 09

London, KY

#17 May 14, 2012
ella wrote:
I seen on that show "Infested" the only thing that kills them and their eggs is the heat treatment. Judge Me Not who said you set it to 80? That's doable I thought it was a lot higher than that..
Begging Help do u have any idea where they came from?
I have seen on various websites they set your home between 80 and 160.
Begging4Help

Corbin, KY

#18 May 16, 2012
Our home is clean as it can be with the kids. & If your a parent you would know that anyone who has kids, especially six kids, will not exactly have the cleanest house ever. It's a constant process to keep it livable.
and we had a boarder for a short time. We allowed him to bring his bed & we believe that is where they came from. He's no longer here now, but I hope he at least took some of the nasty little things.
Since I posted that we have managed to knock down some of them. We've used A LOT of 99% isopropyl alcohol.
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Since: Sep 09

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#19 May 16, 2012
Knowitall9 wrote:
Iffen them bedabugs ain't got green cards , have them deported -
LMAO
sandy

Elizabethtown, KY

#20 Mar 15, 2013
We live in an apartment complex. My 14 year old child is being eat up by them. Took him to pediatrician, emergency room, and derm specialist. All said didnt know and kept putting him on steroids, then one day I awoke with the same bites. I was furious, I am 100% disabled and my landlords would do nothing when we found out we had bedbugs. I bought a steamer, and burnt every piece of furniture we have spent our lives obtaining. Bought a steamer from Wal-Mart and mixed 91% alcohol and lavender and spent 7 days steaming every inch of our 2 bedroom apt home. Bought 7 cans of the Raid spray for bedbugs and their eggs from Wal-Mart and 6 foggers specially for bed bugs. I was exhausted! We rubbed petroleum jelly around every light socket, light switch, the 2 new cots we bought to sleep on, and around all base boards. We washed and dried 40 loads of laundry and bagged them. We dry our blankets ans sheets daily, and only had 4 days of no bites. My son is now very sick and no one will assist! I have called every environmental, human resource, and health department agency I can find. There is no help. I have PTSD and we have nowhere to move to and I have lost so much weight due to the stress that I am in a size 1. We use dryer sheets under our cots, we are living a nightmare with no way out! Don't know what to do or where to go! and I have OCD, and live extremely clean. My sons school has several families with similar conditions. So if I am getting rid of them, he can be bringing them in from school! I beg Jesus daily to help us!!!!

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