Bedbugs infestation

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I think it was this radio programme I heard where they described how the bugs come out of the mattress during the day and hide in the bed frame, your wardrobe etc., then return to the mattress at night to feed. They also described how they hide in your suitcase when you visit a hotel, so you bring them home with you. You need full fumigation.

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You should contact the Mieterbund for advice. According to this, you have a responsibility to inform the landlord so that he can take appropriate measures. If you don't, you'll be responsible for the costs of further damage.

 

 

Die Mieter muss den Ungezieferbefall dem Vermieter anzeigen, damit dieser geeignete Maßnahmen treffen kann, um eine Verseuchung weiterer Wohnungen in diesem Gebäude auszuschließen. Versäumt er dies, haftet er dem Vermieter gegenüber für alle weiteren Schäden (Mietausfall, Bekämpfungskosten).

It also says that bed bugs must always be exterminated by a professional. It looks as if this is laid down by law:

 

 

Wanzen müssen unbedingt unverzüglich fachmännisch bekämpft werden. Die Bekämpfung von Bettwanzen war im bis Dezember 2000 geltenden Bundesseuchengesetz vorgeschieben.

If you don't inform the landlord quickly, he and anyone else involved might assume that you think that you are responsible for causing the infestation.

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I have heard pest control can be very expensive and definitely my landlord cannot be approached on this matter owing to his super nice mood.

 

Forget about his mood and shoot off a letter/e mail today giving him a time limit (Frist) to get this under control.

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We got bedbugs some years ago that apparently came in shipments from my son's dad in Shanghai. For months, my husband woke up itching and with a funny rash. I had nothing. We thought he was allergic to the bedclothes or detergent because he had no problem when traveling and sleeping in hotels. I can't remember how many new bedclothes and detergents I tried. Finally, we discovered the bedbugs.

 

We called an exterminator and he inspected the whole house. Luckily, they were only in our bedroom. They would hide in the bed frame, behind pictures, in electrical outlets etc. in the daytime. He sprayed our room only with some kind of non-poisonous enzyme that he said stopped the growth of their shells so that they virtually exploded inside. We only had to keep the door closed for some hours. Success. We threw out the bed, mattress etc. just because we were so creeped out.

 

One telltale sign that the exterminator showed us was tiny black spots on the wall, bed frame etc. that we had never noticed. Bedbug poop.

 

The funny part was hiring the exterminator. They all advertised as being discreet. This means they show up in unmarked cars without a giant roach on top or something. I guess it's a German thing. He still came in the house with a mask and carrying tanks - dead giveaway.

 

I do not remember it being particularly expensive perhaps because he only had to do the one room.

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I guess it's a German thing

It is. Because bugs are associated with dirt or bad hygienic circumstances. People are ashamed of having them.

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to get rid of bed bugs: heat the place for a few hours to over 100c or get a few pet cockroaches, they hunt the bed bugs and feast on them.

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That's it. I'll have my suitcases shrink wrapped from now on. Gross!

 

It's really not a bad idea, or if you have a soft one, put it in the dryer when you get home, along with all your clothes if possible. Whenever I go to a hotel I always inspect the mattress, headboard, and picture frame above the bed. I always put my bag on the metal luggage rack when in the past I just threw it wherever. My buddy's experience turned him into an emotional wreck for two months. My husband thinks I'm nuts whenever we check into a hotel, but that's ok!

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I was heavily involved in Couchsurfing back in Australia and had people stay with me from all over the world until I was unfortunate enough to have two travelers who used their sleeping bags (despite my request for people not to) and left a bedbug infestation in my sofa bed.

 

Unfortunately once you have them anywhere in your home they are almost impossible to get rid of without specialist knowledge and equipment. They are resistant to many common insect sprays and powders and will scatter as soon as they detect any. They can handle temperatures up to about 60 degrees and freezing them will not kill them either.

 

They do NOT just live in the bed but will hide under almost anything in the house, near and far from the bed and they can live for months without food. If you have more than a very minor infestation and your home has wooden floors then I think they are literally impossible to eliminate; they can only be controlled.

 

I tried a whole lot of things on my own.. different sprays and powders but I was later told that if anything these actually just make it worse because they cause the bugs to scatter and you end up with them all over the house rather than in one or two spots. Also you need to kill ALL of them.. if you leave 2 or 3 then you will just have the problem again in a few months. And even if you do kill all of them, the spray or powder has no effect on eggs which will hatch a few weeks later.

 

I ended up having to pay a pest controller to come and steam everything (this is the only way to kill adults and eggs) and leave a spray with some residual effect to kill any which may have been missed by the steam. This cost me about AUD$600 in total and pretty much ended my involvement in Couch surfing :(

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Hi,

U can buy Diatomaceous earth and let the little guy suffer. This is available from various sources... pet shops for one... Google for some options. 'This is the stuff the pro's use. Nice and natural and after a couple of applications and washing should do the trick.

 

Plenty of online info on this... have a nice night, don't let the bed... oops!

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I am now more afraid of bed bugs than public speaking.

 

Oh yes...this thread has got me terrified :-s

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This thread and reading about bedbugs (I didn't know much about them until reading all that stuff) will give some people the creeps for some time i guess, so I think there's nothing nuts about it, Ladybeans.

I woke up with five gnitbites on my leg this morning and I knew they where gnitbites but I must admit I had to think of bedbugs immediately.

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Well, I was just going to have a little look at this thread and then go off to bed...

not so sure I actually want to now!

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I changed the sheets on mine last night and checked the mattress for little black spots. Y'all are not the only ones a little creeped out by the thought of bedbugs. Thankfully I didn't find any black spots.

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