Bedbugs infestation

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I don't know where else to sleep... I have just asked the landlord, if he already has the answers from the professionals, He is still not responding.

Is it possible to disinfect it somehow? I still have school tomorrow,

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Chill out - you are not the first and far from the last to deal with bedbugs. They are annoying as heck, but can be dealt with.

 

About the clothing, you are on the right track with the dryer. Bed bugs are killed by heat, and the 125 degrees you were told is Fahrenheit. 60 degrees Celsius is a bit more than that, and is a perfectly normal dryer setting. You do not need to wash your clothing first, you need the heat. Washing the clothing at 20 or 30 degrees won't help, washing at 60 would. You need to check of course, what is safe for your different articles of clothing (list of common laundry symbols). Freezing is less effective than heat and takes more time.

 

About the furniture, ask the professionals when they come if you need to do anything but when they disinfect the room the furniture will also be disinfected. Alcohol will not help in any case.

 

Your landlord should be informed when he makes the appointment of any preparations that need to be done, any other questions you can ask the exterminators when they show up.

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Thank you for the information. Yes, i need to cool down... I have informed the landlord. Then I think i'll use the dryer for the clothes i have washed 2 days ago, and wash the rest? I still need to bag my clothes however, right?

Also, i have winter jacket. Since it might be infested too, i thought of dry cleaning. How many does it usually cost? And where could i buy the plastic bags for clothes?

(about the alcohol, i read in an articlethat they use rubbing alcohol, so i thought of it...)

 

Then... i should only wait until the professionals come?

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go to an apotek and ask them to recommande you a bug killer a proper firm that they will totally will destroy them. you will have to sleep some other place for 1 or 2 nights. no entry to the place, but this is very good to just blows them out totally, the cost is about 100-300euros

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go to an apotek and ask them to recommande you a bug killer a proper firm that they will totally will destroy them. you will have to sleep some other place for 1 or 2 nights. no entry to the place, but this is very good to just blows them out totally, the cost is about 100-300euros

 

There are many in the Gelbe Seiten. He is waiting for his landlord to get someone.

 

It would be interesting to know what the Mietverein would recommend in these cases. I can imagine that the landlord has to pay a hotel room until the problem is solved. Just a guess.

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There is a little known solution for this. I had them two years ago in accommodation I was renting. Get yourself some kieselgur from Amazon or elsewhere, a mask and a brush.

 

Cover eveything in your bed (Headboard, feet, lattenrost) and the carpet around your bed with the fine powder and they will die off. Make sure you cover all possible entry points to the matress (Mine were in the headboard).

 

They hate the stuff it gets in to their joints, immobilizes them and kills them. After a few days you wash it off. Don't vaccuum, it will ruin your cleaner.

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Not sure if he can get rid of them by just treating his bed area - they are in his clothes, etc. That means probably in his closets and everywhere. Ours were behind pictures on the wall, in electrical outlets, etc. but not in our closets or clothes.

 

This is really a problem that his landlord should handle immediately if they were already there when he moved in.

 

edited to add -

 

Thanks for the link Panda. Here is my old post from there-

 

 

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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Hello. I have read it before i made the thread (which get merged, I thought since the last post is 2 years ago it's not allowed to post again).

Yes, i have problem with my clothes, that's why i made a new one. (EDIT: my room is a single apartment, that's why i thought they have spread everywhere. I am worried if my shoes are infected, but i don't have any other)

My landlord until now hasn't informed me anything. He promised to tell me yesterday, and i've SMS'ed him already since afternoon.

Should i informed the Mietverein? i am worried that it would make the landlord mad at me, because the last time i did that, he came in with a sour look somehow.

I don't know if i should buy it or not, i thought of waiting for the professionals for now.

I am using new clothes to go to school/everywhere but i am still afraid if it has already been infested...

About where to sleep, i have asked my landlord too, but he said he couldn't help me.

 

Also, i am trying to find these zip lock bags, for books, clothes, and a super big one, to help to protect from these bugs at least. Where could i buy them and what do they call it here?

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Bedbugs are notoriously difficult to deal with, and with the greatest of respect you clearly dont know how to deal with it alone. So you need a specialist and frankly trying to do your own thing before they arrive is unlikely to help.

 

Read this http://bedbugger.com/2007/01/20/faq-think-you-have-bed-bugs-some-dos-and-donts/ and talk to the landlord. This is the top priority, call and message until they get their act together. Dont worry about annoying the landlord, talk to the mietverein and see what they say.

 

All this worry and not knowing what to do is a distraction. You need a professional and you need them now, end of story.

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Thank you very much for the link. It really is a great help, i've read a few articles from the FAQ already.

It sounds weird, but i hope they only spread to others (via infected clothes) when you sleep overnight. I still don't want to touch anybody, though.

Even so, i think still need this zip lock bags, to put my clothes (and one winter jacket), and a big one, since it'll be more safe rather than mullbeutel (which can still have an opening). Do they have it here? I seen small ones in the airport, but i forgot the name.

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How long did you live there before you noticed the bedbugs?

 

Do you think they were there before you moved in? If not, you would be responsible as we were for our case.

 

We never contacted our landlord because we lived here over a year before the problem began and the exterminator believed they came in packages from China. Made sense.

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I've lived here officially since 1. October... I don't know if they were here before i moved, i did have a rash when i first moved here, which i thought it was because of the weather. I am still no sure is it because the weather or bites, because red spots on my legs are grouped, similar to those biting patterns. The ones on my hand are still there, but not as red. I thought because of i apply lotions regularly. It's only around 4 days ago that i know these bugs.

 

But what happened if i am the one who brought it in and told the landlord? Will i get kicked out...?

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If the "rash" started after you moved in, you can be sure that they were already there. A good exterminator can give an estimate on how long they have been there.

 

The amazing thing for us is I never got one bite even sleeping in the same bed. Himself was tastier, I guess.

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The amazing thing for us is I never got one bite even sleeping in the same bed. Himself was tastier, I guess.

If I remember correctly, only around 1/3 of the people will react to the bites, the other 2/3 will never realize they were bitten.

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We had them in New York. They were in the apartment when we moved in even though the entire thing had been renovated (new floors, doors, the whole 9). Whenever we found one I would put it in a ziplock to keep as proof. The ziplock stayed in the freezer, but you can bet that there were moments when I thought about sending the management company a bug in the mail as "proof" of the problem. Maybe this would get Macht's landlord in gear?

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Sorry for not giving any news, but it was settled yesterday. Turns out that the nearest exterminator has 4 weeks holiday, and my Landlord need to contact the one in Nuremberg. He said something that he cannot pay, so he need my help to contact the Mietverein to tell the condition (he also send an email to her). The next day, i got a message that my appointment is on Monday at 10 AM. Before knowing this, i have informed my school, yet cannot give the actual date. I'll need to email them now.

 

At this time, i just finished with my laundry, but i cannot use the dry machine, because it is too dirty. Pile of dust on the air conduct (i don't know the name) A huge chunk of them. I tried to clean it with tissue, but it's just too deep. Other than that, I washed my clothes on 60, koch/buntwasche, but on extra kurz (around 1 hour 15). It should've been ok, right? I am still trying to find a Wascherei, though. I mean, they are not completely or even dry, I just put my clothes on doubled plastic bags with ribbons that i bought in Norma and placed it beside the entry door. I'd like to 'quarantine' it on other tenants room but...

 

I wanted to wash/dry my backpack and shoes. Anyone has some experience in that? Or is it better to just go to the laundry for them?

 

EDIT: about proofs, i actually photographed them and have sent it to my landlord from the first day i got it. It's just that my landlord rarely ever there or replying any message he got, as what other tenants have said. He replied in around 3 hours after my first message, though. Thank you very much for the suggestions, even so i hope my photos are enough haha.

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