Recently I was lucky enough to spend time in a group home here in Phoenix. It was not the best and far from the worst.......BUT, bed bugs are a serious problem in this type of environment. The problem is even worse with the lack of money and participation of EVERYBODY living in the same space.
This is not a how to or step by step instructable. My intention is to provide information to a person who may be as desperate as I was to rid myself of these diabolical, persistent, parasitic BUGS.
Step 1: My only line of defence.
This worked well and was used throughout this campaign. My biggest problem was cost and missing spots while trying to "yoga spray" my entire body. Also while sitting on furniture it would wear off elbows, backs of my legs, and my waist line.... thus waking with small areas of dined on flesh.
Step 2: The first combat agent.
This worked well. Except it gassed us out of the house on my first attempt. I tried several mixtures but only could get complaints from the peanut gallery. I have no actual idea how well this worked because the "management" put an end to my high hopes for a perfect mixture.
Step 3: The second attempt.
Diatomaceous earth worked well.....at first. It involved lots of cleaning and this is where I lost all support. If everybody is not involved and committed (and some had been committed) to a diligent effort, its a fruitless endeavor.
Step 4: A third flop.
Rubbing alcohol make them run like mad. Then they run back after it has evaporated and you lay your tasty flesh to rest.
Step 5: Failure on the fourth and fifth.
Rosemary. I thought it was perfect. It smells good and grows at almost every apartment complex in town. My problem was I was making a bigger mess than it was worth. Then I cooked the rosemary down for the oil and used a spray solution. It worked for a while but it was just too much to keep the oil in production with the use of clean sheets ....... but man did I smell good!