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.
Burn the house down and move
the best product for bedbugs is called Delta Dust. Its what the pros use. Its like DE except it is impervious to water and will last kill any and i mean any insect that comes in contact with it for 18 months. It kills almost instantly. best method is a good steamer ( 150 degree plus to be safe) vacuum, dryer, DE for high traffic areas and delta dust to end all.
<p>i had a slight if you can call it that bedbug problem while staying @ a shelter , and when i left i took all my laundry to the laundromat-- has to have gas fired dryers-- electric dryers do not get hot enough and washed all my clothes and sheets on heavy soil and extra rinse then dried them until they almost burned my fingers pulling them out of the dryer. worked like a charm. ..here in Fl, there are small salamanders like geckos that love eating roaches and other bugs, so i found one in my apt and let him loose.. economical and no residue and free..and they dont bother with human food..havent seen any roaches after that. </p>
<p>Unfortunately, bedbugs don't care if you're a pauper or a millionaire, a scrub or a germophobic clean freak. The only difference is the millionaire can pay to get rid of them. I've been fighting the little buggers for almost 3 years and 3 apartments. Rubbing alcohol DOES work but it has to be over 90%. As nasty as it sounds they live in everything from your walls to your books and a single bug can go a YEAR without a meal. Through bedbug covers, using covered futons instead of couches, hefty amounts of said rubbing alcohol (you WILL need to open the windows.), diatomaceous earth, boric acid and lots of time; it's gone from waking up screaming in the night covered in the disgusting little things to I see one once in a while. I still have nightmares about being bit while I'm sleeping though. I wake up freaking out and itchy only to realize I was dreaming. At current, the government puts bedbug stats at 1 in every 5 houses. Just make sure you get A LOT of alcohol. It works great for computer chairs or pillows. If you have a couch, get creative, latex paint can be both pretty and functional. Make sure to check your bed right before you get in it. Flip the light on and run to the bed. Inspect and kill everything you find. After only a couple months of this and rubbing alcohol life was bearable again. And god(s) help all of you with carpet. Diatomaceous earth is great here but you can't vacuum it up...</p>
Love the &quot;Flee Powder&quot;!!!! <br> <br>Just today read an article in the NY Times on how BEAN LEAVES have been an Eastern European Folk Remedy for bed bugs for millenia. However science got involved and discovered--IT WORKS. <br> <br>If you have ever picked beans there is a certain &quot;velcro&quot; quality to the leaves that GRABS the legs and the more they struggle the more entangled they get. I dunno where you would get a large quantity of bean leaves but if you had access and need--well that IS the mother of invention! <br> <br>Scientists are trying to replicate this as a trap but have not gotten this market worthy yet. Mebbe a farmers market? <br> <br>I suspect the problem in a communal living space is that there are always NEW bugs being brought in and if you don't get EVERYONE on board---they will never go away. <br> <br>And--ya know--some of the issues you have here--can you LEAVE Hell On Earth aka Arizona? (We pronounce it somewhat differently but this IS a Family Friendly Site---)
<p>No plans to leave. I just had to raise my standards of living. Not long ago I stayed at a seedy apartment complex and heard of some tenants having bed bugs. I no longer let any neighbors in my door. Then, I would see people move out and toss a mattress, blankets, or sheets in the dumpster. Never fail, you could always count on a person dumpster diving these goods and taking them home. </p>
<p>And apartment management like to keep it on the down low the complete opposite of what you would want to do to stop it.</p>
<p>Man I hear you on this one I got them after moving into an apartment building two heat treatments later and a massive campaign of sealing all small holes vents etc sleeping on a cot with barriers in the way and I have not seen them for months now no bites either I also used Diatomaceous earth and I can verify it works having caught a few of the suckers and testing it its slow acting of course given how it works but good. I also taped a square of glossy scotch tape on the ceiling above my bed to keep them from falling on me. They do that.</p>
<p>There where bunk beds on both sides of the room. Your correct. They did cross the ceiling. The guy on the top bunk laid there and smashed them all the time. Gee, thanks for reminding me. all the smashed blood spots where gross. Anything anybody has gone through can help the next.</p>
<p>I read about a pesticide a few weeks ago called Tempo Ultra SC (Cyfluthrin, cyano 11.8%). It is starting to be looked at for eliminating bed bug infestations because it offers residual protection (along with being very effective for killing them quickly). I don't like to recommend chemicals to anyone... but you were clearly past that point. I believe there are all-natural ways to get it done but sometimes you need to pull out the big guns.</p>
<p>The big guns...... and I was pretty broke. Thank you for your information. I don't wish anyone to go through what I did.</p>
bed bugs freak me out and I think I would totally flip my sh!t if I found them on me or even more horrifying&hellip;in my house.
<p>The only time I freaked out was on the bus. I looked down and one crawled from under sweatshirt on to my denim pants leg. I seriously freaked out.......and justifiably so I believe. </p>
Thank you for the tips. It is sort of an embarrassing problem to be having. I have been getting a lot of these lately and I'm beginning to learn that <a href="http://www.pestdetective.com/fraser_valley.html" rel="nofollow">Abbotsford pest control</a> is not to be taken lightly.
I just moved to NY. I'm favoriting this &quot;just in case.&quot; Let's hope I never have to consult this.
I hope you don't either. Good luck.
Thanks so much for the information! With the mild winters this area has had for 2 years now we've seen an outbreak of them. We're working hard as you seem to have on getting rid of them. The motor oil thing I hadn't heard though, testing it tonight I hope.
We're Thankfully moving soon though and we were planning do take everything to the laundry too. So one way or the other we will escape! <br>
I truly wish you the best of luck.
Blessings to you my friend! Thank you for sharing!
Wow, what a problem! A <strong>dangerous </strong>but effective method is to make black powder rich in sulfur, tightly shut down the house, fire the powder in a can on the floor and<strong> get out quickly without breathe. </strong><br> <br> <strong>The sulfur dioxide gas kills nearly every living in minutes</strong>. After that treatment you should aerate the house for hours before it can be dwell.<br> <br> &quot;Rich in sulfur&quot; means to add powdered sulfur to normal black powder until it fires barely and slowly. <strong>The try must be done outdoors, don't breathe the smoke, it is very dangerous. </strong>
Nice.......sounds like something I'd try.
Be very careful about SO2 he isn't kidding about it being deadly . Very low concentrations can kill you . It's something we deal with where I work &quot; a by product of removing sulfur from gasoline &quot; . The legal limit for short term exposure is 0.25 PPM &quot; parts per million &quot; that's not much . In other words if you light it off get the heck out !
Yes, it is dangerous. When I was a young boy (younger than today, I say), doing the experiment with SO2, I accidentally breathed a very little portion of it, and that caused me pain in the lungs, which lasted two days. <br> <br>After that, I killed with SO2 an impressive cockroach plague in the woodshed of my mother. Sadly, hided in the shed there was a wild cats nest, and the litlle puppies died too. They are very silent, and due to that I don't realized their presence.
Hey Ray! Not likely. The next time I see or even hear of a bed bug, I'm a fart in the wind! But thank you for your input for all others to consider. This can drive people to poor judgment and extremes.
Obviously, you shuld take off fron the house all pets: mammals, fishes, birds, ophidians, etc.
I don't think I could have gone through that! I read bedbugs are really difficult to get rid of. You were very smart to dry all your clothes because of the eggs. Sorry you had to go through that. Your experience will help a lot of people, so thanks! Keep on shining! <br>sunshiine
I seriously felt a need to share it. Any average person could be in a situation like this with no job, a DUI, domestic problems, criminal, or mental health issues. Its a serious problem that is going unaddressed fueled by the courts and state funding (here in Arizona). This type of housing is simply an unregulated cash cow. <br> I saw a lot of people not make it. It brought some people to the point of breaking court orders, probation, and parole with no excuse. BUT, the heart of the problem is, some people just live in filth and don't care. <br> Hey, what doesn't kill me only makes me stronger. Not to mention its just another interesting chapter in the book of onrust ;) <br>
It also builds character! You seem to be glowing these days!
Good info. Thanks!
You are more than welcome. I hope I could help anyone.
Thanks for sharing, onrust. There, but for the grace of God, go I. <br> <br>Wishing you better days, happier trails and peaceful slumber when you rest your head at night.
Sleeping quite well now. Thanks
I agree with heat treating and it kills the bugs.
Glad you're through it.
Flee powder from Walmart works, cover everything, wait an hour or two, then vacuum. Do that a couple times wile also washing every blanket and piece of clothing.
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