A. on 03/15/2011
Thanks to Ken Hogan for sharing his story.
It all makes sense to me now...
In 2006 I moved in to that same apartment. A couple of months after that I started getting bitten but as Ken said "the term -bed bug- was still a nursery rhyme in my mind" I never had a problem like this before, I thought it was a mosquito bite, I didn't even know what a bedbug looked like.
When we moved in we had nothing at all, every piece of furniture was bought new..
We purchased a net that hangs from the ceiling
to cover the bed thinking that It would keep the mosquitos out but of course, it didn't work..I got bitten again but still didn't suspect bed bugs as I never saw anything on my sheets nor marks on my mattress.
The elderly couple that used to manage the building retired and moved away shortly after and new management took over. Since then, a lot of people have moved in and out, nobody seemed to stay longer that a couple of months or maybe a year. the maintenance of the building went down awfully, there's problems everywhere: the laundry room, the hallways, garbage pick up, the elevator etc etc...They just "patch it" on the surface but they don't want to spend the money to deal with it properly.
Anyway, back to the bed bug problem... I got bitten ocassionaly but my husband never showed any bites so we never suspected bed bugs.
After that, we got a notice from the manager saying there was a problem of bedbugs in some suites in the building but they never said which ones, how serious it was or who was in "danger" (for being closer to these suites)
We weren't fumigated but heard that those suites had been successfully treated...
My nightmare stared a couple of weeks ago when I got red and super itchy marks on my arms, a new one almost ever day, I went online to do the reserch and found pictures..
I immediately went to my mattress and inspect it very carefuly but didn't find anything. Nonetheless I washed and dryed all my bedding..
I found one adult bb just there laying on the carpet and disgusted by it I made the mistake of killing it and flushing it down the toilet instead of taking it as evidence...
Next day, another small bite, again inspected my mattress, washed and dry all the bedding, found a very small one full of blood and some blood stains under the mattress and now I'm in panic.
I'm talking to the manager today and hope for the best..
Now my concern is about all the chemicals they have already sprayed in this appartment and that I was unaware of, I panic again.
When I moved in nobody told me that they have already had a problem with bb and that this particular apartment was fumigated 5 times on top of the DE that was used.
I have spent almost 5 years in this apartment day and night unaware of this problem.
I'm concerned about my health and also my possessions as I can't afford to throw everything away and start over..
I'm so upset
what to do???