I moved into the building at the beginning of June of this year. A few weeks after move-in, I started getting bites. After some research, I reported to management that I thought I had bed bugs. I was scheduled immediately for inspection and given a sheet of what to do for preparation, basically wash all linens and clear clutter. In their inspection (July 1), they found nothing and came back two weeks later to once again find nothing. They said they treated anyway, as I had asked them to do
Weeks later, I was still getting bitten. At the beginning of August, we were notified of a building – wide inspection but it did not say what kind, so I called to ask (it was bed bug) and let them know I’d still been getting bites. Their inspection found nothing, but a week later, I caught a bed bug on my wall.
At this point, I bought mattress and boxspring covers (already had pillow), and the bedfeet monitors to put on after the inspection. They came and treated immediately (August 19), with a followup treatment and inspection two weeks later. Both times, I had left notes as to where I saw bugs, including the bugs contained in a sealed plastic bag, but they found nothing. The night after the first treatment, I saw a bug crawling across the carpet and I called both the management and pest control to let them know. After the second treatment, I found a live bug on the boxspring. I once again called management and pest control. PC came and inspected after two weeks and found nothing, except the bug in the bag I left for him, but they did not treat at this time. For a week or so I still had bites, but a couple of weeks after that I felt I was free.
HOWEVER, a few days after I started to put my clothes into the closet I started getting a bite every few days. I’ve stopped debagging my clothes, and I’m washing my bedding weekly and inspecting.
I know there were other cases in my building at this time, however I was told they were in the front part of the building and on upper floors. My apartment is in the basement, close to the laundry room and the alley. At the time of treatments, I saw mattresses and appliances thrown into the dumpster right next to the back door of the building. Not marked. I asked PC to inspect the room next to me (not an apartment) but I do not know if they inspected above me.
My problem is not as bad as it could be but this has been going on since end of June and I am exhausted. While management is trying to take care of the problem, I feel they could be more thorough. For example, everyone should have been advised to get mattress and boxspring covers for their beds, change to white bedsheets to help with detection, pull their beds away from the wall. Maybe others were told but I was not b/c they did not find any proof other than what I provided? I have been very thorough in my research and asked everyone many questions, and that is how I knew to do these things. As of now, I have not seen any bugs but I still get a bite every few days. I will update later when/if there is more news.