Anonymous on 09/16/2010
We had an infestation in both apartments of this two-unit building in 2008-2009. It may have come from a nearby building. We got rid of a mattress, and much bedding. We washed all clothes with bleach and dried them on high heat for two hours. Even materials with no obvious infestation were washed, dried, and placed in plastic bags for the duration. We slipcovered mattresses and pillows. No drug-store or exterminator spray, even applied liberally and regularly, seemed to work. Finally residents i
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n both units used diatomaceous earth. It is inexpensive, does not smell and is relatively safe. It can be purchased through the Intenet. It must be left in place for a long time. (It looks messy but it's better than the bugs.) We applied it to headboards and bed slats, baseboards and the area around the legs of beds. This seems to have put an end to the infestation. We have seen no trace in over nine months. (Still hoping.)