I found a bed bug on my bed one late evening in October 2010 and captured it in a small container as proof to show the landlord. As I inspected my bed further I found a two more and captured those as well. I had no history of getting bitten by beg bugs (Actually I was getting bitten every now and then but wrote it off as spider bites since I wasn't getting a bad reaction to the bites, they looked like tiny spider bites and there was only one here and there every so often) but I knew they were th
ere as I had proof. I called my landlord and set up a time for him to inspect my apartment a few days later. As he inspected my apartment no bugs were seen and when I showed him the container of bugs, he stated they weren't bed bugs. He continued to say I had no bites (thought I didnt at the time), my child had no bites, and no bugs were seen on my bed or couch so those arent bed bugs. I asked him if there were any apartments in the building that had them. He said there was one and the area had been treated. There shouldn't be an issue for you as beg bugs don't go from apartment to apartment. I asked if he would treat my place and he said no. So I went and bought my own bug spray and treated my apartment as well as washed everything. I hadn't seen any more bugs since the ones I had captured. After a couple months of treatments, keeping all my dirty clothes in plastic bags, and washing everything I could every week the bites stopped. During this time I had asked several of my neighbors if they had seen any bugs. Some said yes they seen a one or two and others said no. For those had said yes, they also told me they knew of three apartments that were infested with the bugs. I asked the landlord about it and he said the issue had been taken care of and there is nothing to worry about. Now it's April 2011 and the bites have returned but this time, you could tell these were bed bug bites as soon as you saw them. There was no question about it. Entire patches would show up every night on my stomach, then my back, neck, hands, and feet. So I called my landlord again and persited to tell him my apartment has bed bugs and he needs to come and take care of this issue, he needs to get an exterminator, he needs to treat the whole building. Again he said he wasn't going to treat the whole building, that bed bugs don't go from one apartment to another and they are only isolated issues. He said I had probably carried them in from someone elses place. I dont know of anyone who has bed bugs. I dont go many places and I have very few close friends that I hang out with. I asked him then how come entire apartment buildings become condemned because of bed bugs. He didn't have an answer. I asked how long will it take to get rid of them, how many times will he need to spary. He reply was, we'll need to spray twice and it might take awhile. I also told him I had saw a bunch of bottles of bed bug spray in the apartment window below me and if he knew about that apartment having bed bugs. He said that apartment had already been sparyed. After notifing a neighbor of mine (the one who keeps tabs on everthiing, the one who told me three apratments was infested with bed bugs)she would keep and eye out and let me know anythign she heard. I told her she needed to call the landlord and tell her she had seen one in her place. A few days later she called me after talking with a few more people that had just moved into the building in March 2011, their apartments were infested, the landlord out right said no there were no issues with bed bugs or roaches when they asked before moving in. Apparently they had moved into the apartments that were infested and the landlord thought he could just leave the apartment vacant for a few weeks give it a spray or two and everything was fine. I even seen my landlord had someone come and rip up carpet in the two efficiency apartments that are still vacant and lacured the hard wood floors. He even put a letter under everyones door sometime back in the August of 2010 to inform his tenants there that he understands people talk and that if they are concerned about any bed bug issue to call him. He continued to state the media was giving bed bugs a hype and you shouldn't believe what you hear, to call him if you were concerned along with some other info. He knew there was an issue and tried to take the easy way out, taking short cuts, not believing there were bed bugs in my apartment even after I showed him what I had captured. The three I caputured I left them alive as a science experiment. You would not believe how long they lived, how fast they reproduced, how they tried to get out of the container.