Started noticing bugs in my bedroom on the bed during the day just shortly after rising in the morning about late August to mid-September. I thought they were "outdoor" bugs coming in from the cold when the weather started to go wonky a few weeks ago. I had red welts on my upper arms and a couple of red pimples on my back; I have sensitive skin to begin with; I thought it was a new soap I was using. The red welts were not itchy, obviously due to the fact that I'm on heavy duty anti-inflamato
ries/painkillers for osteoarthritis, so, I was seeing the bites but not feeling them. Sun Nov 2, I'm vacuuming my very expensive upholstered headboard on the wall; noticed one corner at the top was very dark looking; I took the headboard off the wall and screamed my head off - it was crawling with bed bugs (I assumed! - I've never had bed bugs before so I didn't know). I had suspected, though, and researched them on the net a few weeks before and sure enough, these little suckers looked exactly like what I saw on the net. I called Pestagon Ltd. The exterminator came on Monday and did his inspection. He said it was a 6 month infestation; no sign of them in my mattress and only a couple of areas on the outside material of the box spring had the bugs feces marks. He also sprayed my sofa, all wooden furniture in the bedroom, a couple of wood tables in the living room. The spraying did not harm my hardwood floors (nice surprise) and the smell went away after a couple of days and it was not a bad odour - quite bearable actually. Myself and my cats had to be out of here for 4 hours - I boarded my cats overnight and they have been fine since returning home the following morning on Tues Nov 4. I only say one half-live one up on the wall at the ceiling Wed Nov 5 when I got home from work at 6pm. The exterminator I used gave me a 6 month guarantee. The exterminator told me after spraying my place that all the bed bugs were now dead. I am in the process of caulking the tiny space between the quarter round and the hardwood floors. My headboard was of course, garbage. Even though I removed the headboard out to my balcony and the exterminator did spray it, he told me sadly that the headboard should not be used again. I'm really angry about my headboard, but better to have to throw out a $800 silk upholstered headboard, than a $2,500 bed that's only two years old! My property manager tells me that this is the first incidence of bed bugs in the building. I'm telling everyone I know in this building that I had them - you have to warn people about this. I wanted my property manager to advise the units around me and suggest they have their units inspected; but the property manager did not see the need for this! The AllergyGuy.com (ottawa - Cdn. dollars) sells bed bug proof bedding which I ordered on line Tues Nov 4 and it was delivered via regular Canada Post on Thur. Nov 6 (that impressed me!) These covers for your mattress and box spring (I got the heavy duty vinyl cover for the box spring) are 100% lifetime guaranteed against dust mites, bed bugs you name it - I got the slip covers for my pillows also. The covers are wasble but you leave them on and don't remove them for at least one year; if there are any bed bugs alive in either my mattress or box spring, they cannot ever get out they will die in there; nor can any new bed bugs ever get into my bed or box spring. Well worth the $250.00! I feel as if I've lost 10 lbs since last week, since the swelling in my body has gone down from the bites. Next step to seal all cracks at baseboard/floor level, and on the backs and underside of the wooden furniture in the bedroom and the couple of wooden pieces the exterminator sprayed in the living room. I keep checking my sofa to see if I see any because I get itchy (probably just in my head I feel itchy)while sitting on my I have a cotton blanket over my couch as I'm still a little freaked out about it. I have seen no bugs in my sofa at all. Next step for my sofa is to have it professionally steam cleaned. I'm really glad for the mattress/box spring covers; I got my piece of mind back as far as my bed goes and have been sleeping EXTREMELY well since putting these covers on my mattress, box spring and pillows. This experience brings new meaning to my two adorable cats curled up sleepin together on my bed, I tell them they "look as snug as bugs in a rug". I can laugh about it now but am really bothered by the fact that I am not a dirty person; I already vacuum a couple of times a week having two cats and I never leave food out (after living in rental apartment buildings in Toronto for over 20 years, I know all about cockroaches!) I am finding relief in the fact that these are bed bugs, not cockroaches. Since you can't remove yourself (bed bugs food source) from your home, you can certainly protect your bed and sofa. I highly recommend the Allergy Guy.com bedding - it's expensive but worth it; the stuff is guaranteed for life. Before I seal up all my baseboards, I'm considering calling the exterminator again to come back and spray the hell outta all my wood furniture just to be on the really safe side. I may do this and I will report back to this website. Again, I can't recommend enough the bedding covers; they also disperse your body heat so your bed mattress doesn't get warm - which is another thing that attracts bed bugs to you - it's your body heat.