D and S on 09/01/2010
In early July 2010 my boyfriend and I thought we had poison ivy. To our dismay, after three weeks of treating for poison ivy and appointments to the dermatologist, we were told it was either bed bugs or scabies.
On July 23 we lifted up our mattress and box spring and found them in the box spring. We immediately discarded the entire bed. Since it was a Friday, we could only leave a message for our apartment complex. On Monday they (property manager and maintenance) came to verify the findings
and confirmed we had bed bugs. They checked the adjacent apartments and found them in two others. One of those tenants told the complex upon inspection he had them for three months and had not alerted anyone. Nonetheless they migrated to our apartment. We also found out, after some prying, there had been an incident in our building four months prior and NO tenants were notified nor warned so that they could protect their belongings.
The complex did agree to pay for an exterminator who came three consecutive weeks to spray Sterifab. I had already purchased this myself and was not pleased with this treatment. I did extensive research and found that heat was the most effective way to kill eggs, larvae and adults. This was not done. After many arguments with our complex over the financial and psychological burden this has caused-we have decided to break our lease, dispose of all upholstered furniture, clean everything we own and move elsewhere.
I wish this upon no one and pray that we never have to endure this ever again. It was most damaging psychologically. Sleeping on an air mattress for over a month gets old fast.