Without noticing it, I suffered from bed-bugs for many months in my previous apartment in Woodside (Queens), NY; until I carried them with me to my new apartment in the same neighborhood. The city of New York is vastly infested with them. [It should be seriously considered to unban DDT for domestic use, especially in vacant apartments, and in hotels and restaurants].
After I realized about my undesirable guest in my new apartment, I decide to get rid of them (and forever) by isolating and trapping them. Bed-bugs can´t fly, and when hungry, they will walk around looking for you in the house. They feel your warmth and perceive your CO2, so they can track you. Placing adhesives traps on the floor, I was able to trap some of them, and the other will die from starvation and (liquid) Deltamethrin. I haven’t gotten a bite in over three years.
My bed bugs were hiring in the floor, at the edges of the carpet by the walls, not in my previous bed, which was a low-raised futon (I could not find them for weeks! I was expecting to see them in my mattress or between the blankets… it drove me crazy).
Steps to do:
- RELAX, DO NOT PANIC!!! (I got as anxious as you are feeling now for sure, but it does not help).
- Check and clean your bed fully, mattress, pillows and frame. Vacuum everything, and if needed, buy everything new (I did buy a new bed and frame).
- ISOLATED YOUR BED. This is the most important thing to do. Change the frame and make sure you use well-polished (metal or wood) high legs for your bed, in a way that the blankets WILL NOT touch the floor while sleeping [Bed-bugs neither fly, nor jump, they only can reach you by walking, and they can walk very long distances for their size, but they CAN´T climb on vertical well-polished surfaces, because they complete slip on them]. Once you isolate your bed from walls, night tables, and the floor you will be able to sleep again. Remember, neither an electrical-cord can have contact with your bed (bed –bugs could walk through it like a bridge). Your bed must be fully isolated, so you can sleep again peacefully, what is the most important thing. You can place adhesive traps under each leg of your bed (with a piece of cardboard base for the leg to rest on it) for a few weeks. You will see the bed-bugs getting trapped there [Please, see pictures bellow].
- Isolated your couch as well, use well-polished plastic extension legs (base extensions) to raise your cough, and when sitting on it make sure your feet does not touch the floor. You can use the same adhesive type of traps as the one that you use in your bed on your couch.
- Thoroughly clean and vacuum closets and dressers weekly, and the floor (especially the edges of the carpet) daily. Dispose the vacuum bag in a plastic bag, closed it, and place it in the garbage. Use a new vacuum bag each time.
- Wash all your clothes, blankets and sheets. Use the dryer to kill the bed-bugs (49°C or 120°F, for about an hour). Put them back in transparent plastics bags in the closet and dresser. Keep your clean clothes always in closed plastic bags while exterminating them.
- Never, ever, leave on the bed your coat or jacket, or any other clothes. Leave your pajama always on the bed, and take a shower before going to sleep, put your pajama in the bathroom and without sitting anywhere in the house go straight to your bed. Shake and clean your feet well before coming into your bed.
- Spray liquid Deltamethrin in the edges of the floor, and between the open joints of the tiles of old wooded floors. If your floor is carpeted, spray a lot of liquid deltamethirn at the edges of the carpet. Deltamethrin has not odor and it is safe, and will easily kill nymphs (which are transparent and hard to see in your clothes), but difficulty adult bed-bags, but in any case it will avoid the new nymphs from developing, so you must fight only one cycle or generation of them.
- Place many adhesive traps on the floor, especially near your bed and cough, bed-bugs smell your CO2 and feel your warmth, they will be looking for you.
- Should you have a pet confine him/her in a room, isolated, never, ever allow your pet to be on your bed or cough, the bed-bug will travel with him/her. If needed, keep your pet in a safe place for at least three months.
With all this you will be free of bedbugs, without the assistance of a pest-control professional, in a few weeks, in safe way, without filling up your home with powdered-pesticides (that sadly, you will breathe for weeks).
Remember! Make the bed-bugs feel hungry, and they will look for you. Each bed-bug wants to feed every two or three days, and if they feel you, they will come out and look for you. If you keep old boxes or confined places closed for months, without thoroughly cleaning them, bed-bugs could be waiting there for you for over a year. Open everything, clean everything, and let them to get trapped in the adhesive traps and killed by the deltamethrin, while looking for you.
If you are living in a building, make sure your neighbors are clean of them; otherwise, they will be constantly returning to your apartment through the walls.
After I got rid of them, I do remember bringing one home in my coat (two years later) from an apartment in the East Village (I left my coat with other coats, on a bed). I saw it when it felt from my jacket after I got home. I saw one more in the R train on night…
If you come from trips, always wash and dry ALL your clothes, and place the suitcases in big plastics bags, isolated (if possible, left them to freeze outside in the winter time).
PS.- Should you have any questions, please, email me: kasper[@]kaspertheories[.]com. Thanks!