So it seems that my house has bedbugs We got some bug bites for a couple of weeks back in July. When they kept happening and always at night, we washed the bedding and put bug spray around the bed. The bites stopped. The landlord installed these electronic bug monitors just to be sure. I thought that it had been a false alarm since we were no longer getting bites but just this morning got a call from my landlord saying the monitors picked up one sole bedbug last night.
I don't understand how this is possible. We still have no smears or other signs of bedbugs, no more bites. The bugs have not multiplied visibly despite apparently being in the house for nearly two months. Nobody has come to check on the monitors. I have half a mind to believe that the extermination company is lying to my landlord that they found a bedbug so that he will pay them for the treatment.
My house will get heat-treated. I'm supposed to wash ALL my clothes, bedding etc at an off-site laundromat within the next two days (How?? I can't take time off work.) and keep them bagged til after the treatment. Nobody has told me what to do about stuff like shoes, bags, delicate evening dresses etc that won't can't go in the dryer. I'm thinking about cancelling this weekend's trip to New York as I'm afraid of bringing bedbugs to the friend's house I'm crashing at. I'm also scared that the friend currently staying with me will bring them back to her house on her suitcase.
Seriously these bedbugs would make perfect psychological warfare tools I'm so stressed and upset over this situation. Has anyone had any experience with this? Any hints, tips, especially success stories in dealing with them would be much appreciated right now.