Resident of 207 Gough on 11/02/2011
I have been living there for 6 months and have not had any bed bug problems even though I leave my windows open all the time. Bedbugs don't really travel through walls, they spread more like an STD. Just be careful who or what you bring home. Here is some advice.
From a MSNBC article about bed bugs:
Take steps to try to avoid picking up bed bugs from hotels, hostels or any other sources when you or your family members travel, even to local destinations (e.g., within the same or a nea
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rby city). Do not buy used furniture (especially bedding items or upholstered items), or at least do not bring them into your home until you, or a competent expert, have inspected them carefully for any signs of bed bugs (live or dead bed bugs, their eggs, fecal spots, or cast skins). Also consider covering all of your mattresses and box springs with a plastic cover which you can seal shut to prevent such pests from getting into them (or to permanently trap any already there). Periodically inspect bedding and other places in your home which are typical harborage sites for bed bugs. No control efforts (or products) are needed unless an infestation is detected and verified by an expert. If an infestation is confirmed, it is wise to consider contracting with a properly licensed, trained, and experienced (with bed bug control) local PMP or company. They should help with effective and thorough inspections, to provide you with information you may want, and to carry out any needed control effort under a suitable contract. Be sure to ask any questions you may have before you sign a control contract. Web sites of several Co-Operative Extension offices (at the state government level) and Universities, as well as trade associations (like the NPMA), and urban pests management (often called ‘pest control’) trade journals, currently offer fairly good, informative and balanced fact sheets and additional information on bed bugs. Educating yourself can be quite helpful and re-assuring.
Anonymous on 05/26/2011
First discovered bites in the mornings over the course of a week. Inspection showed bed bugs hiding and nesting in the crevices of wooden bed frame. With thorough cleaning, I killed/removed probably 10 adults and around 20 nymphs.
Apartment management has been providing pest control spray periodically for the last 2 years, but I never had any bugs (bed bugs or other) in the apartment until now.