I moved into my one bedroom apt in January 2007. About two/three months later I noticed on the exterminator sheet posted in the building lobby two apartments indicated they had a bed bug problem, both of which are two floors below me.
I immediately starting google-ing to get as much info as I could into these buggers. I had just purchased a $1300 mattress from sleepys so I had no intention on disgarding it. After reading on the trauma these insects cause, I took the first step which was to b
uy a mattress cover. Even though I had no signs of them I didnt want to take my chances.
Cut to August 2008, the bites started. First, as most others do, I believed it was mosquito bites. Since it was summer I figured the likelihood was great. Had some visitors and they too were bit. Now I couldnt shake the idea of "BED BUG INFESTATION". With that said, about a month ago I was making my bed before heading to work and when I lifted the pillow, lo and behold, I see one scurring away. I managed to grab it but instead of keeping it for proof I killed it and flushed it down the toilet. I came to work and called my management company IMMEDIATELY. To make this long story short, it is now October and I have YET to be correctly exterminated, as all sites indicated the extermination should be done. I have been trying my own treatments and although it seems to have isolated the problem, it still very much exists and I have the random bites to prove it. I have been fighting with the management company, URBAN AMERICAN, for weeks about this. I know that this should be nipped in the bud immediately since adult bugs can have 5-10 babies a day but yet no one seems to be on top of this.
The tenants who resided in the apartments that were initially infested have since moved. I believe this is why they have moved up to me. No more ppl to feed on below. You would think since they know about this problem they would try to eradicate it ASAP. I am hundreds of dollars down the hole and yet STILL have the problem. I wish I could move but the last thing I want to do is take these bastards with me. I am thinking about bringing up a lawsuit against the management co. because it is clear, as per HPD's website, they have known about this bedbug problem for several years and do not inform current tenants and/or prospective tenants.
In all my efforts, I have managed to catch three more, one adult and two babies. I just hope that the next time I visit this site I am able to provide good news and how I overcame the nightmare.