Jan 04

You Can Do It

So… What Happened?

If you haven’t noticed, it’s been a minute since I updated you guys but it is for good reason I promise. So if you kept up with my last update, I kind of left you hanging with how everything went down after I made my first trip (of many) to Target to get all the necessary essentials to get rid of bed bugs. I started off with 3 bottles of raid bed bug killer and completely doused my entire bedroom’s carpet in the stuff and immediately ordered a gallon of Eco Raider and Diatomaceous Earth from the internet and had it shipped overnight, which wasn’t cheap needless to say.

So after literally countless hours of spraying, dusting, vacuuming, soaking clothes, sheets, blankets, and anything else in boiling water and repeated over and over again, I am proud to say that I think I am bed bug free.

I don’t want to jump the gun and get my hopes too high up there, but I think I have eradicated these bed bugs all by myself with 0 help from an exterminator. I know it’s early, but I am proud of myself and I can’t help it. Pretty much everything I have found on the internet told me that these things are virtually impossible to completely get rid of by yourself and almost 99% of the time you have to get an exterminator to really get them.

Well, it looks like I might be in that 1% (unfortunately not something I can say that I am too proud of). Do I get a TV show next?

Do Not Cut Corners

So if there is one piece of advice I would give for anyone out there who might be in a similar situation it would have to be to not take any short cuts and do not give up.

Alright that’s 2 pieces of advice but you know what I mean.

When I say countless hours I am not exaggerating. On average I would have to say that I spent probably about 5 hours a day since I found the bugs doing some sort of cleaning or washing to make sure I got every single last one of them. I don’t want to freak any of you out, but when I was cleaning my room I found a few eggs under my computer speaker.

This is what I mean when I say don’t cut any corners. These bugs can literally hide ANYWHERE in your apartment and you cannot skip any nook or cranny whatsoever because it only takes a couple of eggs to slip by and then before you know it you are back to square one.

My Method

Alright so I did pretty much what a lot of people online say to do but I did it twice as hard and twice as carefully.

After the 3 bottles of raid were gone, I applied another coat of Eco Raider across my entire room and then coated a thing layer of the Diatomaceous Earth all around my carpet and every corner of my apartment.

I then proceeded to boil water in huge pots on my stove and soaked every piece of clothing I had in said boiling water before putting them in the washer and dryer, twice. Yeah, I really wanted to get rid of these things.

This was definitely the hardest part and most time consuming but I couldn’t imagine doing all of this work for nothing and wanted to be sure.

So after the day was over I would wake up, vacuum all of the Diatomaceous Earth up from my apartment and do a vigorous deep cleaning with Clorox Wipes and other every day house cleaning before repeating everything all over again.

I did this for a week and started to slow down after the 7th day and apart from the one bug I found on the second day, I have not seen a bed bug or an egg since and I really don’t think there is anything more besides a total fumigation that an exterminator could do.

I’ll keep you updated if anything changes but for now I can sleep easy and I think I am finally calm enough to move on to another topic. Stay tuned!

Dec 24

Bed Bug Update…

Recap

If you missed my first post I’ll sum it up real quick for you right now; I found bed bugs.

I left you the night that I discovered them as I was borderline fetal position at my keyboard doing research on these monsters and the information I found was not very encouraging to say the least.

To sum up pretty much everything that I found, look at this company in Phoenix and check out the little info that they give about bed bugs. Yeah, pretty much every website or company that I found told me pretty much the same exact thing. It is next to impossible to get rid of bed bugs 100% without hiring some kind of outside professional service or exterminator. Apparently these things can hide literally anywhere in your house. Your bed lining, your clothes, and even your god damn alarm clock. Oh my god this is starting to freak me out all over again but I am going to remain calm and let you know how I decided to handle this right now…

Now being the logical thinker that I am, I understand that these companies would much prefer you call them and have them come out and take care of the little problem for you and charge you a crazy amount. So I gave the first company that I could find in my area and had some dude come out and check it out. Sure enough, I have bed bugs and the dude told me it was going to be $400 to do my room, and $750 to do my whole place with a 100% guarantee that they will not return.

I do not need this right now.

I Might Be An Idiot…

So I definitely do not consider myself to be a cheap or “stingy” person by any means, but I cannot fathom spending almost $1000 on something like this right now. After doing as much research as I could and really investigating every single crevice, nook, & cranny in my apartment, I decided to give this thing a shot on my own and headed straight to target to get arm myself.

First line of defense:

3 bottles of Raid Bed Bug Killer

Check.

Before applying the raid, I wrapped up my entire bed and box spring in plastic wrap and sealed it with duct tape before I took it outside and left it for the garbage man to deal with. I would have burned it if I could…

So once my bed was gone and every piece of clothing I own was wrapped up and stored away in my basement, I started applying the raid. I literally coated every inch of my carpet, over and over until all 3 bottles were gone. When I looked at the floor where I found the most bugs, I saw eggs and a few little babies on the carpet and it was absolutely horrifying.

One thing is for sure though, absolutely any living thing that was on my actual carpet is long gone and there is no way they are coming back.

What’s Next?

I feel pretty confident about my carpet situation, but as far as inside my walls and random things across my room are concerned, I really don’t know.

I ordered a gallon of Eco Raider and a huge bag of Diatomaceous Earth from amazon and they will be here tomorrow.

  

From what I have read, these are going to be the best chances that I have at getting rid of these things. That earth is apparently some kind of organic dirt or something that kills bed bugs when they eat it or something. Eco raider got the best and most promising reviews from what I have seen so I am planning on just absolutely dousing my entire room is both of these tomorrow and then vacuuming and repeating for the next couple of weeks.

Well, I have to get back to washing my entire wardrobe in boiling water to kill any eggs or bugs that might be in there.

Someone kill me….

Dec 21

Bed Bugs… Kill me…

As I am sure you can tell by the title of this post; I found bed bugs… Watch this and for the love of God please someone tell me these aren’t as bad as every single website I have found and researched…

Yeah, this is bad…

How Did This Happen To Me???

Let me take you back to the beginning, which was an absolutely lovely weekend…

So three nights ago I had about 15 people sleeping over at my apartment, which was awesome. My buddy from college left the horrible and miserable corporate world to join a band. No, this is not the typical garage grunge band that you are thinking of right now. They are actually amazing and I am not just saying that because they are my friends but they are very talented musicians and were playing a show in my town during their tour.

So of course I wanted them to stay at my place and we thought why not invite all of our old college friends to join us for a debauchery and booze filled weekend after their show. So the number grew to about 15 after a few friends of friends were added to the list and we all went out together to see the show.

The concert went awesome and we all had a great time. We proceeded to go to one of the rowdiest clubs in my town and got absolutely hammered. None of this really pertains to my whole bed bug situation, but this weekend was the last time I remember feeling any remote glimpse of happiness since discovering my little bed friends and want to reminisce a little bit if that’s alright with you guys…. Well I am doing it anyway.

So we all proceed to borderline black out and dance the night away, buying shots and remembering the good ol’ days. After some late night pizza we all staggered back to my place where we proceeded to party until the sun came up. Everyone started crashing in their respectable places and life was great. Then it happened…

How It Happened

Alrighty so last night I may or may not have had a little lady friend from work over and we may or may not have had a little grown up fun with each other which may or may not have resulted in us both falling asleep and waking up naked. Great, right?

Wrong.

So needless to say, we left ourselves pretty vulnerable to any little guys dinner that were living in my bed but I did not discover this until later that night…

My lovely date for the night, let’s call her Debby, went home and I was smiling ear to ear all day (this girl is a 10, no joke). This smile quickly changed to absolute horror when I went to work that night and am welcomed to Debby running over to me freaking out about little bumps on the back of her legs. I immediately think she is overreacting and is acting like a typical girl, until I saw her legs.

She had a solid 15-20 very noticeable red bite marks all up her calf and she immediately brought up bed bugs. I, of course proceed to tell her that it is impossible she got them from me and that I have never seen or gotten anything like these before in my life. So I went to my good friend Google and did some research. Apparently not everyone will react to these things and they affect everyone differently.

So at this point panic starts to set in but I am still remaining positive. After work I rush straight home to do some investigating and as soon as I lifted up my mattress off the box spring I saw them. A little colony of F%@$ing BED BUGS…

Jesus Christ, this hasn’t even really sank in yet as I sit here trying to vent a little bit on here and am finding more and more dismal research. How bad is this?