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.
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!