SERIOUSLY! ANOTHER BUG PROBLEM(BED BUGS)

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    EXACTLY! I made a post about this and everyone thought maybe I was being filthy! I left dishes soaking for a week and never had an issue with MAGGOTS! Like WTF. I am LEAVING SOON AS I GET MY CHECK. Paying the rent for september and getting TF up out of there!! I literally left with a few clothes that were not around the bed area! I told my family that I will bunk with them until I find somewhere and will be leving everything inside the apartment. Including pots pans and clothing!
     
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    Your parents or the bed bugs----that's a close one!! I'm not sure who I would choose.
     
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    I had a guy friend that would frequent my BOTH of my apartments. My OLD place and the NEW one. At first, I thought it was him but as much as spent the night at my old place and the new place I never had an issue with bugs until now. He came to my place 3 weeks or 4 weeks ago but this time he did not sleep on the bed. He slept in the other room on the floor! If he brought them in then it would have also been in the other room where he slept. These bed bugs are on the floor bed and underneath the carpet. Perhaps there was an infestation before I moved in.

    So the landlord's theory about it being me is not true.
     
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    LOL! BOTH! My mom is already complaining about having me to teach VPK
     
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    You guys I am so traumatized by this experience that I don't think I can live in close proximity with anyone else. Also, I am staying clear of places with pets.
     
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    Pets? Bed bugs and maggots aren’t issues brought on by pets.
     
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    They bring them in! Flies and all. I don't care what no one says! That's the dogs and them people living in filth
     
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    Okay so I'm going to put in my two cents worth here, you may take it or leave it as you please.

    1) Bedbugs are not always caused by pets, neither are fleas (shockingly enough). In fact, it's almost just as common to find fleas in areas without pets as it is with pets. Bed bugs are not exactly like fleas, in that they aren't able to jump or fly. Bed bugs aren't exactly nimble things. I've had dogs all my life and I've never had a bedbug infestation nor a flea problem.
    2) Bedbugs generally do not travel via person to person contact, jumping from host to host. In fact, they usually prefer to catch a ride on luggage and just wait to a stopping point to unload, if that's possible. Bedbugs are limited to crawling across surfaces in order to get where they're headed. It's even possible - and in your situation likely - to move from apartment to apartment via the walls, electrical outlets, etc. To determine how they arrived to your apartment, have you traveled recently? If so, your luggage could have been the carrier. Areas of large public traffic are often where people pick up their unwanted house guests. Places like this include airports, hotels, offices, and conference rooms.
    3) Once an infestation has taken roots, it has to be completely wiped out in order to prevent it from spreading again. You might get rid of them in your bedroom, but they're in the carpet as well. Powder form is usually the recommended way to treat, then vacuuming it up.
    4) Most of the time, bedbugs prefer to nest within 4.5m (15ft) of their food source, aka you when you sleep. Meaning in your mattress/frame, or just underneath in the carpet.
    5) Elevate your bed. Get some bedbug traps which fit on the feet of your mattress frame which raises your bed a bit. The bugs will climb on the sides of the traps, then fall in the cavity in the middle. There's usually a coating of talcum on the inside of the walls of the cavity which prevents the bedbugs from continuing their climb.
    6) Get some bedbug covers for your mattress and pillows. This covers prevent bedbugs from being able to get inside or leave your mattress.
    7) Wash your clothes with the highest temperature setting you can.
    8) This one is important: the cleanliness of one's living conditions do not effect your chances of a bedbug infestation.

    So no, people living in filth does NOT cause bedbugs.

    Hope that helps!
     
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    Also, you really don't have much room to be judgmental about "them people living in filth" when you left dishes in the sink with food in them for a week...

     
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    You sure know a lot about bed bugs! You wouldn't happen to be:
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    Nope! I used the power of Google to educate myself on the topic!
     
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    I appreciate this so much! Thanks a lot and great points. However. I am leaving that place. I never traveled anywhere so this has to be something coming through the walls or next door. Perhaps in my next place, I will purchase these things and place them around the house before I officially move in
     
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    I used google too and kept seeing things like they travel from people.
     
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    Here, I'll provide my source #1 and source #2 for you to read.
    Also, you said I made good points, you did read #8, right? Just want to make sure because I'm still hung up on the "them people living in filth" comment.
     
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    OP, have you taken a trip or two to your parents since moving to your current apartment? If so, did you take luggage with you when you went to their house? If so, you might be the kind of carrier that bed bugs like. For whatever reason, they like to travel in luggage - guess their short legs make walking from place to place difficult, so why walk when some nice person will simply carry them in their luggage? That's how all of the fancy hotels ended up with bed bugs, to their chagrin. Obviously people who can pay high fees for a night in their hotel "should" be clean enough to stay in the elite hotel, right? Wrong! These people travel extensively, upping the risk of exposure.

    If you have gone to the parents, or planning to camp out with the parents, you should, in all honesty, tell them about the infestation so that precautions can be taken (think bed bug proof covers on the mattress and box springs, at the very least. You obviously don't want to be around pets, but dogs don't carry either flies or bed bugs. If you have fleas, well, in the south, you can't even be 100% sure that the pets are responsible for them, but your chances are better of winning that argument.

    If the roles were reversed, would you welcome your parents to "bunk with you" if they told you that they had bed bugs??? Don't expect to be welcomed with open arms. I'm not saying they don't love you, but they may not be so fond of your new found friends.

    Aces hit all of the most important things you should know about these critters. I am sure you are currently humiliated, but her #8 is very important to take in. I'm guessing you've had "room-mates" since you moved in, but NOT because of people's pets. Rather, they came with the carpet or baseboard, your furniture, or they hitched a ride in someone's luggage. A few multiply, and soon you are noticing them more and more frequently.

    If you want to leave, so be it. But let's get one thing straight. Flies laid eggs on your dirty dishes, which became the maggots within 3 days - perfect timing. You had a hole in your wall, giving flies access. You live in the south and it is summer. I kind of think that there should be no surprises there. You could have closed the hole in the wall, but didn't until the problem presented itself The flies are not related to the bed bug situation, and neither, in reality, is related to pets, since I am certain that you didn't' take your dirty dishes and leave them in the pet exercise area.

    I hope you are welcomed home, but be prepared for the answer to be "No", considering the situation. After all, if their home is very close to the pre-school, you can understand that this may present a problem they aren't willing to work with.

    I do wish you the best of luck, and feel compelled to also remind you that unlike the other situation, these particular critters do NOT reflect on how clean a person is. Try to remember that - they are scary and you can ask "why me" and "how" until the cows come home, without coming to a concrete answer. You didn't DO this, but now you simply have to deal with the fall out and go forward from here.
     
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    All excellent points, my dear, however there is one thing that I would like to take issue with:
    I'm a he, darling. Don't worry, I'm not offended, just making you aware ;) Carry on!
     
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    Yes I told my parents about the issue before coming .Secondly,as @imateacher stated, I left dishes around in other places longer than that and nothing occured. I think it's the place! And I am leaving!
    Never have I dealt with that and my parents hous do not have bedbugs. I haven't carried luggage anywhere
     
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    Let me raise another issue...you are abandoning your lease as well as all your belongings? Be prepared to deal with the legal issues you will now be facing.

    I'd like to offer some heartfelt advice...you are an adult...time to put on your big girl panties and deal with issues as they arise...not just running away from issues because they upset you. Bedbugs can be alleviated successfully, as can flies. It's time to face the issues and get them fixed. You can't continue to run back to mommy and daddy every time something happens that you don't like.

    Good luck.
     
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    Runnining away? No. I will not be leaving in a place like that. That's nasty.
     
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    I would also like to add that I have been to that place for only 2 months and under my lease, I am still able to LEAVE. I am not running away from an issue. bedbugs are hard to get rid of! The apartment complex hasn't contacted me yet about meeting with the exterminator. This unprofessional on their part. Also, the neighbors need to know of this issue and they have failed to tell them. My tolerance level for this mess is SHORT. I am not sure where you all were raised or some of the living conditions that you all live or has lived in but I am not use to this. It is outright nasty and makes my skin crawl. So yes I will be LEAVING. Forget that lease. I only have to pay September's rent and be well on my way.

    I understand that I come here often with issues but I am not immature. I know my rights and read my lease well. I even got confirmation from the landlord
     
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