We have bedbugs, just discovered them yesterday. I can't talk to anyone about it and am not sure how I"m going to cope. Here is the situation:
1) we live in the ghetto, and I do mean, seriously the ghetto, probably one of the worst neighborhoods in America - the lower ninth ward post-katrina, in an apartment that isn't even up to code because our slumlord landlord is such a cheapskate.
2) Why do we live here? Because we are broke, broke broke broke. Believe me if we could afford to move we would have months ago. Which brings me to the second point - a professional exterminator is out of the question. For any idea of getting help from the landlord, see above. If we even tell him we have bedbugs, the most likely outcomes are him laughing at us, not understanding that they are a serious problem, or thinking we are scum and evicting us. He evicts people all the time for random reasons. We don't really have anywhere to go and until we control the infestation moving won't help anything anyway (we are hoping to move in August *crosses fingers*)
3) I do think we caught this early. The itching only started like, 3 weeks ago, and in our room. My wife went to a friends hotel room at the end of February and we think this is the most likely point of infestation, as it was about the middle of March the issue began. She is more sensitive than I, and at first I was convinced she was being her usual hypochondriac self. In fact we had some big fights about it and I even told her she needed to see a psychiatrist and yes I feel about as big as a grain of sand right now, plus we have bedbugs. OMG.
So - without being able to get any help from a landlord or a professional, and I see from archives other people here have dealt with this, what have you done that works? I've found about three places on my mattress they are and sprayed those places with hotshot bed bug and flea killer, then sprayed the wall with it where we saw them on my pretty tapestry, which is now taken down and in a plastic bag to be taken to the laundromat with all the bedding later today, and we sprayed the entire surface of the beds with rubbing alcohol, and all the floors around the bed, and I took all my clothes out of the drawers and sprayed the entire inside of the dresser with alcohol and threw out all my old clothes and sprayed the inside of the drawers with alcohol before putting the clothes back although I didn't see any signs that they were in there, and I cleaned out the closet and sprayed in there and threw out all the old shoes even though I saw no signs of bugs in the closet. I don't see any signs of them in my son's room, thank god, I think we caught this just in time, and Im going to get rid of a ton of clutter (my big housecleaning weakness) and wash wash wash things over the next few days, and I have the over the counter spray and the alcohol and we have a vaccuum cleaner and are plannign on getting mattress covers, but is there anything else we can do? SORRY THIS IS SO LONG OMG
And in the meantime I have finals coming up and so does she and I'm homeschooling and *falls over exhausted*
I am the worst crabby horrible mess right now. If we don't end up divorced over this having made me into a complete b***h I will be so lucky.