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#1 of 96 Old 02-16-2008, 06:21 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi.....
okay this has been an on-going arguement that I have had w/ my dh for four years now..... long story short our house becomes infested w/ these little bugs called springtails every spring through the summer until about september every year. We have had out every single kind of specialist trying to figure out what is going on in our house with no luck of fixing it. The bugs are EVERYWHERE!..... on the floors and walls, in my childrens tubs of toys, in our drawers, in the kitchen cuboards, on the kitchen table, in the linens.... you name it! It really effects me emotionally!
Finally my dh said that we can move.... so our house has been on the market now for many many months with no offers..... I am soooooooo scared as we start to approach spring time.... I feel desparate to move to another home if we had the money...

Anyway.... today my dh told me that most people would be okay with our bug situation and not be so bothered as I am about it.... making me feel 'crazy'.........So .... how would this effect you? Am I over-reacting?

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I could not live in a house full of bugs.
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Everything I am seeing about springtails is they need damp areas to live. PErhaps a dehumidifier as a start. I wonder if you have mold or rot in the walls somewhere in the house giving them a place to feed and multiply. I would not live in a house that infested. I have issues with fruit flies every couple months and that is more than enough for me to deal with, I wouldn't want something like that crawling all over my clothes, or kids things etc. You are not crazy for wanting to be out of there. My paranoia would have me thinking about those bugs crawling on my kids while they slept etc.

eta if are still there when they emerge this article might help to treat them http://www.bugspray.com/article/springtail.html

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nope. no way. i could deal with doing certain activities, like cooking and just spending time in the house during the day, but i would have a really hard time sleeping. (based on the times we've caught bugs in our house!) you have my sympathy. i hope you can find a solution!
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Thank you Mamas! It has been very hard on me these past four years.... I know it is sounds strange... but it effects me very much emotionally which then effects my life quite a bit! I am SAHM and we only have one car which my dh takes to work..... he just doesn't understand how it effects me!

Yes... at night.... I hate it!!

Our house is under 1000 feet and we run two entire home humidifiers! Yikes...

I agree... it must be in the walls somewhere! Last year we had almost 10 different people here trying to find the problem and an array of sprays that bothered me sooooo much!

Thank you again Mama!!!

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You poor thing, you are NOT crazy, and I can see why it would affect you emotionally. Best of luck that you get an offer soon.
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No way. I thought my house was buggy because we have spiders and house centipede, but not that many and not everywhere like that.

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after you have sold the house and moved, you and hubby should rent BUG with ashley judd. you may get a kick out of it. but wait until you are in a bug free home.
good luck selling.
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Thanks you Mamas soooooo much!!! I can't tell you how much I appreciate it! At least I can now vent about it with you all! I am have always been embarassed about it because I do have a very clean home and I thought people would think that I am dirty or something.....

It sucks and I feel like I am going crazy!

Here is one..... cooking .... it totally stinks... I have to cover everything as I am cooking .... yucky! Look in all my bowls to make sure there are no bugs! And be VERY watchful at the dinner table..... how about killing one on the table next to your plate..... yeah.... YUMMY!


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Our house is under 1000 feet and we run two entire home humidifiers! Yikes...


You use two humidifiers? Maybe if you could get through the bug season without those it would help...

I would not be able cope w/ a house full of bugs.

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I know nothing about the kind of bugs you have, but we live in an area that gets crazy amounts of ants inside during the hot months. Basically from May/June until November or so, we are overrun with the darn things. We deal with it.
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Well, I *could* do almost anything if I *had* to....

But I powerfully wouldn't want to deal with that kind of infestation.

Wishing you the best of luck in figuring out how to get rid of them.
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I had to google those to see what they were, and there is no WAY I could live with them! Especially as you described your cooking and eating scenario, poor you! You are a saint for dealing with them for this long. We have giant spiders here in the summer, and I can't deal with them either. You have my sympathy.

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I too googled them and would never ever live with them. I mean, one or two every 3 months or so I could manage, but what you're describing.. I'd want to move too. I hope you get an offer soon!
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We get infested with ladybugs as the weather gets colder. It is kind of annoying and creepy but it is not just our house so I'm not sure moving would solve it. I'm not planning to move.
If I were in your situation where it was so severe I couldn't cook or eat without bugs and was emotionally affecting me and we had done everything to try to resolve it then I'd definitely move.


I read this which confirmed they need humid conditions and gave a few ideas.

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No way could I handle that. *shudder* I hope you guys get to move soon!
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No, I definitely couldn't handle it. I hope you either get to move or figure out how to get them to go away!
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No! It would bother DH even more though. He gets all rallied up if we get some fruit flies. We got an infestation of moths last year and it ruined tons of food.
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Couldn't read and not post to give you a . I don't think you're crazy at all. I couldn't live in a house full of bugs.

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I couldn't do it either. I am very intolerant of spiders, and most bugs. We have an exterminator come once a month. It stems from childhood events, and my fear is deep.

From what I understand of springtails, they need moisture, but it's not that your house is "damp", it's that it has an ideal nesting site. Springtails travel along moisture sites (drain pipes) and just follow water. If you treat the nesting areas, you may be able to eradicate them.

You said that your infestations happen from spring through summer. What kind of landscaping do you have around your house? Do you mulch? I would be highly suspect of an outdoor but close to house nesting site, and would look to those areas. What kind of specialists have you inquired with? Have you checked exterminators? Garden supply/landscaping businesses might be of help to you, they may have successfully dealt with them before. Again, they migrate, and in huge numbers. Killing them will do no good, unless you hit where they nest. Find that, and you may solve the issue. Good luck to you.
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Thank Mamas soooooooooooooo much for all the great advice and supportive words! I love my dh..... but he really has me feeling like I am crazy in this situation.... I wish I would have posted this along time ago....

Thank you again!

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Honestly, I think it would drive me friggin crazy. I'd move in with friends during the "season".

I am so sorry you have to deal with this Mama
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No, you are NOT crazy. I couldn't do it either.

I am so sorry for you.
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he has some low standards of comfort and cleanliness, IMO, if he could live with bugs like you're describing. Or even half as bad as you're describing.

Hope you can move ASAP!!! :

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I totally understand why you would be upset. I hate bugs! We get ants every winter and it is SO annoying. But at least they are generally visible and not hiding out in the toy bins. Still, I get pretty stressed and down when we have been fighting them for a long time.

I hope you are able to find out how to get rid of them! The people who buy your house will have the same problem otherwise.
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I hope you are able to move soon; they sound much worse than our ants.
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You poor thing! Yikes
I have 2 questions for you though:
  1. In some parts of the country you need to disclose that sort of an issue to the new buyers. what does your realtor say about this issue?
  2. How do you know they are not in your "stuff" when you move. You may end up bringing them with you to your new home. (Uninvited guests are awful !) LOL:
Hugs to you for putting up with that for so long
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No. I like bugs generally, but when they infest my living space, I get weirded out. We're battling fleas right now, and not even a bad infestation, but the idea of bugs on my baby really, well, BUGS me. We already have persistent ants, and I don't need fleas hopping around. The worst thing is every time I see one, I can't STOP seeing them, even if they're not there. My mind plays tricks on me and it seems like they're everywhere. Psychologically, I could not do it for long. I'd break.
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You poor thing! Yikes
I have 2 questions for you though:
  1. In some parts of the country you need to disclose that sort of an issue to the new buyers. what does your realtor say about this issue?
  2. How do you know they are not in your "stuff" when you move. You may end up bringing them with you to your new home. (Uninvited guests are awful !) LOL:
Hugs to you for putting up with that for so long
I was thinking this same thing. Isn't there a clause that states "I know of no infestations in the home which I am selling" or some such wording. If you sell the house and don't disclose this, you may get yourself in a world of legal trouble.

However, did the PREVIOUS owner know about this and sell you the house without disclosing it?? Perhaps you can pursue that avenue to come to a solution.

You have my utmost sympathy. There is no way I could live like that. It would put an emotional strain on me, too... I don't think I could have gone on for 4 years like you.

One other suggestion... perhaps you could talk to your homeowner's insurance agent and see if they would cover the cost of busting through walls and getting under any crawl spaces to resolve the issue. Look at your policy and see if it covers resolving infestation issues. It would for termites, probably, and might for other bugs. Just a thought!
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