I only have a few minutes to write a post today, but I wanted to give you an update since I FREAKED OUT in my last post.
I had two different pest companies come inspect my house yesterday.
We DON'T have bedbugs!
We DO have carpet beetles which are, apparently, very common in Southern California. I had never even heard of carpet beetles before. (I guess the ones we get here are not the same type found in other locations.)
My freak out was somewhat justified since we had been getting bedbug warnings from my son's school – and I found bugs on his bed that were biting him. To me, they look like Internet photos of bedbugs, but to a Bug Man I guess they don't.
Thank God they aren't bedbugs. Carpet beetles are much easier to get rid of and don't cause nearly the havoc that bedbugs do. (Although, they are still creating plenty of havoc!)
My son is so relieved he didn't "cause" the problem. It didn't seem to matter what I said, he felt terrible thinking he had brought bedbugs into the house.
I've spent the past two days washing every sheet, pillow case, mattress pad, etc. on the two hour "sanitize" cycle on my washer, followed by an hour of hot dryer time. I've encased all three of my kids' mattresses and box springs in protective covers. (Which, by the way, help with carpet beetles as well as bedbugs, dust mites, etc.)
The Bug Men told me the protective covers are very important for numerous types of bugs/mites/critters and that we absolutely should have them on every mattress/box spring in the house.
We will have them on our beds from now until eternity.
I've vacuumed under each of my kids' beds and cleaned baseboards.
I've basically not stopped cleaning/doing laundry for a single waking moment.
Really, the only room I haven't cleaned thoroughly yet is my room. It will be the last room I get to.
A not-really-bedbugs scare is great for beginning a new diet. I've been so stressed out, I've had no appetite. I've also been cleaning nonstop which probably burns a lot of calories. In addition, just the stress of thinking our house had bedbugs has probably made me drop a dress size.
So what do I do about carpet beetles?
I have to have the outside of my house sprayed, which we have done regularly anyway. I also have to have the inside baseboards done, which we don't normally do. Our pest company said they will even take off the light switches and electrical outlet covers and put a pesticide powder in those while they're at it. (Not all companies do that, but I'd rather they treat my house aggressively.) It will cost about $500, which is MUCH less than what they would charge for bedbugs.
The cost for this is not coming at a good time. I suppose there is never a good time to spend money on mattress covers and bugs, is there?
Even with my sons help, the cleaning has killed my arm pain-wise. We've had a weekly housecleaner since the car accident, but I've sent my bum arm over the edge with everything I've been doing the past two days.
Oh well …
Guess what else?
I've lost about 25 followers on Twitter since I started asking for bedbug advice two days ago.
Apparently, people only like me when they find me funny/entertaining. What a fickle group.
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