By PANTOUS Latest Reply 2014-12-28 19:06:26 -0600
Started 2011-09-25 18:30:02 -0500

Life stresses!! My husband lost his job in April. We struggle everyday. My apartment has bedbugs, and mice!! Can't sleep unless I take my pill to help me but I am afarid to go to sleep because of the bugs. I got a perscription for what the doc called cullitus (sorry can't spell it) but it's for all my itching my leg got infected. Also getting headaches off and on this weekend. I feel like the stress is contolling me right now. I still have to work and get all my clothes out of the house, to wash and dry them again even though I have done the laundry a ton of times already. Please let this stress go away along with the bugs and mice!!!! Thanks for letting me vent on this website, everyone is so great here.

25 replies

RebDee 2014-12-28 19:06:26 -0600 Report

Can't help you with the mice problem but try this for the bedbugs. USE DOVE SOAP - no I don't mean to wash with although it is great for that - put a couple of bars of soap under the sheet, next to the mattress. I don't know why it works but it makes the bedbugs and lice go bye-bye. And maybe, that will also stop your itching (don't scratch as we Diabetics get thin dry skin and if you scratch it will break the skin and you will have a worse problem for which you will need neosporin on the open wound). Hope this helps you. I know it has helped me. No bedbugs in several years since I started this soap under the sheet routine.

sewinggranny 2011-09-28 18:48:04 -0500 Report

years ago my grandmother had bedbugs and had to scrub down the walls of the house with some pink stuff we were doing some remodeling (I live in her home now) and the pink stuff was still on the walls, I know she told me to never bring any wood furniture that was used home until I made sure there were no little black specks on it (looks like pepper according to her) so I have always been careful about that , no bedbugs or mice I have problems lately with those tiny ants but I have set out traps and sprayed so hopefully that will take care of them.

hawk1962 2011-09-27 10:56:51 -0500 Report

By the way…If youn are living in an apartment complex, is your aprtmnet the only problem at this time? and are there any other apartments available within your complex that you could move into and leave this mess behind? Is so, move and make sure your treat everything you will be taking with you and get rid of all non-essentials! Again, good luck and make sure you hold the apt. complex accountable if in fact it was their problem in the first place and they neglected their responsibilities!

hawk1962 2011-09-27 10:46:02 -0500 Report

Sorry to hear your story, but remember the things that don't kill us will only make us stronger! And on the issue of mice, if you can't have a cat "full time" check with a friend or someone who may have a great "mouser" and borrow him/her for a few days! Good luck and I know it is hard to do but…step back, take a deep breath, and relax! The problems you are dealing with will not kill you and will pass in time BUT stress is not good and can hurt or kill you in the end! So take all this one day at a time and do what you can and let a higher power deal with the rest! Peace to you in this challening time. :0) :0) :0)

jladytiger1979 2011-09-26 20:30:45 -0500 Report

I know what you mean!! It has barely stopped raining here the last 2 1/2 weeks so somehow the Palmetto bugs (giant flying roaches) & spiders mosey on in without any invitation! Rude! It hsa been rough this year. I'm sorry to hear your husband lost his job! Take one thing at a time!

CATS: I have a spoiled cat that couldn't lift a paw & the other is on everything. Hope he have a bad influence on her!! LOL

MICE: They are bad this treat also. Desperate for food. My ma & pa have lived in their house for 20 years. NEVER any mice. This last week they've discovered a little field mouse living in the pantry wall!!!

grandmaducky 2011-09-26 15:51:52 -0500 Report

I think mice are bad this year my cat has been catching at least two a week for the last two weeks which i am thankful for but she thinks she need to put them in my shoe lol and i had to take one out of my shoe thank god the orther never made it into my shoe but she did try because i found my shoe acroos the room yesterday . sorry for all you are dealing with praying it will be better for you soon

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-09-26 13:04:13 -0500 Report

if you do not have a problem with mice, bed bugs or roaches, this post is useless to you, unless you just want to read my words of wisdom!
First, work on the mice. Set multiple traps. I prefer the traps made by Victor. They work very well. Use peanut butter for the bait. If you have 1 family of mice, there may be as many as 8. More than that then you probably have 2 families.
Why the mice first? They do not like coming into areas that have been sprayed and if they do they can end up going into their hidy holes and dying and stinking for a few days. This is why I stay away from poisons. It will take you a week to eliminate the bulk of the mice. I would set at least 12 to start.
You can do the following for bed bugs, but it requires you to overnight somewhere else. You need to do this for the whole apartment, not just the bedroom.
1) Remove all the bedding and clothes from the room, wash it and store it elsewhere. Be sure it is completely dry and store it in plastic bags.
2) Buy bug bombs and be sure it has bedbugs listed as one of the bugs.
3) Act as if you are ransacking your apartment. Pull all the drawers out, move the dressers so their footprint is different that usual. Open closet doors. Pull your box spring and mattresses up and stand them against the wall.
4) terminate all gas pilots. Included would be heater, water heater, stove, propane heater and anything else fed by gas.
I set off 1 bomb per room. Kitchen, bath, bed, living room would equal 4. What you take into consideration on determining how many is the size and layout of each room. If you have a kitchen/living room combination, you may only want to do 1 bomb for that room. Depending on location, you may not need one for the bathroom.
5) Set the bombs off at night, about 8:00. I don't care what the can says. Stay out for 24 hours, allow the stuff to work. Depending on the weather and the neighborhood, go in the next night or wait another 12 hours until morning, and go in an air the place out. Most of the chemicals/poisons will be gone, But I err on the side of safety. I would go in, holding my breath, and open up 3 or 4 windows and get out for an hour, then go back in, open the rest and if you have a fan use it for positive ventilation.
6) Next is clean up and I mean clean up. If you can get friends to help that would be great. Everything gets cleaned. Any cloth, mop or rag used for cleaning gets tossed and the bag goes outside. You vacuum bag also goes, whether it is filled or not.
7) Don't forget to toss your living room and your kitchen drawers too. You need to eliminate the eggs, the nits, as well as the adults.
I will send you a friend request and provide you with other ways to contact me in case you have any questions.

If you have a bad case of roaches, you can follow the above as well. The only thing else I would add is that you need to repeat it in 2 weeks, using a different chemical than you did the first time. Jim

PANTOUS 2011-09-26 19:01:37 -0500 Report

Thanks for all your advice. I have a "professional" coming in tomorrow. I have washed all my clothes and dried them. I did all the bombs but I think they are in my rug. I have no place to go over night but that is a great idea to do that at night since they come out at night. I am going to print out your advice some how so I can keep it. Hopefully this works with the "professional" I have one more time that they will come back. Its such a pain in the ass. I just want this to be done. Would love to have new hardwood floors instead of carpet too!! But I better keep dreaming. Anyway thanks again

mebetty 2011-09-26 20:03:28 -0500 Report

One word for mice: cat. Of course that is if you like them or not allergic to them. You will not have to worry about a single mouse with a cat. I couldn't get rid of fleas until I ripped out all my carpets. Rugs feel wonderful and luxurious but not very practical if you have a lot of traffic (children and pets). I don't blame you getting a professional, but as Jim suggested, it is best to repeat the process every few weeks for at least 2 or 3 months. I am sorry you have to deal with all this.

PANTOUS 2011-09-26 21:22:11 -0500 Report

Thanks, but the neighbor has a cat and that is where the mouse was coming from!! Maybe not a smart cat! ha ha, but hubby has allergies, and we are not supposed to have anilmals in the apartment complex, but everyone knows how that works some people do and some people can't or they won't have a place to live. But now even more stressed, just found more bugs in my sofa!!!! that is the place I relax and watch my one soap that is left to watch~One Life to Live. Any way thanks again. Maybe I can strike it rich and leave every thing behind! Buy new clothes, furniture, and house!! But that is wishful thinking. I have never wanted to move before, I have been here for 20 years, I was in high school when my family moved here then got my apartment here with my husband. Hopefully I can get some sleep tonight. Good Night everyone

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-09-26 20:12:59 -0500 Report

I had a wonderful mouser cat until we moved from the country into town. He retired from hunting. One day I opened the pantry, saw a mouse, shut door, put cat in front of door, reopened pantry and mouse ran out over cat's toes. Former hunter cat just looked up at me and then walked away.

mebetty 2011-09-26 21:49:09 -0500 Report

very funny. what a funny scene is playing in my mind. I guess they don't need the hung as they grow old. I have four felines and they all argue about who is going to get that lizard. (I live in Florida). The oldest is 13, the youngest is 4.

TsalagiLenape 2011-09-26 08:57:45 -0500 Report

Well if you live in an apartment you should report the landlord for the bed bugs. My granddaughter living with paternal grandmother awhile ago, was in this problem. So E paternal grandmother moved out. Charged the landlord with the move and reported him to the Board of Health. He was aware of this problem prior. So far only intense heat kills the bed bugs as far as I know. Get a cat which will help with the mice. Hope this helps as it was meant too. Hugs

Jan8 2011-09-26 08:46:43 -0500 Report

Hi Pantous, so sorry for all of your stress. I wonder what steam does to bedbugs? As far as loss of jobs go,remember it's only temporary. My husband and I went through a period like that. Boy was that hard.Finally I got disability approved after 3 years and my husband found a job. So remember "This too shall pass". It may feel like a lifetime but it's just a moment out of your life.The only thing to keep the mice at bay is to get a cat.( it worked for us anyway).

locarbarbie 2011-09-25 19:46:03 -0500 Report

Donna, wow! To an extent I can understand what you are going through. I worked for a woman as her live in caregiver and she had bedbugs. No one even knew until I at one point woke up with over 200 bites. They did not bite the lady I cared for, only me and the other caregiver. I had never been so miserable as I was then. Her apartment paid to have exterminators come in. I was in charge of preparing for the exterminators. It was a nightmare of washing and bagging everything. The bugs were so bad they were visable and crawling on the walls during the day. I was terrified that I would take them home with me to me own apt. Thankfully that never happened.
If your apt pays for the extermination have it done asap. Even then you must be meticulous in washing and wrapping things in bags. I would suggest moving but with your husband out of work I understand this is not an option. If your apt management gives you a hard time try explaining that this is a health hazzard and will eventually effect all the apts. I actually think the mice are an easier situation, if you do not have kids or pets…use d-con along with traps.
Good luck, I will say a prayer for you and let us all know how you are doing. Feel free to vent any time.

PANTOUS 2011-09-26 04:58:47 -0500 Report

Thanks to all of you! The apartment complex isn't giving me a hard time, but it what also upsets me is they didn't tell me it's a three treatment process!! They did the first one and tomorrow is the second one, and then one more!! I want this stuff gone, spending money on lanudry is a nightmare!! I have a lot of clothes and got rid of alot of them, but maybe it's time to really clean them out for good. But again thanks for all your support and letting me vent. It makes me feel better knowing I am not the only one! Have to get ready for the day, it's 6am! Sugar was high this morning 198, not sure why, maybe just the stress.

JDCA2025 2011-09-26 20:29:54 -0500 Report

Bed bugs are an absolute abomination, and hard as heck to get rid of. I hope the treatment works ( they generally do, I had several friends with a bed bugs issue several months ago). I wish your husband luck on the job hunt, it's rough out there, but he'll pull through.

jayabee52 2011-09-25 19:39:32 -0500 Report

howdy Donna

Dear Lord, I bring Donna's troubles before your throne of mercy. I humbly ask you to enter her life and ease the stresses she is under. According to your gracious will be with her and strengthen her and assure you of her love. Heal her cellulitis cause her living situation and finances to improve, I ask it in Jesus' name.

Donna thanks for venting here. I pray it helps you cope, even if it is for a little while.

Praying God's richest blessings for you and yours!


Godsfavorite 2011-09-25 22:06:18 -0500 Report

I stand in agreement with James believing that God can cause your situation to turn around. I will keep you in my prayers Donna. Prayer changes things! Expect a change!

PANTOUS 2011-09-26 19:05:48 -0500 Report

Thanks I went to church this weekend to say a prayer for my husband to find a job and all this problems to be gone forever!! Thanks for all your thoughts advice and prayers. Eveyone is great on this web site. I am so glad I found this.

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