Originally Posted by BellaJames
We have a rental condo that is infested with bed bugs. We have terminix but they can't get rid of them. Any suggestions?
I am curious about this being a rental condo. First question: Is your condo attached to anyone else's property? A friend of mine years ago ended up with bed bugs because she was renting an apartment and the man down the hall had a SEVERE infestation. For reasons that I don't know or understand, bed bugs don't climb stairs so it would have to be connected on the same level.
Second question: Have you talked to the person you rent from? My friend contacted the rental company and they sent an exterminator in to do the whole floor. If you don't own the condo and didn't bring the bugs in yourself it should be the expense of the owner.
As a side note: Taking your possessions to a heat room at an exterminators is one way to make sure the bugs AND eggs in your stuff get killed, but it will not take them out of the carpet or away from cracks in the wall. It also doesn't affect the clothes you are wearing at the time and can be a big hassel to pack everything up to take it down. Bed bugs live in any paper, wood, cloth, or otherwise porous material. They can't live inside solid glass or solid metal, but that's about it.
If you cannot find someone to heat your condo, which you should get permission from the owner of the property if you can find someone, then it might be better to regularly apply pesticide for a few weeks while you wait for eggs to hatch.