@alex-olynyk said in Bed Bugs:
Anyone have experience with these? If so did you call a professional and spend 2,000 or use a DIY method? What were the results?
Dealt with this issue twice with my wife when she lived in an apartment.
First time - Apartment called Terminix and we paid for half. Had to throw out all mattresses, and a bunch of little stuff. Every single piece of clothing, blankets, pillows was washed and dried.
Used Saran wrap for all books, CD's, DVD's and bagged up all kids toys then stuffed in Zip Lock bags, and then put in large storage containers in my attic which gets pretty hot in the summer. They were left in there for 6 months.
Anything that could be sprayed with rubbing alcohol was, and then bagged and stored in the storage containers.
All of this took about two days to get done and the washer and dryer were put to the test. Probably about $400 worth of time and materials.
Wife bought all the bed bug covers for mattresses and pillows from WalMart. The decent ones are NOT cheap. Three beds and ten pillows came to $400. It is all about the zipper. Make sure the zippers have a fold over Velcro or something.
The second time, same apartment, Apartment paid all of Terminix Bill and we just washed stuff. I believe management made the other tenant who had the initial infection pay the bill (it was in the contract).
She was moving in with me in 6 months later so the 2nd time was no big deal.
If possible, I would go with the heat treatment as it was VERY expensive at the time. The pricing has come down somewhat. You are still going to have to clean though. Nothing you can do about that.
Start with bagging everything up and then move go whichever route you like.