How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

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angieh5

Subject: bed bugs

A friend gave me a chair. Yep, that's all it took & my house was infested with bed bugs before I even knew what they were. I did not have the money to do any of the things you suggest here. Unfortunately, most people do not have that kind of money, but are willing to do anything to get rid of these horrible creatures. My only hope was the internet. I tried everything suggested & NOTHING worked until I found one person who suggested DIATOMASEAS EARTH. It can be bought at a local hardware store. My unfortunate event was several years ago...before bed bugs became so prevalent and there weren't many resources. I even had to get the hardware store to order it. No one had it in stock! But it worked. It was the only thing that worked. I wasted hundreds of dollars on pesticides, thrown-out possessions, and many nights of sleep. Bed bugs are horrible. If you've ever had them, you know exactly what I mean. I have heard of people who actually BURNED their houses down because they were at their wits end for a solution! I admit I thought of it myself! Bed bugs get in the furniture, your bedding, your clothes, in picture frames, yes, picture frames. They love wood & will nest there after feeding. There is only one drawback from using the DIATOMACEOUS EARTH, it is a powder & everything must be dusted thoroughly! It has to be vacuumed up & washed off of everything. Messy, but worth it. It is all natural & is even safe (sometimes recommended) for human consumption. Google it. If you are ready to tear your hair out over bed bug infestation, do not spend money you do not have & do not throw away half your clothes & furniture like I did. I just wish someone had told me about the stuff before I lost possessions that meant something to me. Hope this helps & then pass it on. Exterminators & businesses that make money off of high priced pesticides, etc do not want you to know about this

Roger Figg

Subject: Bed Bugs

This didn't answer my question. I came in contact with bed bugs 10 days ago. After realizing this I put the suite case in the shed (very hot in there), washed my clothes and bed linings. I haven't seen any, and I have looked. Should I still be concerned?

carol friend

Subject: bedbugs

They can go without feeding up to 3 months. They go through different stages, and hibernate in between. You may not see their eggs, which will eventually hatch, and the cycle begins. When I had them, I would go about two weeks in between bites, feedings. I got info from an exterminator friend who wanted to spare me the cost of services . I sprayed full strength rubbing alcohol, on everything, everyday for a couple weeks. It's been more than three months since being bitten. So I guess I managed to kill all stages of them. About eight bottles of alcohol later, gone. Alot cheaper than hiring an exterminator!

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had


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I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.


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I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.
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That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.