Friday, April 27, 2012

Is it over yet?

Well, we've had a very interersting, busy, tiring few days!  The bug guy came, confirmed we have bed bugs, and gave us a gazillion instructions on how to prep the house for treatment.  Here's a look at the list...
  1. All clutter picked up and put away. 
  2. All food put in oven, microwave, or dishwasher.
  3. Wash everything that is washable (which included 9 hours, 20 loads, and $77 in quarters)
  4. All upholstered items that aren't washable needed to be vacuumed.
  5. Vacuum carpet.
  6. All furniture pulled away from the walls and baseboards vacuumed.
  7. Everything off the walls and boxed.
  8. Cover boxes and loose items with plastic.
And do all that in 36 hours.  Are you exhausted yet?  Then there was the post treatment list...
  1. Do not enter apartment until 3 hours after treatment.  Open window and turn on A/C to ventilate.
  2. Change air filter.
  3. Vacuum all carpet and baseboards within 24 hours of treatment and everyday for the next two weeks.
  4. Clean all surfaces where pesticide could have settled.
  5. Steam clean carpets 12 days after treatment.
Ugg!  I've had to miss two shifts at work to be able to get all this done with help!  Because we are so close to moving into our new house, we packed everything we won't need in the next 2 weeks and took it to my sister's or my in-law's house.  Bed bugs are killed most effectively with high heat, so all our furniture will be taken to a storage unit in the next few days here to bake in the AZ heat.  We are currently living with my in-laws who were nice enough to have us!  I couldn't have gotten all this done without the help of our families!  They've helped box, pack, move, clean, vacuum, transport, and store our belongings and watch the kids so I could attempt to handle this mess!  Thank you guys!

Our closing date for the house was extended to next wednesday although we are hoping the paperwork will be finished by monday...

And if you were wondering about the doesn't look good.  The $100 fix was done but now it won't start.  The mechanic is still working on it, so I haven't lost hope yet.  But if you have some extra prayers, send them our way!

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