really need your advice if you have ever had an insect infestation !!!

   / really need your advice if you have ever had an insect infestation !!! #31  
I had this problem a long time ago in a rental and after the 2nd visit from the exterminator, which did not appear to solve the problem, I forfeited my deposit and moved. Living in a building that has been sprayed repeatedly is probably unhealthy. Where I live, you can only move out and retain your deposit due to rodent infestations and not fleas. Give all pets, if any, a flea bath after moving out.
 
   / really need your advice if you have ever had an insect infestation !!! #32  
I'm posting this here bc you guys have never failed me and I [my daughter] has a huge problem....

My daughter and her 3 roommates [all 1 yr just out of college] have rented an older pier & beam home that had an addition w a solid foundation to make it 4 bedrooms. Because the crawl-space to the pier & beam was not secured, an animal entered and climbed up into the walls of my daughters bathroom closet. She heard it scratching in the walls so she reported it to the landlord.

It was discovered that there was a sm water leak in the wall and the animal was seeking both water and prob shelter. This was the during a drought in austin tx this summer, w 30 days of straight 100+ temps and no rain. Once the wall was opened, the leak was found and fixed. The repair person said to leave the wall open until it dried out. This is when a massive flea infestation took place. If you went into the house, your white socks turned black in a matter of seconds.

I called their landlord and told him the house was uninhabitable and you needed to find a place for them to stay. He begrudgingly ok'ed a rented an ABnB for a week, whicg turned to 3 weeks and 3 diff places. An extermination company came and did 2 diff flea treatments 2 wks apart. After spraying/laying powders, using growth reg hormones, inside and out. Then 2 weeks later, the fleas were still there. My daughter and her roommates came 2-4 times per day to vacuum up any and all eggs, larvae, etc. I am going to skip forward bc this would take too long. They collectively logged over 130 hrs of vacuuming.

After hiring another company bc the first one did not cut it, 82 days later my daughter found another flea on the flea trap in her room. She has not been able to sleep in her room in over 3+ months. The handyman, when trying to work on closing crawlspace and other, was bitten countless times on his back, neck, legs, etc. My daughter had to buy a hazmat suit to go inside the house to vacuum each time, they all did, She's spent over $600 on supplies, recleaning her things, which are all in black plastic bags. This is the second time of cleaning.

In order not to make this a novel, I am seeking advice for anyone that has experienced a really bad flea infestation, what you did to rectify? More so if you were in a rental house or a pier & beam house. It's really taken a toll on her especially, bc her room has had the most and continued issues. Pls let me know what questions you have and sorry for the long post. I thank you in earnest for any & all advice...nothing is more personal than when it comes to your immediate family. thank you very much.
I ran into this idea by accident but I was amazed at how well it worked. Set a bug zapper light on the floor at night. The fleas are attracted to the light and will fry themselves. Then vacuum any bugs around the light into a vacuum bag that has vacuumed diatomaceous earth (DE). The DE will help kill any survivors that end up the the bag. This won't cure an infestation but it will help deplete those left behind after the big clean/poison/etc.

Sounds to me like there are grounds to get out of the lease. It can probably be handled in a small claims court with self-representation - but I'm not a lawyer. You might contact the inspections department. They can be pretty ruthless if they are interested. I would suspect there is a history of some kind with the landlord. These kinds of problems don't develop out of the blue.

Good luck!

Just noticed the date. You may have already resolved this...
 
   / really need your advice if you have ever had an insect infestation !!! #33  
I'm posting this here bc you guys have never failed me and I [my daughter] has a huge problem....

My daughter and her 3 roommates [all 1 yr just out of college] have rented an older pier & beam home that had an addition w a solid foundation to make it 4 bedrooms. Because the crawl-space to the pier & beam was not secured, an animal entered and climbed up into the walls of my daughters bathroom closet. She heard it scratching in the walls so she reported it to the landlord.

It was discovered that there was a sm water leak in the wall and the animal was seeking both water and prob shelter. This was the during a drought in austin tx this summer, w 30 days of straight 100+ temps and no rain. Once the wall was opened, the leak was found and fixed. The repair person said to leave the wall open until it dried out. This is when a massive flea infestation took place. If you went into the house, your white socks turned black in a matter of seconds.

I called their landlord and told him the house was uninhabitable and you needed to find a place for them to stay. He begrudgingly ok'ed a rented an ABnB for a week, whicg turned to 3 weeks and 3 diff places. An extermination company came and did 2 diff flea treatments 2 wks apart. After spraying/laying powders, using growth reg hormones, inside and out. Then 2 weeks later, the fleas were still there. My daughter and her roommates came 2-4 times per day to vacuum up any and all eggs, larvae, etc. I am going to skip forward bc this would take too long. They collectively logged over 130 hrs of vacuuming.

After hiring another company bc the first one did not cut it, 82 days later my daughter found another flea on the flea trap in her room. She has not been able to sleep in her room in over 3+ months. The handyman, when trying to work on closing crawlspace and other, was bitten countless times on his back, neck, legs, etc. My daughter had to buy a hazmat suit to go inside the house to vacuum each time, they all did, She's spent over $600 on supplies, recleaning her things, which are all in black plastic bags. This is the second time of cleaning.

In order not to make this a novel, I am seeking advice for anyone that has experienced a really bad flea infestation, what you did to rectify? More so if you were in a rental house or a pier & beam house. It's really taken a toll on her especially, bc her room has had the most and continued issues. Pls let me know what questions you have and sorry for the long post. I thank you in earnest for any & all advice...nothing is more personal than when it comes to your immediate family. thank you very much.
The companies that you hired should know this: Flea infestations have to be treated 3 times EXACTLY 7 days apart and at the same time. The first kills the adult fleas that have laid eggs. The second kills the juvenile fleas that just hatched the third is just to make sure there were any eggs and juveniles missed. The whole floor must be sprayed, not just the corners.
 
   / really need your advice if you have ever had an insect infestation !!! #34  
Even if you do get all of the fleas and your daughter is able to cope with the subsequent mental health concerns in a healthy way, do you really want her living in an insecticide soaked environment? Many insecticides are neurotoxic and/or carcinogenic and they don't just go away as soon as the carrier evaporates.
I guess what I don't understand is why having her stay there is even a viable option?
 
   / really need your advice if you have ever had an insect infestation !!! #35  
I'm posting this here bc you guys have never failed me and I [my daughter] has a huge problem....

My daughter and her 3 roommates [all 1 yr just out of college] have rented an older pier & beam home that had an addition w a solid foundation to make it 4 bedrooms. Because the crawl-space to the pier & beam was not secured, an animal entered and climbed up into the walls of my daughters bathroom closet. She heard it scratching in the walls so she reported it to the landlord.

It was discovered that there was a sm water leak in the wall and the animal was seeking both water and prob shelter. This was the during a drought in austin tx this summer, w 30 days of straight 100+ temps and no rain. Once the wall was opened, the leak was found and fixed. The repair person said to leave the wall open until it dried out. This is when a massive flea infestation took place. If you went into the house, your white socks turned black in a matter of seconds.

I called their landlord and told him the house was uninhabitable and you needed to find a place for them to stay. He begrudgingly ok'ed a rented an ABnB for a week, whicg turned to 3 weeks and 3 diff places. An extermination company came and did 2 diff flea treatments 2 wks apart. After spraying/laying powders, using growth reg hormones, inside and out. Then 2 weeks later, the fleas were still there. My daughter and her roommates came 2-4 times per day to vacuum up any and all eggs, larvae, etc. I am going to skip forward bc this would take too long. They collectively logged over 130 hrs of vacuuming.

After hiring another company bc the first one did not cut it, 82 days later my daughter found another flea on the flea trap in her room. She has not been able to sleep in her room in over 3+ months. The handyman, when trying to work on closing crawlspace and other, was bitten countless times on his back, neck, legs, etc. My daughter had to buy a hazmat suit to go inside the house to vacuum each time, they all did, She's spent over $600 on supplies, recleaning her things, which are all in black plastic bags. This is the second time of cleaning.

In order not to make this a novel, I am seeking advice for anyone that has experienced a really bad flea infestation, what you did to rectify? More so if you were in a rental house or a pier & beam house. It's really taken a toll on her especially, bc her room has had the most and continued issues. Pls let me know what questions you have and sorry for the long post. I thank you in earnest for any & all advice...nothing is more personal than when it comes to your immediate family. thank you very much.
The place should have been vacated months ago. MOVE! Have animals that lived there treated as well.
 
   / really need your advice if you have ever had an insect infestation !!! #36  
There has to be other 4 bedroom places to live in town..
 
   / really need your advice if you have ever had an insect infestation !!! #37  
Back in the mid to late 1980's we were in the middle of refinancing our home.
Well the bank home inspector found termites in the wood chip bark used in the landscaping around the house.

The inspector recommended
1) get rid of the mulch decoration.
2) have an exterminator treat the area to make sure the termites do not get into the home.

We removed the wood bark mulch, then called an exterminator.

The guy showed up, he filled the tank on his truck with water, added the chemical to the tank,
then he started to inject the soil around the home.

Well, he NEVER AGITATED the chemical and water!!

I called the local health department,, they said the chemical (I copied down what the product was) would "bloom" into the water, but, that the treatment would not be effective because the lack of agitation would make some of the areas treated have almost pure water.

Then I called the exterminator, explained what happened,, he never sent a bill.

On to another exterminator,, that one was about to do the same thing.
Luckily I was there,, I told the guy, that the product needed to be mixed,, he could not understand what I wanted,,,

So, basically what I am saying is, employees of exterminating companies are not "the brightest bulb on the tree"

Just because you pay for insect treatment, do not expect proper results.

After that, I bought the chemicals, and equipment, and treated the home myself.

In my case, possibly the exterminating company was also overdiluting the insecticide,, I will never know.
Their job is to make $$$,, NOT get rid of insects!

That may be the OP's problem,,
the exterminating company sprays,, how do you know they are doing it right??
 
   / really need your advice if you have ever had an insect infestation !!! #38  
I'm posting this here bc you guys have never failed me and I [my daughter] has a huge problem....

My daughter and her 3 roommates [all 1 yr just out of college] have rented an older pier & beam home that had an addition w a solid foundation to make it 4 bedrooms. Because the crawl-space to the pier & beam was not secured, an animal entered and climbed up into the walls of my daughters bathroom closet. She heard it scratching in the walls so she reported it to the landlord.

It was discovered that there was a sm water leak in the wall and the animal was seeking both water and prob shelter. This was the during a drought in austin tx this summer, w 30 days of straight 100+ temps and no rain. Once the wall was opened, the leak was found and fixed. The repair person said to leave the wall open until it dried out. This is when a massive flea infestation took place. If you went into the house, your white socks turned black in a matter of seconds.

I called their landlord and told him the house was uninhabitable and you needed to find a place for them to stay. He begrudgingly ok'ed a rented an ABnB for a week, whicg turned to 3 weeks and 3 diff places. An extermination company came and did 2 diff flea treatments 2 wks apart. After spraying/laying powders, using growth reg hormones, inside and out. Then 2 weeks later, the fleas were still there. My daughter and her roommates came 2-4 times per day to vacuum up any and all eggs, larvae, etc. I am going to skip forward bc this would take too long. They collectively logged over 130 hrs of vacuuming.

After hiring another company bc the first one did not cut it, 82 days later my daughter found another flea on the flea trap in her room. She has not been able to sleep in her room in over 3+ months. The handyman, when trying to work on closing crawlspace and other, was bitten countless times on his back, neck, legs, etc. My daughter had to buy a hazmat suit to go inside the house to vacuum each time, they all did, She's spent over $600 on supplies, recleaning her things, which are all in black plastic bags. This is the second time of cleaning.

In order not to make this a novel, I am seeking advice for anyone that has experienced a really bad flea infestation, what you did to rectify? More so if you were in a rental house or a pier & beam house. It's really taken a toll on her especially, bc her room has had the most and continued issues. Pls let me know what questions you have and sorry for the long post. I thank you in earnest for any & all advice...nothing is more personal than when it comes to your immediate family. thank you very much.
This is a simple one, move out and move on. Let the landlord take you to small claims court, it sounds like you have plenty of ammo to win the case or at least counter sue for losses. I would have your attorney read through the lease and look into breaking it.
 
   / really need your advice if you have ever had an insect infestation !!! #39  
if you go to court hopefully you won’t have Judge Judy !
 
   / really need your advice if you have ever had an insect infestation !!! #40  
We've had a few flea outbreaks over the years, but I've learned DO NOT use the hormone based flea foggers. They sort of worked to get rid of the fleas, but they messed with my wife's hormone balance and significantly changed her personality. She really never recovered to the same as before the flea treatment. It turns out there is research to back this up, but the products are still on the market.

So, get your daughter out of that place and don't worry about the cost.
 
 
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