Steve Edwards' website
Dublin Ireland, 2000
A later night, I saw another bug a bit larger. I smashed it. It smeared blood on the sheet. Red blood, red like mine. In denial, I didn't think about this.
I started to notice bumps on my skin the nape of my neck and the backs of my elbows. By the time the bumps started to itch and grow I had been bitten extensively, and it was bad, bad, bad.
I found a colony of the little pests folded in the sheet between the mattress and the box-spring.
I vacuumed the room. But that didn't give me peace of mind, no way. And I continued to see a bug or two. The old bites grew and their itchiness increased for several days. The tops of my feet, the backs of my elbows absolutely torturous itching.
I told Olivier, the landlord. He said "I'll have to take a look at it."
Anyhow, I knew what to do. I set off a bug-bomb of my own device, the old chlorine-bomb fumigator.
I've killed other bugs this way too. I don't know where I got the idea the first time, but where do ideas come from? Bleach and ammonia, combined, produce chlorine gas. This fact has killed plenty of housewives.
I got some bleach from work, and tracked down some ammonia at a local "chemist" Euro-English for "pharmacist."
I sealed the room, blocking draft from the window. I'd set my mattress and box-spring on edge, to make sure the fumes circulated in them. I had a towel ready, with which I would seal the door from the outside ("seal it" in a manner of speaking; I estimated that the small leakage of fumes would do no harm.)
I had a bowl with bleach in it, about 6 ounces. I poured about the same amount of ammonia into the bowl. I left the room, and laid the towel across. I waited. An hour, maybe. [I don't know what ratios or quantities would be correct and I don't recommend mixing ammonia and bleach, ever. This was for an average-size room, 12 or 13 feet square.]
Later, I went in holding my breath and opened the window. I left the room and resealed the crack under the door.
I let the room air out for a long period.
I didn't leave the flat during any of this time, staying to make sure nobody entered my room until the air cleared.
I don't recommend this method it's too dangerous. But it worked, and it was cheap.