Bed Bug Spraying & Treatments

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Hi, I have two questions about bed bugs in apartments

An apartment in our building was found to have bed bugs so now as prevention they are treating everyones so they do not spread. (They checked ours and said we do not currently have them ) Part of the prep for this treatment includes taking everything out of your closets and washing all clothes and putting them in plastic bags in the living room. So my 2 questions are:
1) Since we don't actually have the bed bugs do I really need to wash all my clothes rather then just remove them. We have 2 walk in closets filled to the brim with clothes and I can't even imagine how long it would take to wash everything especially since there are no bugs in our apartment.

2) They are treating the place on tues but on fri the maintence man is coming to drill holes in the baseboards so they can put the treatment in there. So there are going to be holes sitting for fri to tues and it seems to me like that would be a perfect opportunity for them to come in or am I wrong?


Long story made short:

I found bugs in my apartment three years ago. It was confirmed that the bugs I had were indeed bed bugs. I completely freaked out. I decided to throw away my entire bed, a bunch of clothes and a couple other articles of furniture (and yes I did this at the dump so no one else in my neighborhood would get them). Once I did that, I noticed that the bed bug bites started to disappear until eventually I didn't have ANY bites anymore. I live with my mother and at the time she was getting bit too but when I stopped getting bites so did she.

It has been two years and I have not seen any signs of bed bugs. Only until 6 months ago did the lazy owner finally have an exterminator come to my building and do pest control. But by this time, I had already stopped seeing bed bugs and getting bit for a year and a half. No one else in my building has bed bugs and they never had them even when I did. Which is very confusing to me? (any advice on this question would be appreciated too)

So my question is this: Is it possible for bed bugs to just disappear on their own? I have read a lot of things say that it is not possible without some type of treatment. But the only "treatment" I did was throw a bunch of stuff away.
I haven't really been staying with my mom (been staying with my boyfriend who doesn't have bed bugs) but I am thinking of starting to stay with her again. But I am scared that if I do the bed bugs will get in my stuff again and I will give them to my boyfriend. Definitely don't want that…

I know that bed bugs can only live 18 months without a blood supply or else they die off. But what I don't get is that they had a blood supply available to them every night (my mother) so why would they just die off on their own?

We live in a single family home with 3 bed rooms . I had bed bug bites and I checked all our beds and found two bed bugs . I called Terminix and they gave me a quote of $900 for 3 rooms without any guarantee . STOMP gave a quote of $570 with a 90 day guarantee . These prices are too high , cant we get rid of bed bugs ourselves using some sprays or something . Please give your advice

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