What are bedbugs, how do I know if I have them, other possible causes

by nobugsonme on November 30, 2006 · 4 comments

in bed bugs, information and help, misdiagnoses, other causes of itching, signs and symptoms of bed bugs

The FAQ on this issue has just been updated (including links to info on other possible causes– bird mites, scabies, hot tub folliculitis, and delusory parasitosis). Click here to see it!

Coming soon: shed skin and feces photos, thanks to Lou Sorkin!

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1 Pam June 4, 2008 at 7:05 pm

do you only get bed bugs by laying on the bed?

2 Gypsy June 4, 2008 at 7:49 pm

You can get bed bugs from anywhere. The laundry-mat, someone’s vehicle, another person’s apartment, any piece of furniture with upholstry on it. Read through the fqa’s, lots of good information on this site.

3 Steph August 18, 2008 at 7:08 pm

Hi,
I’m wondering if I have bed bugs. I took apart my mattress and found a few dead bug skins, but none were as round nor as large as the photos of bed bugs on this website. I did not find any feces or eggs. I found two small bites above my knee this afternoon. If I really have bed bugs, should I expect to find many more bites on myself and more insect remains in my bedding?

4 nobugsonme August 18, 2008 at 7:44 pm

If you only have had two bites, there may be other explanations besides bed bugs. Or you could have been bitten elsewhere (since we’re told bites take up to 9 days to appear, though most people seem to notice them sooner).

Look carefully at this page: first and second instar nymphs are much smaller than adults.

I would also keep inspecting other parts of your home. If bites continue, I’d get a professional in to search (perhaps with a bed bug dog).

If you have more questions, please come to the forums: http://bedbugger.com/forum/

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