Editor’s note: I am still trying to find the best way of using the architecture of this blog to organize our information. The “Share your tales” and “Success Stories” pages are not getting much attention, so I am going to try another tactic. Each week, at least, I’ll start a new thread “Tales of bed bug woe” and then link them all together so we will have them in a format newcomers can use.
This week, I am kicking things off with a comment “Allergygirl” left on another thread. I know she’ll get more readers and more response if the comment is bumped up here. Allergygirl writes:
I got on this blog to read about bites. S, I’m having a similar problem to yours. I started getting bites about 3 weeks ago. It took me a while to figure out they were bed bugs. I bagged everything. Washed and dryed it all in high heat. (Will 40 minutes in the hot dryer be long enough to kill them?)
I think the infestation is small, and it seems to be localized in my room toward the back wall. We had a PCO come and spray the whole apt. He comes back in two weeks.I have two roommates who still have not had any bites at all. I threw out my mattress, so I’ve been sleeping with my roommate or on the couch. Both my roommate and I have been using my old washed and dried pillows and two washed and dried blankets. She has not had any bites. The only time I go in my room is during the day to use the bathroom or get some shoes.
Here’s my question about these “mystery bites” though: Two days after we sprayed, I went into the hallway (outside our apt, where we’re keeping our bags of clothes. I put on my coat that had bben hot dryed for 40 minutes. Later that night, while in at church, I got to bites on my upper arm. I got paranoid and put the coat back in another bag to redry. I went 2 more days without bites (still sleeping on the couch or ith my roomate with the same blankets ande pillows).
One night I ironed on high another coat that had been in my closet. (The PCO said they probably weren’t in there because it’s far from my bed). I wore the coat. Later that night, before even going to bed, I got about 8 bites on my shoulder and upper arm. Big itchy welts. I decided to dry everything that was in my closet too. It’s all still in bags. I don’t know if they actually are in my closet or if this is a delayed allergic reaction. Can bites appear 5 days later? No one else seems to be bitten except me. The bites have been appearing in the evening. Last night, I slept on the couch (which was not infested, and was sprayed), which I have had no bites on. I woke up with 2 on my face. All my new bites are close to older bites. I haven’t had any in new areas. Always on the face upper arm, or shoulders. Could these be delayed allergic reactions? How do you treat them? Could the bugs have moved to the couch? It’s so far from the infestation, and I thought My blanket and pillow were clean. We haven’t seen any bugs anywhere. Just evidence of them in my old room. My roomates seem to be fine. They’re in the same places I am. The one I’ve been sleeping with had them years ago in another house, and she was bit then, so I know she’d react, if she were bit.
Are these bugs or just allergies to old bites? how can I be sure and how can I treat them?
1/24: new Tales of Bed Bug Woe thread started. Go here to see it at the top, and continue the conversation there. I’m closing comments here, since having one active thread on this theme means more people will read your questions and suggestions. Thanks!