Reader Edgie wrote me an email which she asked me to post on the blog:
I’m Edgie in San Francisco.
I moved to this apartment last June and learned from a
neighbor that there were bed bug problems. I didn’t know
what a bedbug was, but quickly learned. I also started
getting small bites pretty regularly, not big welty
I have been reading most of the FAQs and
understand bites can be different on different people.
I too went to the MD and was (mis)diagnosed with scabies.
While the medication was on me, I was bitten on my
stomach. Meanwhile, I called in a request the the
property mgmt. co. requesting treatment. No response.
I was getting concerned that my little bites could be
baby bed bug bites and insisted that the unit be treated.
Then, I started looking to public agencies for help.
The building inspector ended up calling the property
mgr. and Terminix arrived on the scene. They treated
the unit 3 times, and I still got bites.
During this time, I too was washing and washing, my clothes are
all bagged. I was still getting bites, and learned
that the building was sold.
I decided to hire another PCO to come and treat and the biting has been reduced,
I have many days with no bites. They have treated 4
times. Since the building has been sold, I learned
that the new owners, a giant property company-will let
me out of my lease, and give me a relocation package
too. I need to tell you that the first PCO, while
treating, never saw evidence of BBs. The second guy
didn’t find bugs, casings or fecal stuff either.
I have asked a few bug specialists for advice (The
Bugman and Sean from the bedbugresource.com) Both said I need
to have a competent PCO or entomologist come here and
inspect, to make sure of what is in here, as this
person would find evidence of BBs. So I have a list
of PCOs that I will call to see if any of them will
do a bed bug inspection, they inspect for termites, I
think they should do it for BBs too. But will they?
My idea about moving would be to take as little as
possible, wait a few more months, maybe the bites will
stop altogether, AND someone can do a thorough
inspection here to help me know what the culprit is. I
really wanted to tell this to someone who knows how
truly complicated the problem is.
Thank You No Bugs, and all the other bedbuggers for being there,