6 weeks in - Need advice!!(5 posts)
My wife and I got BBs after returning from Europe 6 weeks ago. We think that the hotels were to blame and our luggage helped bring back eggs or bugs to our apartment. We started seeing the big bites a day after returning home. We both were bit repeatedly and the bites were large. Called the PCO and they did the first treatment 4 days after the first bites. We have had 6 treatments once per week for the last six weeks. The bites diminished immediately. My wife got the last large, unmistakable bites 20 DAYS ago!!! I haven't been bitten in about 4 weeks.
Now every time we check our bodies in the morning, we find little bumps that may itch, may not, and we can't tell if they are bites. It's maddening! We have high quality encasements, our bedroom has been treated 6 times and our bed is in the center of our room. I just don't know if I should call the PCO again to do ANOTHER treatment or are these "bites" just our paranoia? We are dying to get our home back to normal but don't want to be hasty.
Could it be adjacent apartments that are causing the problem? I figure that bb's wouldn't travel if they are already biting someone else.
Anyone with similar experience?
I should also mention we have not seen ANY live or dead bugs and have seen only 1 skin! Truly invisible these things are!!
I am almost 3 months since starting treatment and have been getting little "bites" - some that clear up after a day or two (unlike the early bites which at their worst were large holes that bled profusely and itched like crazy - i still have dark marks from them) or even little pimple like things that itch but don't get red or swell. After reading the forums for several months it seems that many people have similar experiences.....trying to stay calm and not worry - it could be something else entirely. I think if they were bed bugs bites we would know for sure
Small bumps may be nymph bites OR more likely your skin is irritated. I have been 4 weeks bite free, and occasionally I freak out do to small bumps or skinn irritations. However, I think skin gets hyper-sensitive from being bitten by bedbugs previously, and also from the chemicals in the air, etc. Do you have passive monitors? You might try BB Alert passive on the bed and/or climb-ups on bed legs to make sure that there are no more bugs. You cant go off of just bumps alone. In addition, someone posted here that a cast skin may show up late after bugs are gone because they blow around...? Hopefully you are in the clear!
thanks for the feedback! I appreciate it.
The passive monitors are a good idea. I also heard that placing bed legs under a plastic/glass bowl with a small amount of oil is a good way to see if anything tries to climb up the legs.
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