A new infestation?(3 posts)
I posted this question in one of the FAQs, but I thought I'd also create a new topic to hopefully get advice from more people.
I went to a camp at the end of summer 2008 for a class trip and ended up bringing bed bugs from the cabin I stayed in into my dorm room. I experienced severe reactions to bites until the middle of December. Throughout September-December, my university performed 4 total pesticide treatments in my room. Towards mid-December, I noticed that the bites had become fewer in number and healed faster for each new set of bites, until, finally, I stopped experiencing the bites completely. Until now, I had thought I had successfully gotten rid of my bed bug problem.
I am at a new university now, and I fear I may have brought the bed bugs with me. I know bed bugs can stay dormant for very long periods of time, but how likely is this? The other day, I noticed a couple bites on my face and neck that appear very similar to the bed bug bites I experienced last year. Over the winter and spring at my last college, and then during summer at home, I had not experienced any bites. How possible is it that the bed bugs were in my belongings and simply dormant from mid-December 2008 to this November 2009?
Last spring and winter, while still at school, none of my belongings were packed away. When I was home for the summer, all my clothes and even my comforter were unpacked in my house, so I find it odd that only now have I begun getting bites again. During the summer, the only things that were kept sealed away were my sheets and towels. I had washed these and put them in the dryer before packing them up (in one of those zip-up plastic covers you buy comforters in). Could there have been some bugs that survived in my sheets and decided to come out now? Or would it be more likely that my new dorm has bed bugs unrelated to my previous infestation?
Sorry for the long post. I appreciate any input! Bed bugs are so freakin' frustrating!!
This is the response I left in the FAQs:
I can only speculate but I think it’s unlikely that bed bugs were present in your immediate vicinity and did not bite you, unless they were sealed away and could not do so.
It is possible, I suppose, that bed bugs were stored in items not used in the interim and only recently brought out. If bed bugs were stored away somewhere, they may not have been able to get out and bite you.
It’s also possible you’ve experienced a new exposure to bed bugs.
There may be other explanations I’m not aware of.
By the way, it is also possible you are being irritated by something besides bed bugs.
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