Another Newbie Fleas vs. Bugs(2 posts)
Ok I know you probably hear this a lot, but I'm at a total loss here.
I've now gotten bites three times, one week and then two weeks apart (but was traveling a week in between) each time overnight sets of 9-12 bites on my arm. The bites start as small red welts, swell to look more like very red mosquito bites, itch more than any bite I've ever had, swell to their highest on day 2 (the last cluster of individual bites were surrounded by a lighter swollen itchy area about 4-5 inches wide). They seem to be in sets of twos, though I guess if we were connecting the dots they could also be seen as threes.
I have a close friend who has been battling bugs for several months but claims to be bite and bug free for 2 mos now. She has watched my dog 2x in the span of my bite arrivals.
I've checked my boxspring and mattress and found no spots, bugs, eggs, etc. I am using climbups and nothing in them yet. I vaccummed the hell out of everything and put down DE and sprayed cracks with alcohol.
This morning I spotted fleas on the dog (despite regular flea drops). He does sometimes get on the bed though infrequently.
I am trying not to freak out too much, I live in a house with multiple people and a bug infestation would be nearly impossible to fight with 4 beds, 3 couches, 4 floors aaaaaahhh.
What should I do? I can't afford a pco, should I just wait for more bites to occur? Keep looking? I can't sleep and I feel so helpless not even knowing what I'm fighting!
I think the only way to find out is to get a pco, sorry. I had dealt with fleas, even though i dont own a pet. I thought they were bed bugs. till i caught one and looked up its picture. one thing that i remember was when i had fleas they bit me and my kids all day long. where as bed bugs are mainly at night.
now that im dealing with bed bugs i see the difference. I think if you treat your pet with flea medication and it works, great. if the problem is still there, find a company who will come out and check your house for free. some companies do that, and only charge you if you need treatment. hope it works out for you
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