Bad Solutions: I Need Help!(3 posts)
Okay, so this is my first time having bed bugs, and I am more than a little freaked out. I have been getting these little bites that itch and scab over EVERYWHERE on my body for about 2 and a half weeks. At first I assumed that the annoying bites were coming from gnats out on the water (I row and swim constantly during the summer), but then approximately a week ago my mother and I discussed the possibility that I might have bed bugs, and then checked my mattress and bed. We immediately found 8 bugs nestled in a seam of the sheet, and I freaked out.
Now, I am in my teens, and there isn't much I can do in terms of getting professional help or treatment for the dreaded bugs, but I did do a ton of research that night on the critters on this website and many others. Apparently, so did my dad. What he looked in to was more about self treatment rather than information about the bugs themselves, and he likes to come up with his own solutions, so he went out and bought a bag of DE the next day, and (despite my protests about triggering the bug's alarm pheromone) instructed me to clean out under and around my bed. I have read (correct me if I am wrong) that it isn't good to stir up the habitat around the bed because that can cause the bed bugs to spread out from that area. But, my father insisted, so I did clean the area. In the meantime I went searching for cedar wood oil, because in my research I discovered that that can deter them. When I located some in our garage, I used it around the door to my room in hopes of containing the bugs to that area by deterring them from the only exit.
As far as I know, I am the only one in my family that has them in my room, although they also could have them and just not be getting the reaction. Anyway, the ideas that my family had about getting rid of the bed bugs just make things worse, and until today they refused to hire an exterminator to take care of the problem. The exterminator just came to our house, and just the idea of getting closer to free makes me feel better.
Also, if this helps anyone, I found a psychological remedy for the terror of going to sleep with the knowledge that your bed is infested. I took a hostage from under my bunkboard and put it in a jar that it couldn't get out of, and now every night before I go to sleep I tell it how much I hate it and its kind. It works! (even if it is a little odd)
-Don't let the bedbugs bite!
I am so glad your parents have gotten a pro in to deal with this. It is hard when you notice the problem first and no one quite understands. However, things should get a lot better soon.
Your family needs to be aware that many people do not react to bites, or don't react right away, so it should not be assumed they're only in your room.
PS we have seen claims that cedar oil is a repellent. However please note:
1) We don't know if it's true.
2) If it is true, repelling bed bugs can spread them around the home and make treatment harder. Remember, you're not outside, repelling Mosquitos. Bed bugs would stick around and resume biting when they could. They're not going to leave the house.
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