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Bed bugs are gone, something else moved in, & good PCO for Philly area!

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  1. BugsSkeeveMe

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    Posted 5 years ago
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    I had bed bugs. After my A3 Superior thermal treatment I no longer do. AMEN! That's the good news. The bad news is that something else is biting me and I'm not sure what. Two weeks after my thermal I started getting bites again. I called A3 and they sent out the same person that initially came to my house along with a canine for inspection. No bed bug evidence, nothing in my bed bug passive alerts, but clearly something wasn't right. A3 could have said thank you for your business and left, but that didn't happen. Instead they took samples of what they could and promised to help me fix the issue as part of their 30 day guarantee. They also did a few extra things to help alleviate my anxiety which once again was beyond what they needed to do. We talked about some options but until they can look at what was taken under a microscope they didn't want to be specific. My generalized anxiety became severe anxiety after my bed bug 'bait' experience during a poor chemical treatment by a chain provider. I had avoided online research in hopes of not overloading myself into a panic. Unfortunately that lead to me being taken advantage and uneducated about the treatment options and process. Once I understood and and had the recommendations of this site I knew I was on my way to a plan of action, and sometimes that's all that we have to hold on too. I ended up canceling my chain PCO contract 8 days and 2 treatments in. I disputed the charges with my credit card company and guess what, I WON! They didn't return my calls, the problem was getting worse and I had everything documented plus the new service provider contract proving that the problem still needed to be resolved. After having a poor service provider I really know the value of having people that care on your side. I can not say enough good things about A3 Superior. The bites that I have now worry me, but they aren't as nearly as numerous as the bites before and I know that I have a plan of action and people that wont leave me hanging, this makes the problem manageable to me.

    I don't come on here that often these days because its not good for my anxiety. I wanted to make a special trip back to summarize a few points about my experience:

    1. Thermal is expensive, but for me it was a priceless thing to do. (Understanding that my issue was not neighbor related) If you have a severe anxiety issue like I did it may be something that you want to consider for sanity reasons. I have read several stories about people and their mental health. I am lucky that I had a therapist who did some research once I talked with her about the severity of the situation because she didn't understand it. Suggesting this site to your therapist might help him/her to help you.
    2. The reviews from other bed bug victims are priceless. Thank you to those that took the time to write about their experiences. Your words put me in the hands of good people who helped me greatly. I hope that my experience will help someone else to end service with a poor provider or to select a forum participant recommended provider.
    3. My thermal came with a 30 day guarantee versus the chemical warranty which just meant that they would keep retreating but never promised to get rid of the issue. I wish I had understood that difference. If you don't understand it ask questions on here.
    4. Initially I was unable to deal with the casino where I picked these up because I was dealing my house, my anxiety, and my diabetes issues from taking steroids due to bite reactions . I reported it, got a call from a claims adjuster and assumed that had inspected the room and would eventually get back to me. I found out recently they never bothered to inspect the room until I called back 15 days later. Just today I was informed that an attorney is taking my case and that there are over 100 cases with that casino. I know these are hard to prove but I am fighting because as a customer I expect to have rooms inspected upon receiving reports of suspected bed bugs. I wont lie, it would be nice to recover some of my belongings that were lost including paying for my new bed or to do something nice for the people who let me stay with them while risking their homes getting infested but it would be better to save someone else from going through this!

    So now tonight I am off to sleep knowing that I have some kind of bugs, but not bed bugs. I opted to lathe myself up in skin so soft oil to see if I can wake up without new bites in the morning. I hate the smell of skin so soft, maybe the mystery bugs will too! I'll come back to post an update if we figure out what they are and what the next step is.

    Thank you again to all of those that helped me.

  2. scaredpea

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Sat Mar 10 2012 9:40:53
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    for what it's worth it seems a lot of people post about having different mystery bites (often smaller and not itchy) after being declared bb free. some say it's all in your head because of the anxiety bb's can cause and the over checking of the skin leading to every mark and bump to be perceived as a bite, I've also read other theories/speculation that there might be some sort of mite that bb's leave behind that is new to human knowledge.

    I know that doesn't help, but it sounds like you're not alone in your experience. hang in there

  3. lsdrg706

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Sat Mar 10 2012 9:47:41
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    All I have to suggest is possible delayed reactions (2 weeks is not extraordinary as far as I know) or old bites flaring up.

  4. BugsSkeeveMe

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    Sat Mar 10 2012 14:17:09
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    Thanks for the supportive words. While here the PCO himself experienced a bite which was a good example for him of what I'm dealing with. He took photos of his own bites. Maybe some of the evidence and research will help narrow down what it is and how to move forward. There were black dots in the climb ups, this is part of the evidence taken to be looked at under a microscope. These may be a clue in solving this. Since his bite immediately reacted I have to think they are not delayed like BBs. He also let me know within hours it disappeared. I have had some do that. Last night I did not get any bites, maybe the skin so soft did help with whatever these are. I did sleep better knowing that it wasn't bb's.

    I will keep updating this thread.

    TY

  5. bobbugman

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Mon Apr 16 2012 23:13:36
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    Once you have bed bugs every itch is a bed bug bite.

    I have had people bring me dust, dog hair, carpet fibers, ants, roaches and all sorts of things in jars and zip loc bags. "Look! This is whats biting me"

    Had a couple of people come into the office and strip to show me bites. What Bite's?

    Put you clothes back on, lady!

    Good Grief!

  6. cilecto

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    Tue Apr 17 2012 11:48:38
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    bobbugman - 12 hours ago »
    I have had people bring me dust, dog hair, carpet fibers, ants, roaches and all sorts of things in jars and zip loc bags. "Look! This is whats biting me"

    People who try to put dogs in zip locks should not be shocked if they get bit.

    bobbugman - 12 hours ago  » 
    Had a couple of people come into the office and strip to show me bites. What Bite's?
    Put you clothes back on, lady!

    Perhaps they're angling for a better rate, or are just into you.

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  7. Cimex82

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    Tue May 8 2012 19:52:18
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    Dear BugsSkeeveMe,
    I have a very similar experience to yours. Had a thermal treatment done, afterwards I was declared "bedbug free", found nothing in climbups or CO2 monitors but still keep on getting these mystery bites and it's been well over two weeks so it's not a delayed reaction. Did you get your results from the samples the PCO collected? Did you determine what the black specks in the climb ups were? I'm dying to know because your results could shed some light in cases like these.

    Thanks!

  8. Alberta has bugs

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    Tue May 8 2012 22:06:06
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    Hi, I am also a victim of mystery bites after thermal and would appreciate a update.
    I had taken some samples as well to a vet (black specs) and he thought it was flea matter, however I am not satisfied with that anwser as my animals are treated and I have replaced all the carpeting.

  9. Cimex82

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    Alberta Has Bugs,

    Hopefully we'll get an update from BugsSkeeveMe. In the meantime do you still have samples of the black specs? You may want to get a DNA bed bug test done. I know Pet Care Laboratory in Texas does it. I took some swabs, mailed them and I waiting for results. If you do, please let me know what you discover. Hope this helps!

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    I've also read other theories/speculation that there might be some sort of mite that bb's leave behind that is new to human knowledge.

    Absolutely, no truth to the statement.

    Did you get your results from the samples the PCO collected? Did you determine what the black specks in the climb ups were?

    Yes, I'd be interested, too, or I would be willing to look at any samples if there are others.

    Professional entomologist/arachnologist. I consult on all matters dealing with insects and arachnids, including those of natural history and biology to pest management and forensic entomology investigations.
  11. BugsSkeeveMe

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    Sorry it took me so long to get back here fellow victims. The black specks turned out to be nothing that that could be identified. After ending up back int he ER it was suggested that maybe my furniture was overtreated during the poor chemical treatment I received from Orkin. Since I had lost so much already I deicded to throw the couches away and see if that was it, and it was. I was have a reaction to the chemicals that was used on my furntiure that was causing my bites to reappear. If your new mystrey bites are appearing in places that you know you have had bites before maybe this is the case for you. I even went throught he process of having several bites biopsied and they determinted that these were allergic reactions, they would contain something different if they were the intial bites. Every once in while my bites will appear again in the exact same spots, it could be becuase my carpets were over treated too.

    I am moving out of this house in a few weeks, not becuase of the bed bugs, just because its time. I feel like the house is BB clean still and hope that in the new place I will be totally free of the chemicals that were used.

    I hope this was helpful.

  12. dmaree

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    Posted 5 years ago
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    Thanks so much for telling your thermal treatment/later bites story..........allergic reaction makes so much sense.......I was immediately allergic to the chemicals used in my BB exxtermination....red skin, respiratory problems.....eye redness/black circles...........sooooo upsetting. a year after the first bites appeared and almost a year after the chemical treatment, the bugs are back.......I was just going to use the same exterminator again because I didn't think there were other options, but the thermal one sounds like a real possibility......


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