being bit-never found the bugs!(3 posts)
Going nuts... found my first 3 bites on Sept 15, 2009, on my rib cage...few days later had 7 bites going down my stomach. For the following 2 weeks, I'd randomly get bit on my stomach, breasts or shoulders every few days-all places always covered while sleeping. Finally called Orkin after finding out a friend had been at our house in July-Sept and he had bed bugs (thanks for not telling us!).
Orkin sprayed the first time on Oct 6th. Started getting bit again on Oct 12th. Then Orkin came and did a 2nd spray on Oct 14th. I thought I was in the clear...then I realized bites on my stomach on Oct 22nd while in the shower. Truly going nuts. We've taken our couch to the dump, encased all beds and boxsprings. Orkin is returning on Mon (Nov 2nd) for our last spray. We have spent $400 to Orkin (living room, and 3 bedrooms done...I wasn't chancing anything and had every room sprayed) and have spent over $250 on encasements.
Here's our biggest issue: we've NEVER found a single bug. The Orkin investigator found black spots on the underside of our boxspring, and claimed those to be fecal matter (though it sits where the frame is and the frame is black...). It's a brand new kingsize bed that we purchased in Feb, with no headboard, just sits on a metal frame. We've never found eggs, or skin shedding.
I have washed and bagged all of our clothing and belongings. I found these zippered bags at walmart for $5.24 and they fit a TON of clothes in them:
This bag is very similar to the ones we have.
Here are my concerns:
*I adopted a kitten from a shelter on Sept 11th (days before being bit) took him to the vet, and $90 later they said he is completely free of any mites, parasites, fleas, etc.
*I am the only person being bit, possibly on the couch and the bed...
*I've been bit numerous times on the stomach and breasts. Few bites on back, and one on thigh. All bites itch, and have left scars (even the first ones from 6 weeks ago)
*We've caulked EVERYTHING-cracks, crevices, baseboards, etc...
*We do not have carpet, the entire house is ceramic tile, so they cannot be living in the carpet
*We have electric baseboard heaters along most walls in the house...father and boyfriend claim they are metal and get too hot for the bugs to survive...took 3 off today and did not find anything, so we are not checking the rest of the rooms
*Could the bugs be in our electronics?
I apologize for the long post, but I am going nuts. I am just thankful that I am out of work and able to do the necessary bagging and disposing of things. We had a lot of our belongings bagged up on the kitchen table, and our stupid kitten climbed up the bag and ripped holes in it. I caught it, but who knows how long it could have went exposed. I taped the tears... again, these are trash bags with our belongings that cannot be steamed, sprayed, or dried, and are going to sit in there until we inspect.
Any thoughts, suggestions, or anything really to help me sleep at night would be great
Your story is so very very familiar.
Hope things have gotten better for you. You seemed pretty distraught, then we didn't hear from you again.
PCO' s should never spray in a situation like this without solid prof of the problem at hand . It drives me nuts to hear these stories of people who spend hundreds of dollars and count less hours of prep assuming its BB without any prof . Early detection is important with BB but we should never start treatment with some solid prof a casting, eggs , bed bugs , something !
bugged if you get the chance please let us know how this turns out for you .
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