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Could bed bug bites seem different on the same person second time around?

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  1. Sammy

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    Posted 9 months ago
    Thu Aug 10 2017 20:56:41

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    A number of years ago (about 7) I had a bed bug infestation while living abroad. It was hellish, took me quite a while to identify, but was ultimately dealt with, though very costly. At the time, the bites I had were truly awful - large, raised welts, all over my body. I thought I was losing my mind.

    Many years on and I now live in Ireland, and a week or so ago I started noticing a few bites on my legs. They looked like mosquito bites, and they weren't as severe as my previous bed bug bites, but there aren't mosquitos here at this time. I assumed it was another small summer bug, but as the week has gone on, I've been getting more and more - showing up as individual bites. I realised tonight some of them are much smaller, and in patterns - my memory from my last bed bug infestation is that the nymphs produced smaller bites. I have two by my ankles, and two above my knees.

    My husband stayed in an airbnb three weeks ago: he has noticed no bites, and I've seen no signs on our bed. I may be paranoid, but my mind has now turned to bed bugs - however, I don't know if the bites would seem different on me. If I got the same kind of bite as I had before, I would assume bed bugs instantly: but while there are incredibly itchy I don't have the raised welts.

    Could the bites be showing differently on me this time? Is this bed bug survivor paranoia? Or have I missed a chance to get in early? What should I do now? It seems premature to call in pest control without any proof.

  2. Nobugsonme

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    Posted 9 months ago
    Fri Aug 11 2017 1:19:42

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    It's possible, but there are other possible non-bed bug causes. And skin reactions are not a reliable way to determine if you have bed bugs.

    Bites on legs can also commonly be fleas. We have a flea FAQ here with a DIY trap idea. You don't need a pet to have fleas at home or get bitten by them outside.

    If not fleas, consider having a professional inspect for bed bugs (and insist on seeing visual evidence before treatment-- consider posting a photo here for verification!)

    If not fleas or bed bugs, consider seeing a dermatologist to explore other possibilities.

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."

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