Does this sound like a problem?(2 posts)
Maybe two weeks before christmas my boyfriend and I started getting some bites. We had recently brought some winter stuff in from the attic & thought it might be spiders. I don't know how many days or how many bites...we weren't really aware that anything might be wrong. We got enough bites to be annoying, but not enough to alarm us.
We were away for about 10 days at Christmas.
Came back, immediately started getting bites. Maybe 2-3 each, each a day for about a week. Most of them were single and did not have a three pattern, but a few did. We started to worry. We do travel a lot and had traveled at thanksgiving.
We started researching bed bugs, mites, fleas, etc. and started looking for signs. Didn't see any signs of anything. We're clean people, not a lot of clutter either.
Bought a mattress cover. Ordered a steamer. Put mattress cover on immediately. No bites.
When the steamer came, we tore the place up. Baseboards, outlets, closets, went over the mattress...no signs of anything. Found a silverfish in a phone jack and a few small black bugs that were too small to identify on the bathroom window. Since then I have also found one thing in the kitchen which was absolutely a cockroach nymph. This is currently all saved in a bag :-). Steamed baseboards. Put tape over them. Steamed everything. Found out the mattress cover had a small hole in it. It was black around the hole. Looked like ink. HA! A sign. Got bit a LOT that night. Maybe 6-7 bites each. (including one or two between us that were three bites in a line)
That was two weeks ago. I have not been bitten since. Boyfriend thinks maybe he got one bite.
Still, no more signs of anything. When I changed the mattress cover last night (bought a new one). I completely resteamed everything. I also put very small (like who knows if even works, I can't freaking see it small) amounts of DE in certain places and would like to untape our baseboards, steam and DE there. (I steamed before I taped.)
So what do I have? What do I need to do? How fast can "it" spread if we are not being bitten? Was taping the baseboards a good thing to do or a bad thing to do? Can not afford to call exterminator, especially if we don't even really have a problem. We'd have to take out a loan.
Welcome, you might have BB at home or you might be having delayed reactions to BB bites received elsewhere, or it's any of the many other irritants that people mistake for BB. here's a great guide that will help you to better understand BB and empower you as a BB fighter. It's long, but worth it. http://www.michigan.gov/documents/emergingdiseases/Bed_Bug_Manual_v1_full_reduce_326605_7.pdf
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