frustrated with bites from nowhere(3 posts)
I am having bugs problem for a year. I can't find bed bugs dead or alive, I mean I can't SEE them but still I have bites. I got the professional treatment twice but it persists. Sometimes even immediately after shower I get the bites. I mean I see my shoulder gets red, inflames and itches with no sign of any crawling bug right after the shower when I suspect it happens least. or sometimes when I'm just sitting and watching tv I feel an itch on my face, I immediately go and check in the mirror, there is nothing crawling on my skin, but it starts getting red and inflames. Where are they and why can't I detect them except from the bites? why the treatment hasn't worked?
Bedbug bites and some other allergic responses can be delayed. So please keep in mind the welts/bite marks you are finding is likely occurring hours or days after the bite or allergen that caused them.
I am not an expert, but I think if you've had bedbugs for a year, you certainly would have at least found some evidence or even seen live bugs by now. They multiply very quickly. Are you looking for evidence - black fecal spots & cast skins? Often if you can't find the bugs, you will eventually find evidence of them.
You said you received two treatments. Did the PCO find evidence and show it to you or did they just treat because you had bites?
Unfortunately there are many other things that can cause bites and bite-like allergic responses. People have reported finding their problem was caused by something else such as mites or an allergic response to the fine hairs shed by carpet beetles - all of them were sure they had bedbugs and it turned out to be something else. That's why it's so important to have a professional positively identify your problem. Treating without positive identification from a reputable PCO can be expensive and cause months of emotional stress without resolving the problem. I suspect this is what has happened in your case.
Please do read the FAQs so you know what to look for. If you find evidence, post it on the forum in a thread asking professionals to identify. It may also be helpful to invest in passive monitors, which can be good tools to assist you in collecting evidence. You may also want to research PCOs in your area and find one who will do a thorough inspection, which could identify bedbugs or another pest that's causing your reaction, or rule out those causes. It may also be a good idea to see your doctor. While a doctor won't be able to identify what is biting you, he or she may be able to tell you whether your reaction is a bite or perhaps another skin condition or allergic response.
Thanks for your reply.
Regarding your questions, yes I have frequently checked my mattress, up and down and surroundings. I remember seeing two alive and one dead bug during last year. I asked for treatment because of bites. they checked and found no visible evidence. even a glue-trap didn't catch any. yet I receive bites daily. too bad!
It might also be something else as you suggested. How can I confirm that? I'm not seeing anything. are mites or any other insect can be invisible to human eyes?
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