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  1. Sraus

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    Hi, I know I have posted here in the past with the possibility that I had bed bugs, and now it seems a little more than just a possibility. Below is my story and thoughts/experiences I would like to hear my anyone else in this same situation or experienced the same as me.
    Around September 2016 I started waking up with really itchy skin all over my body and the odd red spot/bite looking spot between my shoulder blades on my back and on my hand. At the time my first thought was bed bugs, but saw no evidence anywhere. So brushed it as possible hormonal changes as I had just given up breast feeding and also possible stress as a first time mum and being back at my stressful job. The itching would not stop so I went and saw an allergist/immunologist who said the spots appeared to be foliculitis (infected hair follicles). The spots were quite itchy too. He also sent me for a blood test but nothing out of the ordinary came back on the results. As summer approached (I am in Australia) we were going to the beach a bit and later afternoon too when the mozzies and sandflies love to bite. One day after going to the beach my partner woke up with an uneven line of dark red spots behind both his knees and in the folds of both his elbows. Could have been from the beach but he was so tired that he slept on the bare mattress that night and did not give me a chance to put clean sheets on. In December of that year (2016) I decided to call in a pest control to my mind at ease and confirm whether or not it was BB. He inspected my daughters cot, my bed, carpet where it meets the walls, loungeroom, spare room etc. And said there was no evidence of BB, however I did notice what appeared to be bookblice I think and I showed them to the pest control man who had no idea what they were, which makes me think he would not know what a BB nymph looked like if he saw one. He did treat the cot and carpet edges, but nothing else, including my bed.
    Throughout the year of 2017, once summer had passed, my partner did not really have any other visible bites/red spots and I had a couple come up every couple of weeks on my chest, neck and torso, some itchy and some not. Not really bite appearance though, but more like little pimples but some were in straight lines of 3. And once a line of super itchy bites around my ankle bone, to the point I woke up and one of them was bleeding as if it was really freshly bitten.
    Now that the hot weather is back December 2017/January 2018, as well as some seriously humid days, my partner has again been waking up with up with bites, this time on one of his elbow a straight line of 3 and last night I noticed a cluster or 4 on one of his shoulder blades. He has been sleeping in our bed, as he never believed me and thinks I am crazy, whereas I have taken to the couch as I am too paranoid to sleep in our bed. I have also noticed some blood stains on our sheets (coincidently he had a bleeding spot on one of his ankles and I had a cut on my heal which could be the culprit but not sure).
    Now last night I also noticed a newish backpack (which I never put in the bedroom) had small transparent bugs running around the seems, the zippers and inside the front pocket up in the corner. I could not take any photos as they were fast and I eas squashing all the ones I saw. These bugs were about 1-2m length and about 1mm in width and were a yellowy clear colour with a tiny dark line down the centre inside the body. I sprayed the bag with bug spray and then washed it in hot water and put it in the dryer, so hophopefullyfully I dont have to throw it out. Sorry for my long post, but I thought it best to explain everything I can recall. Also in all this time I have never found any castings.
    My questions are:
    • How long do nymphs live (if that is what we have)
    • Do BB's hibernate in winter and cooler weather?
    • Are BB's more active and breed more in summer/warmer weather?
    • Is it possible to have a nymph infestation without the adult bugs?
    • Am I crazy and could it be other insects bites or does this sound like the characteristics of BB's?

    I am also going to call another pest control person out as soon as possible. Anyone from Sydney Australia know any pest control companies that specialise in BB's.

    Thank you for any advice.

  2. bugged-cdn

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    Posted 3 months ago
    Wed Jan 10 2018 21:06:32
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    • Do BB's hibernate in winter and cooler weather?
    if there is a food source, they will feed.

    • Is it possible to have a nymph infestation without the adult bugs?
    if there is a food source, they will feed and move on to the next life stage.

  3. Sraus

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    Posted 3 months ago
    Wed Jan 10 2018 22:50:14
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    Thanks bugged-cdn for your reply.
    Is it possible then that there appears to be less bites during winter as we are wearing more clothes?
    I have read online somewhere that they don't need to bite everyday, and will bite around every 10 days? Is this true? And if we did have them for this long would we notice new bites everyday?
    Thanks again.

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    Posted 3 months ago
    Wed Jan 10 2018 23:13:37
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    your best option is to wait for the PCO to check your home but:

    It is impossible to have a BB nymphs only infestation, they must be from hatched eggs. During coldeer weather they reduce activity, so less bites happen.
    The bugs description that you give could be a number of insects, a photo would be needed for proper id.
    good luck with the inspection

    Professional PCO based in Hong Kong specialized in Bed Bugs.
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    Wed Jan 10 2018 23:29:28
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    It really sounds like you need to get someone in your home that knows how to deal with bed bugs. Or at least knows how to identify most bugs that can be found in a home. If you’ve had bb’s for a long time there would definitely be signs that they can identify. Fecal, cast skins, etc.

    Hopefully someone can refer you to a knowledgeable PCO in Australia!

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    Posted 3 months ago
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    Thank you all for your replies. I will definitely try to get a good PCO in to check it out. Praying it is not BB's. But will work to get rid of them if it is the case and try not to go crazy.

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    Posted 3 months ago
    Thu Jan 11 2018 12:00:17
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    It is true that a bed bug will not bite you every day. Once a week, give or take a couple of days. So depending on how many bugs are present (and therefore need to feed, and not all on the same day), you will get bites randomly from each bug as it gets hungry again.

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    Posted 2 months ago
    Mon Jan 22 2018 20:43:45
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    Hi, here is a pic of the tiny bugs I found on one of my bags about 1mm in size. This is the best pic I could get. Not sure if BB nymph or book lice.
    Bug ID https://imgur.com/a/JmjcN


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