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Going insane because of these BBs!!(2 posts)
Honestly, I signed up around 10 minutes ago to make this post, as I just discovered this site and was able to calm myself a bit now knowing I'm not alone.
I discovered I had bed bugs about a week ago, and have been trying to find their nest ever since, today I found 3 different ones all in the same mattress. To be honest, this post is more or less something to help cope with my anxiety right now.. Since well, I'm in senior year of my high school year and have found absolutely NO time to clean up the clutter under the bed and in the closet because I've been swamped with university early admission grades and clubs that by the time I get home and finish all the errands, I'm basically dead. I have anxiety already, and I know that I need to deal with these BB's but my family can't afford a new mattress or a PCO. I haven't seen any BB's outside of the mattress, and I've put duct tape over the nests to help keep their numbers from growing TOO MUCH..
So here we go, I need advice, what should I do? I can barely sleep without waking up in the middle of the night subconsciously and I get so paranoid before bed that I wear thick tights, cycling tank, and gloves to sleep. It stopped the biting for awhile but now my neck and collarbone are covered with little red bumps, on top of having severe keratosis pilaris over my arms so now I look like I have a really bad skin disease. Now of which I've now become really self conscious about and have started to put makeup over any bite bumps still on my arm from persistent BB's. I can't find the time, energy, or money to deal with this problem... it's really just draining me out and causing my anxiety levels to rise higher than before. What can I do? Any advice at all? I really just came here because I thought I was the only one going through this and couldn't talk to any of my real life friends about it for fear that they might end up just really grossed out.
It sounds like you have a decent number of bed bugs there and it is likely some of them have spread to other areas. This may be a bigger problem than it seems.
I say that not to alarm you, but because people often think that dealing with the bed is dealing with bed bugs.
If your family is renting, it may be the landlord's responsibility to treat, depending where you live. If that's true, things are likely to be a whole lot easier. You can private message me if you want help figuring that out, so you don't have to post your location.
I'm concerned that it sounds like you're taking this on yourself, when really, the family needs to pull together and sort this out. It should not be a problem that falls on you alone. I hope that's not the case.
Lots of things you do at this stage can make things worse, so be careful not to move things around or drag the mattress anywhere. Start by reading the FAQs and some of the Comprehensive Guides in the Resources page.
Bed bugs are difficult to get rid of. It's essential that everyone's on board and that you get professional, experienced, knowledgeable help if at all possible. If it turns out that's not possible, then the family will need to explore methods for do it yourself eradication. That should not be your first step, but what you do if you have no other options.
At this stage, educating yourself and the adults in your home about bed bugs would probably be the best first step. But you have a lot else on your plate right now. Can you get your family to take this on?
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