Good news & Bad news(13 posts)
Hmm good news is always a great place to begin with.
The Good news is I woke up yesterday and today with one bite on my face. Sadly, that is the good news. After not reacting to bites for 6 months, I suddenly started reacting again. Maybe I'm only sensitive on my face. Who knows. I'm just glad I know a bug bit me instead of wondering every day.
The Bad news is I woke up yesterday and today with one bite on my face. It's been 3 weeks since our 3rd treatment and 3 weeks since our last BB encounter. Did this bug come from outside or simply managed to avoid coming in contact with the residual. Perhaps it's resistant to the spray. Again, who knows?
I found it on the wall this morning. I watched it for a bit to see where it was crawling back to but instead, it did not move. I then caught it in packing tape to show the PCO. I can't tell if it's an adult or not. I think it's a little too small to be an adult but then again, the older stages look so similar that it's hard to tell.
So I'm retracing my steps and trying to figure out where this sucker could have come from. Up until now, the hiding place of choice has been in crevices behind the wall molding/baseboards. What did I do differently this weekend?
Scenario 1: I spent a lot of time on an air mattress in the living room watching old seasons of Survivor (nerd, what can I say?) The air mattress was near the wall so it's possible one crawled out, onto me, then bit me in bed.
Scenario 2: My niece and nephew brought one back with them after visiting their dad. That's a whole mess in and of itself. UGH
Scenario 3: I emptied out my hamper, which, due to lack of space, I keep in my bedroom, and sorted clothes to wash. There were 4 piles of clothes on the floor separated by color. Anyway, it's possible a bug was at the bottom of the hamper and by emptying it, I released it to run free.
Scenario 4: An egg[s] hatched after treatment 3 weeks ago. This all depends on how long it takes for bugs to graduate stages. This one was near adulthood so I feel this scenario is the least likely.
I called my landlord this morning and am waiting for a call back. I can't shake this feeling of dread and shame although he has been cooperative throughout the whole process. Cooperative but not supportive. Anyway, that's the new chapter in this seemingly endless saga.
Sorry to hear about this.
I can confirm that it is unlikely to be scenario 4 as bed bugs under optimal conditions take between 6 and 8 weeks to go from hatching to adult.
I would favor an external source rather than the other listed options. It is however the hardest to get a handle on.
Good luck hunting and remember it could be worse, you could have woken up with a whole bunch of them running around.
Thanks for shedding some light on this David.
I spoke with LL and he feels they are traveling from outside since it has been 3 weeks since any activity. Their dad has not found signs of BBs at all in his house so we don't know what to think. I believe it's possible he has them but does not know it. Can you say nightmare?
I wish I could say for sure where yours are coming from, but I can tell you this about my building - they are in the wall - MAJOR!
The first PCO drilled holes in the walls & sprayed dust in the holes & then banged on the walls & the nasty things were suddenly showing up on the walls - yuck! They weren't rushing out of the walls in droves (in case I made is sound like that), but it was clear that the interior of the walls is the real problem. Maybe you can talk to the PCO about it, so see if they have some way check or treat in the walls.
Everytime my LL sprays (with the 2nd PCO - that doesn't know bedbugs), the bugs go away for a few weeks & when the chemicals wear off they come back. I think our PCO is just driving them into the walls until the chemicals wear off.
I'm so sorry you are still seeing them. I'm not surprised at your anger, I feel angry for you. It's infuriating!!!
hmmmm.... I think I'm having flashbacks or something, because the post above mine just totally changed (& now part of my comment makes no sense).
trippy..... I think I need a nap - LOL
haha I edited :-p
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PCO is coming again on December 4, making it 4 treatments exactly one month apart.
For now I will be more strict with the kids' belongings after visiting dad. I will also tell their dad to look again for signs.
Do you think I was bit both nights by the same bug or is that highly unlikely? I hear myself asking the classic denial question: Could it be just one?
4th treatment today. My sister says they sent 2 guys this time. She also said they completely foamed the rooms and left cans of bedlam for us to use. Call me crazy but I don't think this will work. I am feeling pretty sick of this whole nonsense. If only i had more $$ . . .
What are they treating with besides leaving you Bedlam? I have not seen anything that foams that was applied here. I certainly hope this treatment does it for you, it seems I keep hearing that 3 to 5 treatments is the norm. I had my 4th treatment yesterday, it was only the bedrooms this time.
May this be both of ours last treatment..
I hope so Bitten!!! Good luck I'm afraid to face my LL after this to say I need a 5th treatment. eeeek
I notice a trend. After treatments, bugs "disappear" for a few weeks then reappear. I haven't posted in a while because I have no good news to update. We just found another on Christmas after not seeing one in 3 weeks/3 weeks since last treatment. I seriously think we're bringing them in from outside. There has been so much going on in my life that I've been slacking on bed bug proofing my home. I still don't have visitors over but as far as isolating bed and frequent laundry, I'm seriously slipping. I wonder if this will ever end. I don't really want to talk about it, just wanted to update in case anyone was wondering.
Happy holidays everyone and here's to a better year. *!~2009~!*
Marixpress, sorry to hear about your problems. I'm in the same boat -- still struggling after 5 months. We've had 10 treatments. TEN!! It feels like insanity.
But I don't think I'm bringing them from an outside source. I'm certain they are in the wall or coming up through the pipes. Is it possible this is happening with you? It just seems unlikely that you are dragging in bugs every three weeks.
I am starting to slip on some of the protocols also. I have no problem keeping up with the bagging/cleaning of clothing, instead it's the shoes (winter boots) and my purse. Long term, I don't think the protocols are sustainable.
Happy Holidays to you, too!!
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