Help! New but Hopeful in Brooklyn(4 posts)
Just wanted to say hello and to share what I am going through right now. I am trying really hard to keep it together and to continue life as usual but as I am sure everyone here knows, this bed bug thing has become all consuming.
I live in an apartment in Brooklyn and started to experience welts and bites a few weeks ago. No other people in my building have had this problem yet so I assume I brought them in some how. I finally called a PCO - Orkin - and we received our first treatment. He sprayed chemicals and put powder all around our bedroom. I am still getting a few bites and they should be coming back again this Friday (and then the Friday after if still needed). We have laundered, drycleaned and steam cleaned almost everything. We encased our mattress and box spring as suggested by PCO. Our bedroom is in shambles, we removed everything from shelves, closets, dressers, bookcases etc.. so that he could access them and spray. I guess I just want to hear that this is going to go away. I read horror stories of people who dealt with them for a long time and I just really hope that this is not the case for us. Our apartment is VERY small so to have it upended in this way is very disruptive to a normal pattern of living. If I start thinking about the bugs I obsess about the things I should be cleaning or throwing out or something but not sure that all of that is really necessary. I think we caught the problem early on so I am hoping that this goes away after the 2nd or 3rd treatments as promised! What do you think?
It sounds mild .. and should be easy if you only had bites for 1 week before treatment.
Did you confirm an actual bug .. or are you treating based solely on the "bites"?
Hi, thanks so much for your response.
We haven't seen one yet. I did go to the doctor to get an opinion on scabies or skin rashes. About a month ago I got some welts and thought it could have been mosquitos. Then it continued through our december blizzard so I went to the doctor for an opinion. She felt very certain they were insect bites and due to the bed bug epidemic in NYC she felt that this would be the top cause. The PCO was not surprised that we hadn't seen one yet, he said it has been very rare for him to actually see one the first time he comes out....and also that the eggs and babies are tiny. I am hoping we see some dead on the floor because it would make me feel alot better to see them getting killed!!!
Sorry, I mis-read where you said a few weeks, I thought it was 1 week.
Well, treatment without evidence is a hard guess. I have seen your case many times before (people who have treatment without bugs) and only time will tell. Confirmation is done with the proper visual inspection and since your PCO didn't find any during the treatment and you haven't seen anything for a month ... you will never know.
Even with an infestation, you don't always see bugs because often times they die in harborage areas and not just out in the open. If your PCO found these harborage areas he could of told you he found and killed them but its a guessing game for now. I'm not saying that if you have bugs your treatment will fail, but its always best to find bugs and kill them on contact.
Good Luck either way, but I wouldn't continue with treatment solely based on bites or your doctors recommendation. Lets hope its past you soon.
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