I Might Have Bed Bugs..Sheet!(2 posts)
I moved into a real nice apartment about 6 weeks ago, I am the only human occupying the apartment, and I have no pets.
At my last place of residence, most of my clothes were stored in either plastic bags or my clothes that were on hangers were hanging from sort of a clothing amour??? that had a zipper on it. Those clothes are now hanging in a closet that has been bombed once before I moved in and again about 3 weeks afterward.
I never experienced any itching or bites that were real close together followed by itching until about 5 weeks ago. And to be real objective, I cannot tell for sure if I brought something with me into this real nice apartment, or if possibly I had something in the car, or if possibly whatever is biting me and causing me to itch was in the apartment before i moved in.
Another factor, is that I have no furniture, so I sleep on a white sheet in the living room and use a light blue comforter on top of me for warmth.
My landlord is a great guy and he even brought up the subject of bedbugs before I moved in.
Like I said, I told the landlord about getting bit by something twice...once about a week after I moved in my arm was itching really bad and when I scratched it, and then looked at it, I had 2 open sores about an inch apart, one of which seemed to itch. (He had it bombed before I moved in) so he had the company come back and this guy sprayed my bedroom and the bedroom closet real good, where the clothes that I could not wash, like suits, and coats were hanging.This was about was about 2 weeks after I moved in.
The same company came out again and sprayed about 2 weeks ago to honor the 30 day guarantee, as I called my landlord a second time about this issue.
Anyway, it appears that I am still getting bitten by something, which sometimes leaves marks. Sometimes I feel like tincy critters are crawling on me. Sometimes I feel like something real small is biting me and yet I know bbs don't have teeth. Sometimes I itch real bad and if I can look at the area, most of the time I see what looks likes 2-3-5 small pink pimples or bites.
I have been online reading and looking at photes of bbs and bbs' bites.
I did kill 1 silverfish about 2 weeks ago.
The only other thing I have sited was 2 days ago i spotted a real small red speck on my white sheet, and when i took my finger and ran it over the very small red speck, it broke and turned into a small smear on the sheet less than a 1/4" long.
I have purchesed 'Hot Shot', a flea and bb killer and sprayed my sleeping area at least twice (and also sprayed my car at least 3x) and also sprayed my sleeping area with a lavender spray one might use in the bathroom. I have also purchased peppermint oil and rosemary oil, which bbs detest and put several drops in water and either rub on my body after I shower and/or spray on my clothes with a spray bottle.
Any info is appreciated.
I will spend alot of time on this site til I get rid of them. I would buy the $300 steamer and/or I might buy a package for $125 which includes diatonateous earth???, however I don't have much of an income right now. I am thinking about buying more 'Hot Shot" at Target for $6-7.
Curious, you said your landlord had your place "bombed" before you moved in, sprayed twice since you've moved in, and that the landlord even brought up the subject of bedbugs before you moved in.
Couple questions for you:
Did the landlord tell you the apartment had been previously treated specifically for bedbugs? Do you know what chemicals were used in the bomb that was used in the apartment before you moved in?
When the PCO came to spray after you moved in, did he do an inspection first and confirm bed bugs before spraying? Do you know what chemicals were used in the two sprays that happened since you moved in? From what I understand some treatments and bombs can make bed bug problems worse so it would seem important to be sure the PCO is treating for a confirmed problem. (please others with expertise or more knowledge weigh in here.)
Also, you mentioned that in your last place of residence your clothes were stored in plastic and that you have no furniture. Did you have a confirmed bed bug infestation in your last place?
I'm not experienced enough to give you specific advice aside from reading thoroughly through the FAQs on this site. Also it seems that some people keep some sticky tape on hand (especially near where they sleep) to capture live bugs or cast skins for examination or ID without damaging them. If you find something, you can post it on this site for ID (close up photo or scanner seems to work best).
Good luck to you. I'm so sorry you're going through this.
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