I need your advice, i'm going crazy(8 posts)
Hello to all.
I feel so releaved that I found a forum like this, and that I saw that many people have/had this annoying insect as a pet in their room. The last days, I was feeling so unlucky, like being cursed, and I didn't have any idea that bed bugs live in the year 2011!
Anyway.. I live in a city in Greece. Last year I had some bites in my fingers, I looked for it in the net, had thoughts that it would be a bed bug, went to the doctor, he confirmed the bed bug, but I never saw any bed bug in my bed, or anywhere in my bedroom... I had a terrible itching, the spot was swollen, I couldn't sleep at night cause I thought things were walking on my body... Ok, the bites went away after a week and I never thought about them, until last week.
Bites in my feet and toes, swollen, there are 3 of them in a row, they seem like mosquito bites, but the itching is beyond my tolerance. And in my finger. I live with this situation 2 weeks, I tried a simple gel for bites, yesterday I bought a corticoid cream. But the major problem is that I can't identify if it is a bed bug. I am looking everynight and I can't find anything... Is there a possibility to have only a couple of bed bugs and not an entire army?
Also, could I post some photos of my bites so you can tell me if they look like a bed bug?
I would also like to mention that I live next to the garden, in the ground floor, and that I have my dog in the garden, I don't think he has some kind of insect, he doesn't seem to scratch himself..
Hi M. It's difficult or impossible (even for doctors) to determine from a "bite" if it was caused by bed bugs or when/where it took place.
If you suspect bed bugs in your home, you need to inspect for bugs, fecal (ka-ka) traces, eggs or cast skins. This site has excellent FAQ and Resource guides (like this one, but note that this is for the USA and chemicals in your country may be different)that can help you to do that. Also, if there are pest control professionals in your area who are reputable in this area and are known for their ability to inspect (not just spray and bill), you might consider a consultation.
I hope that we can help.
Cilecto, thanks for the immediate response. I tried to take photos, but they seemed worthless, you can't really tell anything from a photo. What I can only tell is that that the swollen bites are very hard, is this a usual symptom?
I really can't find any trace of them. I even looked inside my quilt, nothing found...
I'll try to find any advices from the other topics on how I can detect them.
The fact that you got 3 in a row seems suspicious to me.
I am also battling through an infestation right now, and I know it's no fun. I advise you to devote as much free time as you have to dealing with this, monitoring and first finding out if they are indeed BBs, as sleep is a priceless thing for mental and general well-being.
You spend around 1/3 of your life on your bed !
Do you think that a thorough cleaning of my house will help the situation? I had exams the last 2 months, so I didn't have time to clean at all, there's so much dust in my bedroom, when I looked under my bed I freaked out and I thought that it would have been anything.
What annoys me the most is that I can't find those little monsters.
I'll go at a special hospital for skin diseases tomorrow. I'll let you know..
( today I slept at 8 in the morning and woke up at 12 feeling so bad, good sleep is indeed very important..)
> Do you think that a thorough cleaning of my house will help the situation?
I think you'd have a better time if you read the FAQ and the guide that I posted above. A thorough cleaning might help you find any bugs, but (if you do, in fact have bed bugs) it might also spread them around your home if you don't take certain precautions.
I'm back, just to let you know what happened with my mysterious bites.. (sorry if I get off-topic).
I went to the special hospital for skin diseases, the doctor said that we cannot determine if these bites are from a bed bug...He said I should calm down, he gave me some allergy pills for the itching, and a cream. he just adviced me to clean my house with clorine..
Anyway, my uncle sprayed all the corners of my house with a medicine that is against all kinds of insects, we cleaned thoroughly, we looked for bedbugs on the matress or on the woods that the matress is on (I don't remember the word now), we didn't find anything. To be honest I was praying to be a bedbug my problem, just because I wanted an answer..
Cilecto, sorry, I hadn't seen the part with the FAQ the first time you replied to me, I was reading in a hurry, thanks, i read it later, it was very helpfull.
I hope I'll never need to join your company, this forum was very helpfull though and thank you all.
Chlorine will not solve an infestation. It may kill visible bugs, but so will soap and other cleansers, which are more gentle on you and your surfaces.
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