I think they're back!(6 posts)
Ok after another bout with denial, I woke up with a classic three bite row and a small blood stain dot on my pillow. I took pictures with my cell phone and want to post them here. However, I really don't want to have to pay $8/mo for imageshack. (If anyone knows of a free image hosting site that is good please feel free to send me a private message).
Now, I searched my mattress and box spring (which are not encased) and I did not find anything. Of course it is a decent size room and it has a rug and furniture. Ugh, I am having flashbacks to when I had my apt. in the city. I think this may be in the beginnings stages and I want to be proactive before it gets out of control.
I'd really like to post these pics, so others can take a look. I am also getting that old feeling back... the feeling that I don't want to fall asleep or go anywhere near my bed.
The problem is that I am staying with family and this is not my own place. They seem not to understand the potential severity of this problem and how life altering it is.
Ok here is a pic of my arm.. it's a little bit fuzzy but I circled it with a pen.
Thanks spidey for your help.
No one can diagnose bed bug bites for certain. The row of three is a tell-tale sign but not proof.
The blood stain suggests you may have been bitten in bed that night.
I'd be a bit concerned. Once set of three bites can signal one bed bug feeding one time.
You can also take some small steps that will help in the event that you brought one bed bug into the home: carefully bag and remove bed linens and wash/dry on hot. Do not move things into and out of your room. And consider asking the others living there if you could inspect their beds. It is not uncommon for someone to have bed bugs not react -- they may have no idea.
If you get one more bite at home -- which may not happen for a week or more -- then I would see about getting a dog in if you can afford it (and NOT just to search your room, either). I suspect you may need to prove to your hosts that a problem exists -- and you may need reinforcement in doing that.
I hate to ask, also, but did you move there from an infested home? You said "reinfestation." If you did flee a bed bug infestation to this place, then the likelihood is higher.
Careful thought should also be given to whether you're being reinfested by some external force: school, work, library, public transit, friend...
That tag may be incorrect. I did live in an infested apt in NYC, but I was bed bug free when I moved for many many months. However, I do travel frequently and did capture a bed bug in a hotel that I was staying at. I fear that I may have picked one or two up this way. Regardless I am starting to get dots on my arms again. I am really hoping that there is some other explanation, e.g. a rash.
Technically it's not a reinfestation since I have moved and there has been a great lapse in time.
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