If it's not bedbugs, then what could it be?(4 posts)
I've been paranoid for a few days now and I'm totally unsure as to whether I have bedbugs or not. About a week ago I found a bug crawling up my wall (during the day), ti was black and had 6 yellow spots on it's back (3 on each side). I'm fairly sure this isn't a bedbug and that it might actually be a carpet beetle (I live in London, England....are carpet beetles common here?)
Anyway, both me and my girlfriend have been itchy, and I think she's been experiencing it more than me.
I've been checking for signs of bed bugs and haven't found anything: No actual bed bugs (though I know they can be difficult to find), no eggs, no feces (all my black dots look to be fluff and bits of dirt). I'm not discouting Bed bugs as I have read that theycan take weeks/months to find.
Anyway, the itchiness seems to disappate when I wash/dry my bedding but it's still there. What could it be? The bites are raised and are red a couple of CMs around each bite. Could it be dust mites? I know they don't bite but people react to their feces. Could it be scabies? AM I just being paranoid?
Thanks for any help.
Carpet beetles are common enough in the UK. Their larval stage sheds hairs that can be an irritant for some people, rather like the hairs on some caterpillars.
Have you ruled out fleas? If you have a pet that sleeps on your bed now & then, they could have made you an itchy present.
Have you had a look at the FAQs here on how to search for BBs? You need to be slow, thorough & use a strong light. They can hide in mattress piping or in crevices in your bed frame/ slats. The headboard & where it attaches to the bed are worth particular attention, though that's far from the only place they like to live.
I don't have any pets, no, but when I was younger I have two cats that would often bring home fleas about one a year - almost always they were dealt with immediately. I remember flea bites being quite similar though, they would be the same size and redness.
Is it possible to get fleas without having pets?
I have cotton bed sheets, any BB feces should be absorbed into the sheet, right? any black spots on my bed just look like debris and can be easily brushed off with my hand.
Is it p9ossible for bed bugsto lose theirsucker/fangs in your skin?
I haven't seen a bed bug but my bed feels very itchy, I have afeel it might be dust mites. But, anyway, is it possible for bed bugs to lose their sucker/fangs in your skin....kinda like a splinter from wood? I just happened to see something long and skinny on my wrist and it was caught in my skin. It didn't have a bug attached to it and I managed to dislodge it.
I really don't want to have bedbugs because I'm supposed to be saving money for my visa to Canada and the cost of taking care of bedbugs would overwhelm my finances....
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