Intermittent visitors?(2 posts)
My family woke up this morning, and all 4 of us (3 different beds, 2 different rooms) had between 2 and 10 bites - some grouped together, others singly - on back, buttocks, legs and arms. Help!
Two or three times before, spaced months apart, we also woke up to bites. We received a few more in the next day or two, then nothing. Just when I thought it was bed bugs, the bites stopped and were forgotten until the next episode. Each time we have very carefully examined the bed frames, mattresses, bedding, crevices in floors, etc. and not found a thing.
I would have guessed if it was bed bugs that were "feeding successfully", that they would multiply and the problem would get worse. Is this really the case, or could we have a few bed bug visitors that go dormant and pop out from time to time? Also, why would all the bites happen at the same time, even when in two different bedrooms?
Do you have indoor houseplants? The same thing happened to us except it was mainly just me, with my husband reacting a bit later.
This happened briefly last summer (I dismissed the bites then as just a mosquito) and again for a more sustained time this spring. We were worried about bedbugs because our son returned home from an overseas trip in February and he had dealt with them where he lived and worked.
(we took all precautions).
I've posted this elsewhere, but we determined through thorough search and process of elimination that these were gnats (finding gnats emerging from a plant downstairs, finding dead ones on the window sills, etc.) Gnats were laying eggs in the potting soil, then biting us.
We removed the houseplants, and the problem was removed. I've returned the plants indoors since then, but completely changed out the soil and am much more frugal with watering (gnats like moist soil).
Hope that gives you a little bit of hope.
I suppose you COULD have bed bugs, but I'm thinking what you're thinking....if you're getting bites for awhile all at once, but they go away for months at a time with nothing....just doesn't sound like typical bed bug behavior.
Do some more sleuthing and look around for dead gnats in your window sills. Could it possibly also be baby spiders hatching and biting? Not sure. If the problem persists and you can't get to the root of it, make sure to contact a good PCO to come out and find the source.
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