Is it possible...(5 posts)
...that I could have gotten bedbugs in a hotel and not have brought them home with me?? I have broken out into around 20+ large, red, swollen bites on my arms and neck and from the pictures, I'm pretty sure they are bedbug bites. I have returned home and just washed all my clothes, sheets and sprayed the house, (mostly because I thought they might be carpenter ant bites at first). In any case, they keep appearing out of nowhere and they itch like crazy, so I'm thinking bedbugs?? Any advice on what helps the itching, when I can expect them to dissipate, and whether or not I have brought them home with me. Also I've searched and searched and there is no trace of them on or around my mattress here...
Sorry to hear about your hotel experience.
How long have you been back home?
Apparently your reaction to bed bugs could begin to show even some days after your exposure. You can do a bit of reading of the posts to find out. But it is conceivably possible that you were bitten at the hotel, came home without bugs and are just now showing a reaction to the bites you got some days ago.
But i'm worried that if you did not suspect bed bugs when you checked out of the hotel, (at least) then you probably didn't check your bags and other belongings to be sure you weren't transporting those little devils.
Yeah...many people don't see bugs for quite some time. That's not unusual. If you suspect that you may have brought them home, maybe one of those bed bug sniffing dogs can help confirm that.
Washing your bed sheets, etc won't really do much to help. The idea is that you have to bring the temperature of the items up to about 120 degrees for an hour to kill the bed bugs, eggs and larvae. So putting your things in a clothes dryer for that length of time and at that temperature will do more to treat your fabric items.
You may want to invest in a PackTite ..look on the webpage here at the top and you'll see it. I love it and use it all the time. Today i picked up my laundry from the laundromat and (because one of the best places to get bed bugs is the laundrymat) i popped the laundered clothes in the packtite and ran it for the requisite time at the requisite temperature and now i KNOW that if there were bugs in there, they and their larvae and eggs would be dead! i love that feeling.
As for itching...try not to start scratching..i'll repeat here (but you can find alot of this information on the posts if you use the search engine)...i found that once i started scratching, the itch got more intense. So when i first realized i had a fresh welt or itchy bump i got immediately in the shower and put the water as hot as i could tolerate. i used my loofah and soap (i love lever) and scrubbed and satisfied my itch with the loofah and hot water rising over the place and my whole body. Do that a couple of time and then towel off (fresh towel) and then once dry use some kind of astringent (i have a special concoction i make with some herbs) but you could use witchhazel or something like that. when that dries by air then i put a mix of a little bit of benadryl cream and neosporin and really rub that into the skin well. That usually soothed me enough for me to get my mind off the itch....and if i refrained from scratching i saw that the welts were not as bad and that i didnot suffer from the itching so much.
you want to search your suit case...look in all the seams and tiny corners. You may want to see a doctor and have a professional exterminator come in to take a look see.
Thanks so much! One problem is I'm living in Guatemala, and I suspect there aren't any bedbug sniffing dogs here. I will take a look in my bags to see if there are any bugs in there...I'm hoping not to wake up with too many more and that they will start to go away soon!! It's just tricky because it's hard to tell whether I am getting new bites from my bed now, or whether the bites from the hotel are just starting to show up now Oh well, I'll figure something out.
p.s. I've been home for about 2 days now and they started showing up yesterday...so the day after my hotel experience?? Is that too soon?
it could be both you got them there and brought them home. Everyone on this board is prone to tell you to treat it as if you have them. but youre right, youve no way to tell.
I would keep careful watch, but start first by isolating the luggage and contents of the luggage. heat that stuff in a dryer or in the hot sun while bagged
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