mice mites and bed bugs - anyone else?(3 posts)
So here is my wonderful itchy story:
Back in August I woke up one morning with small itchy bumps on my lower torso and which seemed to develop down my legs and hips. There was no pattern to the bumps and my boyfriend who had slept over that night had nothing on him. I suspected I may have had an allergic reaction as I later found out that I'm pretty much allergic to everything. Later that week I got up one day from the carpet and an area of my back that was exposed suddenly became very itchy and erupted in the same bumps. Admittedly I probably hadn't cleaned my apartment for awhile so I went a little crazy and cleaned and washed everything. Since then, for months I would occasionally get an individual "bite" usually on my feet, ankles, knees, and recently my upper arms.
I've had allergy tests and the only thing I wasn't allergic to on the list was dog hair. When I get mosquito bites they instantly turn into painful welts nearly an inch and a half across. I react pretty much instantly so bug bites and allergens so I'm fairly certain of when they occur.
I have scoured my place for bed bugs, slept with makeshift tape and vaseline barriers around my bed and found nothing. No dead bugs, molts, blood stains, eggs, nothing. I have found booklice, carpet beetles, and a zoo of spiders.
HOWEVER. I live in the basement of an old house and we do have MICE and they've come very close to the vicinity of my bed. I've found their droppings and they're in all the other areas of the house. My landlord has been trying to fight them off for sometime....
I'm wondering if maybe my "bites" are caused by mites carried by mice? I live in Canada - I don't know if that's typical of a northern climate, but then mice love to come inside in the winter. The itchy bumps themselves sometimes look like a small mosquito bite, sometimes look like they have a tiny blister in the center... interestingly, the lower they appear on my body the more blistery the look and the more likely they are to break, scab or weep. On my arms they have more of a standard mosquito bite appearance and last night was the first night I woke up at 5am to find a few on my arm in an arc. I pretty much exclusively get these on the right side of my body, which I believe is the side I favour when I sleep.
I'm so frustrated and confused at this invisible fiend. Help?
I cant believe noone has answered your post.
I think you have a very good point.
About the mice and the mites that they harbour.
I live in London and so do, unfortunately, a lot of mice.
And I means LOTS.
And share the same postcode as me.
Walt Disney always portrays any rodent related cartoon as living in Victorian era dwellings.
So do I.
And although I do my utmost to encourage them to go back to Hollywood they prefer to stay as there is no NHS or income support over there.
But more probably they want to stay as far from the Alleycats as possible.
So I got my own alley cat.
Or my downstairs neighbour has.
So now no meeses biting me to pieces.
(Their bugs, I mean)
Its called Nature.
Trouble is bedbugs are a part of nature.
I have changed one form of Wildlife for another.
Maybe mice eat bedbugs?
I heard spiders do though people say all sorts of strange things on the web.
There's a link somewhere there.
Seriously I think you might have the same problem as wot I did.
And they were jumping up and down my leg as I used to type at this very desk.
But no more.
The cat saw to that.
Do you have a cat in your hat?
Or borrow one for a few days?
Seriously micenmites I think you hit your problem spot on in my amateur opinion but if they are jumpy up and downy on your legs type of feeling that IS mice mites.
The bites I am not so sure about and I shouldnt venture an opinion.
But it sounds pretty much like that.
BTW I envy you as I would LOVE to live in Canada.
Hope you Ok and sorted out what it is during those last 3 weeks.
So I actually ended up going away for a week with friends and the place we stayed at DID have bedbugs and I got eaten alive. The bites were nothing like what I got at home. Instead they were large, some flat, some raised red circles in clusters and rows. I had to sterilize everything when I got home. I felt like I had the chicken pox and some are STILL itchy two weeks later! Whereas what I've experienced at home tends to last from a few hours to a few days.
Anyway I'm convinced I don't have bed bugs... more and more convinced that it's mites or an allergic response.
I hope, perhaps this experience can help someone else in a similar situation.
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