please god let these be mosquito bites(6 posts)
so i'm not new to bedbugs. had them in the fall of last year when i first moved to nyc. fought with the landlord many times, determined moving out and breaking my lease was my best option, and got out of dodge. before i moved out, i used bed bugs and beyond to vikane my things and move them to my new little studio in manhattan. (how effective this was is questionable but that's another story)
that was november/december.
thought i was bug free until back in may when i woke up one morning with 3 bites on my calf. i called the building manager immediately and after several days of waiting, they sent someone to come inspect. the guy checked out my mattress, box spring, and couch and concluded that i didn't have them. my gut told me they were there, but it didn't happen again so i've ignored it.
this past weekend i saw a mosquito in my apartment right as i was about to go to sleep. i tried to swat it, missed it, and the mosquito flew too high for me to reach it again so i just went to sleep. i haven't seen the mosquito since, but i woke up 2 days later (yesterday morning) with 10 bites on various places on my body. 4 on my left foot, 1 on my left ankle, 3 on my right arm, 2 on my right calf. then i woke up this morning with 7 more bites, 2 more on my left foot, 1 on my chest, 2 on my right ankle, and 2 on my left calf. i found 2 specks of blood on my sheets this morning (i think) that were not there last night, but no cast skins or anything else of the like.
so my questions are:
can a mosquito biting me result in little specks of blood on my bed?
can one mosquito bite this many times?
do bedbugs typically bite this many times after lying dormant for so long?
when i previously had bedbugs, the bites were usually in 3's, in the same general area of my body and would occur every 2 weeks or so. is it likely that they would bite all over like this 2 nights in a row?
at this point i'm confusing my intuition with my huge paranoia of having them again. and i'm really on the verge of a nervous breakdown--already had a panic attack this afternoon. life's hard enough without these stupid bugs.
answers to any of these questions are truly appreciated. thanks in advance.
"Please god let these be mosquito bites" words probably never spoken by malaria or assorted encephalitis victims. Just trying to keep perspective. What you describe certainly could be mosquitoes, quite often the obvious is the answer, a manipulation of O'lcams razor theory and such. Instead of blogging search the mattress and box spring and frame, turn the dam thing over and above all figure out how the mosquitoes are getting in and stop them. Then see if the bites stop!
i'm not trying to put anyone off here..i was just looking for answers regarding the behavior of these creatures and figured this would be the best place to ask. i know bedbugs aren't the end of the world and having them is certainly better than having malaria, etc. all i'm asking is if it's possible or more likely mosquitos could be the culprit, as mosquito bites are almost definitely going to be easier on both my wallet and emotional state.
and btw, i've scoped out as much of my bed as possible today, but as i am a small-ish female and live alone, it's not exactly easy for me to inspect the entire thing by myself, or at least as thoroughly as necessary. a friend is coming over tomorrow night to help me inspect.
sorry for bothering.
Sorry its been a long day and the title just invited trouble on a long hot day but it was meant in good spirit and informative. Good luck with your search.
For the past a few weeks I started to suddenly get bitten many times a day, and still haven't found 1 bed bug yet. These a few days, I'm reading and thinking that maybe it's the carpet beetle larvae hairs that caused all the allergy reactions. Search for that and see if it fits your situation.
I don't remember mosquitos bit me that many times a night, unless there're many of them. And I've not confirmed that I've ever been bitten by a bed bug, yet, so I still don't know.
I had same experience...thought they were mosquito bites...looked and felt like them...then the bites increased in number. Fast. Thing is, how does a mosquito get under your sheets to bite at night, if you are waking up with them (that is a big if, a differentiating factor in identifying these, I believe)...by the time I realized these were bed bugs, they had already grown in number quite a bit. Unless you are out doors camping and are surrounded by mosquitoes, and almost see one biting you...I hate to say it, but chances are, they are not mosquitoes. Especially if you are waking up with them, and if they are places under your covers, like legs, feet, ankles etc. where a mosquito could not possibly access and bite several times. If you are getting series of bites, in differing sizes, and if they appear overnight and reduce in swelling/itching as the day goes on, it seems like they are pretty much bed bugs. I found out the hard way. Just now accepting the reality of what it is. Animal Planet special on right now about bed bugs...15 million new cases reported last year alone, accdg to the special. Maybe part of it is accepting it, realizing it's not cancer and trying to move forward. That's what I am trying to do at least...otherwise, you pretty much lose your mind. :/
Best of luck.
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