Still Paranoid ... Advice? :/(3 posts)
So... I was on here not too long ago as I found bed bugs early September in my old apartment (I moved into a new smaller apartment on October 1st... broke my lease at the other since, although I was told had a small infestation, quickly discovered that the entire building was infested... and even saw one crawl out of my drain!)
Luckily I haven't seen any bugs since nor have I had any bites (yay!) ... but I constantly get paranoid. Vacuuming 3-4 times a week, changing my sheets every 2-5 days, checking every "dot" of fuzz on my bed, keeping most of my clothing in air tight bins... and feeling itching but only in my apartment (and I have no visible bites!) ... I have almost no furniture still, and sleep on a new mattress... but just a mattress. no bed frame. no box spring. And this morning while showering i ran my hand over a pimple i just popped (gross, yes i know. sorry!) and a little red dot was on my hand. So I freaked out and tried to squish it but it didn't squish, just rolled around (I am practically blind without glasses so it could have been fuzz for all i know or something from the pimple). So all day today I looked online to see if nymphs could easily be squished and the answer i've found is yes. Is this true? That would totally disprove that being a bed bug then.
Sigh. either way... i am still very paranoid (and to make matters worse, totally pmsing right now!) ... I just need some advice on how to deal with and/or lessen the paranoia :/
I think most of us go through this. The best thing you can do is involve yourself in activities that will take your mind off them for awhile and gradually it gets easier. Hang in there
Every single day force yourself to do one thing at home that scares you if you can't find a logical reason for not doing it.
I did things like:
Unbagging items, putting them away and then eventually brining them into my room. Things ended up in shlves outside of my bedroom and then a few days later when I comfortable with them being out of the bag I put them away in my bed room. I've been putting my laundry in a bag not a ziplock. Last night I brought my purse in and tried laying it on the table. Not wearing pants to bed. I made myself set an inspection schedule: only on Saturday can I do a true inspection, and only on Monday, Wednesday, Friday can I stare at my bedding or scope out my hardwood floors with a flashlight. Eventually, I had to remind myself that I should at least take a look at the sheets.
What I didn't do:
Keep my comforter or my quilt. I tossed out both when they came back from the laundry. Too likely to have been harboured in. Too unsure about the effectiveness of the packtite with that much thickness.
My baby blanket--despite a packtite run & a PERCing--is still bagged. It was right where the bugs were likely to be harboring so that even though I feel like the treatment did eliminate anything in it, I just accept that my emo response is so intensely afraid that it's more logical to not open it for now. It would send me on a wild fear beast explosion. I'll give that one time.
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