Super Paranoid(2 posts)
My roommate found a bedbug. She's been bitten for a while, but never had proof. No other roommates were affected, not even the one who slept three feet from her. We had our apartment checked out by a dog, but nothing else was found. We have no other signs.
Two weeks ago, she, as well as others, came to stay at my house for the weekend. No one was bitten while at my house, and she doesn't think even she was bitten while she was staying. I have been away from my house for two weeks, and my bedroom has little traffic. My family has been washing all of the blankets and pillows in my room. I stayed a night, and did not receive any bites. I also kept watch for a while between 3.30 and 4.30 am, not moving and quickly shining my cellphone light to see if I could find any movement. No one else in my house, including my dog, has experienced any strange bites.
Should I be freaking out?
Did you get the bug identified by an expert? If you still have it, you can post a photo here. It's possible there are other causes so you want to be sure.
If it is a bed bug, keep in mind other roommates may also have been bitten. One recent study estimated 70% of people react to bites.
You'll need an experienced pro to inspect your entire home and treat if evidence is found.
In many places, landlords are responsible for treatment.
As for having taken them to the family home, it is possible. The likelihood increases if you have more bed bugs in your shared residence. You and your roommates should consider taking precautions when you next travel. See the Travel FAQs
You can implement monitors to try and determine if your family has bed bugs. There are some links to faqs about various monitoring options including active Bed bug beacon monitors, passive monitors, and Climbup interceptors, in the Useful Stuff page.
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