They are back - I'm devestated(14 posts)
How could this be happening? Back in October we bought used wooden bunk beds off Craigs List and within a week my son was covered with bites. We called in a PCO who did 4 treatments but we were still getting bit. We chopped up the furniture and threw it out. Waited a week, nothing, so we bought new furniture and put my son back in the room in January. No bites since then, until 2 days ago. He has about 5 on his face, I know what they are. How could this be after 3 months of no bites????
I dont have ANY advice but wanted to say how sorry I am... please call your PCO right away are they only contained to the one room? Did they ever spread to other rooms? What kind of treatments did your PCO do? That is my worst fear that once I "THINK" were ok and unpack all of our stuff they'll come back.
Again - I am SO SORRY! And wish you the best of luck.
Did you ever contact the people you bought the beds from? I WOULD... I think you should be able to sue someone who sells you anything with bugs in it!
I totally feel for you because I have been in a similar situation. The initial infestation was in July 2008. We seemed clear of them in October, and then suddenly had a second infestation. It was devestating. The good new is that, this time, you know what needs to be done and will likely see success a lot quicker.
Hang in there!
Treat again you missed one last time
So sorry. Many of us are dealing with this and boy, does it wear a person down. In my opnion, bedbug recurrence after a time of not having them can be as emotionally devastating, or moreso, than getting them the first time, in a different way.
Besides treating again, you might want to look at all sources of possible re-infestation of your home. Do you or your son or husband go someplace or visit someone who might have bedbugs? Does anyone come in to your home (playmate, relative, friend, babysitter, worker) who might have bedbugs? Are you in a multi-unit or connected housing where a neighbor might have them? I'm waiting for the show "CSI Bedbugs" because it sure takes detective work to outsmart these horrendous micro-torturers. Death to bedbugs.
YES! death to bed bugs! OMG I am really horrified right now reading how hard it is to get rid of these things. I am bi-polar and really on the verge of suicide here and it may sound petty but I am in school and working full time, running on approx 10 hours of sleep a week right now. These bugs are killing me anyway I may as well do it faster.
Hey Bi-Polar, you need to separate the "you having bed bugs" from the "you who has a life where you do other things." Then proceed with trying to erradicate, and proceed with everything else you do in your life (I go to work, I go to school, I go out and have a beer..) Take mini (an hour, three hours, a day) vacations from the You that has bed bugs. What if after premature death, you actually take that horror with you into the after life. Wouldn't that suck! Better to deal with it here in the physical world.
They can provoke those thoughts. I know, and I HAVE NEVER CONTEMPLATED THAT BEFORE THIS...BUT let that go. It's nonsense. It's not the worst thing that can happen to you, there are much worse situations that people live with. I think of friends who live with HIV/AIDS and think, crap, this is nowhere near that level of detail.
This problem can seem completely 100% overwhelming, but that's the sleep deprivation talking. Get Pest treatment no matter what, isolate your bed after you have poison in your house, sleep, eat, read, enjoy the clouds, the sky, the trees, humanity. See yourself as part of the larger picture. It's easy to be consumed (no pun intended, well, maybe a little) by this problem. But you really need to put it in a smaller perspective.
Hi again guys - I had my PCO come back on Tuesday. He saw no evidence of any bedbugs in my son's bedroom where he sleeps (he was the only one with the bites, and it was the only room that had activity before). Now where do we go? He sprayed the room anyway just in case. He said maybe a spider bit him? But the bites looked exactly like his bed bug bites, there were four, one on his temple, one on chin, one on neck and one on cheek. I don't know if a spider would bite numerous times. I'm SO not convinced. He said is is almost impossible that we have had no bites since December, and for this to occur now, that the bugs would not have bitten for this long if they were in the room... Any thoughts would be much appreciated... just sick.
lisa, maybe you should have asked the PCO to spray in other parts of the house besides your son's room?
IMO, I think your PCO's assumption of the bugs to be in just one room of a house or apartment is somewhat faulty. If these things can travel to unit to unit in multiple dwelling apartments I'm sure they would have no problem traveling from room to room.
parakeets may have a point as well. If while you were infested, your son traveled to a friend, relative's house, there is a possibility they might have hitchhiked.
I've just had an image of 360degree heat blower that goes over your entire body before you or anyone enters your home. Ah, here's to the future and one day being BB free.
Actually the PCO did check the rest of the house...did not see anything. He did spray in my bedroom also and down the hall and living room. He checked all couches...nothing. Back in October he did see bugs, casings and black poop marks, but now nothing.
I just have the dreaded feeling he is wrong.
I know how you feel. I found 1 bedbug, and had the PCO over for treatment. He did not find ANYTHING. Of course that made me feel better than finding an infestation, but I'm still living in fear. What if it wasn't a straggler?
Can you afford to get a dog in to confirm?
This all sucks.
Remember your son could have been bitten anywhere-- friend's home, school, day care (I did not catch his age), relative's home, movie theater...
Remember also it would be possible to get five bites from a pair of bed bugs. You could have a pair of recently introduced bed bugs, and if they were brand new to your home 2 days ago, you might not see signs yet.
IMO - I'd call another PCO. Mine does the same thing - comes out and checks over and over again and cant find anything and assumes were at the tail end of our treatment and just have one or two stragglers but thats all it takes to start another infestation. Or try a Bed Bug Dog... I had one out to my home as well (actually two different dogs) but you have to make sure you ask the proper questions before they come. I was NOT happy with the trainer who brought the dogs to my house at all and it made me even more unsure and upset. I feel so bad for you.... I hope you get it figured out soon! Keep us posted.
Re-infested again myself after being free for 18months - just too depressing, having to go through the whole process again, altho' my PCO is superb.
I'm too embarrassed to talk to neighbours about possibility of infestation from their adjoining (rented) house; does anyone have any helpful hints? What worries me is that they'll be completely unconcerned and, if they are the source, will take no action, and we'll be doing this for the rest of our lives!
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