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We have them again - I'm going to lose it(4 posts)
Last May my husband and I got bed bugs in our Brooklyn apartment. We both agreed it was absolutely the worst period in our lives. The only thing that got us through those few months was knowing that we were moving in December. We worked so hard to eradicate the bugs from our apartment, spent hundreds of dollars, hundreds of hours, and even went as far as treating our belongings and moving them into storage. We didn't want to take the bugs with us to the new home and felt like we had to go overboard just to be safe. Our entire building was infested and we were the only unit treating the problem. It was an impossible battle, but felt like we won with just enough time to get out of there.
In December we bought a house and moved upstate. I felt confident that we were not taking bed bugs with us and after a few months I started to forget about that dark period. Anything questionable we kept in the attic and basement where I thought the few months of freezing weather would put my mind at ease.
This weekend I woke up with bites on my foot. A day later I had more bites and my husband found a few on his arms and legs too. This morning when I woke up and saw the bites I burst into tears. I have never felt so devastated and defeated and hopeless. I can't find signs of them anywhere in the bedroom, which almost makes it worse. They are most likely in the floor boards and treating the house will be a massive undertaking. I've traveled quite a bit in the last couple months and stayed at a few hotels. I supposed it's possible I picked them up in those places and they did not come from our old apartment, but I guess it doesn't really matter.
I am going to try the ThermaPure thermal treatment and have someone coming over to give us a quote in a few days. I don't really have the money to spend on these treatments, but I emotionally can not go through what we went through last year. I have severe allergic reactions to the bites and the scars from last year just started to fade. I need them to be gone forever. I'm normally a very strong person who can handle almost anything. However, these bugs are capable of destroying my mental stability. I am depressed, stressed out, anxiety, itchy, and can not concentrate on anything else. I wish there was someone I could yell at or blame for this epidemic.
I just needed to vent. When we had them in Brooklyn I was very open about it with all my friends and co-workers, but I don't want anyone to know about it this time around.
Yeah, im not interested in spreading the word around either about ours. What a pain in the ass, eh? We get severe reactions to bites too. Its unmistakable. Unfortunately. Well, keep your chin up
Hang in there!!! If the ThermaPure thermal treatment works, then it's worth it - the emotional turmoil of bed bugs is unspeakable so why put yourself through it again? We're now scheduled for PCO #6 - think we're almost at the end of our nightmare, and like you, my husband and I agree this this has been one of the worst experiences we've ever had. We're looking to buy a home, and will do and spend just about anything to ensure we don't bring any bed bugs with us. We're terrified of going through this again and have changed the way we live our lives because of bed bugs. Good luck and remember, you'll get through this.
We realized that we did not have bed bugs back in May and that the bites I was getting were from bugs in our backyard (what can I say, we were city folk for a long time). We still threw out a bed and did a deep clean, but didn't go through with the thermal treatment.
Last night I was on the couch and my husband pointed at my side where my shirt was riding up and I had 3 bites in a row. I hadn't noticed them because they were itchy, but they look like bed bug bites. I'm still not 100%, but I can't think of anything else that they may be and it's so weird because it's freezing outside.
My cat has been spending a lot of time in the basement because we got a new puppy - the cat has a litter box and food down there for when he needs a break from the puppy and for a few months I noticed that he's been itching like crazy. I thought it was a food allergy, but now I'm thinking that maybe he is being bit by something down there and carrying something upstairs. There are items in the basement from our old apartment so there is a horrible chance that there are bedbugs down there feeding on him. Everything from our apartment was treated and it's been about a year since we had bedbugs, but I suppose there could have been that one thing that didn't get captured.
There's another chance that a visitor brought them here at some point, which is possible considering all our friends that visit live in Brooklyn.
Anyway, this all blows and if I get one more bite I'm going to do the thermal treatment even though it's way too expensive. I just don't think there is any other way to get rid of them for good. I'm not even freaking out this time around - I'm a little nervous at having to spend so much money, but at this point I feel like I've done this so many times I'm immune to the psychological damage.
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