other causes of itching

Forget black mattress stains, bed bugs, shells, and eggs: NMPA press release tells consumers to look for “blood spots”

October 28, 2007

We Bedbuggers know that bed bugs can be very difficult to find, even for trained Pest Control Operators. Time and again, people with bites are told they do not have any “evidence.” Since other conditions and pests can cause similar symptoms, it is of course important that other “signs” are present–but too often, actual bed […]

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Good news, Chicagoland: you might have itch mites

August 15, 2007

Good news for some “newbites” in Chicago. If you suspect bed bugs, but have no evidence yet, and you’ve been spending time in area forest preserves, you may have itch mites. No, they’re no picnic, of course, but they would be a darn sight better experience than bed bugs. There’s currently an outbreak there, and […]

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World exclusive: Bitten by bed bugs on purpose! (Part 3)

April 20, 2007

Editor’s note from Nobugsonme: As promised, the much-anticipated third part of S’s and G’s Bitefest 2007. You can click on any of the photos to open the photo on flickr.com, then click “all sizes” to see it at its largest. If you missed part one, it’s here. Part two is here. We promise to keep […]

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World exclusive: bitten by bed bugs on purpose! (Part 2)

April 19, 2007

Editor’s note: this is Part 2 in a series of two three. If you have not read yesterday’s Part 1, you’ll want to read it first. What We Learned, So Far (Day 2) by S George did not react immediately, and still has not reacted. It’s now the next day. So we now know that […]

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Why Marcos Island is going to have even more bed bugs soon

March 22, 2007

I’ve heard reports from various areas that haven’t seen many cases of bed bugs yet that Pest Control Operators often don’t know how to deal with them. We’ve heard this from readers near Yellowstone Park, and in Yorkshire, England. It makes sense of course, but the reasonable response is to do your homework. When ceritifed […]

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Lingering sensations, phantom bed bug bites: what does a bed bug infestation really do to our skin?

March 16, 2007

Disclaimer: This post is speculative: I don’t understand this phenomenon, or what causes it, but I thought we should talk about it anyway. Having read some pretty weird stuff on the web about bed bugs and other pests, I want to assure you that we Bedbuggers are scientifically-minded. With that in mind, the following describes […]

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Bed bug bites: I react and my partner does not. Why?

March 14, 2007

Today I got this email from a Reader: Why is it that some people aren’t being bitten and some are? Example: My boyfriend and I share an apartment. I am being bitten all night long. He, on the other hand, does not seem to be bothered at all by these critters. Please, I need an […]

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updated FAQ

February 18, 2007

I just updated the most general FAQ: “What are bed bugs? How do I know if I have them? What else could be causing similar symptoms?” You may notice that I am beginning to remove the comment function from the FAQs, since people are overwhelmingly using them to post tales of bed bug woe and […]

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search terms for Bedbuggers

February 1, 2007

This is how I amuse myself when I am bored– I check which search terms people used to find us today. I like to check, because it’s sometimes amusing, sometimes poignant, and it gives you an idea of what people are thinking. The bold phrases were googled today: allergic reaction to metal beds (Or perhaps […]

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Johns Hopkins suggests SCRATCH method for diagnosing insect bites in kids

December 20, 2006

The Johns Hopkins University Gazette (11 September 2006) reports that the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center has come up with a helpful acronym for doctors in diagnosing the source of childrens’ rashes. It highlights features of bed bug bites and other conditions, which many of us adults who suffer from bed bug bites have also encountered. […]

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bed bug mystery: surviving dry cleaning in a comforter?

December 5, 2006

I got another question from another (anonymous) reader– we’ll call her S. S. wants to know: Last spring, we thought we had bedbugs. I woke up several mornings in a row with very itchy bites, and there were tiny blood stains on the sheets. We sent our down comforter and pillows to the drycleaner, washed […]

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What are bedbugs, how do I know if I have them, other possible causes

November 30, 2006

The FAQ on this issue has just been updated (including links to info on other possible causes– bird mites, scabies, hot tub folliculitis, and delusory parasitosis). Click here to see it! Coming soon: shed skin and feces photos, thanks to Lou Sorkin!

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