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Are they back or false alert?!

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  1. Kagen

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Fri Apr 8 2016 16:11:16
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    I somehow ended up with Bed Bugs in January of this year. Near the end of the month, I noticed a cluster of bite marks on my right wrist. They were small, red, itchy bumps - similar looking to a pimple but solid red. I had probably 7 bites give or take.

    I checked my body, and I did find a few bite marks on my upper left arm. They were similar in appearance but more faded. All the bites itched.

    A week later, my lower left arm had multiple bite marks - this time they were larger, red, itchy welts. They did look very much like mosquito bites.

    After that, I called a local exterminator. (I did a search on two separate nights, and I found 1 live Bed Bug and 1 skin casting during each search. They were really hard to find.)

    Note.. the two sets of bites I received appeared right before bed the following night, so around 18-24 hours after being bit. They itched badly the whole time I had them, and they lasted at least 3 weeks before finally going away.

    After they sprayed, I did not get bit anymore. That was 2 months ago.

    Now, last week, I noticed 2 bite marks.. one on my right hand and one on my right wrist - maybe 6+ inches apart. They were small-medium sized, red, raised bumps. Bigger than my first set of Bed Bug bites but smaller than the welts. These bumps appeared in the afternoon while I was cleaning out my guinea pigs' cage. They were itchy at first, but within an hour or less, they stopped itching completely. They disappeared in just a few days time.

    This past Tuesday, I noticed a similar looking bite mark on my left elbow (1 bite). I have irritated this bump a good bit (out of stress and worry), and it gets itchy, if I mess with it. Still, it does seem to be shrinking in size, so I imagine if I left it alone, it will go away quickly.

    I know Bed Bug bites can differ, but I am surprised these bites are less itchy and go away much faster than the bites I know were caused from Bed Bugs. Also, 2 months later? Is it possible one was left behind or more likely it's a newbie freshly brought in? I have not found another Bed Bug (yet), but the fact these bites were around a week apart is my main red flag.

    The stuff they sprayed seemed to work well. I have found multiple dead or dying bugs (not bed bugs! they're spiders, etc.) in the past two months (and that's not the norm). I just found a dead fly of some sort Wednesday in my room, when I was glancing around for signs of Bed Bugs. Oh, and I live in the south, so it has already been warm. I have been doing gardening outside, and I have dogs, cats, guinea pigs, and chickens. So I do come in contact with a range of bugs, but I am just concerned I have Bed Bugs again - and if so, I want to take care of it ASAP.

    I just kinda wanted some opinions from others, on whether I may just be overthinking it, or maybe it's time to call in the exterminators once again. I know I'll probably know more this week, if I receive another bite mark, but yeah, just stressing and sharing my problem - as well as the fact, my birthday is this week, so it's going to be a horrible day, if I have a fresh new bite then.

    Thank you for reading.

  2. jim danca

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Fri Apr 8 2016 16:54:19
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    Don't go by skin reactions. If you went 60 days without bedbugs, then maybe you got exposed again. Look for fecal, cast skins, and evidence of live bugs. Start a 14 day countdown, and if you don't find evidence it's not bedbug related.

    PCO and inventor of a bio active bedbug trap
  3. Kagen

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Fri Apr 8 2016 17:45:56
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    Thank you very much for your reply. It's helpful to know if I do have them now, that I was exposed to them again and not from the old infestation. I have been checking my mattress. This time I have the white bed bug covers over my mattress and box spring too, so it will make checking easier.

  4. Leavemealonebb

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Fri Apr 8 2016 19:35:14
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    I was told by pco and experts that one treatment is usually not enough because of any eggs that may hatch 7 to 14 days after. I would definitely call the pco back. I'm on my 3rd treatment hoping they are gone. Good luck!


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