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Can bedbugs live in the wilderness?

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  1. phreaking_out_doors

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Tue Aug 9 2016 0:42:29
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    Hi-

    A friend and I recently hiked a section of the Pacific Crest Trail. Our first night out, we camped at a primitive campsite near a lake. A small, brown bug ran across my leg as I sat on a tree stump, and I joked to my friend, "Hey, this looks like a bed bug." The joke is now on me.

    We spent three nights and four days backpacking. Each night I had trouble sleeping due to itchiness and feeling like something was crawling all over me. Each day we were swarmed by mosquitos, so I attributed my burning, itching back to mosquito bites.

    However, when I got home and took a look at my back, my entire back was covered in clusters of bites. The bites are red welts, often in a straight line and groups of two or three covering my entire back and on my hips around the line of where my underwear was. I was fully clothed each night (it was cold!) . My friend has similar bites on her ankles and legs.

    Since returning home, I have a couple of new bites in the same cluster pattern (although not a straight line) on my foot and ankle. My friend has new bites up her leg. Could this be bedbugs? Batbugs? Chiggers?

    We live in Washington state, and I can upload pictures of the bites if that is at all helpful.

    Thanks so much!

  2. frightened

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Tue Aug 9 2016 1:50:21
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    I am no expert but bedbugs live in places that are inhabited constantly by their hosts. For example they would not live n a car as it is not inhabited enough nor remain in a campsite unless it is always inhabited.
    I suggest you inspect and wash your backpack. Check your shoes. Wash all the clothes from your trip just to make sure you haven't brought anything back with you.

  3. BigDummy

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Tue Aug 9 2016 7:06:22
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    I wouldn't be concerned at all when hiking, wouldn't even cross my mind. Physical exertion, mosquitoes, flies, chiggers; you were outside, for an extended period, it is to be expected.

  4. phreaking_out_doors

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Tue Aug 9 2016 10:59:32
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    Thanks to you both. I'm going to see if any new bites emerge over the next couple of weeks and post back with an update


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