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Crawling or tingling sensations

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  1. insecticidal

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    Posted 7 years ago
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    Are crawling sensations a documented symptom of bites? My bites tend not to itch very much, but I do sometimes get crawling sensations away from home, during the middle of the day. It occurred to me that these could work out in the bugs' favor if you start to ignore them to the point that you don't notice an actual adult crawling up to have a bite while you're awake.

    Or maybe I'm just paying attention to sensations that have always been there and that I previously ignored.

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    Posted 7 years ago
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    Others have reported crawling sensations, in the absence of a bed bug actually crawling -- at that moment -- in the location. My sense is that this is part of our allergic response to bed bugs.

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."
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    Posted 7 years ago
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    See also these threads.

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    Posted 7 years ago
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    Thanks, nobugs. I'd seen most of those. I guess my question was more about some kind of official recognition of the symptom.

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    Very little has been written about bed bug bites and I do not recall anything offhand which was specifically about the crawling sensations in the absence of a bed bug.

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    Posted 7 years ago
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    wow, I read the threads you put up there nobugs, and also the one in the FAQ

    http://bedbugger.com/2007/03/16/lingering-sensations-phantom-bed-bug-bites-what-does-a-bed-bug-infestation-really-do-to-our-skin/

    and I'm hoping...hoping, that the itchy bite looking marks on my skin now are not bites but are an eerie afterthought. ha I really hope I'm bug free despite the bite marks and itching

    Guess I'll keep having to look for blood smears etc to see whether I still have bugs or not!

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    Posted 7 years ago
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    I read somewhere that the sprays including pyrethroids can cause these sensations and have noticed it after my home being sprayed

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    Yes, it is fully possible that pesticides can mess with your skin too.

    "Blood stains" aren't very reliable, newtactics. You might want to look into monitors instead (there are links to articles about those from the Useful Stuff page).

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    Posted 7 years ago
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    thanks nobugs,

    I have a monitor - I will put it on once I've cleaned all my product up from my current respray.

    The bed bugs will need to defecate somewhere wont they? Be it on the sheets, in the bed frame, the wall, mattress, duvan, skirting board or somewhere don't they? Between a passive monitor and checking everywhere for blood smears I should be able to tell shouldn't I? Please tell me I can

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    Posted 7 years ago
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    newtactics - 3 hours ago  » 
    thanks nobugs,
    I have a monitor - I will put it on once I've cleaned all my product up from my current respray.
    The bed bugs will need to defecate somewhere wont they? Be it on the sheets, in the bed frame, the wall, mattress, duvan, skirting board or somewhere don't they? Between a passive monitor and checking everywhere for blood smears I should be able to tell shouldn't I? Please tell me I can

    Hey newtactics,

    I am not an expert. However, my sense is that you should focus on FECAL stains, not "blood smears". There will be fecal stains.

    On the other hand, blood stains -- not necessarily, and they could be from bleeding rather than bed bugs.

    If your monitor is a BbAlert passive, it's designed to give the bed bugs an attractive harborage where you can easily see the fecal stains.

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    Posted 7 years ago
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    I think you notice the bite marks and crawling sensations because they have a serious meaning (that the battle was not successful).

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Tue Jul 26 2011 9:58:31
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    Things without a meaning go by unnoticed.

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    Posted 7 years ago
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    Thanks for clarifying Nobugs - I meant fecal stains when I said smears , as the stains 'smear' if you rub them, but I can see why you thought I meant smears on my sheets (which I haven't had for months)

    Rosae - I'm hoping my discomfort is a reaction to the treatment , but if its bugs, its bugs, I'll just have to keep an eye out and get more treatment if needed

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    Posted 7 years ago
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    newtactics - 16 minutes ago  » 
    Thanks for clarifying Nobugs - I meant fecal stains when I said smears , as the stains 'smear' if you rub them, but I can see why you thought I meant smears on my sheets (which I haven't had for months)

    There's more to this: it's not the distinction between stains and smears which I am concerned with, but a distinction between blood vs. fecal. Fecal stains (or fecal smears) are not the same as blood stains or blood smears. They don't look the same as blood. They aren't blood.

    Fecal stains are a sign of bed bugs, but in my understanding, blood stains aren't necessarily. And this is something the media often gets wrong.

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    Posted 7 years ago
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    Understood, thanks.

    UNFORTUNATELY I have seen enough fecal stains over the past few months to recognise them


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