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Do you think I could have bed bugs?

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  1. scaredandlost

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Mon Sep 14 2015 15:31:15
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    My parents have had an infestation for months now, maybe like four or five or so... They took care of the bugs and they were gone for a little while, but then they came back. It's not nearly as bad, but I'm asking because I stayed with them during the summer but I've also got my own apartment.

    I have a few questions...

    1. While the guy who came to spray our house said there were no bed bugs in my room whenever he sprayed my parents house, I did sleep on the couch for some time (I didn't really know at the time there were BB bugs on the couch I was sleeping in, we know now and treat for it) and would wake up with bites. This was around May-ish, so I wasn't in my apartment too often... I am wondering if it was possible I could have carried them to my apartment? It's September now and I still don't see any signs of them in MY apartment at least. No bed bug tracks, no eggs, no shedding or poop... Nothing on my bed at least.

    2. Can the way your body react to bed bug bites change? I'm wondering this because I know how my body reacts to the bites (welts, itching, but nothing really else), but I've got these rashes that aren't consistent at ALL with my typical BB bites I had gotten at my parents house. Plus, my 'rash' only shows up underneath my clothes, so I have a feeling that they're not BB bites... But I'm still wondering if an expert would be able to give me insight.

    How do you think my chances look?

    Can I stop being so paranoid that I might have transmitted them from my parents house to my apartment? I still visit once a week or so, and try to get to a laundromat ASAP once I'm back at my apartment and put the clothes I wore at my parents house through the dryer on high for at least half an hour... But I'm still slightly paranoid. It sucks so bad. As you can tell, I'm a little bit obsessive...

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Mon Sep 14 2015 20:17:08
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    ALSO, I forgot I had a few extra questions and such...

    I AM going to a dermatologist Wednesday to see what my unknown rash is. I'm 99.99999999% sure it's NOT thanks to BB bites because the rash is nothing similar to what my BB bites used to look like when I stayed at my parents house, PLUS I've had it before the infestation...

    Also, question 3.: Are BB pretty much transported live? Like, do they attach themselves to you/your clothes/your belongings and then hitch a ride and that's how they're spread? Or do you think one could crawl onto you, drop a few eggs really quick, and then leave? Because that's one of the reasons I think I'm so paranoid and scared... I'm fairly okay at checking my clothing for the bugs, but even when I leave my parents house I never leave with any new bites (that resembled my old bites), so I think unless one hitched a ride on me and didn't bite me, or laid some eggs on my clothes or belongings, I wouldn't really have too big a risk spreading them??

    4. Whenever I first was moving around between my apartment and my parents house (im in college so I would come home fairly often), I wasn't being too careful with my clothes so they're sort of just hanging around in my closet, but I haven't worn many of them... do you think any would just be hiding and waiting for someone to wear them so they could feed (since they can go long periods without feeding??), or do you think they'd probably have been long out by now and fed on me? I know I sound totally crazy and stupid...

    I'm really really sorry if any of these questions sound stupid and I'm pretty sure they do and this entire post is ALL OVER THE PLACE, but I'm really new to the whole bed bugs thing and to be honest I've been really scared, very paranoid and very anxious about them... It's really bad but I think if any experts, or anyone that is knowledgeable, could give me a sort of ease at mind or at least something...


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