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  1. SoFrustrated

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Mon Aug 6 2012 16:09:53
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    It has been a year since this nightmare started. In Upstate NY, last September, I kept getting what I initially thought were mosquito bites. But the biting continued even when I was barely outdoors and into the colder months, on places like my torso that weren't exposed. When I began noticing the bites in the morning, I realized with dread that bed bugs were a possibility. My boyfriend and I had just been to a hotel in Montreal for a weekend. I called my landlord and he said that without a certified PCO inspection, he would not do anything. I did research and found someone with good reviews and credentials. He searched everywhere but found no physical evidence of bed bugs. My boyfriend and I had also tried waking up in the middle of the night, when they are most active, and using a flashlight, but we also saw nothing.

    A few weeks passed and the bites continued, several times I got linear patterns of multiple bites, and they began frequenting my face, neck, and torso. I called the PCO back and he came to look again. Again nothing, but he said from the pattern of my bites, and the fact that they showed up like clockwork every morning, it was most likely bed bugs. My landlord, however, refused to pay for treatment, and instead said we should move to a different apartment building of his a few blocks away. We didn't know at the time that this was not a good idea, but the PCO said that if we dried everything we could on high heat and cleaned everything else, and threw anything we could not clean away, we might be able to get rid of them. We saw it as our only choice since we were broke students and couldn't pay for treatment, or a lawyer to make our landlord pay. My boyfriend and housemate were hesitant to treat anyway, because we couldn't find anything. We bought a Pack Tite and made a million trips to the laundromat instead.

    We moved, during a hellishly busy senior semester, with much effort, time, money, and breakdowns. After two weeks i started being bitten again in the new place. Since this is already long I will summarize the rest:

    1) To date I am the only one reacting to bites - my boyfriend and our housemate never did, but I know 60% of people don't. Mostly my bites swelled up into welts, but (incomprehensibly) after awhile I seemed to react less. The bites were sometimes smaller and less itchy.
    2) The PCO came to the new apt., found nothing. He came back for a K9 inspection, the dog alerted a pile of dirty clothes but not the bed??!
    3) I continued waking with 1-5 or 6 bites every morning, sometimes they were linear.
    4) We ran everything through the dryers again, bagged it, changed our sheets regularly. Our parents gave us the money to have the PCO treat. He was puzzled, all signs pointed to bed bugs he said, but he could not find physical evidence. Since we did not know what else it could be, we had him treat. He used heat and residuals in December, right before we left for winter break. I took nothing home to my parents', for fear of infesting their house.
    5) For a month after getting back to the apartment, no bites. I was so relieved and could sleep well for the first time in months. Before, I had been a wreck. Now I was cautiously optimistic and prayed htey were gone, we could not afford another treatment.
    6) February, the bites started again. The PCO felt so bad he came to look AGAIN for free. There were a few tiny brown spots on the bed that could have been blood trails, but other than that no other evidence.
    7) As we were set to move out of town when we graduated in a few months, we could not do the "3 treatments, two weeks between treatment, three month wait to be sure" routine. Our lease was ending and there was not enough time. Our landlord was horrible to us and we could not stay.
    I found out about Vikane, and knew some people had moving trucks gassed between apartments. I had had so many possessions damaged by the heat, and with the time constraint, my boyfriend and I decided to throw our savings at the problem. We were also worried about his car, and the company said we could gas that too. To save the cost of a moving truck we packed everything in cardboard boxes poked with holes for ventilation, paying close attention to the company's instructions (we had found the best-reviewed company in the city, as far as we could tell) and packed it into our car. We drove down to the city where they vented the car and everything we owned overnight. They said there was enough empty space for the gas to circulate effectively.
    9) We had been planning a post-graduation driving trip across the country for years, and with peace of mind and a guarantee that they were gone, we set off. We were usually living out of the car and camping in areas with tons of mosquitoes, so I was getting bitten, but assumed that was what they were. No lines, and mosquitoes love me.
    10) I am back at my parents' house in Maryland, and my boyfriend and I plan to move to New York City in September. I have gotten lines of bites, and woken up with single bites. I am heartbroken. Is it possible that, after all the trouble and oney spent, the Vikane did not work, and I was not bitten until now because I was not in one place for more than a few days, so the suckers could not find a bed? Or were some of the "mosquito" bites actually bed bug bites? They have always looked the same.
    11) I would die if I did this to my parents. My boyfriend also has some our stuff at his parents' house, which I now worry might be infested as well.

    I can't take this anymore. We are totally broke and have already lost around $3000 on this problem. I cannot live in another apartment with bed bugs. Is it possible they are not bed bugs? If it were some other pest wouldn't we have lost them by now, with all the cleaning and moving? I have been to two dermatologists and they said they are definitely insect bites but they can't tell which kind.

    Please help. Any advice would be appreciated. I should also mention I am taking care of a neighbor's dog, but the bites are not always on my ankles and do not correspond to times when I visit the house. It is summer in Maryland, so there are mosquitoes around, but what about the lines???

  2. motherbugger

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Sun Sep 2 2012 22:08:38
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    I'm sorry I'm not of much help, but could I ask which company you used for the Vikane treatment? And was the treatment done in NYC?

    I feel your pain... literally. I hope this nightmare ends for us all.

  3. Letsbeatit

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Sun Sep 2 2012 23:43:30
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    SoFrustrated, these could be old bite reactions. But nothing is certain, is it? PLEASE keep us posted about how this resolves itself/is resolved?? Thanks.

  4. KillerQueen

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Sun Sep 2 2012 23:47:16
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    No way is this bed bugs. You have no evidence and way too much time to find it.

  5. SoFrustrated

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Thu Sep 13 2012 9:57:23
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    We used Bed Bug Fumigation Specialists for the Vikane treatment. They only service New York City, so we had to drive down there. The customer service was great when everything was being arranged, though when we showed up at the empty lot in Red Hook for the appointment the technician was not there and did no answer his phone. We did, however, get in touch with the owner a few hours later and everything went smoothly from there, we still were treated that day.

    We have just moved into a new apartment in Queens. I have been getting bug bites, though I ma not sure where I am when they bite me or what time of day. I got a lot of mosquito bites (where I actually saw the mosquito) throughout the summer, they love me, but now I am getting worried. When would mosquitoes start dying off? It is starting to get cooler and I have not spent much time outside.

    A bunch of boxes that were treated with Vikane and then stored at my boyfriend's house were recently shipped to the new apartment. Is it possible there was still something in there. I am freaking out too early? We have been in the new place a week.


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