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  1. amandapri82

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    Have found 4of these over last several months, most recently today. The second was on my bf, and assumed was a tick (he never itched or even had a welt)... However, now I am getting bit ( the only one in 4 person household) and BAD... However, I didn't start getting bit until 10-14 days ago... I only get bit in my living room! Not in bed or even dining room ( connected to living room. ), swear they are in my recliners. Or in came and set out traps w no evidence in any of them, but then found this guy in kitchen and still getting bit like I'm a walking buffet! HELP!

  2. amandapri82

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    Posted 7 years ago
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    I have pics, how do I upload?

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    Posted 7 years ago
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    tinypic.com - - no account needed

  4. amandapri82

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    Posted 7 years ago
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    Bites
    http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=xfspvt&s=5
    Bug
    [IMG]http://i44.tinypic.com/mimiyw.jpg[IMG]

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    Sorry, the bug pic didn't link right... here it is...
    Bug
    http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=mimiyw&s=5

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    Posted 7 years ago
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    It does look like a BB. But I will wait for an expert to verify it for sure.

  7. amandapri82

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    Posted 7 years ago
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    It is...Or in was here today. Come back Thurs to treat... Will be spending much of next two days bagging and at laundry mat...what fun!

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    Posted 7 years ago
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    Amanda what state are you living in? Do you live in Multi Unit housing or single family home? We might be able to recommend a good PCO for you.

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    Posted 7 years ago
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    Yes, an adult male bed bug -- is my 2 cents. Recently fed.

    Professional entomologist/arachnologist. I consult on all matters dealing with insects and arachnids, including those of natural history and biology to pest management and forensic entomology investigations.
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    Posted 7 years ago
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    I live in PA in a townhouse... Orkin is coming Thurs to treat... And I'm sure the little bastard had recently fed...they seem to like me the most in our household... Will keep you posted. Thanks for the replies!

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    Hang in their and stay positive, keep your spirits up.

  12. amandapri82

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    Posted 7 years ago
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    Thanks Diesel!

    Question... I have a few sets of new sheets/blankets still in their original packaging...should I launder these as well?

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    id put everything in........but clean things don't need to be washed, just dried------the dryer will kill anything if the lil buggers have crawled in there

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    Different pros have different preparation (and laundry) routines. Some have you run every fabric you own through the dryer. Others want you to focus just on the ones near the bed. Some want you to launder virtually nothing. Here's Jeff White explaining his viewpoint on the issue. http://www.bedbugcentral.com/tv/index.php/2010/07/bed-bug-preparations/

    As Shelagh noted, it's the dryer heat that does the killing. However, if you have textiles that are in airtight, sealed, never-opened packaging, then these can likely be considered "done", regardless of what your pro's prep protocol calls for.

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    So Orkin has been here 3 times (the most recent this past Thurs).. After the first treatment (April 26) I got bit several days later but only 3-4 bites on arm and barely itched and then went away... The next treatment (2 weeks from first) came and went with no bites... Third treatment just this past Thursday ( just to be safe), still no signs of bites on me or kids (they never did but spend majority of time in living room - where I seem to be a bed bug magnet)... Was told to wait 2-3 days after treatment to run vac...then empty and chech (bagless)... Ran vac last night, even cleaned and washed filters to double check and even when I found NO evidence took trash outside, just to be sure... Mind you I even vac every crack and crevice I could reach with vac attachments. Anyway, this afternoon I sit in the living room (in chair only got 3-4 bites) to put son down for nap and put my feet up... Within 30 min, give or take, my right hand and wrist have bites, which not only itch but start BURNING...I think to myself maybe its a reaction to spray, knowing full well it wasn't BC had touched all furniture at some point after each treatment. I feel something on my chest near edge of shirt and get the nice juicy juvenile who had been munching away (when I stuck it between tape like others it popped - EW) Lay my sleeping son down to look at the arm he had just been laying on. I have bites on side of hand, on palm, and up my wrist. On the pillow that had been next to us I notice movement and find an adult (who is also between tape now), also find a third on floor! Needless to say I was on the phone to or in in my next breath!

    I am extremely frustrated AnD pissed...waiting for manager to call me back... Any suggestions?

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    Treatments generally take 5-10 days to kill. It's not instant. Find out what your exterminator used, though: chemical, techniques, etc. and post here. I'm sure someone on here can tell you whether he is using decent stuff. If after 10 days you are still being bitten and finding BB's, you may want to invest in a BB specialist and talk to your landlord about it...

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    It has been almost five weeks since first treatment...the third was a week ago ( will be week on Thurs)... Will find my paperwork to se what Orkin used..

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    Spoke to district manager of Or in this morning.. He was shocked to hear that I not only found a li e adult, but also a live juvenile... Did tell me the products they use kill eggs... However, sending tech sat to do another treatment, different type this time..

    Here are the three I found, sorry the juvenile popped when pit him between tape, guess he was a little too greedy!
    http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=1gmade&s=6

    And this is PROOF that the "bed bugs don't bite hands and feet" is bullshit..! (I also had bites on feet previously...)
    http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=fwk1gg&s=6
    (On right side, below pinkie, there are 4 bites...on left side, closer to thumb, there are 5...& this does NOT include the two on side of hand, one on back or 5 going up my wrist!)

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    Posted 7 years ago
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    Sorry, I have to ask a dumb question.
    If you were awake, how did BBs bite the palm of ur hand several times without your noticing them?
    Can I also ask you. Where your bites are, the raised red bumps, do you ever see a hole in the middle of it? A perfectly formed hole?

    (my own curiosity needs to know)
    And yes, although I have been told have some bites have holes and some don't, I haven't seen any here yet i photos that do, hence, why I am asking

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    Treatments should kill bed bugs immediately.

    There is no "wait 5 - 10 days for kill" unless the work is being done incorrectly.

    Good to hear that they are sending techs back to re-treat for you.

    And, BBs can bite nearly anywhere they choose.

    Hope this helps ! paul b.

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    Hole in the center of a BB bite?

    Understand that the BB's stylet or flesh piercing mouthpart is tiny, much smaller then a medical syringe needle and, as such, you're not going to see "a hole" formed as a result of the bite.

    Hope this helps ! paul b.

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    I was dozing while holding my son, he was actually laying on my arm, thank God I got bit and not him... And honestly I couldn't say for sure about the hole.. My bites swell almost immediately and begin to itch, couldn't count the actual bites til today...same with previous bites on my arm, legs...

    And honestly my Mom asked the same question about feeling them...if I hadn't seen it move I wouldn't have known..I think the only reason I caught the one feeding was by chance when I moved...

    Why do you wonder about the holes?

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    You had me curious...My hand is still somewhat swollen so I couldn't tell on them, but used my can to take close up of wrist and zoom in, and yes, you can see hole. Probably depends where the bite is too and your skin, and if you have any type of reaction...

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    Like Paul said, very hard to see, unless using magnifying glass and/or zoom on cam,.

    And Paul I said same about 5-10 day thing...!

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    Don't worry about the hole.
    That is not anything to be concerned about.
    I am simply trying to determine if 3 potential bites I had WERE bites from BBs.
    Yes they say here on the forum hat some people have holes in the middle and some don't
    but in all of the photos I have seen here, I had not yet seen any that did have one.
    All I have seen were raised red bumps.
    I was sort of hoping you'd tell me that you didn't have those holes, but since you do
    Cuz the 3 I had, as soon as I itched them, the little hole bled and right away a scab formed over it so even days later, i would see a scab but not much else.
    But the holes were obvious and could not be missed.
    Maybe I had vampire BBs

    I guess I can't deceive myself and say because mine sounded different from yours, they weren't BBites

    Thats all.
    Nothing to concern yourself with!

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    Like I said it depends...the one on wrist is not swollen so easier to see detail, others are swollen so... Good luck..!

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    Its possible he is being bit as well but is a non reactor??!!

    I am not an expert but I would guess if you got that many red marks in such a short time on your wrist and hand, you had a few of them biting you?
    One BB couldn't make that many bites in such a short time I am guessing?
    If so, it could mean that your son will be bit as well but he just doesn't react at all from them.

    The experts here can tell you more about that but from all I have read, that would be my guess??!!

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    P Bello - 20 minutes ago  » 
    Hole in the center of a BB bite?
    Understand that the BB's stylet or flesh piercing mouthpart is tiny, much smaller then a medical syringe needle and, as such, you're not going to see "a hole" formed as a result of the bite.
    Hope this helps ! paul b.

    Hmmmmm
    all 3 on me were very clearly formed holes and I need glasses to see up close but could clearly see the holes
    IF on me they aren't and are some other bug which is always possible, it would suggest that i am a non reactor, which I had believed myself to be from one other earlier infestation 5 years ago. Hence, I was kind of surprised to see bites if i had BBs this time.
    But even Amanda seems to need a magnifying glass to determine if they were there or not for initially whereas I don't!

    Anyhow i don't wish to hijack her thread so everyone PLEASE ignore my questions about he holes, it was just something I had asked Amanada about and go back to answering her questions..

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    I found 1 on me and 1 on pillow...checked both my son and my daughter and not a bite on them... I've been told that people who expel more oxygen and higher blood flow are usually more likely to attract them...and I fall into both categories, I'm 8 months pregnant...walking buffet!

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    amandapri82 - 40 minutes ago  » 
    Spoke to district manager of Or in this morning.. He was shocked to hear that I not only found a li e adult, but also a live juvenile... Did tell me the products they use kill eggs... However, sending tech sat to do another treatment, different type this time..
    Here are the three I found, sorry the juvenile popped when pit him between tape, guess he was a little too greedy!
    http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=1gmade&s=6
    And this is PROOF that the "bed bugs don't bite hands and feet" is bullshit..! (I also had bites on feet previously...)
    http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=fwk1gg&s=6
    (On right side, below pinkie, there are 4 bites...on left side, closer to thumb, there are 5...& this does NOT include the two on side of hand, one on back or 5 going up my wrist!)

    As for your moms question.
    Holding ur son explains why you didn't see them

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    The way my hand was positioned they would have been between my hand and pilow, it was palm down...so easy access..


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