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Moved from successfully treated apt. but worried they are back!

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  1. mlandri1

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Thu Aug 11 2011 20:15:31
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    Ok, here's the shortest version possible...

    Starting in late May, I had bed bugs confirmed by an inspector in my old apartment. PCO came, did three rounds of chemical treatment, I washed/dried/bagged everything, etc. All clear/no signs of bugs for another six weeks after the treatments finished, so I thought I was in the clear...

    I just moved to a new apt. and took only very limited stuff with me -- only two pieces of (treated) furniture, very few clothes, all of which had been washed, and bought a completely new bed (mattress, frame, bedding, etc.) I've been in the new place for about two weeks and have just this week started seeing bites. I'm not sure when I'm getting them exactly. So far I have one single bite on a shoulder, and two on the back of my leg. The ones that worried me were a row of four tiny bites on my arm -- but those disappeared in a day!

    I've inspected the bed myself as much as possible and have found NOTHING, no bugs, no eggs, no skins, no fecal/blood stains. I found one thing in my bathroom that might be something, but I don't know what.

    I guess I just don't know if I'm being paranoid, if one or two bug bites should be cause for concern, what else I should do to check, or to confirm one way or another. Any advice from recovering bedbuggers/

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Thu Aug 11 2011 20:31:53
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    A few other notes:

    First, I had a very severe allergic reaction to either the bites or the treatment the first go-round (no one could tell which) and so was on steroid treatment for that for two weeks in old apartment, and have been on anti-histamine regimen for the last month (which is to say, my reaction to the bites then and now is completely different and therefore hard to monitor by).

    Also, here are a few pictures of the thing I found in my bathroom -- no idea what, if anything, it is:
    Close-up: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mklfieldwork/6033570307/
    For scale: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mklfieldwork/6033571023/in/photostream/
    Sideview (b/c it was completely flat): http://www.flickr.com/photos/mklfieldwork/6034128246/in/photostream/


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