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Need help-going crazy

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  1. bugs406

    Joined: Apr '16
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    Posted 3 years ago
    Sun Apr 24 2016 12:20:42

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    5 weeks ago, I bought a used couch from a thrift store. Brought it home and googled how to replace a couch cushion. Immediately sites about bed bugs came up and I began to panic. I learned how to search for them and spent hours tearing the couch apart. I found fecal spots, no cast skins, no bugs. I was so freaked out, however, that I got rid of the couch 4 days later. Since then, I have put encasements on both mattress and box spring (both of which are 3 months old). I put climb ups under the metal bed frame legs. I bought bed bug blue and tested every little black thing I ever saw. I have a few "bites" but they aren't welts and they don't itch at all. They could very well just be little pimples.
    I am obsessed and can spend hours searching my bed with a flashlight. I check my sheets every day and occasionally find very tiny black flakes which lift right off and don't smear when wet. I have bought a new comforter and isolated my bed away from the wall. I am obsessed with checking my body for any possible bite mark...its ridiculous. I know this isn't rational but that doesn't seem to matter.
    I am so stressed and overwhelmed worrying that I might have bed is seriously hurting my life. I don't want people to come over-just in case. If I had bed bugs now ( after 5 weeks) what kind of signs should I be seeing? How can I let this go?
    Thanks for your help!

  2. frightened

    Joined: Feb '16
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    Posted 3 years ago
    Sun Apr 24 2016 12:56:34

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    Hi. For years I bought secondhand furniture and never had a problem. As 5 weeks have elapsed and you have not seen any signs having torn apart the couch you are extremely likely to NOT have bedbugs. I think you have learnt a useful lesson about the growing problem with BBs. Just relax and try to enjoy your life. Happy dreams

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