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  1. notbedbugsagain

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Thu Mar 20 2014 7:14:14
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    I stayed in a hotel in Atlanta for one night back on 2/26, which had a report of bedbugs a year prior. Having suffered a infestation back in '08 I was very thorough in checking linens, mattress, box spring etc. and came up clear. But after returning to my parents house in FL I made sure to launder and dry everything I brought to the hotel with me. No bites in either Atlanta or FL. I flew home a few days later thinking I was in the clear. A day or two later my boyfriend got a large welt on the side of his face, but we assumed it was maybe a spider bite or allergic reaction. Neither of us had bites since then. Then last night (3/18) he complained that he had two bites on his forearm after sitting on our couch (in the typical bedbug straight line pattern), and when I woke up this morning I had two bites in a straight line on the underside of my arm. I did my best to check our couch and bed for any signs, as I had to get ready for work, but found nothing obvious.

    When I got home, I inspected, vacuumed and steamed my bed and couch as a precaution. I then found a bite on my ankle (may have been there all day, or may have happened after I got home and took my shoes off), and then later that evening I found two more little bites next to each other, which itched like crazy right off the bat. My boyfriend hasn't reported any more bites as of yet. So I made a yeast & sugar bedbug trap, and a flea trap ( we have cats and my boyfriend recently visited a friend who lives in the woods & has a dog ).

    As of those morning, both traps I set came up clear, but I found no more bites on me.

    I feel like I'm going crazy due to lack of sleep and paranoia! What's the possibility that I brought home bed bugs, or am I just fighting a fledgling flea infestation?

    Should I treat with diatomaceous earth or wait for a bedbug/flea capture?

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Thu Mar 20 2014 7:45:24
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    Adding a link to pictures of the bites as well, hopefully that helps to ID the culprit.[url=http:// http://imgur.com/UKkOsT5
    http://imgur.com/ncsYaoy
    http://imgur.com/T62Q36I
    http://imgur.com/7O2F9eq
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    Posted 5 years ago
    Thu Mar 20 2014 7:51:31
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    Adding images of the bites for ID purposes - ankle http://m.imgur.com/ncsYaoy
    underside of arm http://m.imgur.com/7O2F9eq
    top of arm http://m.imgur.com/UKkOsT5

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Fri Mar 21 2014 10:30:54
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    Hi,

    Sorry I missed this thread before but I have added to a very similar one just now which you may want to read through:

    http://bedbugger.com/forum/topic/bed-bugs-in-hotel-need-affirmation-on-my-approach

    Active monitoring only works in rooms that are not currently occupied and generally works best between day 3 - 5 so a negative result overnight does not necessarily give you a valid answer.

    Hope that helps explain.

    David Cain
    Bed Bugs Limited

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Sat Mar 22 2014 15:58:33
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    Thanks for your response. I still haven't found any definitive evidence of bed bugs, but I did just find a new bite on my torso. The site of the bite burned very intensely, and I've attached a link to the picture if anyone can help me id? new bite

    Its almost gone now. Its barely raised or red. I tore through everything looking for signs but found nothing. All these what ifs and worrying is giving me severe panic attacks.


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