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  1. freakingout123

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    Posted 2 weeks ago
    Fri Feb 2 2018 7:34:51
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    I'm still waiting on another professional inspection but in the mean time I did another search of my bed myself. I completely searched every square inch of my mattress, box spring and metal frame. I found absolutely nothing! So I put on homemade climb ups with baby powder (with talcun) under each bed leg and I still woke up to itchy bumps on my neck. What is the deal? I'm so frustrated. I cannot find anything still after over 2 months. No fleas or bed bugs. I also searched my sons bed/ frame and he still woke up with a bite on his face. I just don't get why I can't find anything.

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    Posted 2 weeks ago
    Sun Feb 4 2018 13:54:43
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    If you haven't already, get mattress and boxspring encasements.

    I am NOT an expert.
    My opinions are just opinions, they may NOT apply to yours or any situation.
    My advice is to always do a LOT of research.
    A lot of what I read contradicts other stuff on the Interweb.
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    Posted 2 weeks ago
    Sun Feb 4 2018 16:37:34
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    I want to but before this started we were planning on getting a whole new bedroom set. I don't really want to spend the money to just throw them out in a couple weeks. Would it be stupid to still get a new set and encase it? Or should I wait till I know for sure what's "biting" me?

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    Posted 2 weeks ago
    Sun Feb 4 2018 18:59:27
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    You need to ask your PCO.

    I was told to wait until after the 1st treatment when I said I was getting a smaller bed.
    I put the mattress in a moving bag and threw it out.
    I gambled on the frame and assumed the treatment killed anything on it so I just threw it out unwrapped.
    My new encased mattress and frame were treated 3 times.

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    Posted 2 weeks ago
    Mon Feb 5 2018 7:58:39
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    I did ask my pco. He said it was up to me. I'm not sure I can trust his advice. He's willing to treat without any evidence beside my bites.

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    Posted 2 weeks ago
    Mon Feb 5 2018 11:47:39
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    When will it be time to pursue other causes? Seems like you've exhausted the bed bug/flea idea.

    Killer of bed bugs for Homeless Empowerment Program
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    Posted 2 weeks ago
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    The time is now BigDummy but I have no clue where to even start. What else could it be? Any suggestions? I'll take any advice. I'm stuck on bed bugs because I know from experience that they are very hard to find. I've been through this before 8 years ago. We went 3 months with getting bites, being treated for scabies before we actually found a bed bug. I go to bed with no itchy bumps, I wake up with itchy bumps. Same with my son except his don't itch. I'm lost and confused. I haven't found anything in my room. I've found ants, a clover mite and a springtrail in my sons room.

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    Posted 2 weeks ago
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    What else could it be other than fleas or bed bugs? Maybe a few thousand possibilities. Food allergies, detergent allergies, air quality issues, mites, stress... It's a bed bug forum, not sure anyone could diagnose without actually being there.

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    Posted 2 weeks ago
    Mon Feb 5 2018 17:34:15
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    Any chance you can get a bed bug sniffing dog in there? At least that would pin point where they are hiding. Make sure the handler verifies any hits.

    I'm not an expert. Just sharing what I learned from my experience.
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    bedbugsbugme - 22 minutes ago  » 
    Any chance you can get a bed bug sniffing dog in there? At least that would pin point where they are hiding. Make sure the handler verifies any hits.

    There aren't any bed bugs to find, don't confuse the issue.

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    Posted 2 weeks ago
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    BigDummy - 39 minutes ago  » 
    What else could it be other than fleas or bed bugs? Maybe a few thousand possibilities. Food allergies, detergent allergies, air quality issues, mites, stress... It's a bed bug forum, not sure anyone could diagnose without actually being there.

    Exactly, your not here to diagnose. So you can't say that it's not bed bugs. I've been through this before so I know how hard it is to find them. Like I stated above, it took 3 month to find evidence the last time I had them. I'm looking at all possibilities.

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    Posted 1 week ago
    Tue Feb 6 2018 9:51:02
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    Certainly, but I've dealt with far more cases than you and may have a bit more insight.

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    Perhaps in haste though, I agree.
    There is this misconception that bed bugs "hide," I think it confuses people. They seek shelter like all creatures, the act of hiding would indicate higher thinking, which just isn't there.


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