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The Balance between Caution and Paranoia

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  1. manue

    Joined: Jul '12
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    Posted 1 year ago
    Sun Apr 8 2018 15:39:32

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    This is more a rant than a question, although I am interested in hearing how others deal with the fear of BB on a more ongoing basis.

    My partner and I travel a lot both for work and for pleasure. We had a BB incident in 2012 that turned out to be quite minor in retrospect, even though I lost sleep for over two weeks and read through all the information I could find here (thanks for the wealth of information). At the time, he came back from a work function unsuspecting and covered in bites. We promptly got a professional treatment and had no other issues.

    Since then I've been cautious when travelling. I inspect the bed (honestly, I do it rather quickly, I don't take it apart), I don't leave suitcases on beds, I wash clothes promptly when I return, and I inspect my suitcases and my skin closely. I know that I react strongly to BB bites (all bites really), so at least an infestation can't really sneak up on me.

    Fast forward to last week, we were in South America and it seems that things were going fine until we went to the beach. I think that there were bugs in the sand. I came back with a dozen of really itchy bites, which set my paranoia in motion. I washed everything from the trip, vacuumed my suitcase when I finally brought it in after a week in a sealed bag. I'm still itchy and can't tell if I'm getting new bites or if it's still the same old ones lingering. I just took apart my mattress and bed frame, and inspected / vacuumed every nook and cranny. No sign of bugs. I'm ordering a passive monitor and a flea treatment for my cat, and I will monitor my bed closely. All in all, I'm annoyed that I might have let my guard down and that I won't sleep well for the next few days.

  2. BigDummy

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    Posted 1 year ago
    Mon Apr 9 2018 8:08:37

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    The beach, especially at dusk can get you eaten up by little fellows that we refer to as "no-see-ums" here in Florida.

  3. Pattycake

    Joined: Nov '17
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    Posted 1 year ago
    Mon Apr 9 2018 13:48:00

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    I had bites while on a trip to Florida. Everyone there said they were sand flea bites. They did take a very long time to go away. Hope that’s all that’s “bugging you”.

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