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  1. abr09

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Tue May 29 2012 21:23:38
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    After reading through many threads and seeing all of the knowledgeable, thoughtful, and helpful responses, I just wanted to thank those of you who are helping so many people with this issue.

    My story is this: I moved to a huge apartment complex in the heart of Dallas about three months ago. Mistake one.. But anyway, every few weeks or so, I will wake up with lots and lots (this morning was a new record of 23 bites below the waist) of large, clustered, and oh so itchy bites. From extensive google-ing, I think I can conclude that they could be from bed bugs. It is never just one or two- either at least 15 or none. Also, they are always below the waist. My apartment guaranteed that my unit had been treated before I moved in, but through my research I've gathered, that's pretty useless in the long run (since they only get treated one by one). I got a new mattress and box spring about two weeks after I moved in. No furniture came with us, all new.

    So. I've searched and searched for evidence of an infestation. I can't find anything though. Is three months or so not long enough for the signs to become obvious to the untrained eye? Does the fact that the bites are inconsistent rule out bedbugs? Or could they occasionally come over to my bed from some other unit when their blood supply is out for the night?

    Since I got bit sometime last night, tonight I am going to put double sided tape all around everything within two feet of my bed and see if it catches anything. But since this is so inconsistent, I'm not sure what I can conclude from my findings. I will update tomorrow. But if anyone could provide any helpful information one way or the other I would truly appreciate it!

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Tue May 29 2012 21:30:03
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    I forgot to mention that it is a two bedroom, but my roommate has never been attacked like I have. The walls to her room are exterior except one, mine are all interior, sharing two of them with my neighbors.

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Tue May 29 2012 23:17:12
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    hi abr,
    I am not an expert, from what I know with that many bites recied regularly for 3 months, you would see signs of bb's.
    I am assuming you have checked the FAQS section and know what to look for.
    have you considered fleas?

    perhaps an expert will offer their opinion soon
    sorry you are going throught this

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Tue May 29 2012 23:22:55
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    Read the first four FAQs -- especially
    information about detecting bed bugs. You need something more than skin reactions
    (which may have other causes) to go by.

    You may also want to see a doctor about other possible
    causes.

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."
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    Wed May 30 2012 8:25:16
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  6. Hi,

    Given the extent and duration of activity I think if you feel you have conducted an extensive search and found nothing that bedbugs are not very likely.

    After 3 months there would be lots of signs such as:

    • live samples
    • Cast skins
    • Faecal traces

    The longer you go without these signs the less likely it is to be bedbugs as I have never seen them pop into one property for food and then return to another.

    Hope that helps.

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