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  1. nyjammin

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    I know there is no definite way to know how one gets bbs, but there is always a hunch. Maybe people can answer these questions so others can benefit. You can copy and paste the questions for easier access. Thanks.

    Do you know how you got bbs and if not, where do you think you got them?

    How long do you think you had the bbs before you realized you had an infestation?

    How did you realize that what you have/had are bbs?

    Did you know anything about bbs before your infestation?

    What kind of residence do you live in (apartment, house, SRO, etc)?

    Do you own or rent?

    Who lives with you?

    What state do you live in?

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    Do you know how you got bbs and if not, where do you think you got them? Probably from my boyfriend who lived in a city shelter and did not know anything about bbs or how bad they can be.

    How long do you think you had the bbs before you realized you had an infestation? I believe it could've been 6 months.

    How did you realize that what you have/had are bbs? Saw one bloodspot on my bed. Thought it was dirt from the outside. My bed is next to the window. Saw another bloodspot couple of weeks later. Got suspicious. Looked up "bloodspot" on internet and read to check mattress, then there they were. I was also getting a "rash" on my legs and didn't know what it was but it was the bloodspot that made me realize I had bbs, not the "rash" which, of course, were bites.

    Did you know anything about bbs before your infestation? No. Never even heard of bbs. When I read the info. I was like, "What is THAT!" and was totally grossed out.

    What kind of residence do you live in (apartment, house, SRO, etc)? Apartment in a big building, 6 floors about 10 apartments per floor.

    Do you own or rent? Rent

    Who lives with you? Boyfriend and 2 children

    What state do you live in? New York

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    Tue Dec 18 2007 22:46:55
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    Do you know how you got bbs and if not, where do you think you got them?
    I am 99% sure I got them from work (I am an elementary school art teacher and many of our students have bedbugs at home).

    How long do you think you had the bbs before you realized you had an infestation?
    Less than a month . . . maybe two weeks.

    How did you realize that what you have/had are bbs?
    Googled "bites at night."

    Did you know anything about bbs before your infestation?
    Nothing at all, had no idea they even existed.

    What kind of residence do you live in (apartment, house, SRO, etc)?
    Small apartment building.

    Do you own or rent?
    Rent.

    Who lives with you?
    Live alone.

    What state do you live in?
    Colorado.

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    Tue Dec 18 2007 23:13:46
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    Do you know how you got bbs and if not, where do you think you got them? Yes, from my niece's apartment. Either I got them there, or she brought them over, or they came in a book. The first bug I found was a dead one in a book she had given me. I think they came with the book, but also I had been reading the book and often my books fall on the floor. So it may have hidden there at night in my home. (My niece's apartment was sprayed for bed bugs, and she still is getting bites.

    How long do you think you had the bbs before you realized you had an infestation? Maybe a couple of weeks. It happened very fast. She was getting bites, but didn't know why. About a month later I found a bug.

    How did you realize that what you have/had are bbs? I found two adults, both dead, and killed two nypmphs. Also have lots of bites on my arms.

    Did you know anything about bbs before your infestation? Nothing,except the old children's song: Good night, sleep tight, ...... then I started searching the internet, and almost had another heart attack. (I had one of these in March of this year, and the exertion of treating bugs is really hard on my health) I have heard people say, it's just a bug, but in my case and for many others it is life threatening.

    What kind of residence do you live in (apartment, house, SRO, etc)? small house

    Do you own or rent? I own it.

    Who lives with you? My grandson for now.

    What state do you live in? Alberta, Canada.

  5. WelcometoFlatbush

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    Tue Dec 18 2007 23:58:57
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    I Had bedbugs, they were in the apartment building before i moved in.

    I suspected i had an infestation immediately after one set of bites, 6 weeks after moving in. But couldn't find them, so i was in denial for about 4 weeks.

    I was exposed to bedbugs previously, but had not read about them. I think i managed not to bring them back from those experiences.

    I was a renter in a 32 unit apartment building in Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY

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    Do you know how you got bbs and if not, where do you think you got them?
    Not sure. In fact, am questioning WHEN we got them. We moved into a rental place in August and my husband noticed bites on him when he slept on the couch a few nights the end of October. We think they most likely came from a scarf brought back to us from Peru that sat a couple days on the couch he slept on, but now I wonder if they might have come from a transient woman we gave a ride to around the same time period. (But if we had them before this time...they were either already here or from a moving van).
    How long do you think you had the bbs before you realized you had an infestation?
    If they came from Peru (which is still the most likely scenario), a couple of weeks.
    How did you realize that what you have/had are bbs?
    The bites, first off. My husband got one HUGE welt bite and then a week later started getting more, but smaller, welt bites. Then we googled "bites" and came up with bed bugs. A strange looking smear on a blanket my husband used on the couch tipped us off to that likelihood. Then we found two live nymphs in our car that matched pictures exactly.
    Did you know anything about bbs before your infestation?
    I knew they existed, but thought they hung out in unkempt or dirty bedding and rooms (like cockroaches). My husband thought they were just something in a children's rhyme.
    What kind of residence do you live in (apartment, house, SRO, etc)?
    A newer townhome in the suburbs.
    Do you own or rent?
    rent
    Who lives with you?
    husband and son
    What state do you live in? Utah

  7. NotSoSnug

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    Posted 11 years ago
    Wed Dec 19 2007 0:56:03
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    Do you know how you got bbs and if not, where do you think you got them?
    No idea. Could've been in my tongue-in-groove murphy bed for ages, could have come from another unit or could've brought them in somehow in clothing or packsack.

    How long do you think you had the bbs before you realized you had an infestation?
    3-6 months of waking up early and excema patches. Don't know for sure.

    How did you realize that what you have/had are bbs?
    Woke up and caught one biting in early dawn, then looked and caught others.

    Did you know anything about bbs before your infestation?
    Some incidental knowledge from travel info.

    What kind of residence do you live in (apartment, house, SRO, etc)?
    Apt.

    Do you own or rent?
    Rent.

    Who lives with you?
    BBs.

    What state do you live in?
    A state of discomfort. (It's in Canada, look it up.)

  8. purplebugladee

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    Wed Dec 19 2007 1:16:21
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    Do you know how you got bbs and if not, where do you think you got them?

    At first the PCO thought I brought them home from a trip to Paris but we came back in Jan and didn't have any bites until July so I told her I didn't agree. It could have been any of 3 motels closer to the symptom time frame or the opening of a delightful coffee shop I love that has at least 50 pieces of old, used, upholstered furniture as its decor. I am hoping it is not that coffee shop because if it is, the bugs will be back. I've stayed out of there since the night of a visit that I felt a bug hitchhiked home with me. I killed that one and totally went into pesticide mode and drowned my livingroom area that night. It's been 3 weeks since I've seen any, dead or alive; since that night and no more visits to that place.

    How long do you think you had the bbs before you realized you had an infestation?

    My partner was getting bit for a couple of weeks before mine started but mine was much worse.....it had to be 2-1/2 to 3 months. I saw the Dr. 3x, they treated for fungus, then dermatitis, then scabies and it got worse and worse until I figured it out.

    How did you realize that what you have/had are bbs?

    I was convinced they must be fleas at first (I have 2 cats and a dog). Treated them, my bites were still getting worse, then suspected scabies. Treated that, they got better for a day (guess bed bugs don't like biting permethrin drenched bodies)then got much worse. Everytime I did an online search on scabies or fleas, bed bugs came up and I just ignored them as a possibility; one night I woke up at 3am feeling as if I was being eaten alive, got this sick feeling that maybe it was bedbugs, went online, found Amanda's bedbug blog and her bites were the same. In the morning after my boyfriend woke up (I stayed the rest of the night on the sofa) I went in and looked. We found live ones walking in my bed in various stages, poops, blood stains, discarded casings, etc. I realized I had seen these before and ignored them, the rest was hidden in places you rarely look unless you turn your mattress upside down. I called a PCO that day,but made a lot of mistakes in my shocked state.

    Did you know anything about bbs before your infestation?

    All I knew was they were back sometime in the early 2000's, hard to eradicate and now I was going to have to read a lot, make decisions about something I knew nothing about, quickly, and it was going to cost a lot of cash we simply could not afford to spend.

    What kind of residence do you live in (apartment, house, SRO, etc)?

    private house

    Do you own or rent?

    own

    Who lives with you?

    a 20 yr old son full time, a 13 yr old son part time and my boyfriend.

    What state do you live in?

    NY

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    Posted 11 years ago
    Wed Dec 19 2007 9:39:50
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    Do you know where you got bed bugs? Yes they were in the apartment that we moved into in june 2007.
    How long so you think you had bed bugs before you realized you had an infestation? We were getting bites within 2 weeks after moving in but thought they were from mites. A few weeks later we caught a nymph and then an older bug and the neighbor found out on the internet that they were bed bugs.
    Did you know anything about bed bugs before your infestation? Only in the nursery rythme!!
    What kind of residence do you live in? We live in a 3 br apartment in a 20 apartment complex.
    Do you rent or own? We rent.
    Who lives with you? My husband and 4 daughters.
    What state do you live in? Nebraska

  10. lieutenantdan

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    Do you know how you got bbs and if not, where do you think you got them?
    Piece of used furniture, newly installed cable tv box, visitors, neighbors?, work, family?, library books, public transportation, hospital, hotel.

    How long do you think you had the bbs before you realized you had an infestation? Discovered on Tuesday October 10, 2006 I will never forget that day for as long as I live.
    No way of telling due to the bite reaction thing? My wife and dog was reacting in late August and I did not react for three months, Thought mosquitos or fleas. I did see poop marks on bottom of bed frame when I was cleaning and I thought it looked odd and I even asked myself if the poop marks were from the factory, I was there when the bed was installed and I didn't believe that they were present at that time. If I had some knowledge which should have been provided by government and media I would have known at that moment that I had an infestation to deal with, instead I did not know for two months or so later.

    How did you realize that what you have/had are bbs?
    Wife discovered when inspecting the bed after she got a heads up from local health food store. A nymph crawled up to her while she was reading a book at 10am.

    Did you know anything about bbs before your infestation?
    Very little, only saw occasional report on TV about hotels. Ignorance on the media and government's part, we should have all had a better heads-up.

    What kind of residence do you live in (apartment, house, SRO, etc)?
    Single family attached row house.

    Do you own or rent? Own

    Who lives with you? At the time spouse and dog.

    What state do you live in? Queens, New York City (the ground zero for bed bugs)

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    Do you know how you got bbs and if not, where do you think you got them? Yes known source, occupational exposure

    How long do you think you had the bbs before you realized you had an infestation? 2 - 6 weeks

    How did you realize that what you have/had are bbs? Detected as part of regular inspection

    Did you know anything about bbs before your infestation? Yes

    What kind of residence do you live in (apartment, house, SRO, etc)? Apartment

    Do you own or rent? Own

    Who lives with you? Depends on the day of the week

    What state do you live in? London UK

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    Do you know how you got bbs and if not, where do you think you got them? At first I had thought from the moving van as I had not had them at my previous place of 3 years but since finding them in the lint trap that someone else in the building forgot to clean out I am now less inclined to think it was the moving van.

    How long do you think you had the bbs before you realized you had an infestation? I'm not quite sure I had been here 4 months moved my bed to an oppisite wall 2 months ago and that was when the first signs started to appear.

    How did you realize that what you have/had are bbs? I and my partner both started breaking out in rashes and while they looked different - his were much worse - I started to wonder about BB's. Once I noticed spotting on the sheet and pillowcases and seen an actual bug that I caught it only took going online to confirm what it was.

    Did you know anything about bbs before your infestation? Yes but only what I had seen on the news which primarily dealt with infestations on cruise ships and hotels/motels in this area.

    What kind of residence do you live in (apartment, house, SRO, etc)? Apartment

    Do you own or rent? Rent

    Who lives with you? No one my partner has his own place but used to spend time here I will not allow him to now.

    What state do you live in? Florida

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    Do you know how you got bbs and if not, where do you think you got them?
    I got the either from: a friend who had them and gave me two pieces of clothes while she was fighting them (obviously did not take precautions) OR I brought them back from Chile which I visited in August. That's less likely b/c my boyfriend and the other couple we went with do not have them.

    How long do you think you had the bbs before you realized you had an infestation?
    I think I had them for about a month or longer before I realized.

    How did you realize that what you have/had are bbs?
    I started getting a rash on my arms and had multiple bites on my fingers. Thought I was reacting to dryness or from my autoimmune disorder. Then I realized my friend had been fighting them so I checked out my bed and voila...they they were

    Did you know anything about bbs before your infestation?
    Only that my friend had been going through HELL for 4 months trying to fight them. I couldn't understand why she didn't just move. Now I understand.

    What kind of residence do you live in (apartment, house, SRO, etc)?
    Apartment-about 10 apts

    Do you own or rent?
    Rent

    Who lives with you?
    Live alone with dog.

    What state do you live in?
    California

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    Do you know how you got bbs and if not, where do you think you got them?
    Definitely got them from my upstairs neighbor. They traveled through the walls. Landlord knew he had bedbugs, but didn't understand the how crazy these things are to get rid of. He never called a PCO and never warned anyone.

    How long do you think you had the bbs before you realized you had an infestation?
    6-8 weeks. I thought I had a rash.

    How did you realize that what you have/had are bbs?
    When cleaning, my husband pulled the bed away from the wall and saw the poop stains on the base board and the mattress.

    Did you know anything about bbs before your infestation?
    I knew they existed, but didn't know anything about them.

    What kind of residence do you live in (apartment, house, SRO, etc)?
    apartment in a 6 unit building

    Do you own or rent?
    rent

    Who lives with you?
    husband and 3 cats

    What state do you live in?
    Massachusetts

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    Do you know how you got bbs and if not, where do you think you got them?
    Either my mother who lives in a condo and dated a NY transit pumber from LI, buying used clothing from consignment for hte kids, or the local hospital.

    How long do you think you had the bbs before you realized you had an infestation?
    4-5 months

    How did you realize that what you have/had are bbs?
    After going to the local Petco, showing then bites accross my back and stomach. I thought fleas, but didn't see any. I had about 150 bites in less than a 3-4 days..then I woke with the "pattern" looked up on the net and found bed bugs. I didn't even know they existed.

    Did you know anything about bbs before your infestation?
    No.

    What kind of residence do you live in (apartment, house, SRO, etc)?
    Single family home.

    Do you own or rent?
    Own

    Who lives with you?
    Husband and three toddlers.

    What state do you live in?
    New Jersey

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    Do you know how you got bbs and if not, where do you think you got them?
    ---------Don't know. Think a tenant who had bedbugs already moved into our apartment building thinking if they simply moved to a nice town, they wouldn't have the bedbugs any more.

    How long do you think you had the bbs before you realized you had an infestation?
    ---------Probably on and off for a copule of years. Building did not disclose we had them and were ineffectively and sporadically treating. Still haven't disclosed; still sporadic treatment. BB population (and bites) cycle larger and smaller.

    How did you realize that what you have/had are bbs?
    ---------My gynecologist (from an Asian country) recognized what the bites were.

    Did you know anything about bbs before your infestation?
    ---------Only misinformation. Thought they were limited to the inner city and public housing.

    What kind of residence do you live in (apartment, house, SRO, etc)?
    ---------apartment building

    Do you own or rent?
    ---------Rent

    Who lives with you?
    ---------Live alone, used to live with parakeets. We think they died from the pesticides since all the parakeets in the building died after we were treated.

    What state do you live in?
    ---------Massachusetts

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    I got them from my partners evil twin brother.My guy and myself are not symtomatic,which is why they had to travel across the hall to my friend before I knew.Her poor daughter and herself are getting bitten with ichthy rashes and she know the evil twin who told her friend he had a bad bedbug problem in July.Once she started getting the bites,she asked me and told me what her friend had heard.That's when I looked under my mattress,cause this idiots always hanging out here.So I knew if she had caught and killed 1 bug(he's never been in her apartment) I must have many more.Being unsusceptable to the itchy welts is NOT a good thing.I would have caught it much earlier if I were symptomatic I think.The idiot brotherinlaw has been told he is not allowed in my apartment after I treat!His idea of treatment is to pour alcohol on them when seen!He has mentioned moving and I told him he will most assuredly take them with him!So the answer is had them at least 6 mon. I rent in a small building,and had I even heard the word I would have treated.I had read they were on the rise but didn't know (but should have suspected)the idiot brother had them.I live with the other idiot(just kidding,honey) 3 dogs ,2 cats,and 100 gal fish tank with marine fish.I'm hoping I can seal off the tank during treatment!I live in N.Y.

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    Do you know how you got bbs and if not, where do you think you got them?
    *Now former landlord told me that my neighbor next door (who I never met, and only saw a few times) took in an infested piece of furniture that someone else had gotten rid of. She tried to self-treat, which failed, and made me get them.

    How long do you think you had the bbs before you realized you had an infestation?
    *I thought I had them pretty quickly since I was familiar with them. However, when I would Google bite pictures, they never looked like mine, so I then thought that I didn't have them. Went to 5 doctors to figure out what they were, but no one knew. Finally, some two months later, I called the LL and said that I thought I had BBs, and that's when she told me that the woman next door had them. Thanks for the warning, LL. Not. I was sprayed two months after initial symptoms (three in a row bites).

    How did you realize that what you have/had are bbs?
    *I officially realized I had them when exterminator came and lifted up my mattress. There were a few BBs hanging out, and that's when the tears started. July 17, 2006. Was subsequently exterminated 4-5 times. Landlords refused to treat more, so I called the Board of Health on them. Even when I had no belongings in my apartment, I'd still see them crawling around. Landlords said it was my fault that I had them since the neighbor who brought them was ok. How could that be with no belongings? Eventually moved. Still suffering from a skin disorder I cannot identify. Have been exterminated maybe around 6 times at new place. Have never seen a bug, but have seen blood in my bed maybe 3 times in 10 months. I hope my old landlords rot.

    Did you know anything about bbs before your infestation?
    *Yes, I was familiar with them. The NPMA used to be a client of mine way back, so I worked on stories for them regarding the bugs. However, at the time, they were mainly confined to hotels.

    What kind of residence do you live in (apartment, house, SRO, etc)?
    *Lived in an apartment house(20 of them) then, two family apt. now.

    Do you own or rent?
    *Rent.

    Who lives with you?
    *No one.

    What state do you live in?
    *NJ.

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    Do you know how you got bbs and if not, where do you think you got them? Yes, I think I know how we got them. I live in a rooming house and a neighbor who lived in the apt. next door to mine brought them in in a plastic sandwich bag. That's what the landlady says and I think she is right, because there were no bed bugs in this place prior to this neighbor living here. He moved in here about a year after I did, so I know that BBs weren't a problem here before he moved in, at least there were no complaints of BBs. We think he just brought them into the house and spread them around so he could get free rent and he actually ended up sueing the landlady,alleging that the BBs were already here when he moved in, which I think was very unfair to her and the rest of the tenants here.

    How long do you think you had the bbs before you realized you had an infestation?
    Maybe 5-6 months.

    How did you realize that what you have/had are bbs?

    I recognized them because they looked just like the ones that the neighbor showed me as mentioned above. I also looked on the internet and found info and pictures of bed bugs. Then, I also killed a few of them and showed them to the PCO who came to inspect the place and he comfirmed it.

    Did you know anything about bbs before your infestation?

    Just what the neighbor had shown me and told me about them previously and I think maybe from an encounter I had with some years ago.

    What kind of residence do you live in (apartment, house, SRO, etc)?
    Rooming house.

    Do you own or rent?
    Rent
    Who lives with you?
    No one

    What state do you live in?
    Ohio

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    *Do you know how you got bbs and if not, where do you think you got them?*
    Several of my neighbors had them so I think they came in through the walls and floors.

    *How long do you think you had the bbs before you realized you had an infestation?*
    i'm extremely allergic so I'm assuming I noticed right away, but there had to be a lag time for them to come in and take up residence in my mattress. However I was in denial for a week after I started getting bites.

    *How did you realize that what you have/had are bbs?*
    I realized I only got bitten in bed, so I googled bed bugs, found this site, and started looking around the hosue. Eventually a full grown bed bug crawled out in plain site. I caught it, put it in a plastic bag, and held it up to next to Lou's pictures. Did not need a second opinion, it was clearly a bed bug.

    *Did you know anything about bbs before your infestation?*
    No. I never wanted to know anything about them.

    *What kind of residence do you live in (apartment, house, SRO, etc)?*
    8-unit apartment building, old, with lots of cracks.

    *Do you own or rent?*
    rent

    *Who lives with you?*
    A cat, a dog, and bed bugs.

    *What state do you live in?*
    New York.

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    o you know how you got bbs and if not, where do you think you got them?
    well everybody says we got it from the lady downstairs and now we stuck with it
    How long do you think you had the bbs before you realized you had an infestation?
    well my nephew use to have these red bumps all over his body when 1 day i went to sleep to investigate and saw 2 of them and little white babies moving it was real nasty because i never seen anything like it
    How did you realize that what you have/had are bbs?
    well i googled it up and bedbugs was the only thing that made sense plus they were hiding in the seams of my bed those are bad days
    Did you know anything about bbs before your infestation?
    hell no just knew the name when people say "sleep tight dont let the bedbugs bite"
    What kind of residence do you live in (apartment, house, SRO, etc)?
    apartment
    Do you own or rent?
    rent
    Who lives with you?
    mom, step dad, sis, me
    What state do you live in?Bronx, New York

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    Do you know how you got bbs and if not, where do you think you got them?
    not sure but they could of come from work or these reconditioned mattresses I bought abot 4months ago.

    How long do you think you had the bbs before you realized you had an infestation? not sure

    How did you realize that what you have/had are bbs? blood spots on sheets and unexplaines bites

    Did you know anything about bbs before your infestation? I knew they existed that's about it.

    What kind of residence do you live in (apartment, house, SRO, etc)? apartment

    Do you own or rent?rent

    Who lives with you?husband and 2 sons

    What state do you live inwashington dc

  23. buggedoutinbaltimore

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    Do you know how you got bbs and if not, where do you think you got them?
    I think my upstairs neighbors (two floors above me) moved in and brought them along. According to the PCO, that is where the infestation originated. That's not to say I didn't already have my own special amd mysterious case, but that's the theory of the moment.

    How long do you think you had the bbs before you realized you had an infestation?
    The neighbors moved in two months before we realized we had bugs. We were being bitten for about three weeks before we realized what was happening in our unit.

    How did you realize that what you have/had are bbs?
    My boyfriend and I had bites. He had lots of them on his torso, and lots of 1-2-3 bites along his arms and hands. I had single bites on my hands and back. We did some research about bites at night, and here we are.

    Did you know anything about bbs before your infestation?
    Not a thing.

    What kind of residence do you live in (apartment, house, SRO, etc)?
    We live in a multi-unit apartment. It used to be one huge house and now it is cut up into apartments.

    Do you own or rent?
    Rent

    Who lives with you?
    My boyfriend and two cats.

    What state do you live in?
    Maryland

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    Do you know how you got bbs and if not, where do you think you got them?
    Roommate got a used mattress that was infested.

    How long do you think you had the bbs before you realized you had an infestation?
    3 months, neither of us react to bites.

    How did you realize that what you have/had are bbs?
    Roommate discovered on her pillow, pulled back the sheets & they were crawling around on her mattress. She Googled them to ID.

    Did you know anything about bbs before your infestation?
    That they were rampant in NYC hotels, didn't know much about the residential problem.

    What kind of residence do you live in (apartment, house, SRO, etc)?
    Huge apartment building.

    Do you own or rent?
    Rent

    Who lives with you?
    Roommate & 2 cats

    What state do you live in?
    NY

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    Do you know how you got bbs and if not, where do you think you got them?
    No idea where they came from. I feel like it was one of those rare instances where one hitched a ride on my stuff from ... the gym? the laundry? the subway?

    How long do you think you had the bbs before you realized you had an infestation?
    I'm not sure; see next question.

    How did you realize that what you have/had are bbs?
    I had two bites on one arm, though couldn't identify them and didn't think much of it. Within a week or two, I was conscious of the fact I'd been thrashing around in the middle of the night (after being bitten, I guess). The one night at about 3am, I literally sat up in bed fixed on the idea I had bedbugs, though I hadn't seen any evidence and it hadn't occurred to me before. I searched the internet for bedbug info and the info seemed to match my bites and the circumstances. The next AM it all seemed like the product of late night paranoia. Within a few days though i had a few more bites and I did more research, then found a few alive under my futon.

    Did you know anything about bbs before your infestation?
    I knew they existed and heard vaguely within the past year or two that there was an epidemic.

    What kind of residence do you live in (apartment, house, SRO, etc)?
    18-apartment tenement building in Manhattan.

    Do you own or rent?
    rent

    Who lives with you?
    no one

    What state do you live in?
    NY

  26. buggedinphilly

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    Do you know how you got bbs and if not, where do you think you got them?
    We picked them up during a 3 night stay at a hotel in Charleston.
    We were bitten while staying there but since it's coastal South Carolina we assumed
    giant mosquito. We've since comfirmed that they did have a bb problem and that they knew about
    the problem before and during our stay. They mentioned nothing to us and were
    seeking no professional treatment.

    How long do you think you had the bbs before you realized you had an infestation?
    2 months

    How did you realize that what you have/had are bbs?
    we thought we were being bitten by mosquitos, even after the blood stains,
    we figured we were crushing them or the cat was. Then we found one that had
    just fed between our pillows one morning

    Did you know anything about bbs before your infestation?
    not a thing.

    What kind of residence do you live in (apartment, house, SRO, etc)?
    It's a rowhouse, but since we're on the corner we only have an adjoining house on one side.

    Do you own or rent?
    own.

    Who lives with you?
    my wife and our two cats.

    What state do you live in?
    pennsylvania

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    Do you know how you got bbs and if not, where do you think you got them?
    My apartment building was treated in July '07. I had never noticed anything before that. Right after though I did notice bites every night. I though it was mosquito bites or hives until I found one about a week ago on my mattress.

    How long do you think you had the bbs before you realized you had an infestation?
    Since July '07. Quite a while

    How did you realize that what you have/had are bbs?
    I saw the fat red sucker on my mattress while I was changing the bedding. I immediately looked up bed bugs online and it was an exact match to every pic I've seen of these monsters. Now I've come to find quite a few in different stages, all matching online photos.

    Did you know anything about bbs before your infestation?
    No, I didn't think that they were actually real. My Mom used to always say.... sleep tight (cringes). I thought it was a cute bedtime saying.

    What kind of residence do you live in (apartment, house, SRO, etc)?
    Apartment

    Do you own or rent?
    Rent

    Who lives with you?
    My boyfriend & 3 cats.

    What state do you live in?
    Alberta, Canada.

  28. preston place

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    I never had bed bugs... my apartment did.
    The popcorn ceiling (spelling) hid them well.
    they were present before I moved in, painted over in fact.
    Signed the lease In July, had doctor's conformation in October.
    Sounds crazy but I heard voices singing to me as I feel asleep one night.
    Yes, they were singing that nursery rhyme ughhh... I found 4 bugs crawling
    on my walls the next day. I remembered the voices from the night before
    and googled images of bed bugs. I put them in a bag and took them to the doctor
    who I had to make google bed bug images "because they are only a myth sweetie."
    No, I didn't know anything prior to bed bug infestation.
    I rented a unit.
    Had a roommate, We lived in Winchester, Virgina.

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    Do you know how you got bbs and if not, where do you think you got them?
    I THINK THAT THEY ARE ON OUR BLOCK & THE BUILDINGS NEXT TO US HAVE HAD SOME TOO.

    How long do you think you had the bbs before you realized you had an infestation?
    4 months

    How did you realize that what you have/had are bbs?
    4 months

    Did you know anything about bbs before your infestation?
    NOT MUCH

    What kind of residence do you live in (apartment, house, SRO, etc)?
    APT HOUSE

    Do you own or rent?
    RENT

    Who lives with you
    BOYFRIEND & CHILD

    What state do you live in?NYC

  30. freaked out in brooklyn

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    Do you know how you got bbs and if not, where do you think you got them?
    I do not know, the subway, a concert, from the neighbors upstairs 3 flights up. After i complained, someone told me they had on the 4th floor. It was only pc once.

    How long do you think you had the bbs before you realized you had an infestation?
    I was bit day one, Never found an infestation. Found one in a trap after the bb dogs came, where they targeted. otherwise. have not seen any others. Everyone was thinking it was my imagination.

    How did you realize that what you have/had are bbs?
    I looked up this site and I was already so paranoid of the bbs in New York after reading an article months before. I said then, That is one thing, that would make me leave this city, i love so much

    Did you know anything about bbs before your infestation?
    Only that they were impossible and something, I never wanted.
    You pretty much have to get rid of everything

    What kind of residence do you live in (apartment, house, SRO, etc)?
    16 units apts

    Do you own or rent?
    Rent

    Who lives with you?
    my cat- 2 roommates who do not care about having bb. They say they won't kill you - They are no big deal. They called the landlord, after i raised a stink and wanted me out and said they could live with the bb. They will not complain.

    What state do you live in?
    New York

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    Do you know how you got bbs and if not, where do you think you got them?
    Am pretty sure I got them from downstairs neighbor. Am wondering if she could've gotten them from abandoned sofa and mattresses about ten feet from her open basement window.

    How long do you think you had the bbs before you realized you had an infestation?
    Really not sure. I only started looking once I knew the unit below had them. It took less than two weeks (after lots of false reassurances from PCO and board) to see enough evidence to know I had them. I was not reacting strongly so I had to rely on other evidence which delays things.

    How did you realize that what you have/had are bbs?
    See above. Saw bite marks after hot shower (now I've seen more than a hundred bite marks, just needed to be on the lookout), found some harborages with careful inspection and high-powered flashlight. Some old evidence suddenly became significant - weird, bug-like thing (cast skin or dead bug) crushed on second pillow, blood smear on only light-colored piece of bedding, small, whitish insect streaking across jeans folded on a wooden bookshelf.

    Did you know anything about bbs before your infestation?
    Yes and no. I was very afraid of them because a friend in NYC had a terrible experience and spread them to many people. But that didn't mean I was educated (had been to Bedbugger College ;o) and besides so much information you initially hear or read is just wrong) and also I didn't think I was at risk here in Colorado. WRONG!

    What kind of residence do you live in (apartment, house, SRO, etc)?
    Apartment/condominium, 12 units.

    Do you own or rent?
    Own(ed).

    Who lives with you?
    These days, just the voices in my head.

    What state do you live in?
    Colorado.

  32. Itchybutdealing

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    Do you know how you got bbs and if not, where do you think you got them?
    Probably from vacation in PR but could have been from subway or friends from south america visiting.

    How long do you think you had the bbs before you realized you had an infestation?
    2 weeks

    How did you realize that what you have/had are bbs?
    Saw bites on me, called in K9 and confirmed

    Did you know anything about bbs before your infestation?
    A lot, have had them before 3 years ago in our old place! Got those from a Cape Cod Motel.

    What kind of residence do you live in (apartment, house, SRO, etc)?
    APT

    Do you own or rent?
    Own (unfortunately with this problem, I pay for it all myself)

    Who lives with you
    Husband & Children

    What state do you live in?
    NYC

  33. bughater

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    Do you know how you got bbs and if not, where do you think you got them?

    I am pretty sure we brought them home from a Timeshare Condo at the Casablanca in Mesquite, NV. The PCO I spoke with said he has recently heard of a few cases comming from Mesquite. I have tried to contact the Resort to have someone inpsect the condo room and confirm the bed bugs. I keep getting the run around when I call and no one has called me back.

    How long do you think you had the bbs before you realized you had an infestation?

    maybe 5 weeks

    How did you realize that what you have/had are bbs?

    Bites started to appear on my Husband and I thought it was from spiders. Then when I started getting ichy bites I started googling. I still thought it was spider bites because I couldnt see ANY bed bug signs. So last Saturday I mistakingly bug bombed my house (before finding out from your sight that I shouldnt) When I was taking my bed apart I found a few blood specks and what looked like a dried up dead bb between the dust ruffle and the box springs. After realizing this was a bed bug skin, I did every home remedy I could find. Then when we were putting the bed back together we found one adult bb full of blood and one smaller one that appeared to be in the second stage of life. YUCK!!!!

    Did you know anything about bbs before your infestation?

    I seen some special on TV a couple years ago. When I talked to my Mom about my bites the first thing she did was emailed me all this stuff about bb's. My Husband didnt think there was such a thing, they were just a myth....until he seen what we had found looked exactly as pictured online.

    What kind of residence do you live in (apartment, house, SRO, etc)?

    A large 2 story house

    Do you own or rent?

    Own

    Who lives with you?

    Hubby, 4 kids 2 indoor dogs and a cat...plenty of blood here for this nasty creatures

    What state do you live in?

    Utah

  34. TomIsBugged

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    Thanks for starting this post - it's nice to see how one patterns with others!

    Do you know how you got bbs and if not, where do you think you got them?
    - Upstairs neighbour

    How long do you think you had the bbs before you realized you had an infestation?
    - Can't say... The guy upstairs seems to have been sitting on 'em for a while though.

    How did you realize that what you have/had are bbs?
    - Caught live adult mocking me from atop my pillow

    Did you know anything about bbs before your infestation?
    - Lots, having gone through it all 2 years before in another city

    What kind of residence do you live in (apartment, house, SRO, etc)?
    - Smaller, older apt. building.

    Do you own or rent?
    - Rent

    Who lives with you?
    - My former, psychologically healthy self (who's hiding in a Ziploc until we move).

    What state do you live in?
    - BC, CDA... NOT "The Best Place on Earth" (Don't believe the license plate.. It's a filthy, infested lie."

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    Do you know how you got bbs and if not, where do you think you got them? I firmly believe it was from a head board purchased from someone on Craig's list. (I'd like to says thanks to that nice person for selling infested junk. Karma will find you.)

    How long do you think you had the bbs before you realized you had an infestation? Maybe 2 months.

    How did you realize that what you have/had are bbs? Found them on the box spring.

    Did you know anything about bbs before your infestation? No. I knew they existed but that's about it.

    What kind of residence do you live in (apartment, house, SRO, etc)? 4 apartment residence

    Do you own or rent? rent

    Who lives with you? boyfriend

    What state do you live in? massachusetts

  36. Winston O. Buggy

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    From the top ten not necessarily in order. 1. Traveling, hotel, motel hostel. 2. Visitor
    or visiting. 3. Guitar cases from the street. 4. Furniture, clothes etc from the street.
    5. Questionable mattresses. 6. Boyfriend / girlfriend 7. Migration from infested adjacent apartment. 8. Nanny, childcare, home attendant, nurse aid, cleaning person etc. 9. Not a clue 10 Don't ask .........

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    Do you know how you got bbs and if not, where do you think you got them?
    I think a hotel?

    How long do you think you had the bbs before you realized you had an infestation?
    2-3 months

    How did you realize that what you have/had are bbs?
    Finally saw one. Which answered my question to the blood spots on the bed.

    Did you know anything about bbs before your infestation? Just that they had nothing to do with cleanliness

    What kind of residence do you live in (apartment, house, SRO, etc)? Condo building

    Do you own or rent? Own

    Who lives with you? Just me

    What state do you live in?

    BC

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    Do you know how you got bbs and if not, where do you think you got them?
    I'm quite sure I got them from my friend who is quite ignorant about bedbugs and did not disclose that he has them to me. He even invited a few of us over to hangout one Saturday and that night I got home I saw a bedbug crawling on my bed. Only after I confronted that he admitted he has bedbugs. And get this...he's been living with them since 2007! Some friend huh? Apparently it doesn't bother him much so he's not planning to do anything about it.

    How long do you think you had the bbs before you realized you had an infestation?
    Right away.

    How did you realize that what you have/had are bbs?
    Internet search.

    Did you know anything about bbs before your infestation?
    Not really.

    What kind of residence do you live in (apartment, house, SRO, etc)?
    Apartment.

    Do you own or rent?
    Rent.

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    Do you know how you got bbs and if not, where do you think you got them? We know that we got them from my step-kids going to spend time with their Bio-Grandmom. They used to sleep there once a weekend for 2 years straight. And it wasnt until AFTER we found the bugs at our house that may step-kids told us that their Mimi had the same bugs at her house. UGH!

    How long do you think you had the bbs before you realized you had an infestation? Probably a good 5-6 months

    How did you realize that what you have/had are bbs? My Step-Son woke up one morning and told us he had a bug in his bed and once my husband lifted the mattress he immediately saw the infestation. It all added up then... my 2 year old and husband both were being bitten as well over the past 2 months and I just never thought anything about it. My two step-kids never showed signs of being bitten or we would have figured it out sooner.

    Did you know anything about bbs before your infestation? I never knew they exsisted or were "REAL". Only what I'd hear on TV about Hotels and Bed Bugs....

    What kind of residence do you live in (apartment, house, SRO, etc)? We live in a single family home.

    Do you own or rent? We own.

    Who lives with you? Myself, My husband and our three boys - ages 14, 11 and 2 (and one more on the way!)

    What state do you live in? New Jersey

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    Do you know how you got bbs and if not, where do you think you got them?

    We are 99.9% sure they came from our friend who had them. He insisted he was careful when visiting us (which was often), and we believed him. Truth be told, he probably was, as his family and vehicle seem to not be infested, just us. However, he brought over his gaming system at one point, and we think maybe we got it from that, as he didn't realize bugs could get into electronics. In fairness to him, the inspection at his apartment was his roommate's fault, and he barely spent any time there as he works away from home.

    How long do you think you had the bbs before you realized you had an infestation?

    Honestly, it could have been two months, but we're pretty sure it was a few weeks to a month, tops.

    How did you realize that what you have/had are bbs?

    Because our friend had them, we knew what we were dealing with. The trouble was finding them. First sign were bites on me, and only me. We assumed it was Tide rash or something akin. Then my boyfriend found bugs at his house while sorting laundry. It made no sense that our friend and my boyfriend had them, but not us. We searched and found nothing. So we put down food-grade DE in the bedrooms and just watched. I received more bites, and finally had to hire a K9 because we couldn't find a thing.

    Did you know anything about bbs before your infestation?

    I knew they were bad, and I desperately didn't want them. It ranked up there as one of my biggest fears. We learned a bit more when our friend got them, but REALLY should have done more research and not trusted his judgement.

    What kind of residence do you live in (apartment, house, SRO, etc)?

    Apartment, one of a couple units.

    Do you own or rent?

    Rent. And my landlords have been mostly great.

    Who lives with you?

    My roommate and my cat.

    What state do you live in?

    Ontario


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