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  1. CantStopCrying

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    Posted 2 years ago
    Fri Aug 18 2017 22:06:28
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    So back in January my daughter had bites on her arms. Honestly I thought it was scabies. But it went away. Scabies doesn't just go away...my husband make a smart remark "hope it's not BB" well that got me to thinking/looking. One night I came home from work and I just decided to look around and sure enough on my bed skirt was a bug. At the time I thought it was a BB but had never seen one so I wasn't sure and thought it might be a fluke and I'm just paranoid. No, nope I started googling and found this site....it was a BB. My heart sank and I didn't sleep for days. I saved a few in a pill bottle since I only saw nymphs I knew it wouldn't be easy for a PCO to find them. When he came he said he's pretty sure my infestation was only about a month old. We signed a contract for treatment.

    Family noticed I hadn't been coming around and was pretty much hiding so I started telling the people I needed to tell...parents, brother, best friend. My father was like "oh my girl friend had them a month ago, it was cold so we just left the windows opened for a few days, they are all dead" omg FACE PALM! "No dad that's not how any of this works!" I told my mom and her and her boyfriend checked their apartment and found nothing. I went to my dads house to "inspect" and found suspicious stains on sheets but all the times I checked, no bugs. But my son kept coming home from his house covered in bites he blamed on mosquitoes (dad lives in the woods).

    Last treatments came and went with no signs after the first treatment, I was relieved...we'll kind of. I still didn't sleep at night. The slightest brush of the covers and I was jumping awake. Finally after months I start to live again and start to unpack my bags, running everything in the dryer again as precaution. Now it's July and we are excited but cautious for vacation. Packed in air tight totes and inspected the condo prior to bringing in any belongings. Shew ok we are clear. Meanwhile Mom is spending the night at my house to animal sit. Everything is good!

    WRONG!

    So if it's not obvious my parents aren't together but my brother lives with my dad and my mom goes over there to watch his kids. Well while I was gone they found out my dads room was INFESTED! And yet my mom was there and continued to stay at my house knowing this and not telling me! She claims she was "careful" again FACE PALM! Well last week my mom found them in her apartment and she's not the only one in the building with them. When they told the office they said they weren't going to call anyone because it's too expensive so my mom says that's fine I'll call someone and she called the health department. Magically tonight a PCO knocks on her door for inspection, they start treatment Thursday (her whole building)

    No wonder I ended up with them, my mom, my dad, and my dad's girlfriend all had them! Wtf?

    I haven't seen anything in my house so far but I'm super freaked out. It took me a week to have the guts to flip my bed over and look! I didn't see anything but I vacuumed it and steamed it anyway! I still have to check the kids beds but I'm scared! They have no bites, and I do know they react because they did last time, and pretty bad. I know no bites doesn't = no BB but it's a little relief. My however I'm itching like crazy! I have a few bumps but I don't know if I'm so paranoid that I'm scratching myself into having bumps or what? I flipped everything over in my room and not a sign other than my itching/bumps? Even put fresh linens on my bed to have a better sense of blood smears and such. So far nothing but I'm still digging myself open.

    I CANNOT GO THROUGH THIS AGAIN!!! The first time about broke me mentally. I already have depression and anxiety and this is just becoming the straw that broke the camels back.

    I just needed to vent since I can't really just go venting this to friends and conworkers.

    And I think it goes without saying but none of them are allowed within a 100 feet of my front yard Now. I got a a restraining order on those damn bugs and hopefully I won't have to get a PCO to find them in contempt of that order.

  2. Nobugsonme

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    Posted 2 years ago
    Fri Aug 18 2017 22:18:20
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    I recommend getting a professional inspection to check for signs in your home, but don't panic. Passive bed bug monitors are an idea also.

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."
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    Posted 2 years ago
    Fri Aug 18 2017 22:26:09
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    Nobugsonme - 3 minutes ago  » 
    I recommend getting a professional inspection to check for signs in your home, but don't panic. Passive bed bug monitors are an idea also.

    If I were To go that route would you suggest not cleaning any further as to not wipe away evidence? How will the PCO deistinguish between prior markings on my boxspring and new ones? When I flipped my boxspring I literally found nothing. Not a casting, not a bug and not a stain that I didn't already know was there...

    I know I'm not a professional but I am very thorough and anal. Took my over two hours just to inspect my boxspring because I didn't want to miss anything! This is just miserable! All that money I spent on treatment may just be out the window.

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    Posted 1 year ago
    Tue Aug 29 2017 9:15:06
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    Well yesterday I was getting ready to take my daughter to an appointment and what do I see? A BB crawling across my bed. I'm absolutely mortified! I've started my prep work and haven't found any more which kind of scares me. I'd like to be optimistic like my husband and think it was a fluke but in my mind if I can't find them I can't kill them. I haven't called my PCO yet because I want to get my prep done first so they can right to work.

    I don't know if I can do this again, I'm so mentally unstable because of these damn bugs. Pretty sure I'm on the verge of a mental breakdown. Yesterday inbetween bursts of cleaning energy I spent my day in the fetal position on my living room floor bawling. This is crazy! I'm 31 years old and crying over damn bugs.

  5. mp7ski

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    Posted 1 year ago
    Tue Aug 29 2017 11:55:22
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    Wow... what a nightmare. I was hoping I'd never see you on this site again except to celebrate ongoing success being bug free.

    I hear you on the depression and anxiety... I've been dealing with it my whole life and it's been magnified for the last 9 months while dealing with this. And fyi, I'm a 27 year old man that has been brought to tears frequently because of this. You're not alone...

    I am not an expert, any advice I give should be considered as amateur advice and not taken as fact. I mean well with all my posts and try to give back. If you plan on using any of my advice, I suggest doing research into said advice to make sure it is in your best interest.
    Study on Thermal Death Points(pages 18-29 of pdf) : http://www.propanecouncil.org/uploadedFiles/Council/Research_and_Development/REP_12221%20Efficacy%20of%20Heat%20on%20Bed%20Bugs.pdf
    Study on Cimexa: http://www.pctonline.com/article/pct0814-silica-gel-research-bed-bugs/
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    Posted 1 year ago
    Tue Aug 29 2017 18:33:44
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    I wish I was celebrating continued success! The problem is now I'm narrowing down where I got them because as I said my dad, my dad's girlfriend, my mom and my moms boyfriend have them and they had them pretty bad. They all hang out together so the source is unknown exactly but I know it was from them initially and now. What do I do? Never see them again? Tell them they have to stay away from me and their grandkids forever? I'm beginning to feel like this is a problem that I have to deal with forever now.

    I know I'm far from alone but I have to say sometimes it's feels like I am all alone in a sea of bed bug hell and I can't swim to the surface for a breath of air. I have never been suicidal and I still am not but the depression and anxiety has me just losing the will to care or live. Some days I just want to crawl into a dark hole and just leave everything and everyone behind. So irritational I know! Crazy how a bug can change your whole outlook on life.


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