We receive a lot of questions about bedbugs, such as what is a bedbug, where do they come from, are they dangerous, etc.. We have posted the most popular questions and their corresponding answers below.
What is a bedbug?
A bedbug is a small nocturnal insect of the family Cimicidae that lives by hematophagy (or in other words by feeding on the blood of humans and other warm-blooded hosts). bedbugs can be found all over the world, generally in human inhabited environments. The reason bedbugs are normally found in these areas is because they feed off the blood of humans.
Bedbugs are small like an apple seed; an adult may grow to be the size of 4-7mm. They are a reddish-brown color, and their shape is flat and oval.
check out are bed bugs pictures to see them compared to all kinds of objects, such as a finger, dine, quarter, in the sink, etc.
Where do bedbugs come from?
One of the most common forms of infestation is through contacts with infested furniture in hotels, motels, and other places of temporary accommodation. Bedbugs can be passed on from used clothing or furniture. Cleanliness does not arrest the spread of infestation directly. The idea that dirt can cause an infestation is a misconception. However cleanliness, by depriving the bedbugs some of their hiding places, does slow down the infestation. Apartment complexes often have bedbugs because they can get from apartment to apartment easily.
What are their feeding habits?
When a bedbug bites a human, it injects two hollow tubes into the skin. With one tube the bedbug injects an anti-coagulant, anesthetic and with the other tube, it steals your blood. They will feed for about five minutes before returning to their hiding place. Also, bedbugs typically are active only at night (they start appearing at dusk) because they are nocturnal, but can be seen anytime especially if a chance to feed occurs. An important bit of information to know about the feeding habits of bedbugs is that they can survive for up to eighteen months without feeding even though they seek blood every five to ten days. A hungry bedbug looks slightly different from one that has fed because it is typically flat with a circular shaped abdomen while a blood fed bug is elongated with a tapered abdomen.
Are bedbug bites dangerous?
I’m not a doctor, but if a bed bug feeds on a person with HIV and you pop that bug in your hand which has a cut, I’d think there might be a concern! Check out my page on bed bug bites and you will see people attacked lives destroyed.
The bites themselves are not dangerous but they can leave scars caused by itching and some people end up with rashes that look like a big red welts. Doctors often misdiagnosis the bites.
How do I stop the itching from bedbug bites?
One that will help out is anti-itching cream for insect bites. You can usually find these at a drug store over-the-counter. Other people say that taking Benadryl or using calamine lotion will help with it. It’s important to remember that even though these methods may help reduce itchiness, they will not get rid of the bedbugs.
How can I tell if I have bedbugs?
We have a comprehensive list of ways in which you can check for bedbugs – generally, the first thing you may notice is a peculiar pungent odor, this odor is often very familiar to building inspectors and tenement dwellers. If you think you may have an infestation, it’s a good idea to check your bed visually.
Other things you may notice are blood spots, fecal stains or cast exoskeleton skins. Take extra care in checking the mattress itself and the corners of bed nets. Bedbugs typically hide in old furniture, behind peeling paint, wooden floorboards as well as seams and folds in a mattress, bed frames, and bed springs.
Remember, just because they are called bedbugs doesn’t mean they are only in your bed. Although in most cases bedbugs are in a small, concentrated area and usually within 10-20 feet of where you sleep.
What do I need to know if I have bedbugs?
If you think you may have bedbugs avoid bringing anything else into the contaminated room. Also remember not to start sleeping in a different bed, the sofa or with another family member or friend because there is a chance that the bedbugs may follow you to the new location and therefore contaminate another area.
Don’t throw anything out, instead, try to get rid of them yourself seek help from a professional. Make sure you don’t bag anything unless it has been washed in hot water and dried on hot for one to two hours. Remember, if you bag up clothing or bedding before washing and they contain bugs, you only contaminate your living space again as they can live up to 18 months without feeding. To be safe just assume everything in that room is infested; also, make sure to review our bedbug treatment section.
How do you get rid of bedbugs?
Visit my page on killing bedbugs for everything you’ll need to do it yourself without spending a fortune! You want to start treatment as soon as possible because each bedbug can lay four to five eggs a day – if you do the math, that is a lot of bedbugs!
(Consider this: in a room that is around 70 degrees, and there are 40 bugs six months later there would be 5,905 bugs!).
Do bedbugs ever bite private parts?
They sure do – they are happy to feed on any part of the body as long as it’s not hair or an area that is hairy.
Do Mattress covers work?
Yes, but only if it seals completely! Mattress covers will seal the mattress and keep bedbugs that are in, locked in (and those ‘trapped’ bugs will eventually die) and will also keep bugs out. The bedbugs hiding around the bed frame and other areas will still find their way to the top of the mattress and bite you. Don’t be fooled that this is a cure-all, which it is not; a mattress cover protects the mattress (not you).
Do bedbugs smell?
Most people say they smell like raspberries and large infestations can smell like moldy shoes.
I’ve heard that bedbugs rest on the ceiling and fly to their target, is this true?
Not true, BUT, Bat Bugs which are like bedbugs except for the hair on their head, feed on bats. When you remove the bats from your home, these bugs may move down and start feeding on you.
If I have a pet in the room with me, will the bedbugs feed on it instead of me?
No, you are the Filet Mignon, and your pet is ground beef. Humans are the preferred host for feeding!
Is it true that a bite from a bedbug can take up to 14 days to show?
From what the California Department of Public Health Vector-Borne Disease Section says, a bedbug bite may not show for up to 14 days!
Everyone reacts differently to bedbug bites, but if a reaction does occur, it usually happens by late morning.
Can I take legal action against the hotel for being bitten by bedbugs?
Yes, there are some examples, but three of the most popular include a woman who filed a lawsuit against Catskills resort for $27 million; bitten so bad that she can no longer stay in hotels. Because this is a critical part of how she makes her living (she’s in entertainment booking), she can no longer continue her lifestyle.
The second involves a woman staying at the Hilton hotel in Ohio; Sai Kim filed a lawsuit for more than $5 million claiming that she ended up with 150 bedbug bites on her hands, feet, face, fingers, toes, legs, neck, back, chest, stomach, and genitals.
The claim reads like this:
As a direct result of exposure to bedbugs, she was left physically scarred and emotionally damaged and that these consequences were a direct result of the defendant’s negligence and that the hotel breached its duty to provide reasonably safe accommodations that eventually led to “embarrassing injury and tremendous emotional distress.
The last case and probably the biggest bedbug case ever settled out of court was a woman who was bitten more than 400 times while staying at a Ramada Plaza Hotel in San Francisco. Some say that she received $71,000 to settle her bedbug claim. Note: The reports on the internet about the lawsuit came from the City Star, a local paper, but in trying to find the actual case, no information was available.
What is the size of a bedbug?
The picture below shows the size of a bedbug compared to a woman’s fingernail.
Visitor Questions and Answers about Bedbugs
My daughter has many spots and sores that have been showing up for weeks. I have looked at every inch of her bedroom, where she spends most of her time, and have not found a single sign of bedbugs.
Her “spots” itch like crazy and look like some of the pics on the websites. I’m going crazy looking for some sign of bedbugs. I’ve read hours of information on them and other possible pests. She’s visited 2 doctors and they cannot determine if it is bites or an allergy.
Is there some test that can be done to check for bedbugs? There are 2 other people in this home and it isn’t a very big house-only 4 rooms and no basement. Only she has the problem. This site is the only one that I read that the bites may not show for 14 days. She spent 2 nights at a friends house and 3 nights in the living room.
She washed and dried her clothes and blanket she has used according to what is suggested on all the web sites. She even checked her fabric purse for bedbugs and took a plastic bag for her overnights instead of her bag. She has new spots this a.m. Is it possible that these new spots are still from 5 nights ago when she last slept in her bedroom?
It may take time for the spots to show, although in most cases they appear shortly after being bitten. If spots have already appeared on your daughter, then it’s doubtful new ones would pop up from days past.
There are a number of ways to check for beg bugs. Have you looked at our checklist for popular places these bugs like to hide?
Vee mentions that her boyfriend has yet to be bitten; everyone reacts differently to bedbugs.
Have you set the alarm for 4:00am and checked on her, and around her, for bedbugs? This is when they like feeding. Use a flashlight – the room light may cause a bug to go into hiding before you can spot it, but with a beam, it won’t have much time to react.
Are the bites in lines or groups?
I recently placed plastic containers under the legs of my bed, I’m wondering if bedbugs have the ability to climb these smooth surfaces. Bob
What about treating the floor with carpet and what should we use when washing covers?
Once they have been found in your covers, how do I make sure they are dead?
Can you please advise how you remove bedbugs from humans, is it just general bathing in hot water or do you need to by a particular product? if so please let me know the name and where it can be purchased from. Thank you.
I have heard that you can freeze bedbugs out – like put your belongs in below 32 for two to three weeks will kill them – Is this true
You heard right Noreen, however, at -32F, you should only need a couple of days. The recommended temperature to kill bedbugs with cold is -26F for 3 or 4 days.
Hi Sherie – just a hot bath will be fine (doesn’t have to be uncomfortable hot. The bedbugs usually won’t stay on the skin once you are up and moving around. It’s the clothing, bed frames, mattress and headboard they like the most :)
I am so paranoid about taking the bugs with me when i move out of my apartment. Can they simply hook on to your shoes when you are walking around and moving out?
Can you see the young bedbugs and their eggs?
Do they often hide in plants? Basically, I just need to know if I can see evidence of them on my things…books, picture frames, and clothing.
The exterminator told me that I could put things in the freezer for one hour and that would kill the bedbugs. Is that sufficient?
My parents are putting a lot of stuff in their garage, which is unheated and in the Rocky Mountains. It gets down to 20F right now at night. Will this kill them?
Thank you for all of your help. This has been a hugely stressful process, and I constantly feel like bugs are crawling all over me.
Yes, you can see the bedbugs and their eggs, take a look at the first part of the bites and pictures section of my site and you’ll find some excellent images of what they look like and what to look for.
Check out my treatment page for information on how to kill bedbugs. No, sticking the bedbug infested items in the garage at 20F will not kill them.
is there any numbness where these bedbug bites?
wow! I’m wondering if I’m totally paranoid! My husband thinks I am. We wash our sheets once a week, but our mattress pad only once every month or so. The last two times I changed the mattress pad, I noticed these very small shell like scabie things littered all over the mattress… I was in a hurry as usual, and sort of just brushed them off the mattress.
The last time I washed the mattress pad, I had my husband flip the mattress. Then I got bit (or something)… it itched like crazy-took a long time to heal. Then I started thinking… and thought maybe bedbugs?…. and then I started reading on the internet… and now I am paranoid like crazy. Can’t sleep. Feel itchy in bed.
My husband has lots of bug like bites on his back, but he claims it’s heat rash, which I doubt cause it’s the winter now. I checked my sheets and found black like specks near the foot of the bed, but they did not stick. They brushed away very easily, so am not sure if this is fecal matter or not. My husband tells me it’s from dirt I drag into bed on my feet, but I’ve been trying to brush off my feet every time I get into bed.
I did notice one “rusty color” smudge near the foot of the bed, which I am afraid is blood from a smashed bug. Last time I changed the mattress pad, I checked around the seam of the mattress for fecal matter, bugs, eggs, etc. and honestly could not see anything, even with a magnifying glass. I’ve seen a few really really small black like dots on my sheets (like a flair marker), but can’t tell if these are fecal matter.
Earlier tonight I found three tiny red specks in bed, which I placed in a plastic bag. I think they could be the nymphs full of blood possibly. Bright bright red, size of a pin head.
My son’s bedroom is right next to ours, and he has never been bitten.
I can’t imagine where we’d get the bedbugs from. We haven’t traveled in forever, haven’t brought in any used furniture for a long time (which we always wipe down). The last time we did travel, however, we stayed in a cabin on a lake where we had to bring our own linens… was about 3 years ago. I washed the linens in hot water, but not our pillows, right when we got home.
We live in a house. I moved in when we got married about 6 years ago, and the couch I brought with me does smell musty sweet, which I thought was just from being an old couch. Now I’m wondering….
I guess my question is, how long does it really take to show you’re infested, once you bring a bedbug in? I’ve never seen a bedbug yet.. I’m just really really suspicious. Like I said, I’ve only been bitten once, but my husband has welts all over his back and chest. And the scabie things on the mattress under the mattress pad sound like the shed skin….
This weekend, even though my husband thinks I’m a paranoid nut, we’re going to check under our box spring and our son’s bed.
I can’t sleep. I’m freaking out. I’ve been trying to catch a live one at night with a flash light, but no luck so far.
What do you think? Am I just paranoid?
Hello Cindy and Terry,
Cindy, the saliva from the bedbug during the initial injection into the skin acts as an anesthetic so that the bugs can get their fill while your sleeping so I’m guessing that the area (small area around bite) would be a bit numb.
You are not paranoid, you are trying to investigate a series of incidents, such as the shed skin like matter on your mattress, the marks on your husbands back and the black specs.
It’s possible that your husband could be being bitten and you are not, there are plenty of similar examples on this site.
I am surprised that you didn’t find anything when you looked around in the middle of the night – it was around 4am, right? If not, try that time.
Have you looked around the furniture (head board, dresser, etc) to see if there are any signs of bedbugs? Do the items you are finding look anything like the pictures I have of bedbugs on a bed?
Let us know what you do, find, etc.
For what its worth, If I was in your situation, I’d be doing the exact same thing and couldn’t rest until I knew for sure what was going on!
How effective is a Rainbow vacuum on bedbugs? Since everything is sucked into water and then dumped outside, I’m hoping they will drown.
Also what about the ‘over the counter’ bug bombs, are those effective?
There has been a fowl odor in our house the last couple of weeks – like something decomposing, not sweet, but pungent. It was strongest in the kitchen and bathroom (on opposite ends of the house) and hardly noticeable in the bedroom in between. Could that be another sign of bedbugs?
Thanks for all your help.
I recently went to my parent’s house where I noticed a few red bumps on my arms. When I got back to my apartment I saw an adult bedbug on my pillow. I’m not sure if it was there before, or if it was on me and fell off onto the pillow. There doesn’t seem to be any other signs of an infestation and I have not noticed any bites before.
Is it more likely that my parent’s house has bedbugs or that my apartment does? I am freaking out and I really don’t know what to do. I would really appreciate your opinion and advice. Thank you.
I’m guessing that if this happened during the day, the bedbug fell off your body onto the pillow. The ONLY way to be sure is to check your area and your parents place for bedbug signs – take a look at our bedbug Checklist to find out what to look for.
I was bitten several months ago after falling asleep on our couch in the den, next to the fireplace. A while ago I brought in some wet, decaying firewood to burn and it didn’t burn all the way. When I brought it in it was filled with the typical creepy crawlies associated with decaying wood. Anyway, I was bitten about 5 times in one night on my arm, just today we pulled what we think was a filled bedbug from my 12 year old son’s head. It was on his head 5 days and he thought it was a pimple or dead skin or something until he started messing with it today and pulled off a bug.
First, do they feed on a head for 5 days; and second I read they don’t like hair. We also had a bat problem several years ago in the house but rid them. So, could this specimen be a bat bug also. Next question, is this an isolated bug causing havoc. Before we treat, I am thinking we should wait to see if we get any more bites. I have inspected the area and do not see any. Another thing is I used to travel in my job and about a year ago I was bitten in a hotel and may have brought the bugs home too.
Thanks, Mark (Benjamin’s dad)
Bat bugs would be a consideration, but because it was years ago since you had the problem, I’m guessing that’s probably not it.
bedbugs only feed for a short time, so this doesn’t sound like a this is what bit your son. If it were me, I would start checking everything for any signs for bugs (take a look at my bedbug checklist) and see if anyone is bitten again before diving into treatment.
It sounds like this is the only bite you have noticed and doesn’t sound like it was a bedbug. Can you get a picture of the bug? Perhaps it was a tick rather than a bedbug? It’s hard to tell without a picture or detailed description of the bug.
Let me know what happens will you?
My 16 yo daughter was bitten by bedbugs at a dormitory for church workers in Mississippi 4 nights ago. We thought we were diligent heating her clothes to hot in a dryer and then washing them when we came home.
However, she is now itching worse than before. Any chance we have brought the infestation with us? Can she itch worse from bedbugs 4 days ago, if not still being bitten?
Hi, I’ve had bedbugs the last three weeks… I know I did since I found a dead one, and also caught a nymph on me while it was feeding. In the first week both my girlfriend and I got several bites at random places on our body (such as head, feet, arms).
I could not, however, find their dwelling place/s – they were not in the mattress or box spring (I have a metal frame), not in the sofa, not in the furniture. I suspect they are hidden in my wooden floor…
Then I called the exterminator, and he sprayed the apartment. I got one bite a couple of days after the treatment and then no bites for about a week. The exterminator did a second application. Two days later, as I was walking home late at night, I felt a strong itch on my foot and when I got home I looked at it and it looked – and still does – like a new bite.
Does that make sense? What do you think is my situation?
Is there any way you can get bedbugs from people? Someone I work with mentioned they had them, and I was standing near them. Do bedbugs hitch a ride on clothing when you’re wearing it?
I’ve been suffering from bedbugs since April. I moved in current apartment from another unit in the same complex. We(me, my wife, and baby) had rashes and swells right after moving in. We suspected oak allergy at first but later I happened to read an article about bedbugs and remembered that I found one that exactly looks like a bedbug when we just moved in. Allergist confirmed that rashes are not oak allergy and he strongly suspect bug bites. Luckily(?), I found some bedbugs and captured them and taped them on a sheet. The sheet is now displaying all stages of bedbugs, from baby to adult with full feed.
We have gone through pest control once but frustratingly still getting bites. I personally tried mother earth but it doesn’t look effective. I talked with apartment office and decided to go through another pest control until they are completely controlled. And also, I decided to move out after (hopefully) exterminating bedbugs.
My question is, how can we tell whether bedbugs are really exterminated after pest control? For example, if I don’t get any bite for a week, does it really mean they are gone? I’m also worried about carrying bedbugs with us to new apartment. What am I supposed to do to leave bedbugs behind and sleep well in a new apartment?
I don’t remember when was the last I slept well. Please help me get out of this hell.
Thanks for any advice!
Ok so i had bedbugs, i moved out, and it has been almost a year since then. I haven’t noticed anything until this past week when i was bitten on the neck in back. A couple of days later Ive been bitten on the stomach?
Also winter just ended and it is pretty much spring time, so i go out a lot and some areas i walk have mosquitoes and i was out of town on the weekend and walked through and abandon house that’s been vacant for years; no one goes in there so there’s a lot of bugs. After I visited the house the next bites (stomach ones) showed up. I’m itching like crazy and its tripping me out i don’t think it would be bedbugs since i moved out last summer and it is pretty much a year since.
Could it be just normal bugs outside? I’m so paranoid i looked all through my bed, took my sheets off, lifted up my bed looked all through the box spring, nothing, so could it be bedbugs or no?
How do i no if i have them for sure? I checked but nothing yet there are still bites as I’m waking up advise!?
I was wondering if bedbugs can get on plants !
We have had a problem with the bed buds for a year and a half!
First discovered in my 19 year olds bedroom. He has asthma and the bites were all over his body and he had a bad allergic reaction. we could not afford and exterminator so my son and husband went to a pest control store and got instructions and all the gear to do his room and it worked. then about 2 months later the buds were in my mattress and the process was repeated again. it has now been a year since we have seen any bugs or had any bites.
My question is when or if i can ever take the plastic cover off of my mattress. i hate it and cannot get used to the plastic. please let me know if i can take the plastic off. thank you and god bless you and i wish everyone out there the best of luck. this was one of the worse emotional thing i have ever been through.
Are bedbug bites warm to the touch?
me and my husband are staying in a motel and we believe he is being bitten by bedbugs. But i am not. Is it possible that because I’m pregnant that they are not biting me?
That is possible and there are many cases of two people sleeping in the same bed while only one is bitten…
I found 4 live bedbugs on the back of my couch this evening. I don’t know where to start. I have a roommate who sleeps on the couch. I looked at my mattress and my daughters’ and didn’t see anything. I am going to look more thoroughly tomorrow but what if I don’t see them in the bedrooms?
Is it possible that only the couch is infested? Should I get rid of our mattresses anyway? And do I have to throw my couch out or can it be treated? It’s brand new. Also, if I have to hire an exterminator am I responsible or is my landlord since I live in an apartment?
my partner has loads of bites on his arms, legs and back but i wasn’t getting bitten. He would go and sleep downstairs as he said he couldn’t sleep because he kept itching. This has been happening for a week now.
Last night with the same routine he went downstairs at 1am, i couldn’t sleep so was online on my laptop in bed when i felt something crawling on me, i swatted it as couldn’t see it very well in the dark, then there was another and another!
I got up and turned the light on and had the shock of my life! I saw about 10 bedbugs running around the bed. I ran down stairs and pointed out what i had seen, he was horrified as well.
We are now wondering how long it takes for the eggs to hatch as we seem to have got all the bugs just waiting for the eggs to hatch?
I work in a hospital where the kids come in frequently with bedbugs, we try to catch them and immediately wash their clothes and make them shower but some times a kid slips by with out. How can we keep our selves safe from bringing any home? Do the eggs attach to the bottoms of shoes or pants legs? What should I do to try to not bring any home from work?
The best precaution you can take is to bring a change of cloths. Place your work cloths in a plastic bag to be washed later, then change into your casual cloths, etc.
Many people on the site suggest creating a barrier with Diatomaceous Earth (see our treatment page at the top of the site).
Chances are good that you won’t have to worry about eggs (provided the cloths are not laying around in an infested area).
Hope that helps!
Not sure how we got them but we have bedbugs. I have been in this apt. for 9 years with no problems. My son started a new school in Sept. and that is when I was noticing bites on my son. I looked and low and behold, ALL the evidence, the bugs, the skins, the poop, the blood smears in the folds of the mattress but a ton more in the folds of the box spring. Ackkk. I cleaned both with vacuuming (I have a Dyson) and spray bleach. I looked on the net but guess I didn’t look good enough as the first place I looked, just said to buy a mattress cover. I bought two, one for his mattress and one for his box spring. We had NO more problems til just about 2 months ago when I looked and saw maybe 3 bedbugs on the cover covering the boxspring only. I cleaned it, and bought a “better” more expensive cover for both the mattress and the boxspring. I wish then I knew what I know now. Grrrr! Cause I got a couple of bites(I sleep on the couch) so I looked at his mattress and boxspring and again on top of the 2nd cover that covers the boxspring, I found around 3 skins. I don’t think any were bugs as I didn’t see them move but I didn’t give them time to move either. So I go through the house and wash everything in hot water and dry it all on HOT.
Obviously, I did more investigating yesterday, I’m a single mom on disability(disabled veteran) and don’t have the money for an exterminator. I found a site selling a product called [snip] that claims can eradicate bedbugs, have you or anybody here ever tried this stuff? Of course on their site, there are testimonials that may or may not be true. They pretty much say we need to clear out everything which to me with my disability, I don’t think I will be able to do. I’m gonna have the rugs cleaned and then spray the crap out of everything. I’m also going to get a steamer to steam all the light switch plates and sockets, etc.
In the last week, I have found two adult ones walking around in the middle of the day. To me, that would mean infestation but I have looked around and the only place I have found them were on the mattress cover that was covering my son’s box spring, which I got off immediately. I pulled apart my couch and vacuumed the crap out of it and on the top next to the wall, I think I found some eggs. I would have never known and just though it was dirt had I not seen pictures about how they look like rice. To me, they were smaller than rice so it may have been dirt, I don’t know BUT today after cleaning and showering, I was sitting on the couch and think I had a baby one on me. It was tiny and almost see through. After flushing it, into the shower I went again.
The first time I saw an adult in the middle of the day was in my male cat’s bed. I have a Dyson vacuum and vacuumed the heck out of it. Then today, my female cat was laying on a blanket that I just washed yesterday and when she got up, another adult bug. Ackkkk. That blanket went back into the hot wash, it is still soaking in the hot water. When I clean and vacuum everything double plastic bagged and right out. I just feel that poor people have no other answer but to live with these critters where right people can just throw out everything and start over after having an exterminator go through. When I get paid next week, I’m going to try that [snip] stuff with the steamer and having my rug cleaned and just stay on top of things to see how they go. I just wonder if either of my next door neighbors are more infested and that is how we are getting them. As I said, I have been here for 9 years with NO problems. Thanks for listening and for any help. I will keep you and others here updated on how this new stuff works. Til I get paid, I am vacuuming everything everyday and washing everything in hot hot water every other day.
I did some research on the product you mentioned and I couldn’t find any ingredients. However, I found a number of people talking about the product and their concern about this statement:
This product is exempt from registration with the Federal EPA under section 25(b) of FIFRA, and as such, is not registered with the Environmental Protection Agency.
I would look for independent test data to verify their ‘effectiveness’ claim before you spend your hard earned money! Even if they do have a money back guarantee, how do you know you’ll get a full refund or any refund at all?
As you pointed out, testimonials can be self written designed to sell a product.
If this product you mention is so great, then why isn’t every pest control using it to eradicate bedbugs?
I highly recommend you read our page on how to get rid of bedbugs before you go and spend money on something that does not have any scientific proof to back up their claims.
Has anyone had any experience with bedbugs getting into a body cavity, mouth nose,ears,and living there? If not, then what bugs that are similar to bedbugs do that?
Ok was wondering if bedbugs can live in an air mattress?
scarlett ohara, unfortunately, I’m finding that these buggers can live anywhere. Originally, they were ONLY on my son’s box spring. Not sure how we got them but I strongly feel we got them by him forgetting his jacket/coat outside at recess and it getting put in the lost and found at school.
They have anywhere from 1 to 4 boxes in the front of the school with all sorts of forgotten/lost items, mostly jackets, coats, and sweaters. My son would is autistic and would take his jacket/coat off during recess and then leave it there when it was time to go back in then at the end of the day, we’d have to go in and get it out of the box. Anyway, after a long fight, I thought that we had gotten rid of them.
Although it was a pain(literally), I would pull apart his bed and pull up the box spring every 2-3 days and vaccum everything amongst other things and we had NO bites for months. Well just about 1 to 1 1/2 months ago, I began getting bites. I sleep on the couch and one night I stayed up just to see and sure enough, around 3-4 a.m. out came the bedbugs. I can’t see them as my couch is navy blue so I just keep vaccumming and vaccuming and putting down the DE.
My apartment looks like I have never dusted it and I’m getting a little upset as I have had the DE down for about 2 weeks now and I am still seeing the bugs come out at night, all different stages of life, from tiny tiny to big adult ones. Sigh. I don’t have the money for an exterminator and from what I’m reading, it can take an exterminator many many many visits.
That and I have two cats that can’t be around for the spraying. So anyway, from what I have read, have seen, and experienced, these jerks can live anywhere and are sooooo hard to get rid of. I barely even sleep anymore. I’m soooo tired. :o(
Can anyone tell me if bedbug fecal spots can be removed from your bed sheets and covers? What do I use as I have tried various powders etc. I suppose I’ll have to discard my sheets etc. Help!
Will this be enough to prevent bedbugs from following us? Pls help!
So we just moved into a temporary place, a tiny studio, have no furniture, so we did the (now I realize) dumb thing and found a used mattress (no box spring.) For about 3 weeks we have had the mattress on the hardwood floor.
I am not sure we have bedbugs because we saw 3-4 mosquitos flying around last night. Only one night before have I noticed bites, but last night was bad. I have 5 bites on one arm, 2 on the other, 3 on my hand, and more have been showing up throughout the day. I have looked and seen no bugs, no mold looking spots on the sheets, etc. But I have so many bites that I want to be on the safe side and nip the problem in the bud. (FYI, mosquitos do usually go nuts for me, but the way they have been appearing throughout the day and the sheer number make me think it’s something else.)
Ok, so we are moving today into a new place. We still won’t have much furniture yet- we threw out the mattress and will dry our sheets on high for 20 minutes as I saw somebody suggest on this site. Then will buy an air mattress for the time being. Is this enough?
I put my pajamas next to my regular clothes- do I need to put them all in the dryer? What about shoes, table cloth, suitcase that was sitting a few feet from the mattress, dog or cat?
Any suggestions would be helpful. Again, I haven’t seen any bugs even though I was up at 4am last night and freaked out and lifted the mattress. I don’t want to be paranoid but I definitely don’t want to take this problem with me!
I live in Paris in a very old apt building. Last October i noticed a bug on my 6 month old daughters head when I went to get her from daycare. Only now do I realize that it was a BB.
I am going to speak to the directress of the day care and tell that I have found BBs on her and the marks that i thought were spider bites.
My question is: Can BBs be carried into our flat with mice?
We have found mice since last December. I am going through everything and cleaning. Am going to get a steamer. My husband works at Pasteur Institute and is going to look at the two bugs I found yesterday with a microscope because I cannot see well upclose. one was alive and the other looks like a shell. they were both mixed up with alot of mouse excrement and they are not fleas for sure.
I read Italian, English and French. The news in all the languages about BBs disenheartening but only in the US and the UK are people really doing something about it. Please let me know about the mice carrying them.
The landlord is sending an exterminator. We’re supposed to prepare by emptying every cabinet and drawer, washing and bagging all of our clothes, and cleaning and bagging all of our possessions. How long does preparation take? How do we clean every book and file folder and cosmetic? I cannot visualize where to put all of our bagged stuff in a small apartment. Have people successfully done this or do they cut corners?
Angie, my mom works for an elderly apt. complex who are currently fighting bedbug infestation. Unfortunately, the company has been cutting corners and only exterminating the apts. that have bedbugs and not the ones next to them and above and below them so now they are bringing in the dogs. Long story short, the exterminator that she has been talking to didn’t know that the appts. also have a huge mice problem and have for years now. So he says to her, “you don’t have a mouse problem right?” She informed him that yes indeed they DO have a HUGE mouse problem. He said that the bedbugs can and do indeed travel from appt. to appt. on the mice. So from the mouth of an exterminator, bedbugs can and do travel on mice.
A PLUS to post about the Diatomaceous Earth (DE for short) working for getting rid of bedbugs. I have been using it for a little over a month now. It is very show going but it works. Originally I was catching 4-8 bedbugs a night. Yah, I was pretty much up all night and not getting much sleep. Anyway about a week ago I was excited as I hadn’t seen any in 2 whole days. One day I wasn’t sure of as I slept the whole night. My body had just given up and I slept so who knows if any came out that night. Neither my son nor I have had any bug bites in over 3 weeks now. Anyway, the 3rd night I caught 4 bedbugs. Grrrr! Anyway, yesterday I had said to my son with a knock on the wood, that I hadn’t seen any in 2 days again. I was wide awake all night as early into bed, I saw one pretty big one(I’ve seen them all sizes)on my blanket but didn’t see any the rest of the night. So knock on wood that after a little over a month of using DE, we might be close to killing all of the suckers. Even so, I will be using DE for the rest of my life even though I have to dust every 2-3 days instead of weekly. I have it along ALL the floor boards and in every door way. That way if we or my neighbors get some they won’t get bad like they did when we got them in Oct. or Nov. Yes, I’ve been fighting them since Oct./Nov. :o(
Speaking of yesterday, we were at my parents’ house and my mom was talking about their bedbug problem, no infestation in the apt. units where she works. Without saying too much, she works for the government in elderly housing. I didn’t tell my parents that we got BBs but that I was hearing a lot about them and that I was taking precautions against them. Anyway, I mentioned about DE. She said that some of the tenents have had it and are taking the BB problem on themselves and said that a lot of them had some powder stuff that she thinks somebody had said was DE. It’s a long story but they originally were only exterminating the apt. that had the BBs not the ones that abut it also. It’s so bad now that on the way to check an apt. yesterday she saw one on the wall in the hallway and was horrified. They are bringing in the dogs sometime next week but I have a BIG feeling that they’re going to have to bomb the whole building. Not sure what they’re gonna do with the hundreds of residents. Anyway, as I said, they were checking apts. yesterday and she went into one that has BB infestations on both sides of it, across the hall, above, and below it so she thought of course it would have BBs. The guy in the apt. was taking matters into his own hands and was using DE. She said that she was shocked, that they checked EVERYWHERE and there were NO BB’s in his apt. Mind you every appt. that surrounds his are infested. Just wanted to share this info about the DE and that it DOES work.
Oh and I know a lot of people have been having problems with finding DE since we have been told here that it is found in feed stores. I even had quite a bit of trouble #1 finding a feed store since I live in the city then #2 when I would find a feed store, they didn’t carry DE. Well in mentioning the DE to my mom, my dad said that they is what he uses in the pool filer system. I haven’t looked at it but make 100% sure that somewhere on the container that it says that it is NOT TOXIC and if you have a pet/s that it says PET FRIENDLY or PET APPROVED. That bag I got at the feed store says Pet Approved. It also says ORGANIC, so that would be something else to look for if you buy the DE used for the pool filter. Since the DE my dad uses is for the pool filter is for the pool and not used as an organic bug killer for plants as the ones in the feed stores are, not sure if it is safe for humans and or pets to breath. So if you can’t find DE where you live, go to a POOL STORE and check out their DE. Read the container and make sure that it is DE only with nothing else added. I just thought that this would be interesting info for those of you having trouble finding DE. :o)
Bad news…. I just found this info about the DE made for swimming pools ….. “make sure you don’t get Diatomaceous Earth (DE for short) that’s designed to be used in swimming pools. That isn’t appropriate for your bedroom even though it’s called the same thing. You also shouldn’t breathe it in directly if you can avoid it (the pool kind is bad for that, but “food grade” has a lower silica quantity and isn’t as big a risk).”
My son’s bedroom was infested with bedbugs. My cousin sleeps there he did not have any reaction until it was bad. He only noticed the infestation when we had 90F in June in Chicago. We panicked and called Guardian pest control. They gave an appointment later that week and did not have any advice on the safety instructions.
We panicked a lot and moved the mattress and mattress pad into the garage and back yard. My son has a captain bed with lot of under bed storage. We put all his toys in garbage bags and put them in the garage. PCO came in twice and sprayed we still have bedbugs. Later we got our house steam cleaned. After couple days we had bedbugs in our master bed room. We hired a different PCO. They in 3 times and sprayed, but no luck. At this point we think all bedrooms are infested and we think our family room couch is also infested.
So my all house is infested. We have a 2700 sq ft single family house with 4 bed rooms and 2.5 bath and basement. We have 2 kids and my parents are visiting. Total we are 6 people in the house. Need help in controlling the infestation and getting rid of them. Please kindly give me suggestions and help me.
At this point we’re very depressed not knowing what to do. We put mattress covers to all the mattress.
Please help us????
My father died recently and while cleaning out his apt we discovered he had bedbugs. He was vacationing with me 1.5 months before he died and slept in my bed. How long will it take before I notice if i have a problem? I’ve been reading all about it and I don’t see any signs yet. I don’t know when I can stop looking. I’m making myself nuts over it!! Please help!
If i wash my clothes in hot water and put them in a hot dryer chances are good they will shrink. granted this will be better than having the bugs, but is there a better way? can i have them dry cleaned.
Phani. I’m not sure how things are going for you since you wrote this 2 weeks ago. Hopefully you come here and check for replies so you will see this. Have you tried Diatomaceous Earth(DE for short) yet? All I read is that you called for the help of two different exterminating companies.
I’m not sure how much you’ve read on this site but I’ve read the whole thing and after reading all the promising posts about DE, I figured what the heck and tried it. It shouldn’t cost any more than $15 a bag. It wasn’t a fast treatment by all means but “knock on wood” it worked! As long as your patient and follow what I’m going to write, you should be bedbug(BB for short) FREE in about 1 1/2 to 2 months. I haven’t seen a live bug in over 3 weeks; I lost count. I did see a big dead one two days ago in the cat bed when I was vaccuming it.
This is what your going to do. Clean your whole house from top to bottom, don’t miss any spot. Wash ALL of your clothes,sheets, blankets, stuffed animals, etc. in HOT water and dry on HOT from now on or atleast til you KNOW your 100% bedbug(BB for short) free. I’m not sure what kind of vaccum you have. If it uses bags, immediately after everytime you vaccum, take it out, put it in a plastic bag and double knot it. It might be a good idea to double bag it then bring it right out of your house immediately. If you have the kind of vaccum that’s a bagless system, every time you vaccum empty the vaccum, on a non carpeted floor; empty the vaccum into a plastic bag, double knot it and put it in another plastic bag and double knot that one and again, bring it right out of your house immediately.
Now your going to sprinkle the DE along all the floorboards. I use a tiny sifter to distribute my DE throught my house. I find that using the sifter gives a good dusting. Your also going to put the DE under every bed, under all foor legs of every bed, between the boxspring & mattress of every bed, under the couch, love seat, and any other large living room furnature. More DE between EVERY door way, under any furnature that does set right on the floor. If you can’t move furnature like I can’t, do the best you can getting the DE under all the furnatute.
The ONLY “problem” I have with DE is that it makes your house VERY dusty and when I say dusty, OMGosh, your going to find DE dust where you’d never expect it which is why I think a lot of people stop using the DE but for me, I’d rather dust every 2-3 days and NOT have BBs.
Now your going to keep your house clean, free of clutter(well best you can, hey I live in the real world where kids make messes), keep washing & drying everything in hot hot hot. Vaccum every other day and replace any DE that has been vaccumed up. Keep this up and within 2 1/2 months you should be free of these stupid bugs. Please keep us updated on what you do and how things are going. A lot of people don’t update so we have no idea of what works and what doesn’t work. Good Luck!
I had bedbugs in my college dorm room. I washed my clothes in hot water and moved them into a new room. Is it possible for the clothes to have bedbug poop on them even after they’ve been hot washed?
How can I tell old bites from new bites?
Five days ago I started to notice itchy bumps on my arms and legs. Identical to mosquito bites. Several more each day. of course I wrote it off until I started to notice patterns of the bites, in clusters.
I went to my cousins wedding on long island back in late September (2009).
Spent a day/night after the wedding seeing the city, slept in an apt in the upper west side. Nice place.
Well my hostess informed me recently that they are now dealing with a massive bedbug infestation.
I tore my house apart last night for an hour looking for any sign of the little d-bags. Flipped mattress, pulled apart furniture/cushions, pillows out of the pillow case.
I was ready to give up when i noticed a small reddish black dot resting on the back edge of my sofa.
Grabbed it with tweezers and sure enough… a dead, smallish tick looking bug. kind of red. Unmistakable when compared to the images on this site & others.
So here is my 1st question.
I live alone in a 1-1 apt. assuming I brought back a nasty little nyc bedbug hitch hiker in my luggage:
How did I go from no bites, a full 5 weeks after getting home, to 15+ bites a week later??
could one bug have been lost in my suitcase pocket or something for weeks without finding me, only to have a meal and poop out 20-30 babies with all -u-can-eat vouchers….
I guess that’s it. I know exactly what my problem is, and probably how it happened. i am just upset and needing consolation.
The exterminator is coming out on Wednesday. Washing every single item of clothing I own tomorrow. However:
My apt is very full of stuff; laundry is small potatoes compared to the stacks of unsorted boxes of crap in the closets. This does not bode well for me, I imagine.
i am preparing to be the main course for 9 months till my lease expires, and the bugs will probably follow me wherever i go, unless i jettison like.. Everything I own.
I feel really bad for my neighbors. i just spent one night in nyc.. But it was in the middle of a Manhattan-wide bedbug epidemic, and this was before the issue getting heavy press. Terrible coincidence.. And everyone is going to suffer because of me.
These creatures are abominations
Is it possible to only have one bedbug? How does that one come home with you and reproduce? The reason I am asking is I recently had about 10 dreaded bites over the course of 2 weeks and I cleaned everything and disposed of some stuff and I haven’t been bitten in 2 weeks. Could I have rid myself of them completely already?
I had an infestation of bedbugs at my apartment complex last year. I had to throw all of my furniture, linens, clothes, mattresses and anything else that could potentially be infested with bedbugs. I have been wanting to file a law suit against the complex but am unsure how I can go about it. Does anyone have any suggestions or information?
I just got back from Cuba and stayed there in a resort for 1 week. 1 and half days after i returned i started getting very itchy and a lot of bumps on my body which look like mosquito bites, I am pretty sure they are not mosquito bites. do you think they are bedbugs?
I woke up this morning with what looked like a hive or mosquito bite on my chest but I’m afraid it could be a bedbug bite. I was reading that bedbugs normally bite more than once but I only had that one mark. Is this a bedbug bite or am I just being paranoid.
I’m a flight attendant who woke up in an infested room on Thursday, Dec 3. I went straight to a laundromat, changed into brand new clothes, bras, panty, shoes, everything. Everything that was in the room was either washed and dried on the highest setting, or thrown away.
The only items that were not washed or tossed were credit cards, passport, some lipstick, my ipod,and a few pieces of jewelry. These things were placed in ziplock bags and brought home to my freezer.
I came home with all my salvaged belongings in a new garbage bag, my suitcase was discarded. The trash bag was knotted shut until the next morning, when I took it to another laundry mat to rewash and dry everything, even the clothes I changed into.
I was confident that I had caught the problem before I brought it home, but this weekend, Sat the 12th I noticed several bites on my arms, hands, and back. A few more surfaced on Sunday morning. This morning I had a hard time finding fresh ones, but kept turning the lights on every 30minutes or so.
The bites I developed this weekend are the only ones I’ve experienced, there weren’t any on the 3rd. My husband, who was not at the hotel with me, has none.
Is it more likely these bites are a delayed reaction to the hotel stay, or that I’ve brought them into my home? I can’t find any blood, droppings, or any other evidence in my apt, but maybe just a few got in, not enough to leave clues?
I’m scared. Especially because we are supposed to fly to the in-laws this Wed for our Christmas visit. I’d hate to bring it to them too!
My friend’s apartment is being exterminated for bedbugs. I take great precaution whenever I am over there to wear light clothing that I would notice bugs on, and not take my purse or coat inside her apartment. I was over there yesterday and today helping her get ready for the extermination which is hopefully happening as we speak. She refused to wash all of her clothes, because she had just come home the night before from being out of town after washing all her clothes. She stuffed those, and most of her belonging in plastic bags. We did wash the clothes that had remained there over her trip though. I am terrified that the bedbugs are not going to go away, because she refused to actually wash all of her clothes.
More than that, I am afraid that they might have traveled with me, I woke up really early this morning, a few hours before sunrise paranoid that the bugs had followed me there. Is it possible that the bugs followed me, even though I took nothing into the apartment with me, and examined the clothes I was wearing when I got home? I was also worried that they could have ridden home in the car with me and could be living there now.
Am I just being overly paranoid? I have seen no signs of bedbugs, although I haven’t had time to do a through investigation yet, and it has only been one night.
I have spent time at her apartment before, and she didn’t tell me about the bedbug problem until later, but that has been months since she first discovered bedbugs.
Another experience I had was a very long time ago. I was going into highschool the following fall, and was in Mexico for a mission trip. The mission workers were working in a woman’s house that was infested with bedbugs. They put the mattress out on the street, and I remember looking at it.
The mattress was covered in holes, and the bugs were actually moving, in daylight! That must have been a really bad case of bugbites for them to be out and moving in the heat of the day in Mexico! Is this accurate?
Also, what affects do bedbugs have on small children?
My sister just called me from Las Vegas, Nevada where she decided to spend her Birthday. She is so stressed out because she stayed in a room infested with bedbugs.
She woke up with bedbug bites all over her arms and neck. She complained to the hotel staff and they told her she was lying and making it up. How can she be lying, she’s bitten all over.
She saw the bugs and asked for help from the hotel management. they barely helped her by getting her transportation to the laundry, where she had to spend most of her day washing her clothes on her dime. They only wanted to give her thirty 30 dollars to buy medicine for the itching and small red areas on her body. It has been a night mare she said. She was moved to another room and is still asking for help from the management.
One of the female managers has been so rude and mean to her. I found this website and told her to call her attorney right away. This is not right. She can’t even enjoy her stay there or find time to gamble.
Have your sister explain her story on our Hotel Bedbugs page and give us the name and address of the hotel – we’ll search for any previous problems with bedbugs and report what we find – they may have recent complaints that you can then bring to their attention (send then a link to our findings).
This works very well and in the case of recent complaints, it helps motivate the hotel to come to a solution that you’re happy with :)
It is usually not the hotel’s fault for having bedbugs but if they have been notified and then do nothing to control the pests, the fault is clearly theirs!
I have found that 20 Mule Team Borax will kill bedbugs and fleas. Just sprinkle it on the contaminated areas and leave it over night. Then vaccum the area. You may have to treat the area a couple of time, but It works.
I was just wondering how long the DE stays on the carpet for.
How long does the DE stay on the carpet for?
Hi all, i am staying in a pg in Bangalore. i have been bitten by bedbugs from last one week. please let me know what can i do. i will change the pg as soon as possible but what do i do so that they do not move with me. another thing, for how long will i have this itching and feeling as if something is still biting? i feel this all the day even when i m in office. please reply.
Do you have any reports of bedbugs at the Michaelangelo Hotel on 54’th Street in New York City, and or
70 Park Hotel on Park Avenue in New York City?
Thank you in advance for your help.
Hey there. I was wondering how quickly, in your experience, do reputable hotels tend to respond to reports of bedbugs.
I stayed at a hotel a few weeks ago and, during the course of my stay, received well over a hundred bites. I called and spoke with the general manager, who actually mentioned that another guest had complained of bedbugs that same week.
Last week, I finally received a copy of the inspection report from the hotel’s pest control company, stating that “no activity was detected” in my room. The report was dated a full two days after I called and spoke with the manager, though, and I’m wondering if it’s normal for a hotel to take that long before inspecting a room.
The hotel is very nice, and the manager sounded really distraught when I spoke with him. And especially considering another guest had complained, waiting two days before checking out my room just seems odd to me. But then again, I’m not in the hotel management business, so what do I know?
Wow, over 100 bites! Some hotels respond right then but the pest control company may not be able to get there for a few days in which case they lock the room down including adjoining rooms.
Unfortunately, some give you a line, act concerned and send you a report showing it was all clear when in fact, it wasn’t. If they admit that they are infected, some feel they could face a lawsuit so they fudge the report. It doesn’t matter how nice they are or how clean the hotel is, you should check to see if they have had this problem before.
If you like, you can visit my Hotel Bedbugs page and submit the name of the hotel and I’ll research it for previous bedbug infestations.
By the way – how long did it take for the bites to leave? Do you have any pictures you can share?
The bites continued to itch for about a week after the last one appeared (5/2), and most of them continued to be visible for another week or so.
I have three separate locations on my arms where I was bitten multiple times in 1 to 2-inch diameter areas, though, and those places are still noticeably red more than three weeks later, I assume from scarring.
I did take some photos, and I’d be happy to send them in.
Upload them using the link at the top right of this website.
Glad that I found it. I do have one request, though. The
photographs of the bedbugs are well done, but I have no idea of how big they
are. Are they the size of a bb, a pea, a marble, a golf ball? You get the
If you could have one of your critter photographers add something to
the appropriate photographs for scale, I and surely others would appreciate
it. If the proper scale could be photoshopped in (and noted as such) that
would help. For scale you could add a dime or penny to give us all an idea
of scale. Home Centers and Office Suppliers will have small scales or rulers
with fine divisions that could also be provided.
Thanks for your work on the site. We will be back.
Great question, so I included a picture of a bedbug set next to a paperclip.
Thanks for the suggestion!
i have big problem i have bedbugs inside my body what can i do to get rid of them?
bedbugs don’t live inside the human body, but they do love our blood. Have you had them inside? Have you seen a doctor? What were the results?
I think I have been bitten… or fed upon…. I have close to 30 bumps on the back of my neck that just miraculously appeared over night….
Found our first bedbugs at the not so lovely Hotel Intercontinental in downtown Chicago.
I have been dealing with this problem for sometime. And I am going out of my mind. I only found out that I had them after someone said the bites on my son looked like bedbug bites… he had been at his fathers house. So I inspected my box spring (mattress was covered) & sure enough I had them. None of us have ever been bitten at my house & I found a bug in the clothes he brought home from his dad’s.
I informed him of the problem but he won’t do anything about it & says he does not have them…yet every time my son comes home he is covered in bites. how can I ever get rid of them if he keeps bringing them back?! And it’s not fair to my son to expose him to being bitten every time he goes.
Is there anything I can do legally? I am at a total loss I want to break this cycle!!! I feel I can’t ever have anyone over to spend the night with him, and we are going to the beach with my family & I’m scared that they will be transferred. We are going to spray all of our luggage before we go.
hi , i was wondering f there are any attorneys that you know of that will take any cases ?
my children and i moved into our new place totally unaware of what we would be dealing with now , my 6 & 8 yr olds have bites / scarring every where , not sure why they are not eating my 11 yr old but thankful , the kids beds are all brand new , less than a 1 yr old . i have just found out the place next door ( we live in towhouses ) was horribly horribly HORRIBLY infested so badly they were crawling around at all times day or night! ! ! on the walls , bathroom shower curtians , and no one said word 1 to me !
i am a sec 8 tenant , we live in a heavy Hispanic area. this whole complex i feel is infested and nothing new to some tenants that claim its been over a good year that they all been battling this , the homeowners will not talk about it.
The landlord denies that they are infected with bedbugs even after a professional came to inspect and confirmed that the bugs i had captured are indeed bedbugs , he will not pay any more than 250.00 and if that does not work well !
I can seriously say my boys have hundreds maybe thousands of bites / scars from all this . i personally feel housing had to know there are way too many housing clients that live here , with infestations as bad as some places are there is no way that when the places had housing inspections that it was not noticed, as also the public health dept , and even the school that about 30- 40 kids here go to, someone has had to had bites. I am told that they are even in some tenants cars ! ! ! !
so i am trying to find and attorney to take the case , since no one can sleep at night , my 6 yr old will only sleep in my arms and he will not go to bed until the sun comes up ! we are seriously going threw hell over here , i can not afford to throw out everything , i can not replace it all ! i barely get my bills paid .
When the garbage people actually do come , sometimes we go 2- 3 weeks with no one taking our garbage all you see is furniture and beds , big tv’s , dressers , kids toys and clothes , all in the garbage piles .
I moved here so that my 3 boys could all have their own bedrooms , we had lived in motels , been homeless . i had gotten my section 8 and i was only trying to give them a nice home now this ! they are afraid to go in their rooms and may never sleep in their beds after this . how in the world will i ever secure them that their home is a safe place to be ?
Again its 1:32 am the kids are all up in my room , scared to go to bed afraid they will get bit .
please help !
You can try lawrefs.com and leave your story about bedbug infestation there, it’s a free service and actual attorney will review your comment and respond. I’m sorry to hear about the program you are having, no one should have to go through that!
How are you today? Hope this email fines you well. I hope you don’t find me rude but I found you on the World Wide Web and I was hoping you could provide me with an advice of a potential problem I may have on hand.
I bought a second-hand bed frame with a cushion headboard and sofa a day ago and had it moved from the seller’s house to my new apartment yesterday. The seller lives in a carpeted townhouse. The furniture were the last to be moved into the new apartment and probably had sat in the apartment for about 20 minutes before the movers started to assemble the bed frame. However, before they assemble, they found dark spots of bedbug excrement on the headboard cushion. They informed me about it and we threw it away (there’s about a 15 to 20minutes time in before both sets of furniture were moved out of the apartment).
I have the bedroom (which is also the location where headboard cushion was placed) wiped down with chlorine and water and left the windows and doors closed overnight.
Just to provide a little more information, because this is a new apartment, most of my stuff were in moving boxes that are sealed close across horizontally with moving tapes. There are some clothes that I had previously hang in the closet in the bedroom. I also have a piece of clothed luggage which was put in the living (that is where the sofa was put before we threw it out).
Although the furniture did not sit long in my apartment, I am very concerned if any of the bedbugs or the eggs might have dropped onto the hardwood floor. Based on your experience, how likely is my apartment infected and what should I do now?
Thank you for your time and I hope to hear back from you.
Chances are that no bedbugs or eggs have made their way to your apartment; however, I would buy some diatomaceous earth (bedbug dust) and sprinkle that around the areas you are concerned about. If eggs or bugs did fall to the floor, it will dehydrate them and may prevent any future problems.
Thanks, the information is GREAT! I will try now today. However please bare with me as I’ve more questions for you – I know I may sound a little paranoid…
Ever since this happen, I’ve been keep a very close watch on the floor. As mentioned, after I cleaned the room with chlorine, the next day I got some insect spray (The building management got for me so I’m not aware what exactly it is) and spray around the wall corners. I left the apartment windows shut tight. After a couple of hours, I came back and examine the wall edges and floors but didn’t quick see anything close to the bedbug picture that you had on the website. Is it safe for me to assume there’s probably no adult bedbugs?
Also, because I just moved in, I had cartons laying around my house. Should I throw out the contents of the stuff in the cartons or they are pretty safe(i.e. As long as I do a thorough wipe down with alcohol)? I read from www that Hot Spray (a type of insect spray) is pretty effective when dealing with bedbugs because they contain a chemical that supposedly kills bedbug. Is there a need to spray onto these cartons/ into the contents of the cartons? After I sprayed this, typically how long should I leave things for before I can clean up?
Lastly in the case of my situation, doing a total extermination/ cleaning with steam/fog etc is probably overkill right? I was contemplating doing a routine extermination spray but I was also advised to do a full extermination…
No problem Charlene. I think that in the short period of time that you had that furniture in your home, that it is unlikely that any bedbugs made it to the cartons. If you spray anything, I would make it the bedbug dust and leave it there for a week.
If you find bedbugs, then personally, I’d do a full extermination, but only if you find them. That bedbug dust (diatomaceous earth) is extremely effective, non toxic and environmentally safe.
I would stay clear of any pest control company that recommends a full extermination when no bedbugs have been found!
I’ve lived in my apartment for 7 years, and I’ve had the same bed and furniture the entire time. For the last 2 nights I’ve slept on the couch (the first time ever) and this morning I awoke to find what I believe are bedbug bites on my leg, a total of 8 located near my ankles and my knees.
I can only think that the way they came into the house was from my husband’s clothes because he spent the night at a relative’s house and was sitting on the couch the next day, so I’m hoping it’s only a few adult bugs and I can catch them by vacuuming the couch thoroughly. My question is, how fast do they move and how far can they travel in one night or when disturbed?
Ok here is the story, my 10 year old son had weird bites on parts of his body, this was about 2 months ago, took him to the dr and they said poison ivy, they didn’t go away so I went back and they sent him to a dermatologist, she didn’t know, they went away eventually, but today on my husbands arm, he has the same marks, he watched TV in my sons bed last night, then my son woke up and he is covered.
I have determined from your website they are in fact bed bites, but we didn’t know this and hes been all over the house with his stuffed animals, blankets and everything else, and he has a watered…..so I want to know if there in his bed, and possible the whole house, although i haven’t been bit at all thank goodness, how do i clean my whole entire house, we have lived here 15 years and nothing till 2 months ago, ughhhhhhhhhh thanks
I am hoping you can perhaps provide some peace of mind or at least insight into what’s going on in my home… I live in an apartment and have lived here for 2 years. A couple of weeks ago as I was laying in bed in the early morning a bug fell on my arm from the ceiling. It kind of resembled the pictures of bedbugs I have seen on your site and elsewhere on the internet, but not exactly. It didn’t seem thin like they are usually described. It was probably about 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch long (honestly I was too panic-stricken to estimate properly), oval, and light brown in color. A few days after that, I noticed a similar bug crawling across my pillow. I also have been getting what appear to be insect bites all over my arms and chest, though these have been happening occasionally for a few years now and I think they might just be a product of my incredibly sensitive skin and/or insect bites (not necessarily bedbug). The part that worries me is that I have noticed a couple “clusters” of three bumps in different areas and this has made me paranoid.
However, I have only seen the two bugs that I described earlier and I have not noticed any evidence of bedbugs otherwise. I lifted the mattress and inspected it thoroughly but saw nothing that looked like casings or fecal matter. I also checked out the box springs and couldn’t find anything there, under the bed, or around the baseboards either.
Does this sound like it could possibly be an infestation of bedbugs or am I just being overly cautious?
hello, i just recently found a bug that was crawling very slowly under my computer desk in my bedroom. I don’t know if it was a bedbug but it kind of looks like the same one that you show on your website. My question is can you see the legs of the bedbug because I just saw the bug crawling very slowly as if it was a taupe colored caterpillar, it did not look like a cockroach, which I believe what most bedbugs look like I think. PLEASE HELP! Your website also said if you detect a bedbug, don’t sleep anywhere else because it could follow your movement but what if I already smooshed it and killed it and put it in the garbage? I’m confused..thanks for any help you can give me! :(
hey Ive just noticed that I have a bedbug infestation, Ive noticed in the FAQ that you don’t necessarily need to throw out your mattress if your infested. The trouble is I sleep on a pull out couch. I just want to know how likely it will be for me to keep my pull out couch if I am to try sterilizing it with a steam cleaner/pesticides .
Hi! I got a mattress two weeks ago from a friend. I have now found out that the complex where she had the bed has a problem with bedbugs. I also have had bites on me since getting the mattress, but everyone told me I was being paranoid. I am pregnant and my skin is very sensitive, so I thought, OK. I am just being paranoid thinking it was because of the new mattress. I have looked thoroughly and found what I believe to be the shedding skin. I am certain that the mattress has the bugs.
My question is what to do next. Is my house now infested since I have had the mattress for two weeks. If I get rid of the mattress now, could I prevent the whole house from being infested? I just confirmed this today and I can’t stop crying and freaking out. My pregnancy is high risk and I am only 21 weeks, so I need to calm down. I just don’t know what to do if we have an infestation.
We also have a dog and a cat and I am afraid that they could get sick from treatments and that they could be carrying them around the house. My husband has been sleeping on the couch because of his snoring (and we have saved for 2 years and just bought these couches) and I am afaid the couches will be infested too.
I could really use a little advice and the sooner the better. I feel that since it has only been 2 weeks, if I get rid of the mattress now, it might not be so bad – this could just be wishful thinking though! I have been on the computer for hours now and have not been able to find out anything about infestation times. Any feedback is greatly appreciated and I thank you all in advance!!!!!
I moved into a new apartment a month ago. Three weeks into my lease, I woke with bites on my legs and arm. Upon investigation, I found bedbugs all over my sheets. My apartment has treated 2x in the last few weeks and have apparently “destroyed the nest”, thought I have my doubts as I woke with a new cluster of bites on my leg. They have also discovered the person whom brought these in and are evicting him.
My question is regarding the boxes that I have not unpacked. It is possible that they have crawled into these boxes and made themselves at home? If so, how do I treat books, papers, and other items? As to clothes, can I dry them as I was intending to donate them?
HI, I was living in an apartment for about 10 monthes and all of a sudden we got bedbugs. I had my bed in the living room were i was sleeping. Thats were the bug were being seen and i was getting bit at night. Also if people sat on the chairs or the couch they were being bit too. So when i moved, i got rid of the couch and the chairs. As for the bed i got plastic covers and covered them twice. I washed my end tables, the tv stand, the tv, and everything else in the room. I also washed all our clothes and everything that was cloth. I got rid of a lot of our stuff. Stuff i was scaired would have the bug in them. Now I’m in my new apartment, hoping i got rid of them. So my question to you is: How long do i have to wait before i know i got rid of them and i didnt bring any with me? And how long should i wait before i could take the plastic off my beds. PLEASE HELP ME THANKS
Hi, I’m dealing with bedbugs problem in housing unit, single mother of two and expecting another baby. I had to throw out my couch set, bed and whatever is wood in my home. Having bedbugs and getting rid of them you lose out and they’re really annoying. I am seeking whatever help is available to get rid them myself. Housing does have these units sprayed from every 2 mths, but, them bedbugs still keep coming back. I wish the city allowed deet back then we the world wouldn’t have bedbug problems.
i have heard tell that you can kill bedbugs with bleach, is this true?
can bedbugs stay on my body threw out the day and still bite me as i do my daily runs? can you confusion bedbugs and flea bite ?
We have lived in this apartment for about 16 months now and about 4 months ago the neighbor below us moved out. About a week later, my daughter and i started getting bit at night by bedbugs. they were in our room and in hers.
I have called the leasing office and told them, they sent out an exterminator he sprayed our bed. we started sleeping in our bed about a week later and i was still getting bit! So we called again. the exterminator came back out a few days ago and used a different spray and sprayed our mattress, box spring, wall by the bed, and the floors around the beds.
We slept in the bed last night and THEY’RE STILL HERE! I am very irritated and just want out of this apartment! The leasing office doesn’t seem to care because they’re not having exceptions of the surrounding apartments. Is there anyway we can make them give us a different apartment?? AND possibly a new bed??
I find your website extremely helpful and informative!
I was bitten by bedbugs on dec. 2007. I found out that I was bitten by bedbugs when I moved to a new apartment on January 2008. Some of my clothes were in big laundry bags and I left them in the basement. Once again, I was bitten by them when I lived in the new apartment. I sprayed the mattress, bed frame, headboard and the crevices on the walls with “Permacide P-1, as well as the powder. in addition, I followed all the procedures as stated on the website. On the next day, I found a few bites on my arms and legs. I decided to spray the areas once more and not sleep on it for at least a few months.
My brother moved in a few months later (April 2008) and slept in my old room ever since. He was never once bitten. His bed is next to my old bed. My computer desk is still in there. I was so stressed out and freaked out that I haven’t slept in that room for a little bit more than two years. It is now Aug, 2010. I am moving in two weeks. I went down to the basement and found an old bag of clothes that I forgot to throw out two years ago.
so my question is…
1.) Are they still alive?
2.). I found one in my old bag but it was dead.
3.) Do they hide in books, papers and in objects?
4.) The bedroom floor is covered with carpet. Can they possibly be alive after all two years?
5.) I threw out my bedframe and bought a new one which is going to be in my new apt. But i didn’t throw out the mattress because it’s expensive.
P.S. I am sorry for the long message. I am just a bit worried about getting it again.
I hope you can help me!
Actually i think i have bug bites yesterday when i was washing my dog. She was diagonosed with scabies and ticks. I think her ticks have bitten me as well. I am having same kind of reaction on my skin as you have shown in the pictures. Pls guide me what should i do now? I am feeling little itching at some places but trying to avoid…. Pls help me and thanks
Me and my husband found our first bedbug a few months ago. Since then we have replaced the mattress, sealed it , we have sprayed, fogged, did everything that was recommended. We slept on our couch for about two weeks and started sleeping in bed again. NO Bites. Until a few days ago, still no bites but we saw like one or two bugs. We own our home so moving is not an option. We are stuck right now and dont know what else to do. We cant really afford to hire an exterminator.
Do you have any reports for the Hotel Northampton in Northampton, MA? The tremendous increase in the bedbug population makes you concerned even about the best rated hotels.
Any bedbug problems in Comfort Inn Times Square, (Apple Core Hotels), 129 West 46th St., New York, New York?
About a year and half ago i moved into a five bedroom house i fully furnished it and the house was infested with bedbugs i called exterminaters that would not even come to my home to help get rid of them in fear they would take one to their vehicle and then to their home they jokingly said burn the house down with everything in it!
i was renting and the landlord would not do anything! so i had to move and throw away almost everything i owned! now, i am living in an apartment complex and found out someone in my building has a problem with them and i am so worried they are going to make their way to my apt!
when i say i had to get rid of everything or almost everything i mean everything i could not soke in bleach. clothes, blankets, sheets , pillows, sofas, beds, dressers, frig, computers, tvs, paintings, things and furniture that had been passed down thru the generations, ect.
what are the chances of me getting them living in the same building? i lost everything once and i am on disability and can not afford to treat for them or move and it took me months to get furniture.
my daughter and i had to sleep on the floor for four months before we could get beds. i have scares all over my body from the bites and have no idea what i will do if it happens again!!!!!!
My daughter suspected she had bedbugs when she woke up one morning with a bite. We examined her room and found 3 small black bugs that curled up almost into a ball when touched (not pill bugs though). I have never heard of bedbugs doing this. Could this be another type of bug? There was no evidence on her bed, they were found on the floor in her bedroom. I found one feasting on a piece of food. Do bedbugs eat old food? I know they are not cockroaches. She is moving and has moved in with me and I am terrified that she will bring these into my home.
To, “Pam.” Do you happen to live in Georgia?n I have a feeling I may have been your neighbor.
joe the bug hater::
My wife’s aunt moved from 1 apartment to another on the first floor in the same building in feb/10 by march she realized she had bedbugs and tried saying they came from a tree near her window. The management didn’t do anything till June. By then she had a really bad infestation and had to throw out most of her furniture and washed all her clothes. The exterminator had advised her on what to do.
They did a couple of treatments and eventually the building and exterminator gave her a letter that they were all gone. The building bought her new couch beds etc. and said it was fine to bring the new stuff in. At the end of July she said she had a letter stating that they were all gone and she came over to my house and sat mostly outside,except for about an hour where she came in and sat on my couch. I sleep on that couch because of my injuries to my back from a M.V.A.
Two 2 mornings later I woke up with bedbug bites on my ankles and feet. I’m a light sleeper so they were the lunch type. At first I thought they were mosquito bites because I’m in my back yard a lot. The next morning I woke up with more bites and I was showing my wife and my mother- in-law was over.
We were speculating on what they were from when I remembered her aunt having them and she was over 3 days before. I got really worried. I went and bought D.E. and spread it around and on the couch where I sleep. But before I spread It I vacuumed the couch with my shop vac. then vacuumed the whole basement. I found one dead beg bug in the vacuum.
I Steamed the couch and Steamed the floors and around the baseboards with the H2O mop. I left the D.E. down for about 8 to 10 days. For that period I had not been bitten again. About the 8th or 10th morning I found a couple of new bites. I then repeated the whole process again and this time I caulked all the baseboards top and bottom. I also sprayed everything down with alcohol. and repeated the alcohol spraying every night on and around the couch and myself and wife’s hair.
Its been now 2 weeks and no more bites. I hope they are gone. I think that she brought one over in her hair or clothing. I killed it the first time I cleaned for them. But I think by then it had laid eggs. Because around 8 to10 days later were the second bites.They weren’t as severe so they were probably nymph bites. Which I probably (hopefully) got with the second cleaning. I still have the D.E. around the floor of the couch. I put Vaseline on the couch feet. I just hope they are gone as I just bought this house last year and payed it off in full. I also bought all brand new furniture for the whole house 3 bedrooms and finished basement. This all happened in the basement.
If I do get an infestation from this. Can I sue her building for giving her a letter assuring her they were gone and because of this letter she took the liberty to come over to my house. If I knew then what I know now I would not have let her come over.
Hi… my name is Kelly and I have a question for you. I recently inherited a desk from a friend, whose home had what he thought was a bedbug infestation. I was unsuspecting at the time that the desk would be infested as well, since I had not yet done research into bedbugs. So, I took the desk when he moved and brought it into my basement.
While in the basement, I cleaned the desk w/ soap and water, vaccumed it, as well as put on murphy’s oil, all of which was an effort to take care of it before putting it in my office. I didn’t think at that time that there would possibly be bedbugs in the desk. So… a few items were placed upon the desk when it was in the basement. We are preparing to go camping, so some camping equipment like a tent, therma-rests, chairs, etc were on top of the desk for a few days. Then… I decided to bring the desk up to the office. It was up in the office for one night, when the next day I noticed what I think is a bedbug walking across the top of the desk. I panicked! I quickly removed the desk and put it outside of the house.
My questions are these…. how quickly do bedbugs infest? If the desk was in the office for one night, could they have traveled off the desk and elsewhere in the office? What about our camping equipment… it sat on the desk for a day or two… is this equipment possibly contaminated? Please, please, offer any advice you have.
Hi, Jim – I found one small red bump on my back but no staining on bedsheet. However, I saw one tiny black hard thing almost like a small poppy seed on the top sheet of a bed next to it.
If a bedbug had bitten me and left the bed would it be likely to climb down my bed and up the other one and excrete one “terd”?
Also, what is the consistency of bedbug fecal matter?
Thanks in advance for your response.
hi i have a question
bedbugs are attracted to something in our blood right?
so does that mean they can smell us?
or do they just keep crawling along till they find us?
will they attempt to climb only where humans are, or will they just keep crawling along?
and how fast can bedbugs go?
@Dee.. rea ur post was wondering if you have pets because it sounds like you found a flee not a bedbug.. flees are black but when they fill themselves with blood they turn red.. hope that helps :)
What are bedbugs attracted to?
We all release carbon dioxide as we exhale, but in bed, it’s concentrated in one area and this is what attracts the bedbugs!
Do bedbugs crawl fast? every time we breathe.
Yes, the can move fast and prefer the night. Their speed depends on how much of your blood they have fed upon.
Hi. I found a few very tiny bugs that are almost the size of apple seeds on my bed. They were crawled up in a ball, but when one or two of them un-curled themselves and started moving it was very slow, whereas I thought bedbugs were quick-moving. Does this fit the description of a bedbug? Thank you.
That does not sound like a bedbug, more like Pill Bugs commonly known as rollie-pollies.
Have there been any reports of bedbugs at the Hyatt Place East in Louisville, KY? When I woke up on August 27 in in my room there were blood stains on the sheets where my arm would have been. My arm was facing the outside of the mattress. I went to my mom’s home from there. Now she has a bedbug infestation in her home. This makes me ill to think about!
My sisters house was infected. they have done several treatments. My sister says she has not been bite in like a week or more. My nieces are spending the night at my house this weekend. Should I be worried about them carrying bedbugs into my home. What should I do??
My friend is visiting from out of state, and it appears that she has gotten bit by bedbugs previous to her departure.
We’re staying at a hotel together, in seperate beds… but how to we prevent the transfer?
She has two bedrooms, one at college and one at her moms and she has no idea where theyre hiding to exterminate the problem.
i found one bedbug on a t shirt i picked up off my floor, if i find one does that mean there are going to be more?
hi i work as a visiting nurse & recently learned one of my clients homes is infested with bedbugs. i always go during the day and i live in Rochester and it only started getting cold about a week or two ago. up until then it has been 90’s plus. i noticed earlier this week before my client notified me of this infestation that i have 6 small bite marks on my hip all in somewhat of a line.
i have searched my room along with my 3 month old daughters room for bedbugs and have not found any evidence of them. my daughter nor my husband have had any bites. is it possible i was bit while at this persons house ? when i got home i immediately stripped down and put all my clothes in bag over bag over bag. when i learned about the dryer for 30 mins i then put my clothes in the dryer and then washed them.
what are the chances that i have brought these creatures into my home? please help.. i am afraid my daughter is going to start to get bit. and when an exterminator does come in and fumigate your house is it possible it will not always kill them? or is there store bought products i can buy?
Those lines are exactly how bedbugs feed and you may in fact have been bitten at the clients house but if I were you, I would look at our bedbug checklist at the top of this page and make SURE you don’t find any in your house.
And yes, if you are spending time in a bedbug infested room, there is a good chance that you’ll bring them home with you, especially as the weather gets cold and the bugs gravitate toward your body heat.
I just saw a very small red bug running up my arm. I grabbed it out of instinct, it popped, and a small amount of red blood was left smeared on my fingers and arm. This is the only bug I have seen and I have not had any bites. I have looked around at my mattress and still no signs of more bugs. Is it possible that this one bedbug got carried home with me from work and since I popped it there will be no further problems?
What is your advice and thoughts?
Did the bug look like the bedbugs shown in the pictures on this site?
My I have been spending one night a week for the past two weeks at my boyfriends house. I have developed bedbug bites and he has recently found some bugs in his bed. I washed all my clothes, and vaccummed my bed and room. I have not found any signs of bedbugs at my house. Is there s chance i still have bedbugs if i have not found a sign of them?
I just moved out of an apartment and am now being told that there are bedbugs in it, I advised them I have never had a problem with them (which I have never had a problem, never even heard of them being true until I moved to Ohio), and that they must have come from another apartment. I advised them that I never saw any the year I was there. The manager said that they were big and had to have been there a long time and they checked the other apartments and they were clean.
First, wouldn’t the bugs be in all the apartments in that building? Or would they stay just in the one apartment? Second, how can I prove to them that I did not have bedbugs when I moved in? And in order for them to keep my security deposit, do they have to prove I brought them in? (which is impossible, because I didn’t have them prior to moving in) Third, if they keep my security deposits due to the bugs, can I take them to court over it? I have no knowledge of ever being bitten by a bug, neither has my daughter.
i recently emailed i work as a visiting nurse & i have spent the past week washing drying clothes vacuuming my mattress box-spring floors over & over again. i sealed my mattress all the cracks & holes in my room with caulk and i still never had any evidence i brought these bugs home and haven’t had any bites besides those 6. i haven’t had blood stains any “skins” or feces.. i don’t know wether i am just extremely paranoid or what. i haven’t slept more than 3-4 hours at night for the past week trying to watch for these suckers to see if they are in my house. the spray you mentioned.. is that safe to spray around children? and can i spray it on my mattress?
I am so freaked out that I am on the verge of tears and I’m sure I am over reacting. While at work, someone noticed “bugs”…but never said anything at the time. The next day, we were told not to come to work as it was confirmed it was bedbugs – yuk! We all went to work the next day.
I haven’t had much sleep in the past few days because I’m stressing out over this. Every little bump on my body now feels itchy…and it seems like it is not just one bump…but 2 or 3 (the theory of 3 bites – breakfast, lunch, dinner). Yesterday while at work, my stomach was really itchy…I went to the bathroom and in my belly button I noticed as small light brown “thing”. Yeah….that helped me with my anxiety! Upon a really close review, it just looked like a rye seed. It broke really easy (slight pressure from my name). Stupid me threw it out….
I don’t think I’ve read anything about how fast they start living in a new environment. So, if someone has then on Monday and they hitchhike home with you…would you start having bites Tuesday? I’ve read that they can live without food for 1+ years….
I did a quick check of my bed/mattress and didn’t see anything. If I brought the little buggars home – how long would it take to start finding them? Immediately, a few weeks, months? I know the general answer is months…but is there something I can do NOW to ensure I don’t have any?
Is it possible to have them crawl in your mouth while sleeping? This is how freaked out I am!! My throat feels funny….like something stuck in it. Something very small.
I realized that I am over reacting….100%. I’m an educated person and I realize it is silly to react this way and that I am stressing myself out….but I can’t stop. I did good yesterday…then this morning I felt 2 small bumps on the side of my face. I of course rubbed/scratched them and now they look like bites!!!
Don’t be embarassed or ashamed of your reaction to all this…it is natural to feel this way over bedbugs. I recently had a bedbug incident in the apartment I was staying at. July was when I discovered the truth, it is now September and I am in a new place, have been for 3 months and here I am still googling information trying to see if there is any possible way I could have brought them with me or if my experience is over for good. The experience as a whole was traumatizing. As pathetic as it sounds bedbugs can really turn a persons world upside down. I was furious with my landlord and with the property management company. Apparently they knew about all this but did not say anything until people came to them with concerns. So as the bedbugs creeped from apartment to apartment, infesting the entire building, they did nothing to forewarn us. For the longest time I thought I was getting spider bites, it was summer and the idea of bedbugs did not even cross my mind. I did see a few of the bugs but since I’ve never had to deal with bedbugs, I actually just thought they were strange looking and killed whatever ones I saw, not realizing I was just allowing them to multiply day by day.
Finally one day at work I noticed the bites on my legs were not typical of any spider bite. A bunch of tiny red dots in a line, probably about 8, all the way up my calf. So I thought randomly to google bedbugs and sure enough there were the pictures of the bugs I had seen before (one even crawled next to me while I layed in bed reading a book. I assumed since I just pulled the book out of a box in my closet it was just a harmless bug that was living in the dark..). Ew, I’m getting itchy now just writing about this!! I felt sick when I saw the pics, I couldn’t even work.
It said on the website to check the creases of your pillows. It’s bizarre because I washed my sheets often and yet never noticed bugs when I changed my pillow cases, but I’m thinking my infestation wasn’t terribly bad like others have been. I got home and looked in my pillow cases in the creases…yup…bugs just sitting there. I over reacted….I immediately threw my pillows, blankets, sheets and all in garbage bags and off my balcony. I checked my mattress and never saw any…which was strange…but in the days after this I did find one crawling in my bathroom where I thought I could keep my clothes and be free of them! Crawling right by my jeans!! And that is how people carry them from one place to another I guess!
If you brought them home you likely can’t do anything now to ensure you don’t have them. They will multiply and find you…as gross as it sounds. I read that one female can lay 40 eggs a day. A DAY! I don’t know if this is the honest truth but it was enough for me to get out of my place asap. I moved out within 2 days of them spraying.
I am pretty sure they will find you asap if you brought them in….although here I am googling trying to find out the same thing 3 months later. So far, all the stuff I’ve found is if I don’t have them by now I won’t have them..but I don’t have any bites being in my new place. You have marks on your body…that is a good indicator that you have some. Don’t be like me and assume they are something else!! This went on for months for me until I realized what they were.
Check the creases of your pillows and the creases of your mattress. Use a bright flashlight. When they are new, they are clear, waiting to get full on blood. They are hard to see because of the clearness but they are a good size. When they have been around for a while they are reddish brown, full of blood. The one I saw at this stage was plump too, like it just ate me or something. Just pay attention to your marks. If you in fact have the bites right now and those marks are bedbug bites, they will continue and they will continue rapidly. They won’t die off.
Sorry if this doesn’t help…
I have read LOTS of info in the past couple of weeks on bedbugs and looked at tons of pics. I’m being bitten by something, still don’t know what yet. Had an exterminator come out to do free inspection and didn’t find any signs of them. Was told that I have to “stop vacuuming / cleaning” and let the evidence build up.
I guess once I do find out, my whole town will be infested by then. Anyway, my question is this: I’ve read a couple of times that they can bite in your genital area, buttocks, which I have on me. How do they bite me there and find their way out back to their hiding spots (supposedly in couch), in a matter of seconds, no less. I’d think it would take that small thing a couple of days, if anything, to find its way out of my underwear, sweat pants and robe.
I’ve been wrapped up real well since I started noticing the bites. My whole body is pretty much covered. For this same reason, I’ve read that they can bite through clothes, which makes no sense to me, how do they get their mouth on you through clothing???? I really have thought entirely too much about this whole sick thing – it has taken over my life and I hate it!
Okay so here is my hard luck story……Moved in June of this year 2 weeks in my fiancee is covered in bites all over his legs and ankles the vet tells us its fleas and gives us a can of spray to use as well as treatment for our cat. 2 weeks later still having trouble at this point I’m actually picking them off of me while sitting on the couch!!!
We call the exterminator he sprays and tells us it sometimes takes more than one treatment, I say okay and hope for the best…… 2 weeks later the exterminator is back this time he treats the mattresses…… Problem solved!!!! Now 3 months later I’m noticing bites in groups of 3 on two different occasions, I go looking for my cat this afternoon sure enough she’s sleeping under the covers, but wait……… what is that next to my pillow???? A beetle??? Nope it’s a flat, somewhat round reddish brown…….OMG a bedbug!!!!!!
I cannot believe what is happening!! I was packing this morning because we are moving again and now am afraid that we r going to bring these nasty things with us!!! HELP!!! Do I call the exterminator again to spray my stuff before I pack?? I ONLY HAVE 9 DAYS before the movers come and I don’t want to infest other ppls things in the moving truck!
I’m being given a pool table from a friend. They did have bedbugs but have gone through all the treatments in extermination. We are getting the pool table fumigated and treated just in case. Can I be confident that they will not be in there? Can the exterminators give me a ligitimate certification stating that they will not be in there nor will their eggs? This is a great deal I’d hate to pass up but I’m nervous to go through with it. Please help!
so i moved into this house a couple of months after giving birth to a beautiful daughter… after living in this house we have been renting since June we have found out without notification from anyone that we have bedbugs sadly we had to find out the hard way..which ended up in me being bitten and being allergic to the bites… me and my husband share the same bed and oddly enough I’m the one that’s being bitten i have recently found the bugs crawling around in my daughters crib and it really scares me..i just want to get out of this house as soon as possible.. its not me I’m really worried about well i am because I’m allergic to the bites but..now that I’ve been finding them in my 6 month old daughters bed its really freaking me out and making me more frantic to move!!!
Hill House Best Western in Bakerasfield Ca. Bit over 20 times in room 100. stay away
I searched a variety of online databases and could find no reports of bedbugs at the Best Western Hill House, 700 Truxton Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301-4817.
Thanks, bedbug Girl
I had bedbugs over 6 months ago I since have moved to a new place threw away my mattress along with box spring and a number of other items i felt might be infested. Months later (now) I ran into a friend who told me he had recently had been infested but got rid of them. I came close to him and went home and the next day I felt itching I have no bites its been about a week since i seen him but I can’t help but feel crawling on me while i lay in bed and the next day at work I feel more itching then usual do you think this is psychological or could he have passed them back to me? Thank you
It’s probably psychological IF you don’t see any irritation whatsoever AND have checked to make sure they are not to be found in your room. You can never be too careful!
So, my saga with the bedbugs begin. I started to get bites about 10 days ago. Couldn’t figure out what they were, went to a dermatologist who said they were definitely insect bites, called the exterminator, who found about 10-15 bugs in my entire apartment. The apartment has been treated by the exterminator. In the interim, I moved out to some friends for two days, took off all the linens, washed them, dried cleaned what I couldn’t wash, and am waiting to put my apartment back together.
This morning, I came into work and noticed some new bites on my legs. I am emotionally and financially drained, and this whole episode is sucking the life out of me. I can’t figure out where these new bites came from.
So, I have the following questions for the more knowledgable:
1. Could the bite I found this morning be an old bite that just got irritated? It’s around my ankle area, where the elastic for my socks is
2. Could it be in my clothes? The exterminator insists that our infestation is pretty limited, and its not in my clothes, so I’m not sure what to make of it.
3. Could I be getting bit at work? My building has had problems with bedbugs, but not my specific office, and I thought the bugs only come out in the early morning hours, when I’m not at work.
Please feel free to share. I’m about ready to take my whole wardrobe to the cleaners. My wife is inconsolable. Sigh.
Sorry to hear you’re having this problem, it is never fun, but there is an end, you just have to keep at them. It’s not easy.
1) Yes you could have a delayed reaction, but more like hours later, not days.
2) Yes, they could be in your cloths, such a cloths in stacked in a closet, etc. They won’t live in the cloths you wear, but will hitch a ride :)
3) Yes, bedbug infestations are not limited to homes, they are found on buses, clothing stores and even hospitals! They tend to be active at night, but that all depends on the environment.
Let us know how this works out!
So, it continues….last night, our first night back in our exterminated apartment, me and my wife put on a minimum of bedding, sealed the mattress with those cover things, kept pretty much everything recently cleaned segregated in another room, and went to sleep.
Come this morning, I’m bite-free, the wife finds two new ones on her leg. ARGH. The exterminator says he’s coming back tomorrow. Our clothes arent really stacked, most of it is hanging, but squished together in a small-ish closet.
Could it be passing from outfit to outfit? I took the clothes I wear most often to the cleaners, but some stuff in there, I haven’t worn in year. The rest of the stuff I left in place, including the shoes sitting on the floor in the closet.
Lee Anne Cash::
Moved into a rental in Feb. Beginning June MAJOR infestation of bb. My husband and I both have OCD. Threw out all bb furniture. $6,000 worth. No furniture left. Used boiling water, steam, powder, bed covers, duct tape, removed all photos, hangers, EVERYTHING. Son is 11. Had allergic reaction. SEVERE. Doctor didn’t recognize the bites. Worse than photos on here. Three months left on lease. Sleeping in car and tub. Landlord told us the bugs were not here before we came? My husband has a chronic disease. Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome. He goes to Shands off and on. Hospital. Broke, going bankrupt, he was terminated while on FMLA.
What should we do. We continue to fight them. We have two small dogs. One dog pulls plugs of hair out. I’m losing my mind. Trying to care for my son and keep my husband stress free. Please help.
Chances are they are not passing from outfit to outfit – hard to believe that they came from the bed, especially if you have sealed the mattress! Was she hanging out at the couch? That’s a popular place and many people here have found the couch infested after checking – perhaps she was bit there before going to bed and just noticed the bites?
I’ve just independently (through research on this site) come out of denial, and to the conclusion my bedroom is infested with bedbugs. I’ve woken up with bites for the past week or so, but have blamed it on mosquitos. Too many bites now to be a mosquito. Something I will be trying, which I haven’t seen mentioned on this site anywhere, that I felt I should share, and let everyone know how it works.
I’ve rolled approximately 8 inch pieces of duct tape and formed a line around my bed. I bought a plastic mattress cover to block them from coming anywhere except on the outside of my perimeter. I just would roll an 8 inch piece, place it on the bed (on top of the plastic cover), roll another piece, overlap the ends of the role, and continued until I have a square of duct tape rolls around me. This is obviously just a short term fix, but I think it will help with the next step as it’ll provide some solid information. When I wake up in the morning, I’ll be able to see which directions they are coming from due to where on the tape they are stuck. I’ll also have a general idea of how bad the infestation is due to how many are stuck. I have yet to actually see one, so I really have no idea. And I only have five or so bites on my body. I can then put extra emphasis on applying pesticides to those areas tomorrow. And it also has the great benefit of peace of mind (at least for one night). Yes it was rather tedious, but worth the effort in my opionion.
Is it possible to get just one bite? I have a mark on me and I’m trying to figure it out. I checked my mattress and found nothing at all. I’m just wondering if I’m psyching myself out.
If it’s just one bite, then chances are it’s not a bedbug – it could have been a spider. Check out BadSpiderBites.com – but be prepared for some scary pictures :)
I recently ordered luggage from a major department store. It was shipped from California and has been sitting in my garage for over 3 weeks. I’m afraid to bring it in the house until I inspect it. If I don’t see any BB, can the luggage still have eggs deposited on it? If so, are the eggs visible? Would freezing temperatures kill the BB and/ or eggs?
Hey i saw your post on some website I was researching for bedbugs….
I was just wondering if i could ask u a question??
So over the past few nights I’ve been bitten about 4-5 times. they are itchy, get red, and raised and have a small dot in the center. I have a indoor cat- who doesn’t seem to have fleas. I was researching bedbugs, and they say the bites are usually in a line, well 2 of the 4 or 5 are side by side, but ones beside my knee, and the other on my back… the two together are on my shoulder……
Now i already called my landlord and there has never been a problem in this building. However pretty much every building around us has been infested with bedbugs, and i noticed a mattress was taken out the other day…. I don’t know what to think at this point. I’m 22 this is my first apartment..I’m so confused!!
Bites, mattress in trash, bedbugs on the other side of the wall – If it was me in your situation, I would look at my bedbug checklist (see top menu bar) and look in all those locations and see if you can spot any signs. IF YOU DO, TAKE PICTURES OF THE bedbugs and upload them to me using the link at the top right of this page and I’ll tell you what I think. The pictures will come in handy as well should your landlord give you trouble! Let us know what happens!
Would a bedbug ever just sit on my comforter and let me walk right up to it?! I just found two tiny bugs on my comforter that didn’t look a lot like bedbug pictures I’d seen online, a couple of millimeters maybe with small narrow oval shaped bodies and tiny hairlike legs that fanned out evenly around the bodies – they didn’t move at all when I walked up and picked them up in a tissue and crunched them.
There was no blood or anything else, they just crunched and sort of broke apart. My bed is right underneath a window which was open at the time, so I’m hoping they could have just blown in the window, but I’m terrified. If it’s unlikely that a bedbug would sit still and let me walk up to it, please, please let me know! It would really help set my mind at ease.
Sorry. It is the Double Tree – Magnificent Mile in Downtown Chicago.
Heard of any bedbugs there?
Hi, I’ve been reading online and came across your email about bedbugs. I see there is much advise on how to get rid of bedbugs and to even treat the bites. However, is there anything you can put on your skin that serves like a repellant similar to Off spray of misquitos to keep them from biting you?
“Living on PURPOSE”
I grew up in Ohio but have lived in Georgia the last 6 years. I decided to move back to Ohio last month and have been staying with my aunt. One day, she tells me about how she had a bedbug infestation sometime last year.
I start getting paranoid and sure enough about 2 days later, I find one crawling on my clothes in my bag. A couple of nights later, I see like 4 crawling on this basket of clothes in my aunts room which is where I’m sleeping. We bagged up most of the clothing and bedding in the room and washed it all but since then, we have done the same thing 3 additional times after seeing one or two crawling on pillows and things.
Now, yesterday, I pulled a sweater out of my suitcase which is where all of my things are sand there is a bedbug crawling on my shirt. We are moving out in 2 weeks and I absolutely cannot take these things with me. I am completely grossed out. Does anyone have any advise on what to do so I don’t take any with me to my new home?
I don’t have any furniture here, its all still in Georgia. So its just clothes but I’m soo tempted to just throw them all away. I’d rather have to buy all new clothing than to have to deal with this in my own home
bedbug Girl says:
I searched a number of online databases for reports of bedbugs and could not find any for the Doubletree Hotel Chicago – Magnificent Mile, 300 East Ohio Street, Chicago, IL 60611.
Hi, how are you?
My name is Sydney Corryn and I am a journalism major at Columbia College Chicago. My trade for this semester s the Hotel Industry. I am doing an article on how to confront guests with a bedbug problem and help them feel comfortable. I would like to ask you the following questions:
Why are bedbugs becoming common again?
Despite housekeeping at hotels why do they still pop up in the rooms?
What are ways hotels can prevent them?
How can they educate guests about the potential of bedbugs without making them feel uncomfortable? How should they ease the guest fears about possibly being bitten by them?
What extra precautions should housekeepers take to reduce the number of bedbugs that show up in the rooms?
Should the hotel staff use presentations and etc.?
Thank you :)
I am freaking out! I saw a bug going across my kitchen floor, it isn’t anything familiar looking.
Can you please tell me if this is a bedbug and is it possible that someone could have possibly carried only one in on them and I saw it and killed it, so I wont have problems or should I still seek treatment?????
That is indeed a bedbug and if all you have found is just one, then it is very possible that it could have hitched a ride with someone. bedbugs are not usually going to be found crawling across the kitchen floor which is also good.
I’d take a look at my bedbug checklist (see top menu bar) and make sure you don’t see any signs of an infestation. If you do a complete check, don’t see anything AND no one is being bitten, then chances are you’re safe!
Let us know what you find out, will you?
Thanks for sharing!
HELP! I cannot sleep. Two evenings ago my husband and I went to a show. Last night I was doing some light housekeeping and picked up my shoes I had worn to the show to put them away. I found an insect that I believe to bed a bedbug crawling on my floor where my shoes had just been sitting. (I put it into a plastic baggie and compared it to pictures found online). I will take a picture and email you the photo.
My husband and I cannot find ANY SIGNS of an infestation. We have checked the areas where they are typically found. Nothing in our room or our children’s rooms. No feces, blood stains, molted skins, eggs, other bugs to be found. Is it possible this bug hitched a ride home with us? I’m concerned because the clothes we wore that night were removed and put in our dirty laundry basket which is located in our walk-in closet, FULL OF CLOTHES! My jacket I wore that night was hung on our coat rack in our foyer with other coats/jackets/backpacks. Not to mention my personal vehicle driven home that night. If this bug hitched a ride home what are the chances there are more? Or that it/they laid eggs?
In addition, I’ve come across other information online that states it is not typical to see an actual bedbug, so to see one is a clear sign of an infestation. I thought it odd to see it on my foyer floor near the entrance to my kitchen.
Just wanted to give an update about the bedbug crawling across the kitchen floor!
This scared me bad, the following day I went to Home Depot and purchased DE in 4lb. bag. I started in bedrooms and did full inspection everywhere, even electrical outlets. I found no evidence of any bugs, I believe my oldest son went on a date with a new girl, got in her car and brought a ride hitcher home!
I still wanted to be positive so yesterday I put in a 19 hour day. I vacuumed with a Dyson, boiled water to 140 degree on stove, used that in floor steam cleaner, washed all bedding in scalding hot water, then on high heat in dryer, put the DE, around all baseboards, closets, outlets, picture frames, bed frames, box springs, I removed any clutter from under the beds for storage, removed bed skirts that hung on the floor. I used a hand held steamer that I bought years ago for grout cleaning and did sofas, drapes etc. I then pulled the sofa open and treated the inside of the sofa with the DE (Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth), and removed the backings off the box springs along with the plastic corner protectors, The bathrooms and kitchens bleached and DE placed also. I made my son vacuum his car and he sprayed 90% alcohol and DE in there.
Even though I didn’t see anything else, I didn’t feel comfortable in my home until I took all these steps. For a while I have a tight sealed tote in the garage and when my son leaves and comes home, he enters through the garage, and immediately puts his clothes in there until I can scald them. If we purchase clothes I will bring them straight home into the dryer on high heat, since yesterday in my area, our Walmart shut down along with two movie theaters infested with bedbugs!
I never thought this would happen, that I would find one in my house! I am also checking my childrens backpacks and stuff as soon as they get off the bus, since they are spotting them in schools!
I will keep you informed and thank you so much for the quick response and all the great information!
The bites are only on my arms and hands, there are only a couple big ones, and most are smaller and very few. There are none anywhere else on my body…. Are these bedbug bites?
Took my nephew to a movie today in upstate NY a theatre in New Windsor. I felt bitten while I was sitting in my seat and thought to myself that I should check when I left the theatre…well I forgot. It wasn’t until I was home and took a shower that I saw the three small bite marks in a straight little line on my wrist. Doesn’t itch but they’re clearly bite marks. Not sure if its bedbugs but based on all of the pics I’ve seen looks like it is. My question is how do I know if I brought them back home with me? Or do I have to wait to be infested before I’ll know? Should I just assume that first contact is enough? Not sure what I can do to prevent the infestation. I let my brother know to check my nephew as well and keep an I out, but not sure what else can be done.
i seem to have only one bedbug that terrorizes only me. i believe it lives in my couch since that is the only place where i get bitten. my child has sat on the couch for hours and she has never been bitten once. do bedbugs discriminate when it comes to feeding?
i have been steam cleaning my couch, spraying hot water with soap and even spreading baking soda and still whenever i sit on my couch i get a bite or two. i have inspected my couch by turning it upside down and can’t see anything! no bugs, no eggs, nothing! so this is why i think there is only one that has a very good hiding spot in my couch somewhere.
the bites have been happening for about three months now, so it is possible to only have one bedbug that happens to be a male? if so, what would be the best way to get rid of him?
Hi, will bedbugs be put off if you spray an insect spray around the bed in a hotel room long enough for your stay ie if you do it every day? I have heard that this wont kill them but will put them off coming to bite until the residue is gone?
Is it possible to just have only one bedbug. I was getting bitten once a night, so we tore apart the room looking for them and did find one hiding in the curtain. I did kill it and haven’t gotten bitten or seen anymore since.
Yes, it’s possible, but I had to say that odds are that’s not the case. If the bed is a good distance away from the curtain, it’s unlikely that that bedbug was making it’s way over to feed on you, then retreating back to the curtain; they are usually closer to the bed.
Hi, it’s Kenny again. The curtain that I found it in is right at the head of my bed, less then one foot away! Thank you for the checklist, it was a big help!!!
About 3 weeks ago I moved out of my mothers apartment into my own apartment. While there I was bitten pretty badly by a spider where it got infected and had to be lanced open. I also was bitten other times where it looked as if fleas had bitten me. The apartment complex she lives in sends exterminators in to check regularly for bugs (especially bedbugs) They have not found any in her apartment while I was living there. The last time they were there was actually on a day that I was removing some of my things from her apartment.
Last night my mother found bedbugs on her couch and around her bed. I am worried that I may have them at my new apartment now as well.
Is it possible that in 3 weeks time her apartment could have been infested? She doesnt have many visitors either. Could the exterminator have been missing it this whole time?
I first noticed a couple of red welts on the right side of my upper torso when I woke up one morning. At first I just assumed that these were mosquito bites. But then the next day I woke up and had a few more. The next day, again a few more. Of course I did what everyone does these days, hopped on to my trusty laptop and started working with Google.
It didn’t take me too long to arrive at bedbugs as a possible culprit. I actually found some pictures of bedbug bites and compared them to my red welts and bingo, it was very clear to me that bedbugs were the problem.
A friend has come to visit me, and I learned she had a child staying with her who had bedbug bites all over his legs for 6 to 7 days. She said there is no sign of them in the household (she and her daughter have no bites). Should I be worried about her bringing them here? This has all happened within the last 7-10 days.
Thank you in advance.
OMG! So I was laying down watching TV and I started to feel really itchy on my back so I took off my shirt and sweater and saw this huge bug on the inside of my sweater, by the looks of it its a bedbug.
Is there any way that I could only have one, and could they only be in my room and hopefully not in my whole house???
In June 2010, I noticed there were these weird bugs sparingly crawling around, I did notice exo skeleton, so I believe they were bedbugs. Which really scares! I cleaned the room ceiling to floor, and I have not seen anymore. My husband and I never noticed any bites, the ones I found were on a tiled floor, none on the bed or even book cases. My husband has had sepsis most of his life and he does suffer from it now. I think back on it and if they were bedbugs, they were never full, like shown in the pictures. Could the sepsis have killed them off?
I’ve been experiencing bites for the last couple of months. Currently I have 20-30 bites on my arms, neck and back. Last night, my boyfriend and I tore my apartment apart looking for bedbugs. We found nothing on the mattress or in the bedding nor on any clothing or in my dresser. The only evidence we have found is black specks on the sheets that are flat (in most cases). The specs are hard and usually do not smear. I have been collecting the specks and putting it in a bag for my landlord to see. I have placed double-sided tape around my bed frame, as well as, purchased mattress covers. We sprayed my room with Raid, vacuumed the carpet, put carpet tape on the base boards, pulled the bed away from the walls, and washed all of my bedding and clothing.
I did the double-sided tape experiment about a month ago and found nothing stuck to it.
My boyfriend has been getting bites too, but not nearly as many as I have. I live with another girl who has experienced no bites whatsoever. The bites I have are mostly on my arms, neck, and my back. They start out as swollen itchy red bumps, but turn into swollen open red sores/scabs after a couple of days. I have seen two doctors that stated that these bumps were hives; however, my doctor called me back today and told me to do treatment for scabies.
Does this sound like scabies or bedbugs?
Would scabies leave black specks on clean sheets?
How do I treat my cat for bedbugs/scabies?
I will try to post pictures! Please help!
I have been in my new apartment since October. And today while laying in bed saw 1 bedbug on my comforter. I’m wondering if there are more? Me and my children haven’t been bit. So could that be the only one?
My children do attend a school that has had other children whose families have bedbugs. But once seeing it today I bought some spray and sprayed the whole house. I didn’t spray the beds being that they still have the plastic on them. I did get the couch though. I live in Ohio which is like the bedbug capital. I really don’t want this issue and as a precaution what can I do to prevent it from getting worse?
hi i was wondering if bedbugs jump…we have a small case of bedbugs and when i was checking the laundry room for any i ended up seeing a bug when i tried to kill it, it jumped away like actually leaped way from me. and also will natural dust help kill them because if they are in are laundry room its going to be a lot harder to kill them
Hi, several days ago I found two random red bumps on my stomach area, the next day I had a few on my back. It’s been nearly a week now and my entire torso as well as parts of my face, neck are covered in these itchy red bump – there are a few on my arms and legs as well. I wouldn’t say that they are in straight lines but I guess you could say they are clustered a little.
I’m almost completely sure that these are begs bugs as I find more bits every time I wake up. I washed all my bedding and got a mattress cover but my room is very messy. I am not exactly sure where the bedbugs are because I haven’t seen them but I haven’t been able to sleep comfortably for past few nights – last night I was feeling so paranoid I grabbed my sheets and pillows and slept in the hallway, to no avail.
Is it necessary for for me to wash ALL of my clothes and clean every little spot in my room? I have things under my bed and I’ve read that you shouldn’t store things there as the bedbugs can hide there. Sorry if this message seems really scattered and random, I’m incredibly terrified right now and I can’t seem to stop itching these bites and get rid of the feeling that something is crawling on my when I try to fall asleep. Please help!
to michelle, jan 2, 2011. you might have fleas in your home. you should use a flea bomb, and bomb the place. its a mist of solution that is sprayed into the air, and it kills them. but you cant be homewhen you do it. also, if it is in fact the bedbugs, then you need pest control to come out. but i learned that extreme heat kills them, so put your clothes/bedsheets etc. in the dryer for a while, spray all your items with rubbing alcohol on a mist setting.
I work at a Hospital in Indiana. I learned last night at work that the room that the Doctors sleep in is infested with bedbugs. We have a small hospital, only 3 stories high and holds 60 patient beds. The Doctors room is on the 1st floor, no patient rooms are on that floor. Last night the doctor slept on the second floor because he did not want to sleep in the bedbug infested bed.
My question is Could this harm the patients? Would it be a good idea to warn the family members of the patients. The hospital is telling everyone to not discuss the issue because it will make the hospital look bad. As a nurse I know that it is my duty to protect my patients, but at the same time, I need to protect my job. I need some advise as to what to do. Please help! I changed my name so that the company will not find out who I am.
Hello Angel Nurse,
Unfortunately, people don’t understand that bedbugs can are brought into the hospital and not a sign that the hospital is dirty or unsafe; in fact, there have been news reports on bedbug infested hospitals in the U.S.
The hospital has a DUTY to get rid of bedbugs and must act upon an infestation, no question about this. If the hospital is ignoring the problem, and the doctors are actually putting up with it, then there must be someone in charge that can’t be reasoned with and that doctors are affraid to complain to. This is sad as it will turn into a big problem. Let me ask you this.
If a bedbug fills up on an infected person in the waiting room, and then another visitor pops that bedbug and is exposed to the blood (say a cut on the hand, etc), would not that person be at risk?
If you warn family members, you could end up losing your job and this may in fact follow you to your next job.
What can you do? Educate management and staff (you never know, perhaps a doctor brought them in) on ways to eliminate bedbugs, such as diatomaceous earth – we have a lot of information on this site on how to treat bedbugs. In the U.S., each area has a health department that can be called and a complaint filed, perhaps in India they have something similar?
Can you take some pictures and send them to me? I could post them on the site without reveling the identity of the hospital (I can edit the photos, etc).
I have been battling a bedbug infestation for about three weeks now. A former roomate brought them with him, his girlfriend and cat. Now that they’re gone they are apologetic, yet they lied about the infestation repeatedly. What can be done to make these stupid lieing people pay for their duplicity?
Also, a friend of mine tells me that bedbugs can burrow under the skin and live. I have found nothing about this anywhere online, I feel and hope that he is wrong yet I also feel the need to cover all bases and be sure 100%.
Please help me and my other roommate to be sure of our options and course of action. Thank you very much for your time.
bedbugs DO NOT burrow under the skin, they only drink your blood so you have nothing to worry about. Scabies however, do burrow under the skin (you can see their tunnels).
As for recourse, I’m afraid you can do much. You would have to prove they did this intentionally and were aware they had bedbugs – hard to prove. Check out my bedbug Treatment page (see menu at top of page) to find out how to kill the bedbugs yourself.
I can’t figure out what this may be and am really worried it’d be bedbugs. I first got a little bite on my forearm that I picked off (looked more like a pimple) and it became larger, and rash like. The doctor said it’s most likely just dermatitis (tested it for fungus and it came back negative). A few weeks after that I got a bite on my neck that has been there for about 2 weeks, and soon after that I got a couple bites on my stomach (now have about 5-10). Since then, I have about 15 additional bites on my back, chest, some under my arms but none really below my waist at all. I have a few on my neck as well. I was away for 4 days in another state this past weekend and continued to get bites there, even though I checked the inside of my shirt I’d be sleeping in before I put it on and found nothing.
Since I got home, I inspected my bedding and mattress and found no clues for it to be bedbugs. Would bedbugs travel on your clothes and continue to bite you? I haven’t heard of that happening, nobody else I was with was bitten either. I checked my suitcase last night with a flashlight and found no signs of bedbugs there either!
I would like to find out if bedbugs really afraid of lights? And i got this problem with a few bedbugs hanging around my pillow(with a towel on) , i’ve got no idea where do they come from and no idea when did they appear on my pillow. Or maybe it even appear during the daytime? As i woke up in the morning then i saw them hanging around on my pillow(with the towel on). I don’t feel any itch at all. Can anybody tells me why they hanging around on my pillow and there’s no bites on me?
I have been trying to figure out if you can have only a few bedbugs in your home without an infestation. I only work 3 days a week, at a place 2 hours from my home. While at work, I stay at my boss’s house. During the holiday season (our busiest time), I stayed at his house for the better part of the month. I started noticing small red spots on my body, and at one point had counted 17 all together. I have had a problem with fly bites in his house before, so I thought nothing of it. The season ended, I came home to my apartment, and the spots went away.
I went back this past weekend, and stayed for two nights. I came home last night, and woke up to something tickling my check. I naturally scratched it, only to find a bedbug on my face. This morning, I tore apart my bedroom, and I didn’t find anything. No blood, feces, eggs, skins, nothing. I went through every checklist I could find, and I couldn’t find anything.
I thought that it was just the one bug and realized that my boss’s house must have bedbugs, and that the one came back with me from the weekend. Tonight, however right as I was climbing into bed, I saw one more on my wall near my bed. I killed it, but now I’m worried that I might have more someplace that I can’t find. Or is it possible that a couple of them just attached on the me?
My apartment manager is having an exterminator come in on Friday to clean the place out. If I have only found those two, should I be ok for the next several days? I’m not a big fan of bugs of any sort, and I have a feeling that it is going to take me awhile before I feel comfortable sleeping with the lights off.
here is my hard luck story…
I pay child support and live paycheck to paycheck. I recently suspected that my apartment (or more specifically, my couch) might be infected with bedbugs. I discussed my problem with another employee at work with no discretion and he went straight to management about my person worry.
By the next day I was scheduled to work, I had arrived at the conclusion that I do indeed have bedbugs. After several hours at work I was pulled aside by a member of management and asked about bedbugs. I was then suspended from work and I am currently awaiting word on what I will need to provide them with before I can return to work.
I am assuming that I will need to call in an exterminator to provide documentation that will state that the infestation has been treated. I don’t have $700 to pay for an exterminator, that’s nearly 2 months salary. I had intended to purchase a $50 bedbug steamer and some DE and take care of the problem myself. I was in the process of cleaning my house from top to bottom so that I can take these steps.
So I have several questions, some of which you probably won’t be able to answer, but here goes…
1) Do bedbug steamers really work?
2) While steaming everything else in my apartment, can I also steam my clothing instead of taking all my clothes to the laundromat and spending more money that I don’t have?
3) I haven’t seen anything to support this online but a coworker told me that bedbugs don’t like kerosene. Not that I have to spray everything in my house with kerosene, I was told if I burn a kerosene heater the bedbugs will leave. Have you ever heard of this? It would be pretty crappy to do to my neighbors because I’m sure they would just go there.
4) Can I get unemployment for being suspended from work for this?
5) If I look for another job, is my current employer required to tell a potential employer that I was suspended because of bedbugs being a health issue.
… and the worst part of this whole thing is finding out that I may have actually brought these things home from work in the first place because they may have spread from one employee’s clothing to another in the break room (is that possible? I guess we can number that
6) thank you in advance for any advise
Phil from Ohio-the bedbug capital of the United States
I’m hoping someone can help me out. Is it possible to just have one or two bedbugs? Tonight I noticed my cat poking around my pillow, and she found one bug slowly walking across my pillow (gross!). It looked kind of like a bedbug, and now I’m totally freaked out. I killed it, and there was no blood. I stripped my whole bed and found what I *think* was either a single bedbug shell, or a dead bedbug, but nothing else. Couldn’t find any eggs or feces or anything. Admittedly, I just did a quick check, so I suppose they could be better at hiding. I haven’t received any bites, either. I’ve lived in my apartment for 2.5 years, and this is the first I’ve seen of them. Is it possible this was just a one-off?
Any advice would be very much appreciated!
Yes, you could have brought home only one bedbug and if so, you are most lucky to have found and killed it! If you find another, please take a picture upload them to me using the link at the top right of this page and I’ll take a look!
I had woke up last week with 3 welts in a triangle shape on my arm. Thinking it was just an allergic reaction I ignored it. It went away after 4 days and exactly one week to the day Three more showed up on my back. I immediately started searching. bedbugs? Huh those things actually exist?
So i rampaged my room. Flipping over everything. There it was. Hiding on the black lining of my box spring. Full of my blood. I grabbed him and went to the kitchen and cut the head off. Black blood came oozing out. I immediately started searching for more. I couldn’t find any fecal matter or anymore signs of bedbugs. Then i saw this budge of down feathers and under it were all these white colored and furry larvae. I thought i was infested by nymphs. However after finding these things all over my house, they could be something else. Carpet beetles?
I know the first thing i found and the bites are a bedbug. I’m hoping I only had one as I was traveling 2 weeks ago.
In the meantime can anyone identify these as nymphs?
I have found about 30 of them buried in the carpet along the baseboards. No reasoning as to where. Just random spots.
I woke up and as I was writing in my journal this morning I think I found a bedbug!
I don’t have any bites, I haven’t found any other signs of them… I’m looking at the clothing I wore and put away last night and I don’t see any there. How will I know for sure if I don’t have any? Should I tell my landlord now? I don’t want it to spread… I want to take care of it as soon as possible. I’m vacuuming now.
Here’s a picture, what do you think?
Thank you so much for this forum and for your answers! The treatment page is so helpful!
Yes, that looks exactly like a bedbug to me! Did you find any more of them?
They don’t look like bedbugs HoP, except that middle skin has me concerned. You said you did find some at first, perhaps you have a mix. I’m not sure what they are…
I found a bug in july and thought it was a tick, but it was only one so I didn’t freak out and I just killed it. It was in the master bedroom bathroom on the counter. It is now february and I just saw one running on my couch. Me and my baby sleep on the couch and she has one bite, her father sleeps in the master bedroom and he had a possible bite also. I have not had any and neither has our roommate. Could we have bedbugs, three bug does look similar to the pictures. It has skinny legs and a flat brown body. There are 4 legs and 2 attenas. Could we have bb?
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My stepdaughters Mon just informed us that they have bedbugs. What precautions do I need to take to make sure they don’t cone home to us if they already haven’t. She is with us during the week and st her moms on the weekends.
Do bedbug bites ever just occur one at a time? From what I’ve read, it seems like they happen in groups, but I keep waking up to find one isolated red welt in various places — one on my arm, one on my leg, etc. Could it be bedbug bites?
I need help diagnosing whether bites I got on vacation were from bedbugs. When I was there (for a week) I thought the bites were from other insects common in the tropics such as mosquitoes, sand fleas or no-see-ums. That’s a reasonable possibility since those kinds of pests are endemic in the area, and I was not using insect repellent. I did not think of bedbugs at the time and I did not inspect the room or bed where I stayed. I’m back home now so I have only clues to work with, no direct evidence. One clue is the distribution on my body. I have numerous bites, and some parts of my body were consistently bitten more heavily over the course of the week, while other areas have very few bites.
Here’s my question: If I always sleep on my stomach, would bedbug bites more likely be on the front of my body which is actually in contact with the bed, versus on the back of my body which is facing up (with a sheet over me)?
Has anyone noticed a correlation between sleeping position and distribution of bedbug bites? Thanks in advance for any help.
@Rick, I mostly sleep on my side/stomach and most of my bites were around my right elbow, which I sometimes sleep on. I also had a couple bites on my hands, and I sleep with my hands under the pillow sometimes. I think that the parts of your body that are up against the bed are what gets bit the most.
One telltale sign of knowing that it’s bedbug bites is if there are a few in a row, like in a direct line. This was how I was able to tell what kind of bites I had, because I had the 3 bite line, or “breakfast, lunch, and dinner” is what they call that.
I just moved into my dream apartment on Saturday. Everything was clean and remodeled. New windows, freshly painted. I moved most most of my stuff in that day. That night we slept there for the 1st time. We woke up in the morning and there was a spot of blood in the bed. 2 minutes later my 4 year old daughter said there was a bug in the bed. I looked and picked it up. It looked like a little beetle with a full reddish belly. I threw it on the floor. My husband got up and reached for his shirt and said there were little bugs on it. i looked and they did not look like the beetle bug I found in the bed. After a few minutes I put two and two together. I picked the beetle bug up and examined it closer. Then realizing that the blood spot on the bed and the full red belly of the bug….I realized that it must be a bedbug!
The night before my daughter had gotten up to go to the bathroom. She was fine and we were talking and the next thing I knew she was throwing up. Didn’t think much of it at the time. She was not sick it just seemed like a freak thing. We decided to pull our mattress into the living room and sleep there until we located our land lord. We looked all day and found no bugs. At around 10 pm they were crawling out of the radiator and up to the wall. We were horrified!
We went over to were my daughter was and found 2 in the bed. One with an engorged stomach with blood. My daughter had been bitten. We did not let her know what was going on. We decided to go to a hotel. As we started getting ready my daughter became sick and threw up again. After she was fine. I started to realize that this may been her bodies reaction to the bug bites. After days of trying to reach the landlord he said that he was sending an exterminator. So eventually he confessed that he had brought the house and found that it had “bugs” he made all the tenants leave and bombed the house and remodeled it.
He said that they had not seen any bugs in months. I was shocked. No one warned me about this. They are coming tomorrow to treat the house. I am very concerned for my daughters health and also concerned that now all of my belongings are infected. The landlord claims that it will be taken care of. My question is do you think the bugs will get exterminated? There are 3 floors and the 3rd floor tenants who just moved in also claims that they have not seen any. I was only finding them in my bedroom. The house is old. All hard wood floor and horse hair fiber installation. I have some bites on my back. Do you think that my daughter is getting sick at night due to bites. She also has some marks but they are not as red as mine. Should I move out. And what if I bring them to my new place. My stuff has only been there for 3 days.
I stayed in a villa about two weeks ago. About the middle of last week, I noticed a few red itchy bumps on my arms. I didn’t think anything of them, but then over the past few days, I noticed more. They seem to be following the same pattern as described & look similar to the pictures I saw. I did an extensive search in my bed, put double sided tape around it, but came up with nothing. Is it possible that I was just bitten up at the villa & just am now noticing the bites?
I have two red bumbs on my chest and can’t figure out what could it have came from… very scared
I found one and have searched for the answer to this quesiton…
Can you not feel them crawling on you….if you are awake?? Or asleep?
Seems impossible that you could not feel them on you while awake?
Yes, you should be able to feel them crawling on you and this is exactly why they wait until you are in a deep sleep before feeding! Only when they have found there feeding spot on you and numbed it up would you not be able to feel them.
I was reading your website and after careful examination I have decided that I found A (just one) bedbug crawling on top of my covers this morning just after I turned on the light at daybreak. There is no evidence that I can see of any others, and my 13yr old daughter just came home from a weekend trip where she stayed at a hotel with our church.
She has 4-5 bites on her arm that appeared 2 weeks ago or so, but there is NOTHING that I can see in her room, bed etc… so I think the bites could be from her school auditorium because she rehearses there and most of the time it is closed up… very old school (spider bites maybe?)
In addition, no one else has any bites, or evidence other than just the one bug. I trapped it in a plastic sandwich baggie, but it squashed and was full of blood.. I stripped the bed, threw the sheets away, washed the blankets and mattress pad in hot water and I ran the sweeper in my room.
Do I need to do the whole house that way? her room, stuffed animals, couches, etc Do I need to purchase an insecticide?
I am overly cautious and somewhat paranoid, and have taken every precaution to the point that I do not to let anyone come over that I don’t know very well, or I visit likewise, I inspect everywhere we go, even the movies- so as you can imagine, this is my worst fear.
Can you please tell me that this is not an infestation and what I need to do???
Hi – we’ve just moved into a furnished apartment that we were going to stay in for 2 weeks. I felt a little itchy when sitting on the couch, so I moved. My husband then felt a bit itchy and had what looked like mosquito bites, so I started looking up information online and found your website.
We inspected the mattress on the bed and the couch but it all appeared fine.
Then when it was time to go to sleep, my husband found a bug crawling on the bed!
We captured it and lucky this place has an air mattress, so we’re sleeping on that with new sheets just out of the packet.
We bagged anything we were wearing, put our luggage in the kitchen and had showers! Lucky we hadn’t unpacked our bags, and we had only been here for maybe 4 hours tops.
Do you think our bags could be safe? They were just sitting on the floor in the middle of the room not really near any furniture.
From what i can gather this might just be a new infestation, its only a small bug. So I don’t think our things are infested.
Because its past midnight, I’ve sent a message to the owner and hopefully she’ll get it checked out or we can just move out.
I don’t think we have any bites yet, my husband may have some non-itchy ones.
Is there anything else we should do?
I would like to send a photo so you can let me know if it really is a bedbug, please let me know what email address to send it to.
Update: Ive now zoomed in on the photo and the bug isn’t flat at all and doesn’t have any ribs… so maybe not a bedbug!! (although now i feel itchy but that’s just psychological i know!)
I just received an order of scarves that were shipped from China. East individual scarf is in a sealed plastic/cellophane bag. Do I need to be concerned about bedbugs in with the scarves? I heard somewhere that we need to be careful of items shipped from China. We plan to give these scarves to people attending a fund raising event and certainly wouldn’t want to inflict bedbugs on anyone!
Please respond. Thanks!!
Upload your pictures and I’ll be happy to take a look!
If my nephew’s house has bedbugs should he not be having sleepovers at my house?
In a addition, my nephew is having an off site birthday party. Should you avoid people who have bedbugs? I’d rather not but I am really concerned about them getting on us.
So I pretty much live at college and come home every so often maybe once or twice a month. Tonight i came back and found like 5 bugs on the back corner of my mattress all were dead but one, then i found another when i was changing out my sheets jut on the comforter.
We flipped my bed and saw nothing now I’m on here googleing what to do. Obviously i need to get someone to come inspect and clean. I’m like 99.9% sure they are bedbugs because i looked up the pictures on here. Am i safe to sleep tonight after changing my sheets? I’m planning on cleaning my room pretty good tomorrow, but I’m still scared to sleep or go back to college and them get worse..what do i do?
Get a bedbug mattress encasement asap, some bedbug dust and read my treatment section – you may be able to treat them yourself!
I’m not sure if I have bedbugs, but I’ve noticed mosquito like bites on me. If I’ve only just started seeing bites, is it possible the bugs have been there for over a week? Do they (the bugs) go away on their own?
Yes, it is possible they could have feed earlier and just now decided to feed again. To answer your second question, I have not yet seen one comment or story where the bedbugs leave on their own, sorry.
Hey guys. I went thru this bedbug disaster last year. I was looking into calling some professionals but found they were to expensive. I went to my local hardware store and bought a powder for bedbugs and diff types of insect killers. Similar to boric acid. Guys it work!! It took like 2-3 weeks for it to work but it did. It prob would’ve worked quicker but I let it get pretty bad b4 acting. Just apply it around the foot of the bed and crevices and cracks. Under the mattress and onto of the mattress edges. Anywhere they will crawl to u u must apply it. U should be ok with putting a sheet over the mattress. The powder didn’t do no harm to me. I recently found one dead bug today and will start applying the powder b4 it gets worse. Also got a few small bites. Goodlyck to everyone =)
I moved into a new apartment 3 months ago. The day after we arrived I found a bedbug on the wall and a couple shells and possible fecal matter spots along floor board. We told the manager and they handled it extremely well. They called an exterminator to come in immediately. They heated the whole apartment up.
We couldn’t find anything for several weeks, but then I got bit on the chest and face. The chest was one bite and the face had a string of four. We showed the manager and they once again heated the place up. I bought DE and sprinkled it everywhere; under the bed, under the couch, in floor boards, under the mattress, night stands. Then I wake up this morning and have another group of bites, 1 large and 3 smaller, in the same location but opposite side of my face, on the jaw line, towards the ear. I can’t find any bugs anywhere, but bedbugs leave bites in succession.
Could this still be bedbugs and I just can’t find them? You would think two heat treatments and DE would kill them or I would at least find something somewhere. What should I do?
Thank you so much for your time.
The stories are all to common. My family gave up after months of exterminators. We burned everything but photos (frames were kindling), the bedbugs were in the carpet, beds, near the computer desk, you name it.
I know the experts say the stay near beds but that wasn’t so for us. We were given a couch in 2008. I have never heard of a bedbug at the time. I saw a bug but assumed it was a tick from fishing. The landlord sent people to get rid of them but no one could. After the burn pile we showered in a garage (for mechanics) unpacked new clothes that were boiled and dried. My truck has plastic seats and no carpet so it didn’t get infested (I religiously checked and dusted).
Our final step was find new land, have the dirt turned, then build the home ourselves. We no longer allow visitors because they could carry bedbugs. Our children homeschool. We avoid public places. I do not work with other people. I will never go through such mental anxieties again. The experience has scarred us or life.
The US government needs to stop the spread of bedbugs…they are an epidemic. They made the BB killer illegal so the BB came back with vengeance. Now the gov’t leaves people helpless and ill. The worst part is even after the exterminator clears you one could linger for almost 2 years! For those of you that can’t walk away, you will probably be contracting an exterminator for 18 months as well.
I do like Bedbuggirl’s advice…do not just bag up clothes. Also BB won’t drown in water. Alcohol only repels adults. BB breed to rapidly to use alcohol alone as an effective treatment. BB will burrow in heavy sweater type clothing (even in the day time).
Also BB will bite you whenever given the opportunity….like when watching tv on the couch. You don’t have to be sleeping. We used the steamer also. I think that just makes them hide.
I’m not an expert just a survivor. I hope the rest of you find an answer.
Thank you so much for taking the time to share! What you have had to go through is just horrible and I agree, there needs to be more awareness and government involvement to stop the spread of bedbugs!
It could still be bedbugs! See my “bedbug Traps” link at the top right of this site and you can download instructions on how to build one yourself for less than ten dollars!
HoP wrote a comment on Feb 4, 2011 and had a picture of a couple of bugs. I found one of those bugs in my kitchen and then another one on my bed. Can you identify it? I would like to know if I have bedbugs or not.
Those are not bedbugs :)
Hello, I recently stayed at a rental cabin in the snow for three days and about a day after returning home I noticed large red bites all over my mind section and the back of my legs. Over the next few days the bites got worst and I counted close to 100 different bites.
Worried that I brought the bugs back with me, I had my apartment inspected by a certified K9 service and they did not find anything. I continually check for bugs, blood marks or fecal matter and can’t find anything. Even though there doesn’t seem to be bugs in my place, new bites continue to show up on my body even after 2 weeks from my stay at the cabin.
Could I be having a delayed reaction or is it a good indication that I have bedbugs in my place?
Thank you for your help!
Three days is a bit long to be having an initial reaction to a bite but if you want to make sure you don’t have bedbugs, I’ve documented how to make a trap for less than $10, see my page in the menu bar at the top right of this page. Let us know what you find out, will you?
I have bedbugs, for a fact. I’m not sure where they came from and I spend a lot of time at other houses. How do I go about making sure they’re gone for good? Does everyone I know need to hire an exterminator?
I have been in this apartment for about a year now and we just discovered that we have bedbugs…we have been sleeping on the couch now for a few days and my wife says that she hasn’t had any bites or anything and for some reason if I’m being bitten they don’t show up on me.
i haven’t slept with the feeling of always thinking they’re crawling on me, and I’ve even had some anxiety attacks as a result of the thoughts of them infesting my room. i read a site that was telling horror story after horror story where they’ve called exterminators and moved homes and so on and still found no relief…I’m going on so little sleep i think I’m going insane i can’t bring myself to go to sleep because i know they’re in the other room.
It’s a few days out till the exterminators come but will this give me peace of mind? I’ve read so many stories about how people have been battling them for years and nothing seems to work and so on…..i want them gone when the exterminator shows….gone gone GONE…we’re getting rid of the bed after they’ve treated it…as well as new furniture and couch…my question is will this work? Doesn’t it take only 1 or 2 left to just have me having a huge issue again inside of no time?
They said that they steam the bed, put some powder down, spray and treat for the bugs alive still, and a few other things….again will that do the trick? I’m going through one of the larger and more reputable exterminating companies and they’ll be here sometime this week i still have to set up the appointment…
Recently I bought a different type of laundry detergent and woke up with appeared to be hives. This was about a month ago. I still wake up with the odd hive and it goes away within a few days. Tonight, I was laying in bed and noticed this red (looked to be the first stage of a bedbug) crawling on my bra. I of course lost my mind and quickly examined it before I flushed it. I did an inspection of my mattress and pillows and didn’t find any others. Is it possible to just have one bedbug? Was it even a bedbug?
I have bedbugs in an apartment I’m renting. I came into the apartment about 10 days before I had any bites but once I had them, they were all over, hundreds it seems like. Anyway, the morning I saw all the bites I checked the bed and found a few bugs and checked the box spring and saw about 5-10 spots of their fecal matter in the corner. Is it possible that I brought the bugs in from somewhere? And how long before spots like that will show up in the corner? My landlords are taking care of the problem, but they think I’m the one that brought in the bugs. I’ve had 2 treatments done and this morning found another one in the bathroom!! I’ve never had them before and this is all I can think about, they are taking over my life and driving me nuts! I’m sorry for everyone who has gone through this.
Hi, I can’t tell if I have bedbugs or not. In the past month or so, I have gotten about six bug bites that were unlike any I have ever had. I had one on my arm and 2 on my leg That were so enormous I thought they could only be spider bites. Most recently I had one on my face and two on my back that are more like standard mosquito bites, but still super itchy. I searched my bed area thoroughly and found no bugs or evidence of bugs, but still vacuumed my bed and bought mattress and pillow pads and all new bedding.
All was well until the day before yesterday I found a bug crawling in my bed. It was small and red, but when I went to kill it it spread it’s wings at me. It also did not make a bloody mess when I killed it. So does this sound like bedbugs? I live in the NYC area with two friends and two cats in an apartment. Neither of them have been bitten at all.
Ever since the bedbug epidemic I took caution. I’ve always covered my mattress and box spring. I moved into my new apartment in September and got new mattress from Macy’s I was skeptical but they were fine. I kept the original plastic on my box spring, tapped down the sides making sure there was no air in there or any wholes, then I put a plastic/vinyl cover over it and then a fitted sheet so the two mattress wont slide together and rip, before laying down my top mattress and I have a plastic cover over my mattress as well.
I’m pretty determined not to have bedbugs. I change my sheets every two weeks and I spray down my mattress pad and even the plastic of my mattress with alcohol and lysol spray. I know that it doesn’t matter rather your clean or dirty anyone can get bedbugs. I never let people sit on my bed but when my friends come over they constantly sit, lay or put there things on my bed. I don’t even sit on my own bed with my clothes Ive been outside in. I do have a roommate but I mean she is rarely here and stays at her boyfriends a lot.
While cleaning up the remainder of my room I saw a bug crawling off of one of my pillow, at this time there isn’t any sheets or pillow cases nor comforter on my bed just my mattress pad and pillows with protectors. I instantly grabbed my alcohol spray bottled and killed it. From my observation it looks like a bedbug, I instantly freaked out! I haven’t had any bits & there is no sign of them anywhere in my room or my living furniture, but I don’t know about my roommates room.
So even if its possible I have them it isn’t anything serious at the moment but I want to take caution quickly. I haven’t had any sleep stressing out about this. I was going to call an exterminator in the morning so I left the creepy crawler on the bed and now its GONE! So Im almost certain it has to be one because it disappeared into the night.
I don’t know what to do….I’ve read a lot of websites these past 24 hours and since I have no proof I guess I can’t call an exterminator to come out and look?
Also, I never bought bedroom furniture. I bought some rails and made sure my bed never touched the wall or flooring. I have a huge walk in closet so majority of my clothes are on hangers and if not I have clear plastic Sterlite 3 drawer containers lined up in my closet for things that cannot get hung up. I also have majority of my shoes in sterlite plastic shoe containers. but I have a nice amount of shoes still in boxes. So can the bedbugs be hiding out in my closet? on my bookshelf in my textbooks? in my laundry basket?
There isn’t much they can get into in my room nor anywhere in the house unless there coming to my room from my roommates room or a nearby apartment? This is my first time ever seeing anything and like I said I haven’t been bitten. I just don’t know what to do.
What do you think I should do?
Can you get bedbugs from plastic packaging? I ordered a shirt that came in a plastic envelope. It came from New York. Bedbug potential?
I wanted to ask for your advice… About 3-4 months ago (in January) we had a cat for 2 weeks until I started getting little bites on my body that looked like flea bites. We got rid of the cat and still after 4 months I am getting bit by something – but think it’s unlikely it is fleas after so long. My husband is not getting bit and I notice that after I vacuum and clean the house, change the sheets – the bites stop for 1-2 weeks, then come back. When I don’t clean, the bites are probably 1-2 a week. Most of the time they are single bites…sometimes in clusters that sometimes itch. I have provided pictures that look like my bites, however a lot of these pictures are in clusters…like I said – most or single bites that look like these (I have had one cluster). Sometimes they are little pinprick bites…then other times they are small raised bumps. They are not welts that itch horribly, and it hasn’t gotten worse or better since the first bite (4 months ago).
My husband isn’t getting the bites, so he dosnt feel effected and I go crazy at moments and need help. I have talked to our landlord and they bombed our house for fleas and it was better for 2 weeks and then started getting bit again. We have a squirrel/bird living in our attic and I have asked our landlord to remove it because of the possibility of bird mites. We havn’t seen any bugs (except for the common spring bugs that come in.)
We haven’t traveled anywhere and haven’t had visitors that would bring bedbugs…plus I would think that after 4 months – an infestation would occur and get worse.
Please help…what do you think it is- what should I do?
I hot bitten by a bedbug about 3 months ago and had scratched it. A darkish patch developed in that area. After I used some calendula cream the colour lightened slightly. Recently, I’ve been feeling very itchy in that same spot, (and have been scratching it). That skin patch has turned dark again. Isn’t there some permanent remedy to get rid of the colouration as well as the itchiness? It’s been 3 months now, (and that part of my arm looks ugly). :o(
How do bedbugs get aroud? Do they jump, and if you kill one do they always have to be filled with blood? or not
Hi, I need help. Can you drowned bedbugs? Believe it or not I got a bedbug in the mail! I found it in the box with an expensive wig that I had ordered off of Ebay. I don’t want to have more coming out of it if there is any so the wig is sealed up and it’s staying there!
Since this wig can’t be put into very hot water can I drowned any other bugs just by soaking the wig in soapy water? If so, how long should I soak it? Then should I soak it again a few weeks later just in case there was an egg or two? Thanks so much for the help!
i was recently bitten by a bug or something that looks like a bedbug bite but im not sure its small red and is very painful…..but the weird thing is there is only one
To Darla Arlington – I would think that you could kill any bedbugs living in your wig by nuking it in the microwave on high for a few minutes. It won’t hurt the wig, as long as it’s completely dry when you put it in there, since microwaves only heat up things that have moisture in them.
ARG! This is what has happened so far over the last few weeks.
We went to an outside party at friends. I sat on a plastic chair in the grass, as did my husband. I sprayed myself with OFF as they had HUGE mosquitos. When we got home, hubby had 3 bites that were raised, almost like a blister, from mosquitos. (He had recently travelled to DC, and I’m also a bit worried about hitchhikers from there as well!)
A few days later, we BOTH had bites, first on our arms, then the next night on my torso in a line, with bites a few inches apart. VERY intensely itchy, and looking JUST like most of the pix I looked at online. At first, I wondered if it came from a new pillow I bought. It’s a Cuddle Ewe pillow, with wool filling – expensive but comfy for fibromyalgia! But perhaps it had some kind of sheep bugs? Then I thought maybe one had come from DC, when hubby put the suitcase on the bed. Then I wondered if it was carpet beetles with a taste for human blood. Then maybe spiders…. Or Morgellons…..
So the next day I washed the mattress pad and sheets in HOT water, put the pillows out in the sun, followed by at least 30 minutes in the dryer, put the comforter in the dryer as well. I put DE with Pyrethrins on the mattress, and vaccuumed it after about 6 hours. I DE’d around the bed, and also sprayed with a Hot Shot spray. We have a TON of carpet beetles, so I have those things on hand since they WORK on the carpet beetles! They also say they will work on bedbugs, so I thought why not try it.
We sprayed ourselves with 100% DEET spray, and tried to sleep. No bites that night, but the next day, when I blew my nose, there was a BUG! It appeared the size and shape of maybe a 3rd instar? (I check after I blow to monitor my sinuses.) Anyways, I was icked out no end. Our mattress is fairly new, and I examined it closely. No sign of anything anywhere. Later that night, hubby brought me a tiny casing. I thought it looked more like a carpet beetle nymph shed, but they are so similar to bedbug nymph shed, it really could have been either…
A week ago we built a CO2 trap with dry ice, etc. We’ve “set” it EVERY night, but I still have yet to see one single bug besides the dead one from my nose! We sleep in the room with it going, hoping to distract the bugs from biting us. Hubby goes to bed about 11, but I have been up all night, unable to get comfortable in bed. I already feel every little pill of fabric or even hair like the Princess and the Pea, and my skin crawls sometimes from the Fibro, so I’m really unhappy right now! I could SWEAR I feel things crawling under the sheets!
Every time I put anything in the dryer, I would check the lint trap. No bugs there!
Last night I went to bed and was laying on top of the covers because it was a bit warm. I felt TWO bites nearly simultaneously about 4 inches apart, and my leg was BURNING where the bites were. There are NO bugs where I spend my day, and no sign of anything until 10 minutes after I lay down to sleep! I immediately got up and put Benadryl Itch Relief on the 2 bites, they were red and swollen and look just l ike the bedbug bite pix online. I actually went back to bed and slept all night, and have no other bites on me that I can feel. Today the bites look like red pinpricks, and don’t itch at all. I also try to squeeze the bites right away, get a little white blood cells out, and hopefully the itchy poison as well. It seems to help.
Today I again washed all the linens, mattress pad, dried the pillows and comforter, vaccuumed the mattress with the Rainbow vac, but only saw a little black carpet beetle, no bedbugs! I put down fresh DE, and sprayed again. I’ve already put the dry ice out, maybe mine feed earlier? If they came from DC, they might still be on EST! Which would explain why hubby is being bitten a little more than I. Still, only one or two bites on him, and the two last night were the first for me in a few days.
We’ll be away for a few days, and I’m setting the CO2 trap as soon as I get back, so maybe we’ll capture something then….
I’m really confused. What is biting us, and are there invisible bedbugs? Do all the bugs come out and bite, or is the line of bites from one bug? Can they bite through cloth? How long for an egg to hatch? WHOSE RESPONSIBLE THIS? LOL!
Thanks for your site, it really is a great place to find help and support!
Do bedbugs prefer certain types of blood? I’m curious because I stayed at my boyfriends place for 6 nights in a row. They have a couch that has bedbugs, but the only weird thing is, I’m the only one who gets bit! There are 7 others who live in the home and I’m the one who gets attacked.. I avoid sitting on the couch long during the day.. I’m not sure if the bed is infested because my boyfriend don’t get any bites, and neither does my son.. So how do bedbugs operate??
My last few days traveling in Australia I stayed at a hostel. I hate hostels but they were the cheapest places to stay in the whole of Australia. I got bit pretty bad each night I was there definitely by bedbugs.
I am suppose to visit my sister in Japan and I am worried that I could have spread them to her non-infested apartment. I left all my luggage outside (I never brought them in) and just brought in my electronics such as laptop n (cloth) case, camera, camcorder n (cloth) case, ipod n headphones, binoculars n (cloth) case, and plastic baggies with my cables n such and also my cloth wallet and passport.
I guess I’m worried that my hair and the clothes I wore the day I arrived could have infested the place. Is this true? I had no bites when I woke up. I also inspected my clothes in the bathroom when I arrived at the airport. I didn’t see anything but I’ve read they are great at hiding.
I hope I took all the necessary precautions. What do you guys think? Could I have infested her home and how could I stop it? And what should I do with my luggage (one small suitcase and a backpackers backpack) to avoid further infestation? Should I go buy new clothes to avoid infestation? I am going crazy with guilt that I infested her home.
Also I did notice a bite I got an hour before she arrived to let me in her apartment. But I was outside waiting and walking around a park and it could have been a mosquito bite. What you think?
No, it’s not the type of blood, it’s how much carbon dioxide a person produces that attracts the bedbugs.
Just a quick mobile update – we flipped up the mattress and box springs to prep for the Hot Shot fogger, and we FINALLY saw a live bug! Full, as hubby pointed out, of OUR blood! Also ordered Bedlam and Sani-Fab sprays…
They are the little buggars from hell. I sit here in bed with no less than 125 welts in rows of three, from my pinky toe, to my big thumb, and even at the nape of my neck, the little buggars have inflicted their pleasure feeding.
Did I ask for this? An innocent traveler was I, and having fun in the paradise of vacation, but all is woe now. I am sick of itching, sick of not sleeping at night, and sick of this Bug Epidemic!!!!!!!!!! I was attacked by bugs last summer, but only received 68 bites on that occasion. I have already doubled the count this year, and more welts appear every hour. I imagine that by the time all of the bites appear by the end of the week I could be closer to 200 miserable and wretched bites.
Has anyone ever been driven to insanity by the bugs from hell? If so, I would not be surprised! I believe that a war should be fought to stop these slimy bugs. We should bring our boys back from Afghanistan and put them in all of the motels in the USA. We shall fight on the terraces; we shall fight on the Motel 6’s at the beaches; we shall fight in the Holiday Inns in the hills; we shall fight in the eyes of the Super 8’s; and behind every bed at the Budget Inns; we shall never surrender. Ask not what your bedbugs can do to you but rather ask what can I do to annihilate those little devils!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And in the final push of those days it shall come to pass that they will say ” don’t look here or there for the bedbugs, for the bedbugs of the past will be far away and long gone. For we are now receiving what our forefathers prophesied about. A land flowing with milk and honey. A land where the people shall lie down with the bedbugs and they will not suck their blood. A time and era where the people and the bedbugs will play cards together and watch old John Wayne movies and crack a can of Bud light. But until those day come, be strong my bedbug Bitten friends! Be strong!”
I just recently moved into an apartment building and I have received a letter informing me of possible bedbugs in the building. I do my laundry in the same building. Is it possible for bedbugs to live in washing machines or dryers? Or is it possible for me to bring them into my apartment just by doing my laundry in the same building?
Is there a sertain altitude the bedbugs do not exist? Do they need warm climats? Or do they live in any climate? What I want to know is I live at an altitude of 5000 ft. Can I get bedbugs?
I’m not sure what the exact answer to the question is but I did read an article about a family that picked up some bedbugs while staying in a motel in Rocky Mountain National Park, elevation is around 10 to 11 thousand feet. I always thought that bedbugs were a southern USA problem, but the last bedbug excursion that I was a part of happened in Columbus Ohio, and those are the nastiest bedbugs I have ever ran into. They left huge welts and scars.
Is it possible to have just one bedbug? I found what might have been one bedbug (matches your descriptions) the other night. I vacuumed the entire mattress and boxspring and did not find any other evidence. Could I have licked it? Or should I be worried about possible infestation?
Tonight, I found another -very different – looking bug, which bit me.
The first, from three nights ago, was reddish-brown and round (will email photo), and about a quarter of an inch long; this second is long and black, and about half an inch long, with long legs and long sucker at the front.
Can you please help me? I stupidly bought a bed frame at a rummage sale on Sunday and did not check it out but noticed that it had bedbugs on it today. We had it in our living room and now it is outside. Does that mean that I have bedbugs in my house or could they all have just been attached to the bed frame for that long? We do not see anymore. We rent also do I have to tell our landlord?
If the bedbug infested frame was in your home for any length of time, you should assume one or more may have drop out into your home. However, if you start now with Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth you’ll have an excellent chance of getting them early. Check out my page on bedbug Dust.
I wanna know if the person that wrote this is in first grade or something?? Look at how many times they put bug bugs instead of bedbugs. I thought it was funny.
Hey Chris Guy,
Wow! Over 30 occurrences that I was completely unaware of! Most people are afraid of offending by leaving a comment and I want you to know how much I appreciate the heads-up! They have been corrected!
Have an awesome day!
Since about a week I’ve been getting little red marks on my arms, legs, chest, back, even my bikini line, they itch and I can say for sure it all happens when I’m sleeping in our bed. Last night I freaked out and began steaming my mattress with the little handheld steamer. But I have yet to see any signs of a bedbug or it’s “leftovers”, there is NOTHING whatsoever.
Today we’re going to take the entire room apart and clean. But I’m not sure what the next step is. If there is no sign at all, what do you do? I looked online for mattress covers but none of them I need seems to be available in the store so I could go and get one right away. I don’t want to wait until it ships! If I went to a doctor, would they be able to say for sure if it’s a bedbug bite or would they just say it’s some kind of insect bite?
Please help, I’m out of my mind and certainly don’t want my kids’ rooms to get infested too. Thanks!
Recently I worked @ a private personal care home, & they are infested with bedbugs. I am one of those people who is allergic to many things, & I am also allergic to bedbugs. Unfrotunately, I brought them home with me, & I am still battling to this day. I started breaking out in a rash & itching badly all over. Also, I have been experiencing dizzy spells, & I am conviced it’s the bedbugs making me feel that way. I had my employer pay for my doctor visit as well as my meds. My employer did not want to address the issue in the right way, so I am no longer working there. I filed for unemployment, called the Health Dept. on my employer, & have been battling them ever since. My husband has been doing some research on these things. He came across a websight that said that you can get silica & smash it into powder form, sprinkle it around the baseboards, & wherever else you desire. It is supposed to stick to the bedbugs, & dry them out, resulting in death. You can find silica in sandblasting sand, & also cat litter. I prefer the cat litter because it seams to have bigger, more visible silica. I just recently got some, so I don’t know the results just yet, as I have closed up my trailer, & have been sleeping @ my mother’s house. I will keep you posted on this.
You are referring to bedbug dust (diatomaceous earth) – it works great and is an excellent weapon to add to your do-it-yourself arsenal in the war against bedbugs!
I read somewhere that as long as SOMEONE sleeps in my bed that the bedbugs won’t look for food elsewhere. I ask for verification because I started sleeping in a second bedroom, and my husband is staying in our bed and taking the bites…is this okay? I am going crazy and can’t sleep in our bed.
I was at a friends house, and immediately after getting into bed I started itching so I began to search and there they were, lots of bedbug, saw 3 different sizes. I got bit pretty bad!
Does anyone know if they live in your hair?
As long as you wash your hair regularly, they won’t live there. However, if you don’t wash and have dreadlocks, then a bedbug may find this a wonderful home!
Nice of your husband to be the sacrificial lamb, but that’s not necessary. A bedbug is attracted to carbon dioxide, which we produce as we exhale. When we sleep, we fill one area up with carbon dioxide and it’s like a dinner bell for the bedbug. This is why two people can sleep in the same bed and only one gets eating alive – that one person produces more CO2 and the bugs know this.
Buy some food grade diatomaceous earth (bedbug dust) and create a barrier between the two rooms, then move to another room (or your husband if he’s now sleeping in the infested room) and as the bugs cross the line attracted to the CO2, they pick up the dust and die.
However, if you have them, and have had them for awhile now, chances are they are in more than one room. I’d get some bedbug dust, mattress covers, a spray applicator (where you can mix the dust and water) and got to town.
Hi there….I think I have bedbugs, help! I have what I originally thought were mosquito bites, appearing on my waist and thighs. When mentioning this to my friend that I had visited the day before noticing these itchy welts, she described having the exact same thing. I sat only on the couch while at her house, for an hour or so. I also just scratched the back of one thigh, finding that I have a new bite….I felt something kind of grainy-feeling, like a piece of salt. It’s a tiny bug and its description matches to bedbugs, though slightly smaller than above diagram shows. So….Is it possible that a bedbug latched on to me, just from sitting on her couch? Also, could it be just the one bug? Thanks for any feedback!
About a year after moving in with my mother, I woke up with itching especially all over my body… It was awful.. I could not determine if it was my moms house or work or my vehicle but bugs were somewhere, EVERYWHERE I went… Bathed multiple times a day , and used lice shampoo but nothing worked.. Exterminator was called in and he could not find anything in my bedroom.. I cleaned, steamed, washed with clorox everything, multiple times, sprayed, dusted and nothing worked..My mom had no reaction what so ever..From showering so much my skin was drying out and I grabbed a lotion my mom had on hand.. SKIN SO SOFT…THis really worked for the itchy skin, but I needed to get rid of the bugs…I finally decided to get rid of the old furniture that mom had stored and that I was using, ALL the furniture , bed, mattress, pillows, dressers, nite standand and purchase new furniture, pieces at a time and that solved the bug infestation….PRaise God.
How old are you bedbug Girl? I am completely paranoid but I know I don’t have them, but I was surfing online and found this which answers lots of questions:
One in five people have, had, encountered, or know someone who has encountered bedbugs
bedbugs can lay 10,000 babies in three months
An adult bedbug can survive 550 days without blood
Do bedbugs turn into black spots when gone?
Those black spots are the feces left behind from the bedbug.
I stopped counting after 30 :)
my husband was at a friends house and fell a sleep on her couch and he got up and had a rash all over his back and arms and we know they r from bedbugs cuz the apts she lives at has them bad and the manager has people come and spray for them lots of times already and they keep coming back and she has a 2 year old and a 8 mouth old baby that lives there is there anyway u can have a lawsuit against the owner of the apts?
Is it possible that only one of two people sleeping in the same bed might receive bites? Do bedbugs discriminate?
Over the past month my girlfriend has been receiving bites of some sort, most likely in bed at night (we can’t think where else they would come from). However, I have received no bites whatsoever, despite our always sleeping in the same bed. We have found no evidence of bedbugs so far.
It’s all a mystery. However an answer to my first question would help a lot. Thanks!
Hello, We just recently moved into new apartments and I have never had a bedbug problem until this new place. I was wondering if somebody could check if there has been a problem in these apartments, Ive done research but I cant find anything. The apartment is called The Plaza at 4th Street. Reno, NV 89512
We have cleaned out that room with spray and vaccuuming mutiple times, a couple days after my fiance found new bites on him. How long does it take bite to appear?
We had to tell our landlord and use the man company they use they sprayied something called Demon cs and said that that should take care of it. We have not seen any bedbugs but with all the awful stories out there I am starting to think that they are just waiting to attack. No bites other than a few a couple days after. Could they really be gone? We found 3 before the treatment and the bedframe was in the house for 15 hours but we waited 13 days to do the treatment.
My husband and I got back from a week at Disney three weeks ago. We don’t travel often, and it didn’t even occur to me to check the room for bedbugs.
Anyhow, a couple of days ago, I noticed a large amount of what I thought were mosquito bites on my thighs. I had let my dog out in the middle of the night wearing shorts, and assumed I had gotten bites while I was waiting for him. However, they are itchier, flatter and wider than mosquito bites, and have little bite marks in the middle. The following day I had a couple more bites in the same location, and a couple on my stomach. My husband has the same bites on his stomach.
Seems I’m getting more every day, though they are popping up throughout the day not just in the mornings. We are shopping for a new bed anyways, so we tossed the old one and gave the room a through cleaning. We’ve brought in the bed from the spare room for now (No one has used that room in over two years, but we plan on tossing this bed also) and I still had new bites on me today. We’ve looked though the old bed throughly, and saw no signs of either bedbugs or their exo-skeletons or their droppings….
I’ll also mention that the perimeter of our room has been sprinkled with diatomaceous earth since before we left for Disney (cleaned up and reapplied several times) because of an ant infestation in the spring.
OK, so all that background, my question is could we have brought back bedbugs from Disney and only be seeing bites now three weeks later? We were at Disney for a week, is it possible that there was an infestation in our room but we didn’t get any bites the whole time we were there?
Thank you, this is all new to us :/ I’m still kind of optimistically hoping that a rogue blackfy has found his way into our room and that’s all this is.
Do all bedbug bites itch or do people respond differently?
A few days ago my 1 yr old son was playing in my room(which he doesn’t usually do)..he was on my bed and playing in the floor where my dogs’ bed is and shortly after that I noticed little red bumps all over his legs,feet and arms..to me they looked like ant bites but he had been in the house all day..could this have been bedbugs? And my other question is, are bedbugs attracted to down feather comforters?………Thanks!
I’m getting rid of my mattress and instead I’m buying an airbed. Do they also get bedbugs?
I have a couple of questions about “reporting” bedbug issues.
Currently, I am assuming that hundreds of people battle them alone without hiring a professional, so, that leads me to believe the actual number of infestations is MUCH greater than we know. How do analysts determine the locations affected and the intensity? Do companies like Terminix report it, or doctors, health departments, etc?
Is there any legislation in the works to help put an end to this growing “epidemic”? If not, how could it be instigated? Some places in Michigan spray towns for mosquitos. Couldn’t something like that help cut the bedbug problems? Would it do any good to propose a bill requiring landlords, hotels, homeless shelters, thrift shops, child care centers (etc) to have regular professional inspections for pests like these?
Do sufferers currently have any legal (or even moral) obligation to report an infestation to their local Health Department?
i have repeatedly woken up with tiny red itchy bumps on my skin. the first few times i only had one but now it seems i have been getting two in a line every few nights. i washed my sheets and i didnt get any bites for a week or so, but now i am again. does this sound like bedbugs? im really paranoid to fall asleep? should i move to another room? please help.
I moved into an apt complex and my building has 12 different apts in it. I have just got my apt exterminated for bedbugs, and I wanted to know if the bedbugs can travel between the walls of the building and get into our room? And If we moved in on April 4th, could the bedbugs have lived there with no one to feed off of and then appear just now? (around June 1st)? Please help I’m going to make a complaint to my landlord if it could be from past tenants. Thank you.
Yes, absolutely, the bedbugs can travel in the walls (they love the electrical outlets) and get into the room next to it. They can also live for up to a year without feeding if they have to (6 to 7 months on average) but when they sense food is near, they will suck your blood with a vengeance!
A few months ago I was waking up in the middle of the night in pain and very itchy when I told my husband he said it was probably just from being in the pool. I tried to show him marks on me and blood stains on the sheet he still did not believe we had bedbugs.
I take an allergy medication and do not know if that is what made them not like me. My five year old daughter used to sleep with me but when this started I wasn’t sleeping and was miserable so I asked her to sleep in her own bed. Well that is when she would come in saying she was itchy so I would put ointment on her. Then she would insist I give her a new blanket finally I realized she was being bitten and a few nights she woke up screaming which of course I ran into her room because it was breaking my heart.
I received a letter stating possible bedbugs throughout our complex. The office called and said will anyone be home I said no but you can come in they are in my daughter’s room above her bed. Well I came home and called the office they said the guy had just left and no they didn’t come and I would have to catch one and show it to them. I still had not seen the bugs but believed my daughter when she told me but to tell me I have to catch one well after two weeks of hell my daughter waking up every night screaming and crying and neither of us sleeping due to it I finally caught one.
Now the office says a guy will come out on Thursday and this is Saturday and then we will see from there so in the mean time my husband and I have gotten hot shot but we are all sleeping the the living room my husband, myself, and my two children. We are scared, upset, going crazy from all of this. And from reading on line we are cleaning and bagging and disinfecting everything it is so much work and i have bad back so this is really bad.
Am I doing the right thing? Is there anything else I can do because the complex knew of an infestation and I told them my daughter saw bugs and her room is next to the neighbor that had the bugs so I think the complex should have done something already! someone please help i am lost and don’t know what to do. they are saying the guy will come out it doesn’t mean he will do anything.
These last few days I’ve been finding a few black spots on my mom’s covers and my 3 yr old cousin who previously had bedbugs is living with us (about 4 mnths ago.) I’ve squished them and two of them have had brownish stuff come out of them, I have a dog and two cats, my cats but isn’t the cleanest and I’m wondering if it could be bits of poo or feces, their brown and much smaller than the pictures, my parents are divorced and I haven’t found any at his house. Is it feces or dropplings maybe? I’ve checked his mattress and mine, my sisters and my mom’s and my dad’s and ours at his house, no signs of bedbugs plus the pictures on the wall. I’m at my summer apt. and I haven’t been here in 7 mnths. My aunt checked his and his sisters bag and they lived their for a few weeks.
Also you can’t just wipe the spots, you need to use your finger nail.
Here is one you can add to your bedbug faq: can they bite you on your head?
Hi Nessa, yes, bedbugs can and do bite people all over the body, including the head. There are some very scary pictures of a visitor named Ross who was bitten repeatedly on the forehead which can be found on this site.
I think I may have a few bedbug bites, but they did not show up until I had left the hotel for another hotel. I did check the mattress etc, but must have missed the evidence. They don’t itch, but otherwise look like the pics I have seen. What do I do to ensure I don’t take them home with me? I understand they die if exposed to high temps. I am in a place where it is over 100 degrees in the daytime. My idea is to buy new clothes, come back to room, put EVERYTHING I have with me into car and let it bake in the full sun for 3 or 4 hours. In the meantime, I will have showered and put on new clothes, then will leave for home in my baked car. Will this work?
Hi, I saw your email address when I was searching for information. I recently moved into an apartment, I had heard shortly after being here that someone in the building was infested with bedbugs, I didn’t know much about the bugs, so I had no idea that they could move to my apartment.
About 3 weeks ago I started to find bites on me, I have searched everywhere! Last week I found what I believe to be an adult bug in my curtains, I threw them away in the dumpster. But to my question for you that I cant seem to find on my own.
Do I have to throw everything away? I am going to start packing my stuff and get out of here, I have two children and I cant have them here. I just need to know, do I have to get rid of our clothing and their stuffed animals? Thank you for your time.
Hello there, I found only 3 bedbugs in my room, and now I am seriously depressed, I feel like I am carrying a disease mainly due to the parents of my friends wont allow me in their house, my question is..
1) Can I still travel for sleepovers at my friends place?
2) If so what can I do?
-No new bedbug activity for almost a week now
-I have treated my room with hot steam and cleaned all my clothing in a hot water cycle and a hot 1 hour drying period
-I have covered my pillow and mattress
-I have been spraying extra strength bug spray everywhere in my room every night and when I wake up
I just found your site. Every year we visit my parents in Australia-it is winter here now. My 10 year old daughter has been sleeping in the same room, in the same old bed that was mine as a child, for the last few visits. And each visit, she wakes up with anything from 10 to 20 fresh bites. They are in clusters, anywhere from her arms and legs to torso, back or buttocks. They itch, but go away after a few days.
I treat them with overcounter cortisone-based creams. Over the years, we’ve taken her to the doctor, who has said it could be insect bites, could be some reaction to ‘something’, but nothing concrete. They are definitely NOT mosquito or flea bites, both of which I am familiar with. Yet they they don’t look half as bad as some of the red welts in the pictures posted on this site by some poor people who got bitten.
I was thinking it must be bedbugs-what else can it be? The bed is old (I am 42 and slept in it till I left for college) and she wakes up with the bites. Yet my mother claims it can’t be bedbugs, as my aunt also visits every year (in Spring) and sleeps in the same bed but has never she got bitten.
Will they bite some people but not others??
Inspector Red Bite::
Hot summer nights usually mean a few mosquito bites, they love me.
We got something new going on over here; it’s called the mystery of the small red bites. It all started a few days ago. I woke up with a couple here and there, one on my face! My wife has been completely bitten up; she has these little bites everywhere. I will add that my wife is a pretty tasty gal but usually the bugs go straight for me hmmm. I eliminated spider, flea and mosquito as the culprit which leaves the infamous bedbug. I tore the room apart including the bed, guess what I found? NOTHING!
So here is what I did and let’s see if this works. I stripped the bed of all linens put them through the washer dryer, (We change linens weekly anyways). FYI… I inspected the lint trap for the dryer and NOTHING expect for lint and some of my wife’s beautiful hair. I checked our down pillows, NOTHING. I inspected everything and I did find a super tiny cricket baby, (about 1.5mm long). Putting my wife’s mind at ease was my goal so… I sprayed stuff… some good bug killer stuff, if it kills ants it’s gotta kill bedbugs right? I sprayed all under and around the bed. I sprayed the corners of the box springs and the top mattress. I hit the frame and headboard with a good dose.
Tomorrow I bomb the house, this is not effective for bedbugs but it’s going to just be a bonus, remember… I am trying to put my wife at ease. I bet we don’t see any more little red bug bites except for the normal stuff I mentioned in the beginning.
If I am wrong we will call in an exterminator right? I’ll report back later. Oh, I got everything back together around 11pm and moved my wife from the couch to the exorcised bed and said, “Sleep tight because dead bedbugs don’t bite”.
The case of the Mystery Small Red Bites is still open but will be solved at some point.
my brother works overnight at a homeless shelter in downtown los angeles and my dad has been traveling to san francisco on business. when my dad is at work, my brother sleeps in my dad’s bed. last night i stayed at my mom’s house and i slept in that same bed because both my brother and my dad were away. so now i’m in my apartment again and i just killed something that might be a bedbug. did i pick it up from my mom’s house? if i found one does that mean there will be more?
I’ve been getting bitten by bedbugs for about the past two months and I finally found evidence of them in my bed and around my room. Turns out that it takes about a month or so for bed big larvae to hatch and start feeding.
Yesterday I found a huge welt on the back side of my thigh and another one on my shoulder when I woke up this morning.
Do bedbugs start to feed more vigorously overtime and cause the bites to become more noticeable and enlarged?
Also, before my room showed evidence of the bugs and I feared i contracted them, I sprayed down my bed with bedbug and flea killer before they could have a change to hatch and spread.
Are bedbug larvae immune to the spray before hatching?
It’s not that bedbugs are feeding any more the usual over time but that your body may be becoming less resistant to the bites (you’re reaction is getting worse).
Depends on the spray, they can be very resistant in this early stage, but if you do multiple applications, you’ll get them if they hatch. Use Diatomaceous Earth also.
Hi…i was wondering why bedbugs bite some people and not others? My boyfriends house has bedbugs and NO ONE that lives there gets bit. there are about nine people living there and no one gets bit except for me and my boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend. We joke that its because everyone that lives there is native and us girls only get bit because we’re white. in reality that can’t be the real reason.
i was thinking its because of the way our blood smells, is this true?? cuz me and my BF sleep in the same bed and i’ll get bit from head to toe and he never gets bit. the other night he found ONE bite on his leg but he says it doesn’t itch, but hurts when he touches it. this is the only time hes been bit. the bites i get are EXTREMELY itchy and painful, they swell very large and are usually grouped together. i’ve never actually seen a bedbug there, but i can feel them crawling on me at night. PLEASE HELP i need to know why i’m a target for these blood suckers. THANK YOU!! -Jessy
Regarding the way bites look:
There are 4 people in this house and each of us react differently to our bites. My daughter gets hard, flat red raised bumps (like a mosquito bite that is a few days old), where my son gets these huge red welts, still rather flat. My husband, his bites tend to look very similar to his eczema, lots of tiny red bumps. Now me.. my own bites either look like little blisters, or they get almost a tick bite like ring.
If you have doubts on whether you are being bit by bedbugs or not, take a look at the bites themselves. More often than not they will seem to line up in a series of three to 5 bites in a fairly straight line.
Regarding the traveling:
It is extremely easy to accidentally take bugs with you to another house. If you haven’t been keeping clean clothes bagged up (and unfortunately even if you do), they are sneaky. I have had occasions where I had been wearing clothes for a few hours, even though i haven’t been in the infested room, and still have had a bug run out from a seam, or a pocket. What I do to combat this is each morning, I wake up, pick out our clothes, toss them in the dryer straight from their bags with a wet towel until the towel is dry, usually about an hour. Once we are dressed, we do not go into the bedrooms at all. This does not eliminate the fact that we still have them, only helps with making sure we aren’t taking them traveling with us.
Regarding where to look:
DO NOT RELY ON ONLY YOUR BED FOR EVIDENCE.
They are sneaky, I’ve seen plenty of places listed. If you go to the J.T. Eaton website and look through their treatment plan, they have a very good list of where to put your treatments and how to eliminate them. In our case, we are having an extremely hard time getting rid of ours. We have drop ceilings, and they seems to be hiding up in there every time we do mass treatments. We have had a company in here three times, plus do regular spraying and treatments on our own (i was going through three cans of “contact” killer a week for awhile there, but part of the problem is how tiny the babies are. they will hide in ANYTHING. We have found them in the speaker covers for the alarm clock, our keyboard, in-between the buttons on the monitor. They can get into the tiniest of cracks, if you have nail holes on the wall.. or say, a thin line of molding around the top of your room. Our third round with them we discovered they were hiding behind the half inch strip of molding in our bedroom. They LOVE paper. You have to go through each book you own one page at a time, and make sure they aren’t hiding in there. They will hide in cardboard, dirty clothes, anything with a crease or crack. They can get into your baseboards, hide in cracks you don’t even know are there.
Regarding the smell:
Don’t rely on smell to tell you if you have them. We have them very very badly here, despite our constant spraying/cleaning/getting companies in here. The only time I have smelled them is when I have squished them. If you squish one between your fingers, yes they do have a very distinct smell. Its not raspberry though as so many sites say, more of a musty but still sweet smell.
If you are only seeing one or two bugs, you will have a much easier time getting rid of them than a case like us. We didn’t know we had them until we already had well over 1k bugs in just our room alone. For us, a combination of a good strong contact killer (we use J.T Eaton and/or the RAID sprays) vacuuming every other day (we bleach out the parts of the vacuum every time we do this) and manually catching bugs as we see them (i have an old vodka bottle with about two inches of baby oil in it) is keeping the numbers down, but NOT eliminating them. We are working on saving up enough money to do a pesticide + heat treatment combo. The company we used last time used an interesting combination of all green things (Cedar Oil fogger, some rather rank smelling spray like 5 types of spray total) and it did very nearly get rid of all of them. We didn’t see any for almost a year, but the evidence was there. We were getting bit, but only here and there. Now they are back with a vengeance, but this time, I’m ready for them.
This did wonders for me: Get the painters poly tarp (the thin clear stuff) from Home Depot.
and some packing tape and wrap your box spring, and your mattress up like a christmas present,
and seal it up good. Put the legs of the bed frame in pans of D.E.
As someone else said “Make your bed an Island” with no part of it touching the floor or walls.
And careful of the clothing you wear to bed. No Stowaways on your island!
Another thing, put white sheets, white pillows and a white blanket on your bed, and keep a flashlight nearby. It helps with the paranoia.
Back in April I found a bug (looked like a bedbug) crawling on my couch. I killed it without thinking. I then sprayed my couch. A few months later (now august) I found another bug crawling on my couch. Looked exactly like the previous one. I have checked everywhere…my couch, my bed, and found nothing. I washed my slip covers on my couch and sprayed all over. Remembering back a few weeks ago, I woke up in the morning in bed with a patch of red itchy bites all over my shoulder. I noticed some blood on the sheets but figured it was just me scratching. So, my question is…is it possible to have just one or two bedbugs and no more? I have searched and haven’t found anything else….Help, bc I am freaking out!!!
So, my boyfriend was complaining of bug bites one day. He said he only got them on the couch because he spends a lot of time there… he loves taking naps when I’m at work on the nice couch. Knowing that bedbugs are a bad problem, and even worse this year, we searched the couch a few weeks later for bedbug and behold, our worse nightmare. I had went out of the country a month previously, so I am assuming that’s where they came from.. or perhaps one hitched a ride on my newly purchased cat from a friend of a friend.
We immediately sprayed down the couch and surrounding area and tossed it since its right next to the door anyhow and would not track the bugs through the house.
We have searched everywhere in out home and can’t find signs anywhere else. Is it possible they were only in the couch?
Unlikely Panic Attack, but anything is possible. Chances are they are in other areas of the home as well; wrap the couch up, get it out of the house and into the garage and treat it. Then spread diatomaceouse earth (food grade) around the home and follow the checklist on how to kill bedbugs.
Hi I was just reading everything you had posted on the website about bedbugs and ways to get rid of them without spending an arm and a leg for professionals to come and not even get rid of them. I had a question, since I already had to get rid of everything because of this I was wondering for the things I have left in my closets like boxes and stuff if I could sprinkle food grade diatomaceous earth in those boxes on the safe side to see if there was any bugs in them? I need to put my boxes into storage and I don’t really want to get rid of what is in those boxes because of the infestation that was in my apartment before I moved into.
Is there a way to save those objects? Also, what could I possibly put on my metal bed frames to keep the bugs from crawling up them? Anything would help me..
i work with a lady who has been battling the bedbug problem for over a year now ,my question is can she bring these bugs into work with her ,how can we prevent them from traveling to us plus we work in a food industry -is there any dangers there?
Well, we could only find a couple actual bedbugs, but we did find eggs in the couch. The living room is the only actual carpet in the house (keep in mind it’s old, beat down carpet and a cream color) and I hate clutter, so there aren’t many places to hide. I’ve sprayed and vacuumed every day before searching and still haven’t found anything. I’m hoping that I’m free from them..
Exposed to bedbugs!::
Hey! Thanks for reading my email!
I’m a nervous wreck because I dated a guy who has been over two nights this week and sat on my couch for a couple hours both nights. he said he has found 6 bugs on his bed and has 2 bites on one arm but to “not worry” because he kills them when he sees them and always shakes his clothes out before dressing (seriously? that doesn’t help!)
I am trying to be calm and I’m not coming in contact with him anymore… but he has been in my car once and on my couch twice. What are the chances they were carried in?
IF one or two have fallen into my carpet…what can I do to kill those and prevent them multiplying, and how long might it take to have enough of them that I might notice some signs? I’m itchy just thinking about it and becoming more and more paranoid!
THANK YOU FOR ANY HELP YOU CAN PROVIDE!
Chances are good that you DID NOT pick up any bedbugs from this guy. They usually come out in the early morning, feed on your blood, then head back in before you wake. Sounds like he has a serious infestation of bedbugs! You can sprinkle some bedbug dust (food grade diatomaceous earth) into the carpet and vacuum it a couple of days later – light dusting is all you’ll need. Better safe than sorry, right :)
Lauri, she can indeed bring them with her to work! Happens all the time! The only thing you can really do is create a barrier around her office using bedbug dust.
I have a strange black crust that keeps returning to my sofa. I have absolutely no idea what it is, and it is really starting to freak me out. I have attached a picture to this email, and was wondering if you think this could be bedbugs.
I bought this couch used a few months ago, and the problem started just after I brought it into my apartment. There is no other black crust on any other furniture, and I really cannot find anything on the Internet of what it could be.
I would truly appreciate your help.
Thanks so much, and hope to hear from you soon.
Can bedbugs die on their own? The other day when i was having a clear out i noticed about 3or4 shells looking very much like the bedbug shells, in the drawers under my bed. I searched the mattress including all seams and the frame of my bed but found no live bugs or eggs or feces or blood spots.
I did have 3 lumps on my shoulder blade a few weeks ago but neither i nor my partner have experienced anything else. The thought of it now is making me paranoid and itchy!
How do determine whether this is the case? (I have been looking all over and have not seen anything else) Can i set a trap? Or use a preventative measure? Or may they have died on their own?
We stayed in a hotel in Turkey for two nights. Since it was a quick trip to a beachy resort, we only took backpacks with us. When we returned home Monday morning, I noticed I had about 8 bites on my legs. No pattern to them, but very red, itchy, with little clear/yellow pus in the middle.
I’m so worried that we are going to bring bedbugs into the house, that I’ve put everything that went to that hotel into garbage bags (as soon as we got home), tied them up tight, and am now trying to figure out what to do to keep them from infesting our house. Any tips?
Jim, I have a serious question. I am a home health aide and my company sent me to a clients home for homestyle services. After going there the first thing I noticed was a smell in the apartment. About one hour later the clients provider called and talked to me. I was told they are loaded down with bedbugs. I called my office and reported this. Was told did not matter about the bedbugs it was still my job to go there.
I was also told by the company just to spray alcohol on my legs and shoes this would keep me from carry the pest with me. Then they said for me to undress when I get home and throw my clothes in a dryer for about 60 minutes. I have now got several bug bites from going in the apartment. Is there anything I can do to stop the bugs or make a complaint on my company because they knew of the problem and neglected to inform me before I took the case.
The client has been moved 3 times in the last year due to the bedbug problems. I need advice here please. Thanks
I would get those instructions in writing somehow, perhaps ask for clearity on the time to dry, etc – anything to get the documentation, then express once again your concern that you may bring bedbugs home with you and what to do if this happens. Your odds of bringing home a bedbug are much greater than others due to your work and would assume a time will come that you’ll have to deal with this yourself, and you’ll be asking the company for help in costs – hopefully the company will pay for everything, but should they let you go, you’ll have a big paper trail (proof) that they put you in this situation and you were unjustly let go.
The company could charge extra for any work done on known bedbug infested clients, pay you extra and have you sign a waiver that you are aware of the situation and willing to take the risk for extra pay – just an idea, but there has to be a win-win for everyone.
The company should provide a car, have some type of changing room at their headquarters, dryer, wash area, etc if this happens a lot – The second you get in your car, you run the risk of any attached bedbugs getting lose inside; drying cloths isn’t going to do you any good when the bugs are still in the car!
Sorry for your situation!
After researching what bedbugs look like I’m pretty sure I found one crawling in the sheets last night. I saved it in a glass and it’s dead now but it looks EXACTLY like the one near the paper clip on your site. Is it common to only find one? I couldn’t see any others. What are the next steps? Ew!
I found two bedbugs the last week on the floor and I put them in a napkin and burned it. This morning I found one in the bathroom on the floor while I was sitting on the toilet I came back to my room a found one on my bed, so I had a flip and pulled everything off my bed but I didn’t find one more so I continued looking in my room, and the two other bedrooms in the house I did not find any more bedbugs. Should I be alarmed and call an exterminator.
Our building has a bedbug problem, and they have made it up to our apartment. I am moving out, and a company has come to spray our house twice in the last month, and they will be spraying again in a few days. I have thrown away everything that I can part with, but I have around 10-12 containers of family photo albums and other precious things that I cannot part with. I have boxed them up, put the box in a contractor bag, twisted the bag, taped it, twisted again, taped again, then folded the upper twist to the bottom and taped again. I then put this in a contractor bag and repeated the taping process. I have moved everything onto the roof under tarps to get it out of the house. All of these things were stored under my bed, so there is a good chance they are in there somewhere.
I plan on moving these things into the garage of my new home, but am extremely paranoid about bringing them with me. The process that I am going through was recommended by the man spraying my home, but I was wondering if this process is thorough enough. Can they crawl out of the bags, and if so, can they make it from the garage into the house. I don’t know what else to do, any recommendations on how to manage things that need to move with you?
Any information would be great, I can’t handle this stress in the new house, it is really affecting me.
My roommate and I have found a bedbug on our wall in the kitchen. We are fairly certain that the insect came home with us off the train because it was near our coats on the wall. This was about 4 days ago and we have not found any signs of bedbugs since.
Is it possible that we could just have that one? Every story I have heard the bugs come in and the tracks are seen. Since there are no tracks should I not worry?
There are some small spots on my sheets, but not an obscene amount like i have seen when looking for pictures of blood stains and fecal spots. also, I removed my sheets and inspected my mattress thoroughly and cant find any bugs or any other spots. I have some bug bites. Do these things mean that i have bedbugs? Please say no. Email me soon!
Hi, I recently went on a trip and stayed in a houseboat rental. We stayed there for 5 nights and the last morning I woke up itching my back but didn’t think much of it. We flew home, got home late and went right to sleep. 10 hours later I noticed bites on my back in a straight line which I’ve read is the tell-tale sign of bedbugs. I immediately unpacked everything, washed & dried all clothes, and the sheets/blankets on my bed. I ran to the store to get rubbing alcohol, sprayed it on my empty bags, stuffed them in giant ziploc bags, and stored them outside. I also washed the clothes that were sitting on the floor next to our bags. I then vacuumed the whole apartment and sprayed my mattress with alcohol.
I even opened the windows in my bedroom and turned off the heat in hopes to freeze and bugs overnight (it got down to 36F and I slept in the guest bedroom on the other side of the apartment). We inspected the zippers/folds in our bags and found nothing. I have not seen evidence of bedbugs, other than the bites that I got the last day of our trip. We stored our bags, inside the houseboat, about 25 feet from the bed on the hardwood floor so I’m hoping any bedbugs would not travel that far to be able to be hitchhikers! Have I done everything possible?! Is it possible that I am bedbug free? I’m worried that in the 10 hours of our bags sitting on the bedroom floor that the bugs could have escaped and spread around the apartment. Do PCPs do any preventative treatment for bedbugs? Thanks!!
My friends and I stayed in a hotel in Key West for the weekend. We came back with bites all over our bodies. I called and complained to the hotel and I an now waiting for the report from Ecolab that came to inspect the room we stayed in. But in the meantime, I am so itchy that feel like ripping my skin off. I am so miserable, and I have been taking benadryl but I am sleepy all day because of it. I am also anemic, and I have suffered about 100 bites. Should I be calling a lawyer at this point? I don’t know what to do and I can’t stop scratching.
Can a bedbug be a larvae?
Is it possible that bedbugs can bite only you and not your partner who is sharing everything with you like the bed,couch,furniture etc????….These scratchy bite marks appears on me quite a few times but nothing on my partner….Can it be something other than bad bugs???
Please reply asap….
A week ago we stayed at a hotel in New Jersey for 1 night. Before we got our stuff in I had my husband check the mattress and he saw nothing. Now I realize he should have checked more. He also put our suitcase on the ground, unzipped, ugh. I sat in a chair to nurse my daughter and got a bite pretty fast-would they be on a chair before it’s night time and bite me that fast? Well the next morning after I already woke up, I noticed a fairly large line of what looked like blood on the sheet. There were 2 really small reddish bugs on the lamp. It was daytime and the lamp was on-would bedbugs be running around the shade of a lit lamp? Then on the wall above the lamp there was a bug. It looked like it could have been a bedbug but I wasn’t as knowledgeable then as I am now. I left asap but our things had to sit in our car for like 7 hours on the way home.
When we got in our house we stripped down and put everything fabric that we had taken in the washer. I had no bites that day.
The next day I developed about 5 bites, at various times throughout the day. One even happened when we weren’t at home. It was like I could feel the bite happen, look down, no bug and a new bite where there wasn’t one a second ago. It’s been a week now and I’m up to 12 bites. Most of them are just one single bite, very small. Last night at the store I noticed 2 on my chest in a line. My heart sunk.
Is there anything it could be other than bedbugs? I am a worry wart and my husband isn’t being bit so he doesn’t believe me. It is really affecting me psychologically. I have no appetite, I can’t think of anything else, my stomach feels like I’m going to puke, it is literally always on my mind. I get sick at the thought of bugs crawling all over my sweet 7 month old, I can’t function like this and I’m feeling so hopeless reading all these people who have had them for years.
We haven’t seen any bugs in the house and I have been shining a flashlight all around when I feel the creepy crawlies at night. Could 1 night give you bites that show up repeatedly over a week or do I need to stop being in denial? We bought mattress covers and tonight we are putting double sided tape around the bed to try to catch them. Tomorrow I am calling housing to get an exterminator out to check, but he is just going to look the same places I have and couldn’t find anything. Tomorrow if we don’t catch any I am going to hopefully get your trap on here made. How do you get your car safe if it may have been exposed??
I don’t know what to do. I can’t live like this. Please, please help.
How soon do the babies have to find a meal before starving to death?
I work at school. A week ago, a child in the room I work in had some bites on his arms and neck. It had been warm, so we initially thought it was mosquito bites. Later in the day, he was really scratching his shoulder, so we checked his back. He was covered in bites! I took him to the school nurse. She checked him over and called his parents. His mother immediately confirmed they have an infestation of bedbugs. He was sent home from school. The parents took him to the doctor that afternoon, and brought him back the next day with a note saying he is not contagious.
My concern is:
Since he continues to have new bites daily, the home is obviously not treated (or not effectively). How concerned do I need to be that he will bring the bedbugs to school on his person or on his backpack? Also, am I at risk of bringing them home with me and infecting my home as well?
The child’s family is lower income, so I would guess professional treatment is beyond what they can afford. Are there programs to help in this situation?
Also, what is the responsibility of the school and school board in this situation? What if the classroom and other family’s homes become infested? The policy for lice seems to be a bit more defined (although not totally effective), but what should be done about this?
I found two bedbugs the last week on the floor and I put them in a napkin and burned it. This morning I found one in the bathroom on the floor while I was sitting on the toilet I came back to my room a found one on my bed, so I had a flip and pulled everything off my bed but I didn’t find one more so I continued looking in my room, and the two other bedrooms in the house I did not find any more bedbugs. Should I be alarmed and call an exterminator.
We are a middle class family. I wash our bedding every other week, vacuum weekly, wash my floors weekly, etc. I am a neat freak when it comes to my house and family. We got them last winter….not sure how, but guessing they either came from a textbook I had ordered, came from staying at a motel or from school on my son’s backpack or athletic bag. It was a horrible experience to say the least.
Now I am fully educated on them, along with my husband and 2 sons. I have a son in college and have explained many situations with him to try avoid bringing them home.
Kids at school should keep their backpacks and bags zipped up at all times. If I were you, I would regularly vacuum everything you can. You can even purchase some spray and DE to help prevent getting them. DE works great on other insects too….killed lots of flies all fall for us! My opinion is that schools are not educated on the problem. We live in a small community and know there are others that have them. Good luck!
I work in a dorm at a school, this dorm has been recently infested with bedbugs. How easy is it to bring them home? Do I have to be worried about it?
Just about a few weeks ago I was sitting on my couch and I reached for the handle and a second later felt like something bit me then Bout two hours later my foot was itchy. I need up receiving two bumps where the bites occurred then about a few days they went away. Now here is a week that went by and I have a bit on my chin neck, ankle, thighs and back, but the funny thing is my boyfriend doesn’t have any bites at all it’s just me. He checked for bedbugs didn’t see anything so where can these bites be coming from I’m so confused and hate the itchy feeling and redness.
So I would love to know are they bedbugs or not.
I found an apartment that I would really like to move into. The apartment complex discovered a bedbug infestation in March 2011. The landlord has implemented a treatment plan with a respectable PCO company since April 2011. The company had been spraying every two weeks and now is spraying and inspecting each apartment in the complex each month. The landlord reassured me that they are 100% bedbug free. Is this possible in 9 months? And would you take the risk?
Okay, so a week ago i got back home from a retreat that was at a camp near the water. There was a bedbug warning and they made everybody who was possibly exposed to the bedbugs bag all their stuff in these big black bags and they recommended that we take certain precautions, such as throwing everything in the dryer for about an hour.
I washed all my clothes, but I didn’t wash my back pack or my duffel bag or my sleeping bag. I was really skeptical that there would be bedbugs, but i noticed little bumps on my legs. I have eczema so I thought it was just a little rash coming up,but these bumps were more like those mini pimples or something. Later they began to itch, and about 2 days ago, the areas around the bumps got really red and big and slightly inflamed. I’m freaking out that I have bedbugs, I searched through my bed and found nothing.
My mom says I’m being overly anxious. If the little bumps just got red 2 days ago, could that possibly mean that I got bit at the camp and not at home?? I’m really really really really hoping that this is so. Would it be a good idea to vacuum my room?
I’m sorry to say that it is COMPLETELY untrue that bedbugs do not like hair. After a couple weeks of coming to visit my family, I was sleeping on a mattress that my brother had been given, and had 100’s of bites all over my back and shoulders. I thought it was an allergic reaction to new vitamins I was taking, until I found a bug crawling through my hair. I immediately researched about bedbugs online and everything matched up.
I shampooed my hair with lice shampoo to try to kill them, but they stayed alive. I combed out all the live ones with a nit comb, but a few days later, more had hatched. I spent 7 hours yesterday combing out eggs and tiny live bugs. If you have a bedbug infestation at your house, PLEASE beware! Check your hair immediately! These bugs are relentless! I had to buy an advanced kit (RID) usually used for lice that includes shampoo, comb out gel, and a really good nit comb that grabs the tiniest eggs.
If you have bedbugs in your hair, don’t follow the normal instructions of the lice treatment… bedbugs are DIFFERENT!
i slept ova @ a friends house and i got bedbugs in my dreadlocks. what can i do to get rid of them without cutting of my dreadlocks
Please help!!! We just moved into a rental house this month and a few days after being here we found some bedbugs on the carpets and baseboards maybe 10 in total and I called my land lord right away and he came the next day and treated with some kind of spray on all the baseboards and doorways.
We have new beds and they were checked very well several times and there is no sign of them on the beds my land lord treated for a week straight and I also bought mattress covers and a few cans of rid since it says it treats for bedbugs I sprayed down the beds curtains carpets washed everything I could and what I couldn’t I sprayed.
Now about 2 weeks later I woke up about 4 am by a phone call and my husband had a bedbug crawling on his face and it was a large sized one. Again I sprayed everything and searched everywhere but I can’t find any or any signs of them but I know they have to be here some where or do they? Can we just have a few? Or are we infested and I am not finding them.
None of us have bites but I heard not everyone may show signs of being bitten. I don’t know what to do I am about to go crazy over wondering and worrying and I am also about to take an extended trip to my mothers in another state for a few months and I am afraid that if I have them and can not find them that I will carry them to her house and I do not want to do that!
Please help I am going crazy!!!!
I move your question here to the bedbug FAQ as it’s common and will help others. Yes, you can have just a few, but based upon your story, I’m guessing you have more and just have not found them. Stay on top of management and please, take some pics if you get a chance and send them to me. Set up a bedbug trap as I have listed here on the site, it will help confirm an infestation!
Why is it when you are infected by bedbugs bite the people who’s home, hotel, or etc…… they are the ones who be in these infected places day in and day out 24/7 and they never seem to be showing any signs of bedbugs bite is it because their bodies are immune to it or when an clean person goes by an filthy place their bodies rejects its and bumps appear? why is this?? Well I hope I don’t have to throw away none of my stuff and I hope this doesn’t appear again.
Cynthia, Placitas, New Mexico::
I caught bed-bugs on the Amtrak train returning from Los Angeles to Albuquerque over Thanksgiving holiday. At first I didn’t know what they were, silly me. Anyway, after the first night when the b-bugs had their way and bit me with abandon, it seemed they all died, for thereafter I never got another bite. I’m at 5,980 altitude, so maybe it is true b-bugs die above 5,000′ sea level. Of course I laundered everything, but the bugs seemed to “go away” too easily. Regards.
I heard that that bedbugs ARE NOT SLOW AT ALL.
IN FACT, they ARE FASTER THAN A MARATHON RUNNER… especially if you are trying to track them down. NOT SLOW, NOT SLOW, NOT SLOW :<O SPEEDY MO.
can bedbugs get in your ears
Can bedbugs get in your hair, and make you lose your hair/?
Hi Gina, it is highly unlikely as the hair and sensitivity of your ears would help prevent this from happening; there are plenty of smooth surfaces for the bug to latch onto and start feeding from other than a canal filled with obstacles.
Bedbugs can, and do, get in your hair, but they will not cause thinning or loss.
I have read that BB can be killed with heat over 120*, my question is.. can they be killed with temps below 32*.. Is it possible, if the outside temp is below freezing, I can open all the windows for a whole day and freeze them dead.. I know that I will have to drain the plumbing, but it would be worth it, if it worked.
my friend has noticed a lot of bites lately that we think could be bedbug bites. She wants to know can the bugs leave larva on a person? And does rubbing alcohol kill any bugs that are left on your body? How can we tell for sure that the bites she has on her body are from bedbugs? Do the bedbug bites leave scares? And are they related to cock roaches?
So how long can an egg stay on a mattress and not hatch? I have these bedbugs and here’s what I learned about my apartment. In July of last year 3 apartments were treated for them, including mine which was moved into around August 10th. They said they steamed and sprayed all 3 one time.
During the month of December the guy next door moved out. Towards the beginning of this month (February) I started getting these welts, which I passed off as my awesome allergies to perfume/dyes. So I called the landlord and he is saying that I brought them in. I have not been to anyone’s home other than my mom’s and sister’s all of which are bedbug free.
The PCO who came today said that if they had come over from the now vacant apartment, then my second bedroom would have been infested first. It makes sense, except that room was empty of all furniture until 1 week ago when I got a roommate. So I think they came through that room and into mine because I was the closest food source.
The PCO told me that the markings on my mattress were old and that I have had them for longer than I have lived here. I think it’s his way of justifying his crappy job the first time here. Why would I have never, ever had these welts then? I feel as though I am being railroaded into taking responsibility. Oh, and the guy who moved out next door said the bugs were still active when he left in December and that’s why he left all the windows open when he left.
The bedbug eggs usually hatch between between 6 to 17 days (on average, 10 days) and once hatched, are ready to feast!
I agree with you in that it sounds like they are shirking their responsibility, and yes, they will head for the food source first! Why in the world would they want to set up camp in the next room when they can do it close to you? If the pest control company bombed or did the extermination wrong, they could have easily driven the bugs into your area! What’s the name of the companies (apartment complex and bedbug exterminator)?
I noticed a few bites behind my back of the waistline and on the surface of my foot. I have been searching around online to check whether what kind of bites is this. I’m kind of worried that it might be beg bug bites. I feel the itch bumps on 22 Feb around 7pm on both my back waistline and foot so i thought i might be allergic to clothes or mosquito bites. Few bumps is raised a little without red rash at the back of my waistline but there is pink welts on my foot without bump. I did scratch the bite cause it itch. The itch become more intense the more i scratch. After 3 hours, i notice the raised bumps behind the back of my waistline turn redder and the pink welts on my foot turns bigger and raised as well but no pain. The itching is more intense and i had a hot shower to cleanse the bites but to no avail.
I just leave the red bumps without applying any cream or lotion. The next morning, the bumps still haven’t subsided but it not that itchy so i try to apply body lotion on the bumps and it itch back. Whenever i try to slightly rub around the bumps due to itching (i didn’t really scratch hard to avoid scar), it itch.
The itchy red bumps still persist till today (after 3 days) but colors of the bumps seems to be fading a little. Not that red as on the first day. There were no spot of blood stains nor fecal stains on my bed sheets. Both my sisters who sleep nearby, didn’t get any bites. As i know, not everyone react to bedbugs bites so i can’t figure whether it’s bedbugs bites or any other bites. I showed my bites to my friend and she said is bedbugs symptom. I tried to search online for a better pictures but there are too many bites that are similar to bedbugs bite. I’m worry and i don’t wish that the bite is from bedbugs. These few days i can’t sleep well due to being afraid there are bugs that will bite me. Please help. Thanks
One big bedbug faq… I woke up 2 weeks ago with a bunch of bites on my feet they were huge red bumps I took Benadryl for 3 days and they wouldn’t go down finally after two weeks they’ve gone down a bit. I’ve looked all over my room changed my sheets put a mattress cover I haven’t seen anything! Please Help me I’m going insane trying to figure this out
Hi Yesenia, have you read my checklist (see link at top of page) and once you know for sure you have them, then read my page on bedbug dust.
How do bedbugs protects itself from danger? Does it pretends to be dead?
My roommate brought a blanket from his sisters house and it had bedbugs on it. She has dogs. The irony is that I’m getting bit and not my roommate. Every night is the same thing. I try and go to sleep but by 3 am or so I’m up itching and looking for bugs. I have sprayed and washed repeatedly. My roommate keeps saying he’s going to get powder and bombs but never does because it doesn’t affect him a much. I’m angry because I can’t sleep through the night. I have to try and sleep in the daytime to get any rest. I bought cortizone 10 cream for the itching but I go through it pretty quickly. Rubbing alcohol helps calm the itching too. So I use that when I’m out of cream. I have scars on my right arm that are very ugly and because I have sensitive skin will probably take years to heal. THIS IS A NIGHTMARE!!!!
Dear bedbug girl
I use to live in nyc when I had my first encounter with bedbugs. My father used diesel and a heat gun and threw all our furniture out. I now live in salt lake city 5 years later and recently moved to a new apartment. The first week of sleeping Here I got bitten. But I also started working a different shift at my job. I’ve had exterminators but i still get bitten and I even tried a bomb but they returned 2 weeks after. My whole apartment building has an infestation. On top of that I work at an elementary school where I see kids extremely bitten and I’ve told the custodian and secretary. No one seems to do anything about it and the kids are still coming to school infecting others. I work in a classroom with infected kids so I told the teacher but nothings been done. What’s the point of battling them at home if ill get them at work. please help me I don’t want to get fired.
I have just had a look on your website and it is SO informative and really useful – thank you!
I keep finding these small, round, ball like ‘droppings’ in/on my bed. I am not getting bitten (but I know that not everyone does) but am really not sure what on earth these are.
I asked the pest man to come out and have a look, and he had a sniffer dog. They did not find bedbugs, but I am wondering if:
A) Do you know if BB faeces is small/round balls?
B) If not – do you know any other critter that has this kind of faeces?
We live in an area where there is A LOT of wildlife, but I simply cannot stand even the thought of BedBugs!
Someone please help…I know I have bedbugs but can they get in your hair? These things are multiplying at an alarming rate in rooms I don’t even go in to…wth??? I see them on walls, floor, cupboards, drawers, toilet tank, kitchen sink, bathtub & bath tub jets…there’s no way lice could be producing so much with no blood but they’re are more & more each day in 2 of my unused rooms…what is the deal?
They can be a tiny black spec, a larger crunchy black bug, white things that are oblong and fuzzy looking…I’ve thrown out probably 10 grand in furniture, clothes, shoes…and more…I am already sick & just the cleaning exhausts me & it’s all for nothing because they come right on back…I refuse to use chemicals…ANY help would be much much appreciated. Thank you & good luck to you.
rooms…help, I’m already sick with 4 sever auto immune problems, have had to have iron infusions.
Hi Parker, I was under the impression that bedbugs can’t get in your hair but there have been many visitors that say this is not true and can in fact be there. I highly doubt they would remain there for long if one managed to become tangled in there. As for not using chemicals, good for you! Try the all natural bedbug dust mentioned at the top of this site.
Do you know how to tell the difference between female or male? or nymph or adult?
The females are larger than the male bedbugs with their rear end being well-proportioned, as a whole (symtmetrical) and her tip being more square and smaller. On her right side in ventral view you’ll be able to spot the mating area (notice the indentation in the outer edge and that’s it’s not smooth across the side). See http://www.badbedbugs.com/what-do-bed-bugs-look-like/
I have had bedbugs for 2 days now. I already have around 10 bites, and it spread to my sister’s bed(shares a room with me) last night. Can I still wear the clothing in my closet, drawers and how should I handle my laundry. Do the bugs stay on me throughout the day. Will they come out at night, even when the light in my room is on? Thank you and good luck with you bedbugs!
Got rid of some bedbugs in one room but afew months later found some in another
When you bag everything, how long do you keep it away from everything else to be safe.
We also covered out mattresses with zippered vinyl bags and dusted the inside with the demacious earth.
We figured if any little ones were in mattress cracks, this would get them
if i am getting bit only once a day how many bedbugs do i have?
I’ve been sufferring from bedbugs for 2 weeks now. Why it takes this long for building management and PCO to coordinate and do something is beyond me??!! The marks that are left on my legs, arms and back…How long do they last?? Some are red spots and some look like brown “beauty mark” spots. In these last 2 weeks I’ve been finding/noticing a heck of a lot more “beauty marks” on my body than I thought I had. Can bedbugs be responsible for these at all??
Thank-You for your time and help!
I recently had company that spent a few nights with me and they had had two treatments for bedbugs at that time, as well as washing and drying all their clothing. Around two weeks after they had visited, I found what I am pretty sure was a bedbug. I was sitting on the couch and noticed it crawling down my arm. I base this on the several pictures I have looked at.
I have not seen anything since and have not seen other signs of bedbugs. I am still feeling creeped out and like I constantly have something crawling on me or like something is biting me. I am losing sleep over this because I am so paranoid that because there was possibly one bedbug that there are a bunch more that I am missing somehow. Now I bought an insecticide that is according the pest control man, similar to what they use but in a weaker formula. I am going to spray my couch, bed, and other furniture just in case.
I am really trying not to be a baby and throw my furniture out because of one bug but I am about at that point. Not to mention that my visitors have since found more bedbugs and in different rooms of their house. I have steam cleaned my couch and recliner and vacuumed like crazy. Any suggestions, advice, or ideas are welcomed.
I wanted to know how long it takes for bedbugs to rear their ugly heads. My mom slept over on my couch in Dec. and she recently discovered that she has bedbugs. Would we know by now if she did in fact have them back in December? I’m absolutely paranoid! I take caution when out in public and have scoured our home/bedroom and see no signs. Best of all, there have been no bites on either of us. I’m just worried that maybe she had them in December and we might still be in danger. Thank you!
My husband and I just moved into a new apartment and a week later I notice something on my back and found out it was a bedbug! Shortly after, my daughter started getting bit. I have used the bedbug powder and so far, no one has got bit in 2 days but I cant shake the thought that something is crawling on and biting me. What do I do? We found 7 and that was it and only in our daughters room. we killed everything we found. Feces means we are infested?
Hi, I was wondering can bedbugs travel from one house, my neighbors who we do not get along with, to my house. By crawling through the yard and windows. You see my wife thinks they have bedbugs and they recently placed some bags of cloths outside between our homes, she’s afraid the bugs will get into our house, mind you we have no contact with these people.
No, they can’t if you’re not having contact with them. They will stay in the house (or their car, etc).
I found about 6 live bugs on my son’s boxspring, and the “mold” like areas on it as well. There are 3 beds in the room in which my 2 other children sleep as well. My son is the only one who has them on his bed, the other beds are clear of both bugs and the mold looking areas. Is this common?
Also because I did not find many, does that mean there are not many, or should I be really worried at this time? I cleaned the moldy looking areas with bleach, and killed all of the live bugs, but am really concerned they are in the carpet or other areas that I am not seeing. I have no idea how only his bed has them, and he is the only one with bites.
I feel horrible that my child has to deal with this, and cried when I found them. I want to throw out the bed totally, but will that even help? Where should I go from here? Please help!
Buy yourself a bedbug mattress encasement right now and cover up the mattress and box spring completely if possible! You may be lucky and have found a small infestation. Get some diatomaceous earth and spread it around as shown on the bedbug dust page within this site. Also, look at the checklist here as well and see if the nightstand and other furniture are infested.
It is a horrible feeling, but it can happen to anyone, you just need to buckle down and follow the instructions on the page referred to on this site. DO NOT give up, just stick with it and you will win!
what are the signs of these bites healing?
Our god daughter came to our house today, I picked her up when she came in to our house she came straight in and took a shower her clothes only ever saw the bathroom. I purchased the RID spray that kills bedbugs sprayed my car and vacuumed after it dried then cloroxed my bathroom floor and sprayed the baseboards heavily and the hall way, we have wood floors. Her clothes stayed on the bathroom floor for a couple hours before I found out she had bedbugs at home, what do you think I should do or my chances of getting them are? I am going to spray for spiders tomorrow with professional exterminator spray as well!
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Unless she has a serious infestation, chances are that you’ll be fine but I’d spread around some bedbug dust (food grade DE) just in case :)
My boyfriend and I recently have had bedbugs (or at least we think we have). We have found two bugs that look like bedbugs – but were dead. And I have been getting bites all over my abdomen and up to my shoulders in clusters of three or more. The tricky part is that my boyfriend hasn’t gotten any bites and we haven’t found any live bedbugs or signs of bedbugs (other than the two dead ones). I continue to get the bites but we can neither confirm nor deny that we have a problem. We have bought the diatomaceous earth and spread it all over the bed room and on the mattress, under the mattress…. EVERYWHERE… we have checked every crack and crevis in the room, even behind electrical outlets, and we have cleaned cleaned cleaned… although the only dirt we have is dust. Is there a way that we can draw them out to see where they are coming from? At least that way we would be able to successfully get rid of them. We don’t want to call an exterminator unless we absolutely have to. Please can you tell me what our next course of action is.
We live in an apartment and have come across bedbugs. Long story short we had three treatments. I guess there was an apartment above us that was infested with them and they migrated to our apartment. Now that we have the treatment, we still see them from time to time. Usually one at a time. They bit me and not my boyfriend for whatever reason. Do we need a fourth treatment? If I put down DE would that be just as effective?
Next question. I am washing all our clothes and putting them in bins. I am tired of our house looking a mess because we cannot use the dressers because we are too worried. I’m hoping that the bins will be effective and keep our minds at peace BUT with the jackets and such hanging in the closet. Do I need to rewash all of them? I get that BB are the worst thing to try to get to but why would they “hid” so far away from food?
Seeking some advise or a place that I can look at to get some. Mainly to put mine and my boyfriends mind at ease
My roommate very recently started having a bedbug problem. (I think she got them from a friend.) She has started treating it pretty quickly. How likely is it that they will spread to my room? Are there preventative measures that I can take?
I got about 4 bites on my upper back and didn’t know what they were. I looked online and they looked a bit like the pictures of bedbug bites. I’ve always been very paranoid about getting bedbugs so of course I freaked out. I immediately checked my bed, my couch, and my son’s crib for any signs of bedbugs. I didn’t find anything, but I still wanted a pest control person to come and inspect the apartment anyway. He came and checked over the entire apartment.
Unfortunately I was at work and didn’t see how thoroughly he looked for them. I was starting to feel a bit better about not being infested until tonight when I layed down in bed and noticed an odor. I remember reading something about bedbugs having an odor, but couldn’t remember what they were supposed to smell like. So I found this site and read that it could smell like moldy shoes. The smell by my bed could be that smell, but I’m not really sure.
I have a cat also and sometimes she drags cat litter around by accident and it also kind of smells like that. Anyway, do you think I should have another pest control company come and inspect my apartment. It’s pretty expensive and being a single parent I don’t have a lot of money through around for something that I’m just being paranoid about.
Friends of ours have stayed at our house a few times, been in our vehicles etc, they have just found out they have a massive infestation of bedbugs in there house. should i be worried? what should i do?
My sister in law lived here at my mothers house with us, they stayed in hotels alot and brought home bedbugs. their kids room was infected. When they moved out they mattress hit the sides of the wall dropping bedbugs all over. I had an exterminator come out, the sprayed every 2 weeks with tempo sc and used de, it worked until i brought home my bed from my daughters. Everything was ok til 2 months and now i have bedbugs again, moms house has holes in the wall and needs to be sold. With the house like it is, is this going to be an uphill battle, or should I just leave and not take anything. My bed frame is a sleigh bed.
Yes, you should be worried and start look for any sings of bedbugs. Right now, you best bet is to use DE (bedbug dust) around the areas they slept just to make sure you kill any stragglers!
Do bedbugs fly?
Also do they have a hard shell?
My bedbug bites were raised, I went to the doctors and he gave me creams and medicine, that seemed to help, I noticed that they were going down, but last night I also noticed two big bump and later on that night mostly all my bites were getting bigger, they’re not raised they just look like mosquito bites. I was wondering if that was like the “last stage” until they start going away?
We inherited our problem from my own sister. She failed to tell me that she was just getting over a bedbug problem (or thought she was) when my daughter went to stay with her for a week. Guess what she brought back. We discovered it early on bc my best friend is seriously allergic to their bites and came with me to pick up my daughter.
A few days later she was being bitten like crazy. Seems she picked them up in the backpack she brought with. Upon examination, the only bug we really saw was on my daughters boxspring. We’ve had one treatment so far, but seem to have a sudden population explosion. We caught the problem early on but now I have found a few live bugs just this week. Is this to be expected or are the treatments not working?
If I had a serrious infestation of the bugs on a large carpet blanket cover, is it possible to then smell the dead bugs while they are being washed? I was washing it yesterday and noticed this strong unusual musty oder emitting from the wash machine. Is that a sign that they existed in the carpet blanket?