Do I have bedbugs?!?!? PLEASE answer if you know anything about them!!?

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Question by K.Frusciante:
Do I have bedbugs?!?!? PLEASE answer if you know anything about them!!?

I’m really not sure if I have them. The only way I could have them maybe is because I was helping my cousin move to a new apartment lately.

Here are my signs:

Random bumps on my legs, and a few on my chest. They aren’t painful or itchy though, and I heard bedbug bites were itchy. They also dont look too severe, but it’s still so random. I have like 4 or five trailing down my leg and 2 or 3 on my chest.

I read that you can tell if you have bedbugs if your sheets have spots on them or you see skin casings. Of course, now I am paranoid and every little piece of lint or hair (I have many pets) is making me freak out and think that I have them. I’m not really sure if I see any spots, or if I’m just being paranoid. I really don’t know!

Also, if I made an appt. with a dermatologist, would they be able to tell based on my bumps, if I have a bedbug bite?

Please help me!!!! I’m freaking out and I’m being super paranoid right now. Like I said before, my bites aren’t severe and there is 4 or 5 random ones, trailing down one of my legs and 2 or 3 on my chest.

Thank you so much!!!!

Best answer:

Answer by Ruby
bed bugs come out at night as far as i know you can feel them biting you all over, they will wake you up too. you cant see them they tiny little pests. they hide under the bedding in your couch ,bed etc. you may have get rid of everything.

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Jade Paisley March 21, 2011 at 5:38 am

This is a tough one. It can be hard to tell if you’ve got them or not, because they are pretty small, only come out for very short periods, and because they are pretty good at hiding. First off, you should look for some key signs.
1) Waste – Bed bugs create a lot of waste, and that is harder to hide than they are. It can consist of dark spots on your mattress (which can be blood, feces, etc.) or of shed skins, eggs, dead bed bugs, etc. You may find it inside your mattress, in the box springs, or in the linens.

2) Bites – You should be seeing little red bites on you without really knowing why. People rarely catch bed bugs in the act – they come out when you are asleep, and only bite for a short period. Also, like many bugs, you cannot feel the bite until a few minutes after it happens. The bites are very hard to identify – most doctors actually can’t tell you for sure what they’re from just by looking at them.

3) Hiding places – Look in all the key spots where they could hide. This means the mattress and around it, folds in the linens, curtains, and nearby furniture. Look for the waste or dark spots. You probably won’t see live ones, but they look like little mini-cockroaches.

4) Catch them in the act – Keep a flashlight by your bed, and turn it on about an hour before dawn and watch the sheets closely for movement. Bed bugs usually bite around then, but if you get up or move too much they will go back into hiding. This can be hard to do – if you’ve only got a few of them, they only need to come out once a week or so anyway, so you might get unlucky and not see any, even though you have them.

5) Carpet tape – This is a great way to do it. Get some double-sided carpet tape (it’s tape designed to keep rugs stuck to the floor) and lay out strips around your bed, and on the sides of the mattress but where you won’t run into it when you sleep. Leave it out for a few days. If you’ve got bedbugs, it’s likely that at least a couple of them will get stuck on it.

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Stobbo Strikes Again March 21, 2011 at 5:51 am

Well, for a start, get some powder from your local pharmacy (chemist) and see if that does anything to help. Failing that you may have to get the whole place fumigated – and whilst you’re having that done you could ask them to spray the spam merchants as well – just to see if we can get rid of them as well!

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First March 21, 2011 at 6:23 am

Only few insects can give you such bites. Just to feel better, you should apply insecticide and wash/dry everything at high temperature, see link below.

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