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Tillie
Posted: 19 September 2020 - 10:40 AM
Hi Sharon
Thanks for the update. :)

That's really great that you are motivated to reduce the amount of stuff in your home.
With fewer things it is easier to clean and vacuum places more often and all bugs hate that.

Tell the Kitty he will just have to get used to you being there more. :D

Please let us know how you are doing, we look forward to hearing from you.
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Sharon S
Posted: 19 September 2020 - 09:08 AM
Hi, doing good. Although these bed bugs were a nightmare, they were in a way a blessing. I had to move alot of things out into the garage and it has made me rethink about bringing it back in. I also am more motivated to get rid of my other stuff. I don't want to offer areas for bugs to hide in ever again. More time at home, thanks to COVID is helping to, making strides but it is a slow process.

Yes, I still have my cat. He isn't liking the cooler temperatures and is under the covers on the bed. Think he would be happier if I left the house more. I interrupt his sleep time to much now.
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Tatoulia
Posted: 03 September 2020 - 09:39 PM
Sharon thank you for the update. How are you in general? Do you still have your 🐈?
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Tillie
Posted: 03 September 2020 - 07:20 PM
Hi Sharon

That must have been miserably hot.
Hope you never have to go through something like that again.

Best wishes 🐱‍👤
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Sharon S
Posted: 03 September 2020 - 05:37 PM
In conclusion, it turns out I had bed bugs. The nightmare finally ended on a hot summer day, when I closed off the bedroom and turned on two space heaters and got a steam cleaner. I was in the bedroom steaming the bed thoroughly. Thought this ended two years ago, I believe I had the room closed off and steaming for about four hours. This concluded my problem. I hope it can help someone else.
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Tillie
Posted: 18 August 2018 - 11:26 AM
Hi Sharon
Sounds like you are doing a pretty good job trying to get this under control.
I am hoping that with what you are doing and the changing seasons will help to eradicate these pasts.
Once the cold weather comes they will be dormant and not rapidly reproducing to give you a good chance of killing off the remainders.
Best of luck.
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Tatoulia
Posted: 18 August 2018 - 09:04 AM
Sending you strength and peace.
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Sharon
Posted: 18 August 2018 - 06:50 AM
Thank you for everyone's responses. It has been a hellish two weeks. Treating my case as bed bugs, they are too small to identify even under a magnify glass. Most of my bedroom/living room has been cleared and now in the garage or cars. The cars got to 130 degree in the sun, but not confident that took care of them, as the blankets did have cool spots in the center. Invested in a steamer and since than three nights now no bites and none on the cat too. My cat had scabs on the bottom of his ear. This was just heartbreaking to me, as the more I covered up and they avoided me they went to him. I still haven't found where they are, but seen overall about six stragglers.

I will not get over confident again either. I brought in my two cushions from the couch, pillow and a notebook from the garage and once inside I seen a bug on the notebook. Tomorrow I will sort through the garage mess and determine my absolute essentials for the winter and the rest, the cold WI winters can deal with. As for the house I will just keep on steaming/vacuuming.

I'm pretty emotionally drained and other than my neighbors /store haven't been out much. Everything I did made matters worse, sealing the baseboard was a mess, one board had to be removed and than I put a hole in the wall. This is when I produced my first and only tears.

Today marks a turn around going to see family/friends (God help me if anyone makes a bug joke) and try to eat/drink better and get a somewhat order to the house. On the plus side got rid of some junk, since it is now closer to the garbage than the house now. :)
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Anonymoniker
Posted: 28 July 2018 - 10:24 PM
Sharon, wow, you got that happening quickly! That is fantastic! I hope it works for whatever it is?! Just be careful about breathing it in. Im figuring you know to vacuum it up later, and i think with certain bugs, theres an egg or larva stage where they arent killed by it, so repeating that process in like 2 weeks is needed.
~Good Luck!~ :D
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Sharon
Posted: 28 July 2018 - 06:49 PM
Anonymoniker - thanks, Diatomaceouus Earth is just what I bought. I put a layer over my bed and on the carpet and under the door. I closed off the room and won't enter it for 3 days. Note: didn't move my mini hoard, on the side of the bed, a box, backpack, luggage and books. Bedding is bagged and in the garage for the next 2 weeks.

Still don't know for certain what I am dealing with but narrowed it down. It seems all this started when a friends dog scratched my forearm. The scratch got little bumps around it and this seems to be a sign of scabies. My friend is also a nurse and she doesn't think this is the case, as the dog doesn't have scabies. We have talked about bed bugs, lice and fleas, but so far I have not seen anything. Primarily they seem to be in the bedroom, though some have found my new place in the living room.

Thinking of calling the hospital to see if I should go to my regular Dr appt on Wed or come to the ER, as to not cause possible transfer to others.

I have less bites, but now have a rash because I put Borax on in the shower. It looks bad but doesn't bother me.

Well it is my least favorite part of the day, dusk and my little friends are out for a snack. I'm leaving to see a band but I will still feel them biting me (a pin prick), since they go shopping and seen last nights band too, AGH!!
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Anonymoniker
Posted: 28 July 2018 - 11:33 AM
Hi, Sharon! Im so sorry you are going through this? You might want to try diatomacious earth, which is cheap, non-toxic, and works better than anything ive tried for tiny bugs(which i deal with a lot where i live).
~Good luck!~
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Tatoulia
Posted: 27 July 2018 - 05:17 PM
Keep us posted, Sharon. Sending you support.
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Tillie
Posted: 26 July 2018 - 10:12 PM
Hi Sharon

How horrible!
Hope you can find a solution ASAP.
Keep the wounds clean, maybe apply some caladryl lotion to the nasty bites.
Wishing you a hasty resolution to this hideous invisible attacker. (((HUGS)))
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Sharon
Posted: 26 July 2018 - 06:42 PM
Beyond frustrated and have no one else to "talk" to. The past couple nights I've been experiencing small red welts, primarily on right thigh and left arm. I've ruled out bed bugs, as I've experienced/viewed a "bite" from an invisible attacker. I'm guessing a rodent mite, though I've never had mice in the house. I need to check the attic, but saving that for daylight hours.

Have a Dr appt, but not til next Wed. Now just washing, putting sheets/blanket in the freezer and vacuuming. These creatures didn't like that and they showed their appreciation by having their evening snack on my thigh again and a bonus one on my cheek.

Wish I knew for sure what this evil is, so I could fog the bedroom and leave town for a few days. I want to move to the couch, but afraid they will find me and infest that area too, if not already. I worry about my cat too. He seems fine though.

Thanks for reading, just needed to vent. Just feel so helpless, fighting an invisible evil.

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