Bug Bites or Skin Disorder? Please help me Identify!
I have these bites on my body all over the place, and I have been trying to fight to get rid of them for about 5 months now. These bites could be anything. They usually appear when I wake up. Flea bites and Bed Bug bites can look alike. These bites appear just a tiny bit smaller than a mosquito bite, and that's what they look like when they first appear. Then they start to get really itchy, and about a day or two later, the bites turn a dark red. Bed Bugs and Fleas can leave that kind of marking. Can you feel bed bugs crawling on your skin or biting you at night time? Because I feel things crawling on my skin and biting me. I can also see what is crawling on my skin. Can you see bed bugs on your body? They do not look like bed bugs, they don't have a round figure like a bed bug. These insects or whatever look skinny with a darker back.
These bites appear all over the place. Mostly on my ankles and feet. At times I would get them on my hip, back, neck, on my forehead, and on my bottom. I don't know if this is a skin disorder or what. I don't know if these are bed bugs because they can bite all over your body, but fleas usually bite around the feet. I'm mostly getting bit on my feet than any other area.
I have tried bombing the room 5 times, I've sprayed around the borders of my room with Home Defense Max, I have vacuumed and dusted several times. Also, my cats have not recieved a bath for months and they have not had any flea medications. I live with my parents, and it's their cats as well. What does it take to get rid of these pests? Or is it a skin disorder of some kind? Please help me figure it out! Thanks.
Last edited by JustMcCollum1; 01-05-2010 at 01:58 PM.
Re: Bug Bites or Skin Disorder? Please help me Identify!
I have the same thing, but I cant see any bugs or anything. I feel them crawling and biting me but nothing is there when I look. I wish some one else would reply and help us out. I am miserable...as Im sure you are....
Re: Bug Bites or Skin Disorder? Please help me Identify!
Having read your post I sit here in total bisbelief, you share your bed with bugs/insects and have put up with this for 5 months????? Man I wouldn't last 5 minutes.
Bed bugs...nasty little b**tards and so hard to get rid of. Can be picked up from travelling very, very easily as they can get right into the seams of your case/luggage and hitch a ride, lying dormant for years, and once they establish a nest/laying area the problems really start. They come in a variety of sizes as they progress through their life stages and the small ones are hardly visible to the naked eye, fairly clear in colour and flat like paper, the big ones on the other hand tend to be brown but the same shape. When they have had a fill of your blood they will appear red and round. Either way they are totally yuuukkkkkk!!! They move very quick aswell so often hard to see because they have gone into hiding by the time you turn the light on and look for them. You will feel them run over you but they have an anasthetic in their saliva so will not always feel them bite you. In fact bite is not really the right word, they have a barbed beak like mouth which they stick into you and suck through. They cannot just stick it in they have to repeatedly push it until it breaks through so in microscopic detail they look like they are repeatedly head-butting your skin. The lumps last a few days, can itch like hell and look very unsightly if on visible areas like face, hands, neck or even eyelids.
I have had experience of these on my travels and would suggest the following;
Check your sheets for blood spots and smears, between their excrement and squashing them in your sleep the sheets will show little red/black spots. If you squish a big one there may be remnants of the damn things there too. Now lift the sheets off your bed and go around the seams of your mattress very closely looking for either bugs or the tell tale black spots of a nesting area. You probably won't see eggs but you will see the newly hatched bugs. The area may smell sweet and musty too. Other areas to check are the edges of your carpet, backs and seams of curtains and around plug sockets. They will live anywhere so check eveywhere.
If you do have them then do the following;
First of all check the rest of the house to make sure they havent spread. Look at blocking holes between rooms to prevent re-infestation. Check lofts and roof hatches, if they're up there too they will just come through light fixtures, gaps and cracks. Take your mattress outside and burn it, they will happily thrive inside a mattress, get a new one. Likewise with the bed and pillows if it is possible to harbour bugs inside get a new one. Boil wash your bedding - some people believe leaving your pillow and bedding in deep freeze overnight works but believe me it doesn't. MOST IMPORTANTLY call in professional help. Pest controllers are trained and equipped in the most effective and safest ways to send the little s**ts to the afterlife, and often guarantee against re-infestation.
Whether its bed bugs, fleas or whatever, there are a few things you can do to minimise the risk of bug infestation in your house;
1) Keep a tidy house, vaccuum all areas regularly, paying close attention to the areas like under furniture, under beds and behind wardrobes. Although it doesn't matter how clean your house is to get an infestation it is fairly obvious that by keeping the area clean will prevent nesting areas from establishing.
2) Do not stack old books or paperwork on the floor. These are often favoured nesting areas of lots of insects as dust accumulates and provides everything they need for a happy life.
3) Set ground rules for your animals. Cats are not, as many believe, clean animals. They wash in their own spit and bring in all kinds of bugs and insects from the garden or the birds/rats/rodents they have killed and eaten. They dig in the garden and lick their own back sides. Keep them off the tables and kitchen work-tops and most importantly keep them out of the bedroom. Keep their flea and worm meds up to date to prevent infestations to your home and to them, they shouldn't have to suffer the discomfort of fleas ever. An owner who doesn't sort out their pet's fleas is a cruel owner.
4) If you are a regular traveller then try to minimise how many times you take your luggage into your bedroom or carpetted areas. Try to empty dirty laundry straight into the washing maching when you get home and keep the cases away from your bed until you have sprayed it with one of a mulitude of bug sprays available.
5) Regularly change bed clothes and vacuum your mattress when you do. Reducing dust build up prevents bugs, parasites odours and breathing disorders.
Without actually seeing the bugs in question I wouldn't know if they are indeed bed bugs, and to be honest I don't want to see them or photos of them, but I hope that what I have said helps you in some way.
Best of luck....I think you'll need it.
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