March 18, 2018 at 12:20 PM #80268
Hello! I apologize in advance, as this will be very long and thank you for reading.
So, almost 2 months ago (1/24 to be exact), my 8-year old son showed me two bites, one on the top of each foot. I didn’t think too much of it, because I thought I had actually seen something flying around my kitchen. A few days later, I noticed some itchy bumps – 4 scattered around my torso, then later one on my inner thigh/calf. A day or 2 later siting on the couch, i felt something itch, saw what looked like a welt on my toe, then the next day it turned into a blister. By this point, after researching my fear was that it was bedbugs as we haven’t had a cat since August of last year. I thought the used car I had just purchased had them. My son had about 7-8 bites appear (at least) on his neck/in his hair, shoulders, and one right above his butt. 3 days later he had 3 bite-looking things about 4 inches apart on his back. Then some more on his leg, then one morning I noticed 9 bites spread out on his torso, then the next day some time there were about 6 on his calf/ankle! I freaked out at this point, but a few days earlier a PCO inspected his bed, my bed and our sofa and found nothing. However, a dermatologist thought they looked like bites, while his dr. thought “viral hives” (nope). In between his bites, I had bumps appear again – 2 on my lower back, 2 right outside my butt cheek, one on my calf and 2 just above my left foot. I was freaking out by this point, so had a bedbug sniffing dog come out. The dog alerted to 10 spots in our 3100 ft square foot house (one of which was my husband’s truck, which after his thorough searching turned up stinkbug eggs and a dead stinkbug). No visual confirmation has ever been found of bedbugs. However, I found a PCO who would come out to treat based on dog’s alerts so I was going to have them come. 2 days before they were to come while changing my bedsheets, I see a bug crawling across the bed! I was 99% sure it wasn’t a bedbug, but posted it to a site and later texted to the PCO who was going to treat. Both replied that it was a flea! That would definitely explain my most recent bites around my ankle. My daughter also appeared with 10 bites on her back – some in a cluster, a group of 2, then 2 in a row and a few scattered – around the same time. We do have wildlife nearby, plus a poor seal on our deck sliding glass doors (and an opossum was looking at us through those doors the other day) so bugs get in frequently. My fear is, however, that we have both bedbugs and fleas! Oh, the PCO came out anyway this Friday, again found no visual evidence of bedbugs (although we got rid of my son’s bookcase that the dog alerted on and heat treated all his books). I am still worried that we have both. The PCO used a dusting of Cimexa around baseboards of the whole house and around bed/bed frame and I believe used another general crawling insect insecticide.
If you had fleas without pets, what did you do to treat?
Thanks again for reading. I know no one can really answer yes or no for me, but just looking for similar circumstances.May 2, 2018 at 8:22 AM #81510
This is kind of long too. I just hope it helps you. Thank you!
I recently went through the same kind of situation. My Grandson showed up at my sister’s house with 2 bites on his ankles. Right away I was blamed for having fleas! Although, it has been 2 yrs since I’ve had a pet in my house. He was always treated with Frontline and my yard with Seven. I did dog sit my Nephew’s dog for a weekend and my Daughter’s boyfriend’s dog came to stay for a few days. Don’t want to point fingers because I really don’t know which one bought the little critters with. I first used Borax all over my house. And to my surprise I had a dust pan full of dead fleas. I couldn’t believe the amount of dead bugs. Freaked me out. So, I went on a cleaning rampage. I also treated areas (basements, garage and perimeters) with Tempo. Very strong stuff and you have to be careful using it and stripping down and washing all clothes worn immediately. And a shower for myself. I had used this before when I had a fly infestation. Works great! Then I sent for Ultracide. This is another strong spray that I purchased directly from an Exterminator when I lived in Florida. But, you have to use something with an IGR (Insect Growth Regulator) to kill off the eggs and adult female fleas. Great stuff and it has a residual effect for 7 months. I ordered it off the internet. $20.00 for a large can that works on 1,000 sq ft. I’ve ordered 2 cans, 1 for the initial treatment and the 2nd one for a follow up spray a week after the first. Making sure you get the whole cycle covered. So, I was feeling pretty proud of myself for tackling this dilemma . But, I’ll be darned more bites on my Grandson. And then, I saw a live bug and it wasn’t a flea, it was a bed bug I was told. Now, I’ve never had a problem with them before so I had to research bed bugs. I’m so sick and tired of reading about bugs, infestations, treatments and worst of all – a recurrence! I’m ready for the funny farm! But, because I love my Grandchildren and myself (not ready to be committed just yet). I proceeded with more cleaning and more sprays and more powders and some oils and alcohol spray (the 91% kind) I think I’m finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.
My heart goes out to you. It’s exhausting. And being double whacked on top of it all. Just keep believing “It too shall pass.” So know that you are not alone in this bizarre mess. I’m right there with you. And I bet we are not the only ones. Keep up the good work, it will pay off. And sit with your feet up and have a relaxing drink – YOU deserve it!