What bit me up while I slept?
August 10, 2010 5:50 AM Subscribe
I have a pretty specific set of questions about what might've bitten the hell out of me while I slept the other night.
posted by Rudy Gerner to health & fitness (13 answers total)
At first I thought it was bedbugs. I twice woke up (once from a midday nap, once from sleeping through the night) with itchy bites that looked not unlike mosquito bites, except some were clustered in small groups while others were just single bites. The bites were itchy reddish welts but they went down almost completely within a couple of hours. Also, I never got bit when I was in my room awake, working on my bed or at my desk. Only when I was asleep. This all made me think bedbugs. Then I read a bunch of AskMe threads tagged "bedbugs" and did a lot of googling.
Neither I nor an exterminator could find the telltale bedbug evidence (dead bedbug bodies, blood, fecal stains) in my bedding or my bed frame or anywhere else. Also, when I woke up this morning, I was bite free.
I have noticed a bunch of spiders hanging out right near my bed, cobweb and all. There's also a tiny hole where the carpet meets the wall and I've seen spiders scurrying in and out of there.
Is it possible I was the main course of a two-time spider buffet? I would love for this not to be bedbugs but I don't want to fool myself! I have another exterminator coming today to inspect but I am wondering if other folks have had similar experiences and can share what their pestilence turned out to be.
If one does have bedbugs, is it common to NOT get bitten up one night? Do they go on hiatus ever? It was my understanding that as long as you had them, you get the hell bitten out of you as long as you're sleeping in your bed. Am I off here?
Thanks a lot.