No sleeping tight for me...
June 14, 2011 11:21 AM Subscribe
If these are bedbugs, can I treat them before I move? Should I?
posted by bookgirl18 to Health & Fitness (8 answers total)
So I have read the many other threads on bedbugs, and I've had a false bedbug scare before (as I think many NYCers have, every mosquito or dust mite turns into bedbugs!), so I would like to not panic.
I got back from a trip last Thursday night where the BF and I stayed in a cabin on a campsite. I actually checked the mattress before sleeping on it but couldn't find anything, and we both got plenty of mosquito bites from being outside, so it didn't even occur to me to think about bedbugs.
This morning, however, I woke up to find 3 or 4 little tiny bumps that look more like pimples or a rash across my chest. They don't itch like my mosquito bites or even really hurt, but they're definitely irritated or something. And there is a teeny tiny bloodstain on my sheets. I realize, of course, that neither of these things means I have the bugs. And I haven't SEEN a bug, nor any of its, er, casings or fecal matter. Could be an allergy, some other kind of rash, you name it.
The catch here is that I am moving all of my belongings up to Boston in exactly 2 weeks. I would like to not bring bugs with me into this beautiful new place, if that is what they are. Knowing my building, the exterminator won't even be able to make it over to check it out until I have to move.
The BF of course does not want bedbugs either, but (judging from the past scare) thinks I might be freaking out unnecessarily at this point. He may have a point. (OTOH my sister, who has developed an extreme bedbug phobia, now refuses to come over this evening for dinner like we were planning. Maybe paranoia is genetic.)
So, guys, how should I proceed? The person whose room I'm taking offered to sell me her mattress, but I declined, thinking I'd stick with one I trusted. (Ha!) Should I call her and see if her mattress is still available? Buy a case for my mattress? Put all my clothes and sheets in the dryer? Just throw away all of my belongings and buy new things once I get there? Not panic yet and see what happens? (Hehe.) It's SO difficult to avoid the little beasties these days in this city - I spose it's just dumb luck that I've managed to so far.
Thanks for listening, as always. :)