Bedbugs vs lice (can't believe I'm rooting for lice)
August 17, 2011 2:57 PM Subscribe
The exterminator says it's a mild case of bedbugs. Is he almost certainly right? I don't have any bites and I don't want to go through an unnecessary fumigation. Could it be lice or something instead?
posted by toomuchkatherine to home & garden (14 answers total)
A little over a week ago, a gentleman friend and I started feeling very itchy at night at my apartment. We continued to feel itchy all day. This happened a couple of days in a row. One morning, I found some stuff on top of the sheets that looked a lot like a picture of bedbug eggs and droppings that we found online. For the last few days I've been feeling itchy both at night and in the day, but haven't found any actual bites. Today the exterminator came to do an inspection. He said that the the white things I found were bedbug eggs, and he presented me with something he found in my mattress seam that looked like just a tiny speck to me, but he said it was a bedbug. His co-worker said that I was lucky as it's a pretty mild infestation.
My question is, is it necessarily a bedgbug infestation at all? I itch, but I can't find any bites on me. The gentleman friend had recently been working at a school where one of the kids had head lice. (We looked for but didn't find lice, either. But my head has been itching, and I don't think that's typical of bedbugs?) Maybe this is just wishful thinking, since I don't look forward to preparing for fumigation or having my home chemical-bombed. Do you think the exterminator was probably right? Bedbugs for me is more business for him, after all. Would you go ahead with the bedbug treatment if you were in my shoes?
(FWIW, I live in New York and apparently this building has had infestations before.)