Please help my girlfriend before bloodsuckers drive her completely crazy.
May 14, 2012 6:41 AM Subscribe
Can you help me identify/fight back the bloodsuckers in our apartment?
posted by SpicyMustard to home & garden (6 answers total)
In August of 2011, my girlfriend and I moved into a 1BR apartment from where we had been living. About 1-2 months after we moved in, she started noticing medium-sized welts and bumps that itched and behaved like bug bites.
Initially, we feared bed bugs. I had recently replaced my creaky box springs with one that was gently used. But a close inspection of the box springs and mattress (in the folds and crevices) revealed none of the telltale signs of bedbug detritus, let alone the scoundrels themselves. The box spring was immaculate when we picked it up.
Regardless, I purchased diatomaceous earth, created traps around the bed legs, etc., but the bites continued.
A short time later, I caught a flea in the apartment. Thinking we had pinpointed the culprit (heheh), we gave the go ahead for the landlord to "bomb" the apartment for bedbugs and fleas.
The bites seemed to subside for a few weeks, but then they returned. My girlfriend has caught a flea herself, but other than that, we've never caught them in the act.
One important point i forgot to mention: If I am being bitten, I am showing no signs. I assume that I am and that I'm just not allergic, but she is the only one suffering.
Because the bombing seemed to provide a temporary respite, we ended up bombing three more times, despite my reservations.
Now she sleeps with two pairs of socks on, long underwear, and a fleece hoodie pulled up over her head. I desperately want to fix the problem, but I don't know what else to do.
A few things to know:
We have no pets.
We've never had an infestation like this before at any previous dwelling.
We have wood floors, no carpet
I guess my question is: where do we go from here? Is it worthwhile to call a professional exterminator? Would one be able to diagnose this, or do they just use the same chemicals, hoping for a different result?