Do we have bedbugs or fleas?
July 11, 2014 11:04 AM Subscribe
Moved into a house 2 months ago. Got a dog. Getting bites. Can't find critters. Snowflakes inside.
posted by Bluestocking_Puppet to Home & Garden (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My boyfriend and I moved into a (rental) house 2 months ago. We experienced mild bites, nothing serious. Then we got a dog. Though he has been de-flead, and we give him sentinel and bathe him regularly, we definitely noticed that he bites and scratches himself. We also noticed an uptick in bites on ourselves upon his arrival. My torso is covered with them, and they're red and inflamed (I'm allergic to bug bites). My boyfriend is getting bites behind his knees and on his inner thighs.
I'm bedbug-phobic, and frequently check our room, the mattress, crevices, etc for blood spots and fecal matter. Nothing. I did, once, have a flea jump up on me when I was sitting on the couch. So, we assumed this was fleas. But when we called a pest control place, they kept telling us we'd have more fleas jumping up on us, that this was likely bedbugs.
Here's the real kicker: we're at-will tenants. Meaning we have no lease, and our landlords have very little obligation to us, in return. We're poor grad students who can't afford a fleet of bedbug-checking beagles and a big pest treatment. But I'm going crazy with these bites.
What does this sound like to you, pest-knowers of MeFi? Bedbugs? Fleas? Scabies?