Summer buggin', happened so fast
August 15, 2014 6:16 AM Subscribe
I have some kind of seasonal bug bites and it's freaking me out and driving me crazy. What is going on!?
Every year, around late-summer through October, I start getting random unexplained bites while I sleep, usually on my arms, sometimes on other appendages. (This year, so far, it's just been on my arms and neck.) They're a weird collection of bites: Some look exactly like mosquito bites, some are itty bitty pinpricks, some balloon up to massive proportions, some show up in groups, some are completely alone and random.
I then go through the ensuing panic about bedbugs, examining my mattress, looking for sets of bites, trawling the bedbugger forum in utter terror. Etcetera. Nothing. And then the first chill comes and it usually stops immediately or soon after.
Five years of this. This has happened in three different apartments, multiple mattresses. My wardrobe has changed. I don't think I have any pieces of furniture that are the same as the first time this happened. The only similarity is the season and the location (NYC).
So I'm at a loss. I'm tired of totally panicking every time this happens. A few qualifying factors: I have cats, although I have only had them for a year and a half. I don't own any houseplants. Right now, I'm living in a shithole where there are about 30 different places bugs could get in because I'm pretty sure the building was constructed by a drunk person.
Also, I rarely leave the house because I work from home and I don't buy furniture off Craigslist.
And mosquitoes love me. I have no doubt that at least some of these bites are mosquitoes. We have seen lots of mosquitoes in our apartment. Maybe all of the bites are (hallelujah!?), but they don't all look like mosquito bites.
Last: I found my cat in hot pursuit of an itty bitty brown insect crawling between the floorboards the other day. From all my experience staring at bedbug pictures online, I don't think this is a bedbug — it was much too skinny, not rounded, and about 3-5mm long. I didn't think much of it at the time but now I'm panicking.
ALSO: I am aware it still could be bedbugs. I am SO AWARE. But I'm looking for other things that could be going on because so far bedbugs has come up inconclusive.
I'm trying to move and rent out my room so I'd like to get this figured out. Thank you!