Are these bites from bed bugs or another insect?
Asked by: jhuitrado 4340 views Pest Control
We live in a 3 bedroom house with hardwood floors throughout (no carpet). About a month ago, we started noticing bites on our 3 yr old son. After doing some research, we removed his mattress and bunky board and inspected for signs of bed bugs. Although we didn’t find anything, we left these items outside while we assembled new beds we had previously purchased (just needed motivation to build, and this was it).
My 3 yr old and 6 yr son share a bedroom. We built the two captains beds over the weekend. We bought a new mattress for our 3 yr old to be safe. The bed design is like this: Mattress in a box, box on top of two dressers with ladder to get to raised bed (space saving design). I can email a picture for reference if you need to see it. During assembly, we found a dead bug in the middle of the floor that appears to be a bed bug. I saved it in a ziplock bag for reference in case you want a picture of it.
After about 3 weeks, my 3 yr old woke up with a line of bites once again. We immediately washed and hot dried all linens and put him back in bed the following night. After about 4 biteless nights, he woke up this morning with a new set of bites. His newer mattress has no sign of bed bugs (marks, blood, casings, exrement, etc…)
I don’t think we have an infestation (yet) but certainly want to prevent one. I have not found signs of any hiding places in the room. I want to utilize DE, but need your guidance on how to apply it considering our situation. Do we put under sheets? Should we spread around the bed where dressers touch the ground?
-No evidence of bites on older son, although he has always been in the same room.
-No evidence of bites outside of the boys’ bedroom. No bites from me or mom or baby sister.
-Bedroom has no other furniture. Only two new bed sets as described.
We are quite frustrated because we don’t know what to do. I would like to avoid contacting a pest control company unless it is really necessary.
Any advice you can provide would be greatly appreciated!!! Are these bites from bed bugs or another insect?