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Itchy bites, NOT mosquito

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  • Posted By: RachaelMC
  • August 4, 2010
  • 07:47 AM


Okay, this is lengthy. I have recently started getting bites on my body, mostly on my legs but one on my arm and even one on my **m! They are basically just like mosquito bites- raised bump, itchy, maddening. There are two close together on one leg but overall only about six or seven bites.

Reasons to rule out mosquitoes:

I live in an arid region and they are not very common in the area.
My job keeps me indoors basically all day.
I am getting bites where clothes usually cover me.
I have never felt anything bite me.

Reasons to suspect mosquitoes:

They look (and feel) just like mosq. bites.
Though not so common where I live, they are around.

Reasons to rule out bedbugs:

My room is slightly untidy, but not a mess.
No bugs or signs of them anywhere in the room.
Nobody else has slept in my bed for months (though we have had plenty of guests lately in other rooms), or left their things in my room.
Only a few bites, when most pictures I have seen show many.
They don't really look like pictures I have seen online.

Reasons to suspect bedbugs:

The two close together (could be coincidence)
My nephew came to visit and showed me two bites close together on his leg. (We have had many other guests, too.)
I work closely with people and we keep our uniforms together.
I just came back from a university dorm, which is known to have had infestations of practically everything.

Overall I suspect bedbugs. Which I am really creeped out by (not to mention removal could be difficult/expensive). Thoughts? Any other suggestions? :confused:

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