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Question DetailsAsked on 9/12/2012

How can I know that I have bedbugs?in a bed or chair.I am being bitten by something but my husband isn't.

I went to my doctor recently with a strange skin condition. she wasn't sure what it was. It was getting better with prednisone(drying up) but my medication is gone. It is coming back and itches . I remember some time ago feeling that I was being bitten by something while sitting in my chair. I use this chair much more than my husband. We sleep in the same bed and he has not been bothered with itching or being bit.. Do you have info or your site regarding bedbugs?

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Answered 7 years ago by Member Services


The postings listed have some great information.

Bed Bugs grow to be about a 1/8 of an inch so you can visually see them especially if they are coming to feed on you while sitting in chair.

About 50% of people are allergic to bed bug bites. It is not uncommon for one spouse to be effect while the other is not.

Andrew Deluca
Magic Exterminating

Answered 7 years ago by adeluca


There are a number of biting insects that 'could' cause localized skin iritation. However, the odds of any one of them biting once, followed by the wound begining to heal, and then biting again in the same location are very small.

The only remote possiblility would be as a result of necrotic tissue damage after a single spider bite. Our bodies sometimes have trouble breaking down the toxin from the spider bite, and the wound can become almost ulcerous as we 'give up' tissue to protect the area surounding the bite.

You could also potentially develop an allergic reaction or infection from the bactreia carried on the mouth parts of mites, bed bugs, fleas, ticks or chiggers. Most of these insects would cause same degree of discomfort during the bite, and you would have noticed when this occurred. The exception would be bed bugs as they are nocturnal for the most part and bite when we are asleep. The wound may have begun to heal, but after initial healing the bacterial infection can begin to itch or prevent full healing.

More often than not, a single bite is not the result of an infestation, but rather an isolated incident or environmental irritant.

Don't assume that a "bug" is causing the problem unless you can clearly identify the culprit. In the absence of a captured bug your first step should be to consult with a medical professional such to rule out some of these other causes.

Common sense says...

Keep the wound clean.

Do not scratch the wound.

Try an anti-bacterial ointment.

If the symptoms get worse or do not get any better - see the doctor.

Based on the information you provided - You do not require pest treament.

Answered 7 years ago by Don's Pest Control


If you'd like to learn how to inspect both a mattress and a chair for bed bugs, there are two video clips on this webpage that show you exacly what to do. I hope it helps! :)

Rose Pest Solutions

Answered 7 years ago by Janelle


The only way that you will know for sure is to get a pest inspection by a quality pest control service. And they may not even find the bed bugs. If you are getting bit at night on exposed skin that would be one indicator. Alsobed bugs are always transported in so have you traveled lately and stayed in a hotel. Have you had guests. Have you gitten used furniture, there are a lot of variables. How long have you lived in the house. These are all factors in determining the issues. Do you have pets that come in and out of the house. Could be chiggers or fleas.

Answered 7 years ago by Guest_9164266

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