08:44AM | 09/01/04
Member Since: 08/03/04
4 lifetime posts
I think I have bugs in my chair because both my husband and I have ended up with 5-10 red bits on the back of our thighs when we sat there in the last two weeks. The bites could be from somewhere else but I am pretty sure the chair is the common factor. Alsi, I am guessing they are bedbugs, but before I launch an all-out assault on them does anyone have other ideas on what they might be?

For what it is worth, we've had the chair for years with no problem. We don't get the bites while in bed or on other furniture (which makes me wonder if it is bed bugs - if it was them wouldn't they hitch a ride on us from the chair to other furniture and our bed?). Problem has only started in the past three weeks. During that time we've had a few guests sit in that chair but have not traveled ourselves. So if they are bed bugs not sure how they got there. Also, I keep my house quite clean. Not "Dutch Clean" but in that room, I vacuum more than weekly and do the floors weekly as well. The only thing I don't do often enough is dust. We also have a chow chow. She does not have fleas but she does shed a lot, so if I don't do the floors regularly I end up with dog hair rolling in clumps like tumbleweed along the floor. Anyway those are all the factors I can think of that might be impacting this situation. Would be grateful for any suggestions.


06:06AM | 09/14/04
Member Since: 09/10/04
8 lifetime posts
This could be a number of different bugs or mites. Some pets may be host to these critters. Pets can be bathed with a shampoo that removes the bugs. Most of these types of bugs need a host and very few can use humans as their host. Bath pets, vacuum furniture and floors every day. If that doesnt stop the bugs, you may have to call a pest control.

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03:03AM | 09/15/04
Member Since: 01/06/01
345 lifetime posts
RLR3703 - hi, please excuse my apparent nosiness. The link below will get you to a news article about a similar situation now being investigated in Kansas. Starting in late August, people in SE Kansas, SW Missouri, and possibly in Colorado have reported rashes from insect bites. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have sent staffers to help the Kansas Dept of Health and Environment iinvestigate it. If you live near Kansas or Missouri, or one of your recent guests was in that area, maybe it's related and maybe it's not.

You'll probably need to copy & paste the link into your browser so you can read the article. I felt this was worthy of posting for you - I hope you don't mind. Good luck! Jim D/West Point, VA


12:04PM | 09/16/04
Member Since: 08/03/04
4 lifetime posts
Thank you both for your responses! Jim, we are in R.I. and what those poor people went through sounds much worse than the problem I am having but I am certainly going to keep an eye out for follow-ups to that article you shared. Benca1, I appreciate your respose as well. I think I am going to invest in a vacuum with a high-efficiency filter and go after the chair. Would you suggest any sort of spray as well?


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