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I've never had bed bugs before, so I'm a total newbie here. Yesterday I woke up with a line of three small, red bites on my stomach that match the description of bed bug bites- I've heard about the whole "breakfast, lunch and dinner" pattern, so when I saw that there was a line of three, I immediately freaked. I called in sick to work and spent the day doing laundry, and brought my vacuum cleaner in for a long-overdue repair. I also picked up a spray bottle of stuff called EcoBugFree- the active ingredients are Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Chloride and Potassium Sorbate.

Yesterday I washed all my bedding and some clothing, and sprayed the mattress and bed frame/headboard/etc. with the EcoBugFree. After awhile I also sprayed everything with isopropyl alcohol, on a friend's recommendation. I had hoped that that would do the trick, but this morning I woke up with more bites, also around my waist, but this time closer to my back. I also noticed three or four other similar marks in the same region of my body, but I'm not sure if they happened Sunday night or last night. I'm hoping that, if they are bed bug bites, that it's just one bug that might have stowed away on me (maybe at a party I went to Saturday night, or simply riding the subway), and that I'll be able to kill it before it multiplies.

***My BIGGEST CONCERN is my cat. If you have resolved a bed bug problem and are a cat owner, especially if your cat sleeps in your bed with you (mine does), please advise as much as you can. Also, I live in a studio apartment, so it's not possible to shut my cat out of the bedroom or anything like that.***

The next steps I plan to take are vacuuming, applying DE, and I was also going to experiment with making some masking tape or duct tape barriers to catch the little sucker. I was thinking that tonight I would sleep on the bare mattress, with duct tape all around the edge, basically acting as human bait. I'm also going to continue applying the EcoBugFree and alcohol, as much as is possible without getting the DE wet.

It's also important to mention that I haven't actually seen ANY bugs, or sign of bugs. The problem with trying to find it, my bed sheets are dark red, so bloodstains don't show up, and my bedframe is wood, the same color brown as a bed bug might be. It's basically the perfect set-up for a bedbug to hideout in, which is why I'm optimistic about a tape trap doing the work for me.

Any advice? Feedback? Support? Could someone please send me some Xanax? The scotch is running low.

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