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Paying for a dog to inspect our apartment

When my fiancé and I moved to Stamford I started getting “hives” so I thought I was allergic to something. I suspected it could be bed bugs but my fiancé had no bites on him and after searching literally everything we owned and examining our mattress, we found nothing. We are very clean people with not a lot of clutter so we couldn’t imagine where they could possibly be hiding. I bought an allergy / eco mattress cover and hoped for the best. Every two weeks I kept getting hives that would last for 6-7 days. They were really big, perfectly round, red and really itchy. I went to the dermatologist multiple times. The first place I went to looked at me like I was crazy and said it was just a mosquito bite. I asked, “Are there mosquitos in late-October early November?” Again the hives came right on time, every two weeks in different areas. Always on the same side of my body and usually my arm, neck or leg. I didn’t wake up with them, They would appear in the afternoon or at night. We decided to seek out an exterminator to examine the apartment and found a place that would come and inspect for free before they decided whether or not we should pay for the dog inspection. The man was on his hands and knees with a magnifying glass and flashlight, searching everywhere. Under the bed, flipped the mattress over. Everything. He was incredibly thorough but did not find a thing. He told me to save my money because there was nothing here.

So, I was back to my allergy theory. I went to a different dermatologist who took a biopsy and said that it would determine whether it was a reaction from a bug bite, or from an allergy. The “results” came in that it was not from a big bite. I was relieved we didn’t pay for a bed bug inspection and was ready to figure out what I was allergic to. I had my blood tested, all negative. I had the patch test taped to my back for three days, nothing. I was told to just take Allegra every day because some people just get hives. This had all been going on for 5 months and now my wedding was rapidly approaching and I didn’t want to be walking down the aisle with red bumps on my arms and back. I finally went to a third dermatologist who right away said, “Those are bug bites, 100%.” It was also the same day we started noticing some on my fiancé. He was not having an allergic reaction like I was so they were harder to find on him, but they were there.

That’s when we decided once and for all we were paying for a dog to inspect our apartment. Karen from Quest was a pleasure to speak to on the phone and scheduled for Christie and Shauna to come over with their dog George. They did an incredible job inspecting the apartment and asking questions. We found a bed bug under the bed. Finally an end to this misery! I would tell anyone who has even the slightest suspicion as to having bed bugs… the dog is worth it and the people from Quest really care about your well-being.

Thank you so much!

– Bonnie