During ny senior year in college I was living in an old house off-campus. The house had problems such as major flooding in the basement, and the siding was falling off. Birds were living in the gaps of the siding, and there were two nests in the wall of my room. At the end of February it had started to get pretty warm and the snow began to melt. I woke up with four bites on my arm, thought it was a spider, washed my sheets, and did not think anything about it. That night my entire body severely itched, and I woke up the next morning with bites covering my entire body. I counted around one hundred. I went to the school nurse, and she determined they look like bug bites. She guessed bed bugs.
An exterminator was coming later that day. I told him about the problem, and he checked my bed for bed bugs. He did not find anything, nor did I have blood on my sheets. I had heard about people having trouble with bird mites and drew the conclusion this was the problem because of the two birds living in my wall. Later that day I called our handyman again about the nests and watched him extract two. I went home and went to the doctor the next day. She gave me permethrin because I continued to get bites even though I was at home in new clothes and steroids. I abandoned everything in my room at that house and moved into my sorority house.