“Is it bed bug poo?” Introducing Bed Bug Blue

by nobugsonme on February 29, 2012 · 10 comments

in bed bug detection, bed bugs

BedBug Blue Product Shot

“Is it bed bug poo?”

Good news: it is now going to get a bit easier to answer that question.

A new product from David James (inventor of the PacktitePacktite Closet, and the Bed Bug Beacon) is being launched this week, to be manufactured by Cold Pine LLC and distributed by Packtite.

Bed Bug Blue (TM) is designed to detect bed bug fecal stains. (In fact, it confirms the trace was left by a blood-feeding insect, as opposed to a cockroach* or some other pest.)

This kit is super portable too, consisting of a bottle of solution, some cotton swabs, and a special paper. The video below explains how Bed Bug Blue works.

(Click here to watch the video on YouTube instead.)

Bedbugger Forum readers have been hearing about this product for some time, and some professionals have been testing it in the field.

So far, the reports we’ve heard from have been very positive — here’s a testing report from David Cain (of Bed Bugs Ltd. in the UK), and here’s a review from John Furman (of Boot-a-Pest, known on our forums as “KillerQueen”).

We can see all kinds of applications for this, including consumers testing at home, professionals confirming a spot is fecal, and so on.

While kits already exist which can confirm whether a stain is blood, fecal detection is infinitely more useful where bed bugs are suspected.

I understand this product will first be available to professionals and then to consumers also. I hope to have information from you on product availability very soon. See below for information on purchasing this product.

Update 2/29/2012:

David James has confirmed that consumers will be able to purchase the professional kits.  The difference between these and the consumer version to be available in the near future is that the pro kits have enough product to conduct about 100 tests, and the consumer kits will have enough product for about 9-10 tests.

The product will be sold by US Bed Bugs (and many others, I am sure).

Update 3/4/2012:

*Entomologist Lou Sorkin has described a situation in the comments below in which cockroaches might become “blood-feeders”- namely, a crime scene, where blood had been spilled for cockroaches to feed on.

Good to know!

Update 3/5/2012:

Bed Bug Blue is now for sale at US Bed Bugs. You can click here to view or purchase the Professional Kit which contains enough tape and fluid for 100 tests, priced at $99, or the consumer version (enough for 9 tests), currently $28.95.

Please note: purchasing through the link above or the US Bed Bugs banners helps support the site at no cost to you. See our Disclosure Policy for more on that.

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1 Winston O. Buggy February 29, 2012 at 4:45 pm

While I admire David James innovations and products, damp Q tips have been used for flea and bed bug feces for years, with the exception of in rusty areas. Of course for novices and for those who are in a panic and must know 100% this is an option I imagine.

2 nobugsonme February 29, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Thanks for your comment, Winston.

I guess I am not entirely clear on this: what exactly is a damp q-tip with water confirming? How does this work?

Thanks again.

3 bed-bugscouk February 29, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Hi Winston,

This is not the same as a damp Q tip by any stretch of the imagination. There are many substances that look the same as a faecal trace when smeared with saliva or water but to date we have not found anything that fools this test other than bedbug faecal material.

Although my team are more than capable of confirming faecal from distances between 1 meter and 3 meters we all find that the confidence a customer gains from this kind of test is vital in offering the highest possible standard of professional service.

If nothing else this test will stop unecessary treatments by offering 100% confirmation rather than a visual opinion.

It is certainly a tool to seperate the men from the boys and I think it will easily get bedbug product 2012.

David Cain
Bed Bugs Limited

4 loubugs March 1, 2012 at 9:47 am

“While I admire David James innovations and products, damp Q tips have been used for flea and bed bug feces for years, with the exception of in rusty areas. “

I’ve got to agree with David Cain and also note that a damp Q-tip is not a presumptive test for blood.

“Bed Bug Blue (TM) is designed to detect bed bug fecal stains. (In fact, it confirms the trace was left by a blood-feeding insect, as opposed to a cockroach or some other pest.)”

But have to disagree with part of David James’ statement regarding cockroaches. In certain forensic investigations that I’ve consulted on, cockroaches (and also adult muscoid flies) have fed on blood at the crime scene and their droppings would, indeed, react positively in his test system, since I suspect it is a presumptive blood test rather than a specific bed bug fecal test. The insect droppings in certain homicide situations had initially been identified as blood spatter from a gun or knife wound even in rooms where there were no corpses. Further investigations of cockroaches and cockroach blood feeding demonstrated that the spatter was, in fact, cockroach fecal droppings and not spatter from bullet or knife impact wounds.

5 loubugs March 1, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Just to clarify in regard to my post, I was referring to David Cain’s response to Winston’s post that I had listed in quotes.

6 nobugsonme March 4, 2012 at 3:59 am

Thanks, Lou!

I took the liberty of adding block indentation to your post using the “block quote” feature in the WYSIWYG editor. That should make the quotes more obvious above.

Also, I added the following updates:

Update 2/29/2012:

David James has confirmed that consumers will be able to purchase the professional kits. The difference between these and the consumer version to be available in the near future is that the pro kits have enough product to conduct about 100 tests, and the consumer kits will have enough product for about 9-10 tests.

The product will be sold by US Bed Bugs (and many others, I am sure).

Update 3/4/2012:

Entomologist Lou Sorkin has described a situation in the comments below in which cockroaches might become “blood-feeders”- namely, a crime scene, where blood had been spilled for cockroaches to feed on.

Good to know!

7 nobugsonme March 6, 2012 at 9:59 am

Update 3/5/2012:

Bed Bug Blue is now for sale at US Bed Bugs. You can click here to view or purchase the Professional Kit which contains enough tape and fluid for 100 tests, priced at $99.

We understand the smaller consumer version of the kit (enough for 20 tests) will be available on about March 28, 2012 and may cost $29.95. This is subject to change.

Please note: purchasing through the link above or the US Bed Bugs banners helps support the site at no cost to you. See our Disclosure Policy for more on that.

8 nobugsonme April 10, 2012 at 12:24 am

In reference to this blog post (and apparently disregarding Lou Sorkin’s and David Cain’s comments above), Bell Environmental’s blog is recommending people use water to determine whether a spot is bed bug fecal:

http://blog.bell-environmental.com/2012/04/heres-a-neat-trick-that-will-save-you-money/

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