“Is it bed bug poo?”
Good news: it is now going to get a bit easier to answer that question.
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.
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).
*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!
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.
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