Are these bed bug fecal/blood stains? PLEASE HELP(4 posts)
I have some sort of stains/blood stains showing up pretty consistently on my bedding/pillowcases. Sometimes they're just light orange with a ring around them, but other times they're most definitely blood stains often with the same faint outline/ring around them...I have also shown bites, usually in lines of three, lately they've looked like pimples but when I first noticed 4 on my arm they loks more like mosquito bites.
The above pictures are from a day ago, the stains happened over the course of one night.
Does anyone know what these stains could be from if not beg bugs??
John, from Boot-a-pest came over and checked the bed/couch about 2 weeks ago and found nothing, he looked for about 20 minutes and seemed very sure there were no bugs, I just have no clue as to what these stains are!
The stains are fresh blood which could be from a host of different things and certainly not just bedbugs.
If John gave you the all clear I would suspect that you can rule out bedbugs. The best link out there for unknown reactions is Prof Potters file link below:
I also host a number of useful documents which can be found here:
Hope this helps you to identify the cause of the problem.
Bed Bugs Limited
Thank you for the response! Has anyone with known bed bugs had spots on their sheets such as these? If not has anyone found out the cause of such stains after a litte research?
I'm wondering what the best way is of getting rid of whatever pest I have. I asked John when he was at my house and he gave a pretty simple "it could be anything" answer which is a little offputting given the high price tag of what turned out to be a momentary inspection...if an exterminator can't tell me what I have living in my apartment, who am I supposed to ask??
More importantly, it's not reassuring/helpful to be told "you don't have beg bugs" if the blood spots keep showing up on the bedding with no explanation...frankly I don't care "what" I have, I just need it taken care of...isn't that what an exterminator is supposed to do? That is, to find out what is causing the problem(s) and deal with the situation accordingly?
If anyone has run across these problems before please advise, I just want a decent night's sleep at my own apartment!
Blood spots like this are a non confirming sign. They can happen in some cases of bedbugs not not all cases. They are too variable to use as a diagnostic.
They can also occur with many other things including but not limited to:
- Dust mite allergy- microscopic mites that live inside the matteress
- Other mite reaction - numerous other microscopic mites
- Bird mites
- Carpet beetle allergy - brachiating urticaria
- Medical condition - some antibiotics can cause "bite like" reaction
- Food allergy
- Contact allergy - washing powder etc
If you have been told its not bedbugs that is actually very good news.
I appreciate that you simply want to know what it is but pest controllers can usually only rule out the main pest ones, after that with mites its often an issue for an entomologist to look into or its a medical issue and in which case you need to see a medical professional.
All good pest professionals follow a simple rule of identify and confirm first and then work out how to treat. In some cases we have to wait for the problem to be medically diagnosed before a pest management strategy can be put in place.
This is explained a lot better in the Prof Potter document on the Universiy of Kentucky website.
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