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  1. EffeCi

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    Thanks for posting this--there are a lot of fecal spot ?'s, so I'm sure this will get referenced a lot. It seems like a good thing to add to the FAQ, as well.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't answer one of mine. I found a light brown spot (like the light spots in your pic) on the (painted) wall by an outlet. I was wondering, in your experience, how hard it is to remove a fecal spot from a painted wall. I took a wet qtip and scrubbed for a 5-10 seconds and it was completely gone. Is this typical of spots on a wall? Also, I thought fecal was usually black. Why are some tan?

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    I took a wet qtip and scrubbed for a 5-10 seconds and it was completely gone.

    It was not a BB's one...

    Also, I thought fecal was usually black. Why are some tan?

    Fresh spots are shiny black, but they turn to matt grey in weeks.
    Some spots in the pics are ureic ones, and they're from light yellow to light brown.
    Some others appear to be a mix between fecal and ureic, so they show two colours or a mix of them.

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    Thank you EffeCi! A very helpful post!

  5. EffeCi

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    Thanks, but that's still just "raw material"
    Buggyinsocal requested them to make a new FAQ, here they are... I'm sure the final result will be more helpful...

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    Hey EffeCi,

    Do you happen to have any pix that are indicative of a lighter infestation? I think the infestation that I had is/was very mild compared to these pictures that you uploaded. I only found a couple of fecal spots here and there (or maybe I never found them all). But then, I only had BBs for two months.

    What about this -- for early detection purposes, and to make the upcoming FAQ more accessible to people who've never dealt with bed bugs before -- perhaps you could divide these pictures into "Mild/New Infestation" "Medium Infestation" and "Heavy Infestation." I think the pictures would probably look pretty different according to these categories, right?

    Just so that a newbite like me won't get confused

    Thx again EffeCi!

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    What about this -- for early detection purposes, and to make the upcoming FAQ more accessible to people who've never dealt with bed bugs before -- perhaps you could divide these pictures into "Mild/New Infestation" "Medium Infestation" and "Heavy Infestation." I think the pictures would probably look pretty different according to these categories, right?

    That's not so easy to do.
    It's easy to show a pic of a new infestation and even of a mild one. But in a medium or in a heavy one there are many harbourages in different places and any single situation needs a lot of pic to be showed.
    And, more than this, no two BBs infestation are alike....

  8. bugmesomuch

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    EffeCi,

    How do you clean the fecal spot off the mattress encasement? do you just use soap and water?

  9. NoBB

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    EffeCi,

    I see. Thank you for clarifying that : )

    So, which ones of the pictures you pasted are pictures of a light/recent infestation?

    Thx again

    - NoBB

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    Thanks, EffeCi! This is one of the best posts on here.

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    Yes, Superinfromative! Great stuff!!!

    This is pics I think is an enormous help when your new to this and trying to figure out fecals and what to look for.

    Still, I have one thing I´m not sure on; Do fecals bleed or smear on the first kind of fabricyou show as well? Or how does it behave on that kind of fabric if you try the smeartest often recommended here?

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    Do fecals bleed or smear on the first kind of fabricyou show as well? Or how does it behave on that kind of fabric if you try the smeartest often recommended here?

    Ouch... I don't know...
    I never did a smear test for BBs spots, because I recognize them visually. Sorry...

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    NoBB - 9 hours ago  » 
    EffeCi,
    I see. Thank you for clarifying that : )
    So, which ones of the pictures you pasted are pictures of a light/recent infestation?
    Thx again
    - NoBB

    These pics were posted to show fecal spots... just let me the time (work is killing me in these days) to search in my archive, and I'll find a good pic of a light/recent for you...

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    EffeCi - 2 hours ago  » 

    NoBB - 9 hours ago  » 
    EffeCi,
    I see. Thank you for clarifying that : )
    So, which ones of the pictures you pasted are pictures of a light/recent infestation?
    Thx again
    - NoBB

    These pics were posted to show fecal spots... just let me the time (work is killing me in these days) to search in my archive, and I'll find a good pic of a light/recent for you...

    This would be super helpful. Today I found two sets of breadcrumb style brown/red spots leading up the wall and up behind picture frames. After three chemical treatments with a "spray and prey" company I am so tired of this, but I think what I found was recent fecal traces.

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    Do you want more pictures? I have one image that might be helpful of fecal spots on the spine of a book. We flipped through the book and found some bugs hangin' out on the pages, so it's definitely spots... I took a picture before throwing the book out.

    I also have some pictures of blood spots on a fitted sheet, too. I don't really know if they're fecal spots? I thought they were smooshed bug spots at first, except those are usually smears, and these just look like very small, diluted blood droplets.

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    flippingout, I'd love to see fecals on the book spine. My goal is to become more experienced in recognizing fecals.

    Thx in advance!

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    I'd love to see fecals on the book spine.

    I'll shearch in archives too, I should have them (and I forgot to post...)

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    Not the best picture in the world, and it's more on the pages then the spine. I dunno if it's useful to you considering it's quality, but here you go:

    Image!

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    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
    This is so helpful!

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    EffeCi - 2 days ago  » 

    Do fecals bleed or smear on the first kind of fabricyou show as well? Or how does it behave on that kind of fabric if you try the smeartest often recommended here?

    Ouch... I don't know...
    I never did a smear test for BBs spots, because I recognize them visually. Sorry...

    Ooh, to bad! Would really have loved to have an answer on that one, but I see your point. Kind of like asking a concertpianoplayer how he/she plays the piano I guess
    He/she doesn´t think about it so much anymore, he/she just does it...

    And flippingoutalittle , you know, you hardly have to excuse yourself for trying to help

    This is kind of what I like about these forums; Experts like EffeCi and the lads helping us A LOT and then a lot of other contributing with what they can in a friendly way knowing that every little piece, as a picture, advice or friendly word, can be worth so, so much !

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    I second Zilver. Thx, Flippingout!

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    Is it possible to have only brownish red fecal marks from a bed bug? My house has been treated and i have been clear of bed bugs since the beginning of April, confirmed by a dog inspection . Today I found tiny reddish/brown marks on a white duvet that has been in a plastic bag on the floor(not completely sealed) in my closet which is close to my bed. The duvet was treated properly at the end of the treatement cycle once I thought there were no more bed bugs in my place. There are no black marks or even dark brown marks. I didn't think the marks had been there before. I know I have been having trouble with carpet beetles.

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    Not that I don`t think you have considered the possibility, but have you had any small wounds while "being" in the bag, putting the duvet in, checking it or so.

    The colour sounds like it could be tried blood and considering how small a wound can be and still leave spots it´s easy to miss out on the wound and just see the spots later.

    Just a thought

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    Some other pics of cross-shaped fecal spots on open weave synthetic fabrics

    Cross shaped spots
    Cross shaped spots: detail1
    Cross shaped spots: detail2
    Cross shaped spots: detail3

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    AWESOME!!!!

    I am looking at houses to buy.
    I can't thank you enough for helping me know what to look for!

    THANK YOU!

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    How come to crosshape EffeCi?

    Is it because the fabric, bedlinen or so has had some folds or something? A little curious.

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    Is it because the fabric, bedlinen or so has had some folds or something?

    No, it depends from fabrics material and weave. If a liquid can't run between yarns (weave too open), it will do that inside (or around) every single yarn

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