HELP Found a few spots on inside of pillow case, nowhere else. What could it be?(4 posts)
Oh gog, it's been a while since I posted here. Long story short I suffered through moving in on top of an infestation over a year ago and the problem seemed to have been taken care of, even though I continue to live in an extremely paranoid fashion. I usually set aside a day every 6 weeks to inspect and make sure there's nothing, but I've been extremely busy lately and haven't done it for 2-1/2 months. Today I'm prepping to stay with my parents for a week and decided to do the inspection, and stripped the bed.
I found three spots on the pillow cover. To be clear, I've got the pillow enclosed in a zip cover and use a pillow case on top of that. The cover is woven cotton, backed by a thin film on the inside. The spots are the brownish-black of fecal matter and consist of two pinprick-sized ones and one the size of a pin head. They're obviously from a fluid, because they've got that slight cross-hatch bleed you get when something soaks into woven material.
These are not clustered together, two of them are on the same side of the pillow at opposite ends and the larger one is on the other side. There's nothing on the pillow case (outer layer) or on my sheets. I've taken the bed apart and inspected the immediate area. There's nothing on the matress covers I've had on my mattress and box spring for over a year, and there's nothing in my climbups. I've found no bugs or cast skins, and I have no bites (though I'm worried I'm a cluster reactor).
I can't provide pics because I panicked and scrubbed at them with soap and water, which faded them a little, though there are still very small tracks where it bled along the threads. They didn't smear, but I don't know whether that means they're just over a month old
What could this be from??? It can't be blood from my scalp, since it's on the zip cover and not on the pillow case. How could it have gotten there and what could it be? HELP
(As you can probably tell, this is enough to engage my panic mode ;_;)
If the pillow was encased as described above, I have a question:
> How would a bed bug feed and then get into the encased pillow to deposite these suspect stains?
And, sisnce you didn't mention it my assumption is that you do not have any bites.
Hmmm, says I.
While these three spots could be from "who knows what" based upon the information provided it doesn't sound as if these are from bed bugs.
Hope this helps ! paul b.
The stains were on the outside of the zip cover, but underneath the open pillow case. ie not in direct contact with my head but still easily accessible from the side of the pillow. And I'm worried, based on the way I reacted to bites almost 2 years ago now, that I might not react unless I'm bitten a lot.
And I know that 3 spots, however suspicious-looking, do not an infestation make, but my internal paranoia is screaming at me that it's going to happen again, and I REALLY need to know an alternate explaination to make it stop ;_;
OK, remain calm !
If you do react badly to bites, then it stands to reason, logically that is, that if these three spots were the result of bites, that is the fecal stains deposited subsequent to feeding, that you'd have bite reactions. However, you didn't report any bite symptoms presented so, we can only assume that these aren't fecal stains.
All this said; a number of days has now past. Have you seen anything else?
If not, my assumption is that you may have bed bugs in the place that is probably most difficult of all to remove them and that place is "between your ears". Please note that I'm not being condiscending or disrespectful in making this assertion ! ! !
However, you are not alone if this is the case as I often observe this occurring with many bed bug victims and I fully understand. And, I fully understand the limitations of my experience, knowledge and skills because, after all, I'm just a "bug guy" and NOT a trained psychologist or professional therapist. While it seems to me that one of the best courses of action to aleviate your anxieties may be
to educate yourself about bed bugs such that through this education you may be better prepared to deal with the related issues, we have no way of knowing that this will work well for all concerned.
Please remain calm but vigilant. Read the FAQ's, the posts of others and other accessible information as this may help you in the long run. If after a suitable period of time there is no physical evidence of bed bugs yet you simply can't shed the anxiety such that it affects your general well being, then perhaps it would be wise to seek additional assistance.
Hope this helps !
Best wishes for a succesful resolution ! ! ! paul b.
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