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Help! Son has bites, and I found blood on my pillow. Pic attached

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  1. freakingout-now

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    A few days ago my son woke up with itchy bumps on his neck. Over the next couple days he got more itchy bumps. We are assuming he got into some chigger nest in the woods near our house, or that we have beg bugs. Over the last few days I have been checking his room for bed bugs and haven't found anything. I even had a friend (who is a pest control guy) come do a 20 minute inspection, but he didn't find any signs of bed bugs. No fecal stains, no shed skin, no bugs, no nothing. At this point, I'm starting to go crazy. This morning on MY pillow case, I found some blood. No visible bite marks on me. I searched my room and couldn't find any other traces of bed bugs. The son that has the "bites" on him shares a bunk bed with my other son, and my other son has no signs of bites or any signs at all in his bed.
    If we have bed bugs, I'm thinking its in the early stages. Should I go all out now and get the house sprayed with chemicals?
    Here is a link to the picture of the blood on the pillow for identification. http://imgur.com/a/DDgVM
    My wife and I are very worried. Please help!

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    Never treat without confirming the issue. Looking at that photo it doesn't make me think bed bugs.

    Bird dreams are not admissible in court.
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    Continue to periodically inspect and Monitor (See "Useful Tools Section") if you aren't already. As mentioned, don't treat unless you see confirming signs as you can create more problems than you will solve.

    Richard

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    I am going to monitor the situation and have purchased some supplies from Amazon. I also spoke to a couple local pest control guys and they both do chemical treatments if indeed there are bed bugs. Do you have a recommendation with regard to heat treatments vs chemical treatments? I don't like the idea of chemicals being sprayed in kids rooms, but I want the most effective treatment possible.

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    freakingout-now - 4 minutes ago  » 
    I am going to monitor the situation and have purchased some supplies from Amazon. I also spoke to a couple local pest control guys and they both do chemical treatments if indeed there are bed bugs. Do you have a recommendation with regard to heat treatments vs chemical treatments? I don't like the idea of chemicals being sprayed in kids rooms, but I want the most effective treatment possible.

    Most consider the most effective treatment out there to be vikane fumigation, but with the recent labeled dosage rate being lowered and not much research done on its efficacy at this rate in the field, who knows if it really is now. Heat can be a very effective treatment if done right, where the whole house is heated, not just rooms, and they use fans and monitors to eliminate cold spots. With heat treatments you also have to consider heat sinks such as basements, cement floors, etc. Even in the best of situations heat treatments often leave stragglers and are usually followed by chemicals and/or dusts. Nothing is 100%, especially just chemical treatments. Just do your research and make the best most informed decision you can.

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    It doesn't sound like bed bugs, but if you want to do your homework now you might want to consider a chemical spot treatment as opposed to whole house heat treatment. Cirkil has a serious smell to it but is all natural.

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    I'm beginning to think that the "bites" may be poison oak rash. They look like bites and have developed over a period of a few days, but I've read that that's possible with poison oak.

    I did find this though: http://imgur.com/a/URoIG
    Does that look like a cast skin?

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    Not a bed bug cast skin.

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    I think I found something. In my son's car seat I found cast skins. Are these bed bug skins?
    I haven't seen any live bed bugs.
    pic http://imgur.com/a/bzdsp

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    Here is a live bug I found in the car seat. Its the large black thing in the center of the pic. There is some dirt or something attached to it so ignore that part.
    http://imgur.com/a/xF9HT

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    The first photo is the cast skin of the larval carpet beetle.
    The second photo is not a bed bug, but I can't say exactly what you have there, possibly a beetle.

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    Thank you so much for the info. I think I am in the clear for bed bugs. Now I just need to get rid of the carpet beetles from my car. Maybe this is what caused my son's "bites"?

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    Hi,

    People can have skin reactions as a result of carpet beetle larval skins. They can and often do appear as bites and even have the puncture marks.

    The best advise I can give is detailed here, and in the linked PDF file:

    http://www.bed-bugs.co.uk/carpetbeetles.html

    Hope that helps.

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