ID: Fecal stains and casing? [a: no](4 posts)
I'm not a paranoid person, but once I get a plausible idea in my head I can't let it go. I live in NYC, so obviously bedbug risk is high.
This morning my arm started itching and I got 5 raised bumps, like hives or a really mild bug bites, a little itchy but not bad. But they were 3 in a straight line, and then two more in a a different line, like an small angle. So I thought bedbugs.
This morning I was washing my sheets and found these on the top of the mattress (quarter for scale). They don't necessarily match sample photos, but I just wanted some advice because I'm paranoid as heck right now haha.
Do they look like they could be any evidence of bed bugs? Thank you in advance!!
No they are not bed bug related.
The suspected faecal is too dark, too homogeneous, see the images below:
Cast skins are always more intact, partly because they are so light the "air wave" that occurs before they could be crushed sends them flying. A good example image is:
Hope that helps.
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Bless you! My paranoia has abated. Still a little worried about the bites, my roommate suggested they were a spider, I suppose it could be the case (I certainly hope so). Thanks!
There is an underlying anxiety trigger in focusing on symptoms rather than facts. Sometimes all it takes is being aware that such a trigger exists in most people and that it is in fact the "normal" response (it is certainly the most populous).
It's why I am always drumming the message:
- Live samples
- Cast skins
- Faecal traces
It makes it easier to deal with things than the darker times where "three bites in a row" aka "breakfast dinner lunch" and appearance ruled. If for no other reason than education and understanding are often the best tools in combating that anxiety in the long run.
Hope that helps.
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